Blogs

The importance of asking the right questions

November 14, 2014
Each time I am called upon to consult with a business, I ask the same question: “What is your ultimate goal with this project?” Often it is to increase sales via correctly identifying their potential audience or customers. 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

The Internet of Things and Informix

Exclusive session highlights from Insight 2014

November 13, 2014
There was no shortage of information about Informix and the Internet of Things at IBM Insight 2014. Multiple sessions from such speakers as Fred Ho, chief technologist for Informix Warehouse at IBM, and Lalitha Krishnamoorthy, program director for Informix engineering at IBM, covered everything from implementation, to data management, to what the future holds. With additional support from hands-on floor demos and visualizations, the Internet of Things was brought to life. 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

Uncovering the magic of today’s data-driven marketers

November 10, 2014
At the annual DMA global conference for data-driven marketers we explored best practices and new tools, predicting future trends for a marketing profession undergoing significant transformation. Read More

Bust myths to gain insights and make data work for you

November 10, 2014
Data is the new natural resource, and those who can harness it will be leaders. But, there are many myths about how to make data work for an organization. During the Information Management Keynote at Insight 2014, IBM busts these myths. In her post, Harriet Fryman, vice president of Information Management at IBM, shares highlights and her perspective on how to make data work for you and your company. Read More

Highlights & soundbites from a data scientist lurking at IBM Insight 2014

November 7, 2014
I attended the first several days of the IBM Insight 2014 conference recently as one of the invited social VIP reporters for the event. 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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