Assess Your Organization’s Analytical Smarts

September 17, 2012 | by Tim Powers, Social Media Manager and Webmaster, Accessibility, IBM
Analytics is a deciding factor that determines whether organizations succeed or fail. Those able to effectively manage, store and tap information for game-changing insights can capitalize on virtually endless opportunities. Those who cannot master the data may ultimately find themselves playing a...

Big Data is Bigger in China

September 17, 2012 | by Raul Chong, Senior Big Data and Cloud Program Manager, IM Cloud Computing, IBM
Everyone knows everything is bigger in China, and big data is no exception. This is why it is no surprise that big data interest is gaining a lot of momentum in China. On August 23 and 24, IBM organized a technical summit in Beijing, and one of the main tracks was about big data. In fact, this...

Top Reads in Big Data: Week of Sept. 9

September 14, 2012 | by David Pittman, Social Media Strategist, Information & Analytics Group
"Value" is the key word in several of my top picks this week. From saving money to saving lives to saving time in who you follow on Twitter, we're still finding new ways to get value from data. “What Executives Don’t Understand About Big Data,” by Michael Schrage, Harvard Business Review HBR Blog...

Predictive Maintenance is a Machine's Best “Friend”

September 14, 2012 | by Anuj Marfatia, Program Director for Predictive and Business Intelligence Solutions Marketing, IBM
More and more organizations are turning to Predictive Maintenance. These solutions help predict which asset or part of an asset is likely to fail or needs service, so organizations only replace parts or machinery when needed, not when they are “supposed to.”

Top tips for securing big data environments

September 14, 2012 | by Kimberly Madia, Worldwide Product Marketing Manager, InfoSphere Streams, IBM
Why big data doesn’t have to mean big security challenges What is big data? Big data spans four dimensions: volume, velocity, variety and veracity. Volume: Every day 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are generated from new and traditional sources including climate sensors, social media sites,...

Harness the Power of Big Data - Book

September 13, 2012 | by David Pittman, Social Media Strategist, Information & Analytics Group
Harness the Power of Big Data is a new book by several of the authors of Understanding Big Data, the hugely popular book that debuted in 2011. Big data represents a new era of computing – an inflection point of opportunity where data in any format may be explored and utilized for breakthrough...

Transforming Energy & Utilities with Big Data Analytics

September 12, 2012 | by David Shipman, Industry Marketing Manager - Energy & Utilities, IBM
It isn’t until the lights go out and the HVAC system stops working that most of us appreciate how important utilities are to our everyday lives. For the most part, energy and utility companies have operated in a predictable, linear way with reliable service, in spite of population growth and...

Next Best Action Functionality Baked into Your Business Platform

September 11, 2012 | by James Kobielus, Big Data Evangelist, IBM
As a business asset, “next best action” is not a secret sauce. It’s more like a layered lasagna that–depending on the ingredients, how carefully you assemble them, and how well you bake and serve it all–can be either a highly consumable platform or a sloppy mess of ill-fitting investments that you’...

Twitter Chat Preview: How Big Data is Changing Patient Care

September 10, 2012 | by James Kobielus, Big Data Evangelist, IBM
Predictive analytics is not just about forecasting what might happen. It’s also about detecting the warning signs of bad things that, if we don’t act quickly, might prove catastrophic or highly disruptive. In the engineering world, for example, many organizations use statistical tools to predict...

Top Reads in Big Data: Week of Sept. 2

September 7, 2012 | by David Pittman, Social Media Strategist, Information & Analytics Group
Did you miss me? After taking off the month of August to launch the IBM Big Data Hub (and to run the 199-mile Hood To Coast Relay), I’m eager to be back on the “Top Reads in Big Data” beat, rounding up great articles, blog posts, videos, podcasts and infographics. It was a short work-week in the...