Technical Enablement

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

Cognitive computing: Programming the artificial mind

November 20, 2014
When you want to take artificial intelligence out of the realm of imagination and poetry, and bring it squarely into practical reality, you need computational tools. The tools need to help your cognitive application developers write the leanest models possible. Developers need frameworks, languages and libraries for building and tuning neural networks and other cognitive constructs for most efficient parallel processing of individual data inputs and the outputs of the nodes within a vast artificial neural network. You can acquire these tools from various sources, such as IBM Watson Developer Cloud. And there are as many approaches for building computational applications that learn from data and automate cognitive processes as there are for building traditional application logic. Read More

Big Data & Analytics Heroes: David Vinson

November 18, 2014
David Vinson, business intelligence and analytics lead at Nike, believe that There’s a lot of new data out there—in fact, we now have access to data from the entire supply chain (from provisioning materials to build the shoe, to actually delivering the shoe on the dock, to selling the shoe). Read More

The most important webcast you’ll attend this year on big data infrastructure

November 14, 2014
IT infrastructure—it's at the core of everything we do and who we are. Imagine a world without infrastructure: humans would be amorphous blobs, buildings would crumble, cities would be chaos. But, luckily for us, infrastructure does exist and it is the cornerstone of business. Read More

Chief data officer: My mixed and nuanced musings on the need for one

November 13, 2014
When people say that "data is the new oil," they're usually making a general statement on how deeply modern organizations depend on data to drive transactions, analytics and processes in general. It's in that context that many organizations decide to appoint something called a chief data officer (CDO) to oversee this precious resource. Personally, I'm not sure that the responsibilities of a CDO, as described in these sources and elsewhere, are all that different from the older concept of a chief information officer (CIO). Regardless of what we call this business-focused function (CDO, CIO or even chief analytics officer), it's important that there be a C-level executive who is responsible for overseeing governance of the organization's data resources, ensuring that they be applied effectively to achieve important business outcomes and transforming the organization into a more data-savvy culture. Read More

Get started with the Big Data for Social Good Challenge

November 13, 2014
Supporting the social initiatives important to IBM employees and their families and friends is important to IBM. Now, big data technology is giving IBM and its people another opportunity to serve our communities and the world.  Read More

IBM + Hadoop = Recipe for success

November 12, 2014
What a shame. Most businesses aren’t taking advantage of their data, leaving them hungry for success. According to Forrester Research analyst, Michele Goetz, only 12 percent of available data is used. If I am any good at math, that means there is a lot of data that is not being used.   Read More

Big Data & Analytics Heroes: Leonardo Nantes

November 11, 2014
This week’s Big Data &Analytics Hero, Leonardo Nantes, IT executive of Brazilian credit bureau Boa Vista Servicios, has faced numerous challenges since the merger of two companies took place a few years ago. Boa Vista now serves hundreds of thousands of clients nationwide and handles more than three million transactions per day. Since the business involves credit ratings and personal information, big data security and integrity are paramount. Read More

Cognitive computing as a wearable prosthetic

November 6, 2014
Wearable cognitive prosthetics sounds like science fiction, but it’s easily within the reach of today’s technology. From a healthcare analytics standpoint, image-analytics wearables could help many people who suffer from diverse memory, perception and learning impairments.  Read More

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