Big Data Use Cases

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 keeping data science from playing a more central role in public policy?

October 23, 2014
Data science by itself is an ineffectual civic-governance tool if it lacks strong champions who can wield it to get things done in the legislative, executive and judicial branches. Big data analytics can influence public policy if it helps frame a compelling case in the minds of decision makers for taking this or that action. And if data scientists can show that a counterintuitive scenario is more valid than "common sense" or "gut feel" on a particular decision, they just may change the terms of debate in public policy discussions. 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

How do you find and define your customers in a big data environment?

October 23, 2014
Every day hundreds of articles and blogs are written about the theoretical value of big data, but many don’t offer actionable specifics. At IBM Insight on October 28, we are correcting this historical shortcoming and showcasing how big data (specifically Big Match) is enabling a single view of a customer in a Hadoop environment.   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

Critical success factors in deploying Hadoop across industries

October 20, 2014
Big data (data from many sources, of varying formats, both structured and unstructured) means different things in different industries. But as different as their needs and usage of big data may be, there is one commonality among all industries: the opportunity to plumb big data for better, more informed perspectives on their customers, products, partners, competitors and strategies.  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

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

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