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WEEK'S WORTH OF KOBY QUICK-HITS August 20-24 2012

August 24, 2012 | by James Kobielus, Big Data Evangelist, IBM
Here are the quick-hit ponderings that I posted on various LinkedIn big data discussion groups this past week. I went deeper on information glut, Hadoop uber-alles, experience optimization, sexy statistics, and complex event processing: August 20: Information glut? You don't need lots of data to...

Overview of 'Who is best to own the data?' podcast - Talking Big Data

August 23, 2012 | by Emily Cotter
In this “Talking Big Data” podcast, Tom Deutsch, program director of IBM's Big Data Portfolio, spoke with IBM's social media lead for big data, David Pittman, on the question: “Who is best to own the data?” Although Deutsch states there is not one right answer to this question, he believes that one...

Melting the Data Glaciers

August 22, 2012 | by Natasha Bishop, Big Data Strategy lead, IBM
The sheer thought of the data we create and consume today is mind boggling. IBM research shows we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day, and begs for a response to the question–what are we doing with all this data? A recent global survey by Jaspersoft answered this, revealing that the...

Next Best Action: Its Leading Synonyms and Trailing Cynicisms

August 22, 2012 | by James Kobielus, Big Data Evangelist, IBM
"Next best action” is a hot focus area under big data, advanced analytics, digital marketing, smarter commerce and other business imperatives. Enterprises have been doing next best action, in various forms, for years. Many companies continue to scale up and build out their next-best-action...

Crowdsourcing Your Way to Big Data Value

August 21, 2012 | by Dai Clegg, VP product marketing, Acunu
Recently, I was in Nice for a three-day gathering of 150 European IBM Big Data specialists. Looking around the room at the opening plenary made me think how fast the world of big data is moving and how quickly our community is growing. One of the topics that got discussed a lot–in the breaks and in...

Hadoop Myths Debunked

August 20, 2012 | by James Kobielus, Big Data Evangelist, IBM
Hadoop has acquired a large body of prevailing myths in its short history as the hottest new big data technology. I'm surprised and dismayed when I see these myths propagated in leading business publications, such as in this recent Forbes article. Here now are some quick debunks of the myths in...

The Big Data Definitions Merriam-Webster Forgot

August 17, 2012 | by David Pittman, Social Media Strategist, Information & Analytics Group
With a new school year upon us, Merriam-Webster recently released a list of words being added to the 2012 edition of the venerable Merriam-Webster Collegiate® Dictionary. As you might expect, the list is peppered with terms from pop culture and the world of technology. I was surprised, however,...

A Week of Koby's Quick Hits - Aug. 13-17

August 17, 2012 | by James Kobielus, Big Data Evangelist, IBM
Here are the quick-hit ponderings that I posted on various LinkedIn big data discussion groups this past week. I opened up three new themes–enterprise content warehouse, business process optimization, and big BI–and further developed the established themes of big data's optimal deployment model and...

The Big Opportunity for Big Data in Healthcare

August 16, 2012 | by Charlie Schick, Ph.D., Big Data Solutions, Healthcare and Life Sciences
Among healthcare executives interviewed for the 2010 IBM Global CEO study, 90% expect a high or very high level of complexity of data over the next five years, but more than 40% are unprepared to deal with it. The volume, velocity and variety of data are outpacing the ability for healthcare...

Next Best Action on the Streets of Your Town

August 16, 2012 | by James Kobielus, Big Data Evangelist, IBM
When you're in a hurry, the next best action for all the drivers ahead of you is simple: pull over to the shoulder so you can zip through to your appointed destination. That, however, is never going to happen, unless you're an emergency vehicle with lights flashing and siren blaring. Traffic...