Big data. Two words that are inescapable in today’s business world.
What do we really know about big data? We know that 90 percent of the world’s data has been created in the last two years alone. We know there are multiple uses for big data in every industry – from analyzing larger volumes of
In the 1980’s, John Naisbitt wrote, “We have for the first time an economy based on a key resource [information] that is not only renewable, but self-generating. Running out of it is not a problem, but drowning in it is.[i][i]” Little did Naisbitt know how much information we’d be creating 30
Smarter business is a game of incremental improvements. It depends on your ability to produce a steady stream of innovations in your operational processes.
Incremental tweaking is not usually a glamorous activity. Minute process adjustments don't usually call attention to themselves. And that's a
So far, we’ve discussed the definition of “healthy data” and provided an overview of the process for getting there. In the next few installments we’ll focus on each phase. We’ll start with a deeper discussion on setting achievable goals.
Great things are possible with discipline and hard work.
The planetary economy now spins on an axis of big data. Each of us feels pressure to evolve our skills in order to stay ahead of the big data curve. We do this both to remain employable and to seize new opportunities for professional and personal growth.
In business, every moment is a moment of truth. Every moment can spell the difference between keeping a customer or losing them to a rival that makes them a better offer or delivers a superior experience. And no two moments are ever the same. If you don't seize that tiny window of opportunity, you'
The biggest table in any Netezza database that I know of has over 600 billion rows!! That’s the claim made by our customer, Catalina Marketing.
So although most of the data in the world is not relational, there is a huge amount of relational data and IBM technologies are more than capable of
As our populations grow in a world of limited resources governments and individuals seek ways to lighten our load on the planet. In the Smart Grid R&D Program, PNNL investigates how modernizing the electric grid can help the US meet its carbon management goals. In The Smart Grid: An Estimation
Imagine if Netflix never updated your movie preferences, or even worse, never asked what you liked in the first place. Imagine if your spam folder never adapted to the changing inbound spam. Or finally, imagine that your Internet radio station presented a fixed playlist that didn’t bother to ask
In my last post, we reviewed what we mean by "healthy data" for Smarter Analytics. In this post we'll talk a bit about an overall program for achieving healthy data.
Getting to healthy data is a bit like getting to a healthy body - a problem many of us are all too familiar with. It is an ongoing
Garbage is a precious resource. About 80% of the ton of trash that the average family discards every year could be recycled into useful materials, rather than ending up as pollution that hurts our health and destroys the environment.
Global sustainability won't happen unless we optimize our local
The US spends far more than any other nation on healthcare. In 2009, health care costs reached $2.5 trillion dollars - - more than $8000/person and 17% of GDP, up from 13.4% in 2000. Yet, as is widely cited in healthcare circles, the US fails to achieve acceptable results from all this spending,