Energy and Utilities

The unique role of big data and analytics in India

Breathing life into India's economy

December 22, 2014
In India big data is fueling the growth economy of the emerging nation. In order to fully understand this growth, big data has to be viewed as more of an enabler than just a technical paradigm. Read More

Closing the web app data security gap

Dynamic data masking for web applications

December 15, 2014
The rigidity of web application security controls have left companies vulnerable to data breach. How can companies ensure they aren’t leaving themselves open to attack while maintaining secure web application data to protect privacy and support compliance? Read More

How Hadoop is changing energy and utilities

December 12, 2014
Today, energy and utility companies are relying on Hadoop to help curb energy consumption, reduce energy loss and add more clean power to the grid. Using big data and analytics, organizations can empower users to understand their energy usage and give them the chance to reduce how much they use and pay. Read More

Why advanced analytics projects are different from traditional IT

December 9, 2014
To fulfill the promise of analytics, we must put a lot more effort into delivering these projects right, the first time. We must think through each of the traditional success criteria and ask ourselves the burning question: how is delivering analytics different? This starts from gaining executive support, creating a business case, putting a team together, conducting proof of concept, quantifying benefits realization and socializing results for enabling analytics driven organizational change. Read More

Realizing a return on big data investments—within a year

December 2, 2014
In 2014, there were several important shifts that occurred in the world of big data that business executives around the globe cannot afford to ignore. In part one we introduced four transformative shifts affecting the fast-paced digital marketplace; now in part two we will take a closer look at the first two shifts. Read More

Big Data & Analytics Heroes: Ben Snyman

November 25, 2014
“Roof stability and effective support is quite a challenge,” declares Ben Snyman, VP of Underground Mining and Smart Services at Joy Global and this week’s Big Data Hero. “If the roof has a problem, production halts. We cannot afford to wait around for a report telling us there is a problem. Read More

It's time to use Hadoop for social good—are you in?

November 24, 2014
Last month I introduced the Big Data for Social Good Challenge and since then it has opened for submissions with data sets from around the globe plus lots of prize winning opportunities. You might have seen that Chip and Jason are in—are you? Read More

Powering operational efficiency with IBM Informix TimeSeries

November 19, 2014
How do you streamline operations of a combined cycle power plant consisting of boilers, ACCs, gas and steam turbines, water treatment plants and more that supplies power to 22 percent of a state in Malaysia?  Read More

Bust myths to gain insights and make data work for you

November 10, 2014
Data is the new natural resource, and those who can harness it will be leaders. But, there are many myths about how to make data work for an organization. During the Information Management Keynote at Insight 2014, IBM busts these myths. In her post, Harriet Fryman, vice president of Information Management at IBM, shares highlights and her perspective on how to make data work for you and your company. Read More

Barriers to entry for early adopters of IBM Watson

November 3, 2014
There have always existed significant barriers to entry for early adopters of any new technology. For example, all the miles of cable that needed to be run in order for the world to take advantage of the miracle of electricity. Now consider the computer: devices that were capable of processing only the most rudimentary of algorithms used to fill rooms, and were programmed using cryptic punch cards. Now the world has been introduced to IBM Watson, the first and only (as of the time of this writing) commercially available artificial cognitive intelligence. Read More

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