Blogs

Real-time healthcare compliance analytics can keep patients alive and well

July 24, 2014
Medical professionals are between the proverbial rock and hard place when trying to determine whether, how and why patients are failing to comply with doctor's orders. On the one hand, their ability to help people depends on having intimate, current and accurate knowledge of people's physical conditions and behaviors. On the other hand, doctors can't be Big Brother, engaging in 24x7 surveillance of their patients' private lives and wielding the power to punish recalcitrants. However, physicians can, within the bounds of privacy and propriety, use analytics to assess who might or might not be compliant. Using those insights, the healthcare system might identify the most appropriate real-time interventions to minimize the impacts of noncompliance on healthcare outcomes. Read More

How speed is going to change the data game

July 23, 2014
A majority of organizations today claim they have a competitive advantage because they are using big data and analytics. But, if everyone is claiming that, who really has the competitive advantage? The ones that do more predictive analytics? The ones that can do it cheaper? My bet is that it’s the ones that can do it faster. Read More

Just released—The Forrester Wave: Big Data Streaming Analytics Platforms, Q3 2014

July 23, 2014
Hot off the press! In response to overwhelming market demand, Forrester evaluated an elite group of vendors who offer real-time analytic platforms and has just released the first ever Forrester Wave for Big Data Streaming Analytics Platforms. Read More

Starting with a clean slate: The new chief data officer

July 22, 2014
How should the new CDO get started with collaborating, prioritizing and spearheading an organization’s efforts to put data at the center of its business?  The new ebook, "Insights for the new chief data officer," provides insights derived from interviews and interactions with a number of early CDOs, as well as from related IBM studies and the experiences of information professionals across multiple industries, as well as recommendations for the CDO in three broad areas: strategic alignment with the business, data strategy development and project prioritization.  Read More

Big Data & Analytics Heroes: Paula Post

July 22, 2014
Paula Post, group VP of merchandise optimization at BonTon Stores, Inc., indicates that with big data she is delivering to her workforce “true information so they can spend their time making decisions and doing things to drive the business.” Paula is this week’s IBM Big Data and Analytics Hero. Read More

Realize your data’s potential

July 18, 2014
Research indicates that business and IT professionals spend more than 70 percent of their time finding data, validating it or defending it, rather than focusing on what they find most important: analyzing the data. With too little time spent focusing on data analysis, organizations derive sub-optimal returns from their big data initiatives. For better business outcomes, and to maximize the value from big data, organizations need to invest in an agile data governance program.In a recent survey, respondents indicated that they spend more than 70 percent of their time finding data, validating it or defending it, rather than focusing on what they find most important: analyzing the data.  Read More

Is the healthcare industry ready for Hadoop?

July 18, 2014
This big question looms whenever and wherever practitioners all join together to discuss advances, changes and needs in the industry. While, in some ways, the answer is “yes"—because there is a need, a desire and a significant opportunity—in many ways healthcare organizations are just not there yet. Read More

How to create a competitive advantage in today's digital marketplace

July 18, 2014
If most organizations are using analytics to improve customer interactions, optimize supply chains and reduce financial risk then where does the advantage in today's marketplace come from? The IBV 2014 Analytics study will explore how organizations are creating a competitive advantage in today's data-driven marketplace. Read More

Real-world experiments and the Facebook controversy over mood manipulation

July 17, 2014
The recent controversy over the ethics of Facebook's attempts to influence moods through tweaks to its newsfeed algorithms is overblown. Essentially, Facebook data scientists conducted one of many real-world experiments that are standard operating procedure with them and with most online businesses these days. This was just a routine real-world experiment in big-data-driven sentiment analysis, content optimization and customer experience management. Read More

The evolution of the CFO

July 17, 2014
The CFO’s role is a pivotal one, as all top executives recognize. CEOs rely more heavily on the CFO than on the rest of the C-suite when they’re formulating business strategy. So, in a customer-activated enterprise with the finance organization's responsibilities expanding, how are CFOs staying ahead of the game? Read More

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