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October 29, 2014
We are living in the age of distraction. We need to absorb more information, coming at us from more different sources, than ever before. It’s creating a kind of cognitive overload that can often lead to indecisiveness and missed business opportunities. Read More

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Business Analytics announcements at Insight 2014

October 28, 2014
IBM recognizes that there is a convergence of cloud technologies, new design paradigms and advances in analytics. Enhancements to IBM business intelligence, predictive analytics, performance management and risk analytics products will mean that data-driven decisions can now be an essential daily activity not just for data scientists but for everyone. Read More

Bringing cloud-based modernization to data warehousing and analytics

October 28, 2014
IBM this week announced dashDB, which brings cloud-based modernization to data warehousing and analytics. dashDB helps customers to ensure that infrastructure doesn't stand in the way of them realizing fast value from an agile enterprise data warehouse. Many smaller and mid-sized users have little data-warehousing infrastructure to begin with, so a public cloud service such as dashDB might make perfect sense for them as an on-ramp. And many larger enterprises can benefit from dashDB as a robust cloud-based platform that supplements on-premises platforms within their multi-tier data-warehousing infrastructure. Read More

The clairvoyance of the Internet of Things

October 17, 2014
Would you want to know about a potential problem before it becomes a real problem? Especially if it saves time and money? I can embrace having that kind of knowledge, but just how does that happen? Read More

Collaborations and correlations in the common cause

October 16, 2014
I'm impressed with initiatives in the U.S. data scientist community to volunteer their time to worthy causes at home and abroad. Clearly, most of the data scientists who participate in communities such as New York-based DataKind have day jobs to pay the bills. But they see larger humanitarian causes (reuniting refugees, curing infectious diseases, feeding hungry populations and guaranteeing civil rights to the disenfranchised for example) that can benefit from the smartest data scientists applying their best efforts and most sophisticated tools to the task. To sustain the engagement of the data science community in these common causes, what's needed is for people and institutions to open source all of their decision-support assets: data, analytics, tools, platforms and, of course, expertise. 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

Discrimination drives the need for ethics in big data

October 13, 2014
Big data and analytics are profoundly affecting the world around us. One of the focal points of my postings has been how big data and analytics affects, specifically, our personal privacy. An old and perhaps far too familiar twist on this has risen to the forefront of discussion and that is the issue of whether big data and analytics will be used to discriminate against the less fortunate (or perhaps even “the one percent”). 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

Why is big data talked about so much?

September 29, 2014
Big data presents a tremendous opportunity to alter the ways we think and do business. Hadoop, analytics and other technologies will be front and center at this year’s Strata/Hadoop World event in NYC on October 15 through 17 and we will be there to discuss text analytics, Hadoop use cases, SQL-on-Hadoop, machine learning and much more. Will you join us? Read More

Strengthening your brand loyalty in the digital era

September 26, 2014
As CP companies continue to evolve strategies on driving brand loyalty and market differentiation, not only do they need to leverage the proliferation of consumer data, advances in analytics and digital marketing technology to engage consumers with greater relevance and timeliness, they also need to consider how the consumer and the household landscape is evolving and the opportunities that presents. Read More

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