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Taking a more refined approach to big data

November 24, 2014
Data refinement is one of the most important revelations in the big data market. The idea is simple: you want to take advantage of and use all sources of big data. But when each individual user needs only information relevant to them, what’s needed is a data refinery. It automatically cleans, matches, secures and profiles data—that’s what is meant by refinement.  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

Announcing IBM DataWorks: A cloud-based data refinery

November 20, 2014
Last month at Insight 2014, IBM made an exciting announcement: IBM DataWorks is available now. The reaction was overwhelmingly positive; clients who have or will soon have a data lake were very keen on the notion of data refinement. In fact, a data refinery is a natural fit with a data lake.  Read More

The Internet of Things and Informix

Exclusive session highlights from Insight 2014

November 13, 2014
There was no shortage of information about Informix and the Internet of Things at IBM Insight 2014. Multiple sessions from such speakers as Fred Ho, chief technologist for Informix Warehouse at IBM, and Lalitha Krishnamoorthy, program director for Informix engineering at IBM, covered everything from implementation, to data management, to what the future holds. With additional support from hands-on floor demos and visualizations, the Internet of Things was brought to life. 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

Big data for social good

October 15, 2014
Agile development requires agile fingers, and big problems require smart minds working together to solve them. Big data has opened the door for everyone to collaborate, think bigger and drive change in the world. Accessible and open services make harnessing the power of big data for these changes a reality. Read More

Legos for grown-ups: Building with IBM Bluemix

October 8, 2014
In the world of big data and analytics, cloud capabilities offer a great opportunity and shorten the path between ideas and action. IBM’s new Bluemix platform for developers continues to grow, offering users new capabilities every day that they can attach, build and deploy for web and mobile app success. Read More

Governance is not optional in big data analytics

October 3, 2014
Confidence in data is essential regardless of the bigness of the data being analyzed. In order to make business decisions based on the analysis of data, you need to be sure that the information upon which you are making those decisions is trustworthy. Read More

Why is analyzing text so hard?

September 30, 2014
How can we take documents, email or social media (and beyond) to show what they represent? Read More

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