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From IT drudgery to IT freedom

December 3, 2014
What are the opportunities of data refinement from the IT point of view? Does self-service data refinement devalue IT? Does it simply create more work for IT, cleaning up after business users who have run amuck? Read More

Realizing a return on big data investments—within a year

December 2, 2014
In 2014, there were several important shifts that occurred in the world of big data that business executives around the globe cannot afford to ignore. In part one we introduced four transformative shifts affecting the fast-paced digital marketplace; now in part two we will take a closer look at the first two shifts. Read More

Why should automotive and manufacturing CTOs care about Hadoop?

December 2, 2014
Automotive and manufacturing organizations deal with a massive volume of data, including global data from customers and data generated through internal business operations, research and development (R&D) and supply chain activities. These data sets represent an opportunity for an organization that will require specialized solutions like Hadoop. Read More

Are you the servant or master of your analytics?

December 1, 2014
Analytics can deliver significant benefits, and a significant competitive advantage, if used together with a clear vision and an aligned business strategy. As markets evolve and customer behavior changes, the analytical models and the way analytics is being used  needs to adapt and change. Read More

SQL-on-Hadoop: Who leads the herd?

December 1, 2014
SQL-on-Hadoop is a hot topic. As organizations increasingly leverage Hadoop to gain new capabilities and lower costs, it only makes sense that they would seek to leverage technologies compatible with what they have. Few technologies are as ubiquitous as the structured query language when it comes to data access and information management. Read More

Bringing big data analytics to rural and community hospitals

CPSI, TruBridge and IBM

December 1, 2014
Big data analytics aren’t just for big organizations or big cities. In fact big data analytics can be especially useful when the data in question is diffuse—spread out over a number of small facilities and then aggregated to identify trends and patterns that might otherwise be overlooked. Read More

Big Data & Analytics Heroes: Ben Snyman

November 25, 2014
“Roof stability and effective support is quite a challenge,” declares Ben Snyman, VP of Underground Mining and Smart Services at Joy Global and this week’s Big Data Hero. “If the roof has a problem, production halts. We cannot afford to wait around for a report telling us there is a problem. Read More

Taking a more refined approach to big data

November 24, 2014
Data refinement is one of the most important revelations in the big data market. The idea is simple: you want to take advantage of and use all sources of big data. But when each individual user needs only information relevant to them, what’s needed is a data refinery. It automatically cleans, matches, secures and profiles data—that’s what is meant by refinement.  Read More

It's time to use Hadoop for social good—are you in?

November 24, 2014
Last month I introduced the Big Data for Social Good Challenge and since then it has opened for submissions with data sets from around the globe plus lots of prize winning opportunities. You might have seen that Chip and Jason are in—are you? Read More

Velocity is now the competitive differentiator for big data

November 21, 2014
In 2014, there were several important shifts that occurred in the world of big data that business executives around the globe cannot afford to ignore. These shifts are outlined in the new IBM Institute for Business Value study “Analytics: The speed advantage - Why data-driven organizations are winning the race in today’s marketplace.” This is part one in a multi-part series in easy to consume bites focused on the findings and insights from this study. Read More

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