Analytics

Winning the race with analytics: The speed advantage

October 24, 2014
2014 marks several significant shifts in the era of big data, and business executives around the globe cannot afford to ignore them. The most significant change is that velocity is now the value driver for big data. IBM’s sixth annual analytics study finds that organizations differentiating themselves with speed-driven data and analytics practices can significantly impact business performance and competitive position. Read More

Big data for social good, not for profit

October 23, 2014
Now that the Ebola virus is sitting in our backyard, the entire country is on high alert—and rightfully so, as it's no longer a disease that's plaguing people continents away, in little known countries. WHO indicates that there are 9216 Ebola cases with 4555 deaths. My first thought when I look at these statistics is: where is big data in the Ebola equation?  Read More

What’s the scoop on Hadoop?

October 23, 2014
“Hadoop is unstoppable as its open source roots grow wildly and deeply into enterprise data management architectures,” Forrester analysts Mike Gualtieri and Noel Yuhanna wrote recently in The Forres Read More

Business process management is not at the center of an IoT strategy

October 21, 2014
An Internet of Things (IoT) strategy requires a whole lot more than a business process management (BPM) engine to succeed. Read More

Big Data & Analytics Heroes: Addison Snell

October 21, 2014
Intersect360 Research studies the opportunities for high performance technologies, including high performance computing areas in science, engineering and business. CEO Addison Snell (this week’s IBM Big Data and Analytics Hero) shares his insights with us. Read More

UDF: Tiny acronym, big deal in big data

October 16, 2014
It’s easy to understand why big data is intimidating as the whole gang of JSON, SQL, YARN and UDFs (user-defined functions) invoke glazed eyes and thoughts of extraterrestrial technologies. So, even to the uninitiated, what is the big deal about UDFs? Read More

10 reasons to love IBM InfoSphere BigInsights for Hadoop

October 15, 2014
IBM InfoSphere BigInsights is an industry-standard Hadoop offering that combines the best of open source software with enterprise-grade features. Let’s talk about some key features of the distribution and the top ten reasons to love it— Read More

Big Data & Analytics Heroes: Steven P. Pratt

October 14, 2014
CenterPoint Energy can analyze 2.3 million smart meters at any point in time every day using InfoSphere Streams. Dr. Steven P. Pratt, corporate technology officer at  Centerpoint Energy and this week’s Big Data & Analytics Hero, shares that “ultimately what we want to be able to do is recognize issues in our system before power outages occur.” 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

Distributing data science brainpower more equitably among the haves and have-nots

October 9, 2014
Data scientists, like anybody else, tend to gravitate to where the jobs are, especially those that fetch higher salaries, offer the resources needed to achieve their dreams and promise more rewarding career paths. For that reason, larger employers with well-established, amply funded big data initiatives tend to have an advantage over smaller organizations when it comes to recruiting the best and brightest data scientists. In order to more equitably distribute data scientist expertise among the haves and have-nots, the requisite skills, tools and platforms need to become more widely available at low or no cost. Read More

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