Blogs

Why advanced analytics projects are different from traditional IT

December 9, 2014 | by Pavel Abdur-Rahman, Senior Managing Consultant, IBM
To fulfill the promise of analytics, we must put a lot more effort into delivering these projects right, the first time. We must think through each of the traditional success criteria and ask ourselves the burning question: how is delivering analytics different? This starts from gaining executive...

Is 2015 the rise of the machines?

December 9, 2014 | by Tim Moran, Director of Interactive Sales, WNEP-TV / WNEP.com
If I’ve learned one thing in 2014, both through practice and study, it’s that we as humans create data at an astonishing pace. Through advances in technology, each day we create more data than is humanly possible to understand in a single lifetime. The takeaway from this is that we need help! If...

Big Data & Analytics Heroes: Jake Porway

December 9, 2014 | by Natasha Bishop, Big Data Strategy lead, IBM
Jake Porway, founder and executive director of DataKind and this week’s Big Data & Analytics Hero, shares that they’ve found that "cross-sector collaborations between data scientists, managers, designers, foundations, nonprofits and more are critical for really making lasting change.” When we...

The age of data and opportunities

December 5, 2014 | by Aleksandra (Saška) Mojsilovic, IBM Fellow, Data Science Group, IBM Research, IBM
We live in the time of profound technological shifts driven by the ever-increasing availability of data. This post discusses some of the ways data and analytics are impacting our lives; it is also a call to action, to think out of the box and look for new applications and data-driven solutions.

What can marketers learn from a rugby match?

December 5, 2014 | by Sam Seddon, Wimbledon and RFU Client Executive, IBM
The power of social media analytics is in the opportunities it provides and the insights you gain, not the raw data.

From IT drudgery to IT freedom

December 3, 2014 | by Paula Wiles Sigmon, Program Director for InfoSphere Portfolio Marketing
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?

Realizing a return on big data investments—within a year

December 2, 2014 | by Bob Palmer, Global Banking Industry Marketing, Big Data, IBM
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...

Why should automotive and manufacturing CTOs care about Hadoop?

December 2, 2014 | by Avi Patwardhan, Product Marketing Manager
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...

Are you the servant or master of your analytics?

December 1, 2014 | by Anne Nahkala, Associate Partner, Distribution Sector Europe, IBM Global Business Services, IBM
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.

SQL-on-Hadoop: Who leads the herd?

December 1, 2014 | by Gord Sissons, Product Marketing Manager, IBM
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...