Adopting a Culture of Analytics to “Insure” Success

July 20, 2012 | by Brittany Detamore, Social Business Manager, IBM
Companies implementing analytics solutions outperform their peers across a range of financial measures – 1.6x revenue growth, 2.0x EBITDA growth, and 2.5x stock price appreciation (State of Smart Report). For insurers, applying Smarter Analytics to daily decision making offers a huge new...

Analytics: Infrastructure Matters

July 20, 2012 | by John Easton, Distinguished Engineer - Advanced Analytics Infrastructures, IBM
Something has been bothering me for a number of weeks now, and it's just come into sharp focus. I've recently been working with some colleagues to address some system performance challenges at a client. I have no idea who designed the infrastructure that they are currently using, but it's...

Tweetchat Preview: Big Data – Where to Start

July 19, 2012 | by James Kobielus, Big Data Evangelist, IBM
James Kobielus previews a July 24 tweetchat on big data business drivers, justification strategies, staffing and skill requirements, technical environment, and KPIs. He'll moderate the chat and be joined by PNNL/Battelle, Trident Marketing and others.

Next Best Action in the Ever-Virtualizing Physical Point of Sale

July 17, 2012 | by James Kobielus, Big Data Evangelist, IBM
As brick-and-mortar outlets are crumbling or being "showroomed" out of existence, how should retail adapt to digital channels? James Kobielus looks at IBM Research's prototype of a mobile shopping app that uses augmented reality technology to transform the in-person shopping experience. How could...

Week's Worth of Koby Quick Hits: July 2-13, 2012

July 16, 2012 | by James Kobielus, Big Data Evangelist, IBM
James Kobielus recaps his recent Facebook Quick Hits, on RAM as a dumping ground, big data's optimal deployment model, frictionless sandboxes, sexy statistics and big data "scores," and advanced visualization.

Healthy Data: A Diet of Thoughtful Consumption

July 13, 2012 | by Dan Wolfson, Distinguished Engineer, IBM
There are many similarities between data and food. Food fuels our bodies, data fuels our IT systems – especially our analytical systems.  Eating right is a key enabler to our health. Consuming the right amounts of the right data can be a key enabler for insightful analytics.  So just as we try to...

IBM’s Social Sentiment Index Crowns Andy Murray & Serena Williams as Social Champions

July 10, 2012 | by Tim Powers, Social Media Manager and Webmaster, Accessibility, IBM
According to fans on Twitter, Wimbledon women's champion, Serena Williams, and men's finalist, Andy Murray, have been crowned the most popular social players from the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, as IBM’s Social Sentiment Index unearthed a range of unexpected insights from more than 1,270,000...

CERN Finding - A Trimuph of Big DATA

July 5, 2012 | by Frank Stein, Client Technical Manager, Analytics Solution Center, IBM
On July 4th, CERN scientists announced that they observed a particle that strongly resembles the Higgs boson, a critical element of the standard model of particle physics.  This particle is thought to be responsible for the characteristic of mass, which gives objects weight when combined with...

Data Scientists: Myths and Mathemagical Superpowers

June 29, 2012 | by James Kobielus, Big Data Evangelist, IBM
James Kobielus busts 10 myths about data scientists and explains their "mathemagical" superpowers. 

Week's Worth of Koby Quick Hits: June 25-29, 2012

June 29, 2012 | by James Kobielus, Big Data Evangelist, IBM
James Kobielus recaps the quick-hit ponderings from the IBM Netezza Facebook page. He went deeper on the themes of sexy statistics, Hadoop uber-alles, smartphones as big data analytics platforms, and big data's optimal deployment model. And he opened up a fresh topic: frictionless sandboxes.