Informing the Demand Side: Opening Data Warehouses to Collaborative Applications

June 8, 2012 | by Mike Kearney, Sr. Product Marketing Director
As our populations grow in a world of limited resources governments and individuals seek ways to lighten our load on the planet.  In the Smart Grid R&D Program, PNNL investigates how modernizing the electric grid can help the US meet its carbon management goals. In The Smart Grid: An Estimation...

Why Static Stinks

June 7, 2012 | by Tom Deutsch, Solution CTO, IBM
Imagine if Netflix never updated your movie preferences, or even worse, never asked what you liked in the first place. Imagine if your spam folder never adapted to the changing inbound spam. Or finally, imagine that your Internet radio station presented a fixed playlist that didn’t bother to ask...

Reuse, Recycle, Compost: A New Level of Insight into Garbage

June 5, 2012 | by James Kobielus, Big Data Evangelist, IBM
Garbage is a precious resource. About 80% of the ton of trash that the average family discards every year could be recycled into useful materials, rather than ending up as pollution that hurts our health and destroys the environment. Global sustainability won't happen unless we optimize our local...

Big Data Analytics Helps Researchers Drill Deeper into Multiple Sclerosis

May 14, 2012 | by James Kobielus, Big Data Evangelist, IBM
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic neurologic disorder that afflicts many in the primes of their lives. The biomedical research community has ramped up its use of big data analytics to illuminate the myriad factors that contribute to the onset and progression of MS. On April 26, IBM announced...

Next Best Action in Healthcare: Save & Improve Lives Through Applied Analytics

May 14, 2012 | by James Kobielus, Big Data Evangelist, IBM
The human condition is an unfathomable mystery, a complex stew of biological, genetic, behavioral, cultural, environmental, psychological, and spiritual factors. But fathom it we must. When our personal condition stumbles from wellness to illness, we will use any resources at our disposal,...

Are you ready for big data? R is.

May 9, 2012 | by Mike Kearney, Sr. Product Marketing Director
Further to news of SUNY’s exploration of big data to understand possible causes of multiple sclerosis, I spoke with David Smith, VP of Marketing at Revolution Analytics, for a briefing on some advantages of R for analysis of large data sets.

Big Data: The Data Variety Discussion

May 1, 2012 | by Dai Clegg, VP product marketing, Acunu
We'll start from the very beginning.  It's a very good place to start... Big data is all about Velocity, Variety and Volume, and the greatest of these is Variety. At least it causes the greatest misunderstanding.