This morning I read this post on Toolbox
Self-Service Business Intelligence is…
- A win-win for IT and business professionals
- A trend that could possibly threaten some IT professionals’ livelihoods
- A disaster waiting to happen…sounds like a reporting nightmare
What do you think and
One thing that companies across the globe and across industries can agree on is the importance of the customer experience, its impact on their brand, and ultimately their bottom line. Customers today characterize companies by the experience and not by their product or solution offering. In truth,
Many people want SQL, the query language of the past two decades, to work on Hadoop. Derrick Harris of GigaOM outlined the approaches of 13 different vendors with their cleverly named projects in his Feb 2013 article. Recently, Information Week’s special coverage series on big data included an
Consumer products companies traditionally have had a wealth of information at their disposal from gathering large volumes of data about the manufacturing, logistics, and the sale and promotion of their products. Today's digitized shopping experience has put consumers in the catbird seat with up-to-
What if insurance companies could simultaneously improve customer satisfaction, retain valuable policyholders and maximize cross- and up-sell opportunities?
To achieve these goals, insurers need ways to anticipate customer needs and determine the next best action for each individual customer.
Cyberspace is today’s new battleground and cyber security continues to be a top imperative for both enterprises and governments. Recently, the U.S. Pentagon announced plans to boost their cyber security team amid a string of attacks, including one that wiped out more than 30,000 computers at a
Companies that insure our road vehicles request information including the driver’s age, gender (no longer legal in Europe), claims history and the ZIP or post code where the vehicle is parked at night. On this narrow data set, insurers construct an analytic model used to assess and price risk. A
Earlier this month, IBM Chairman, President and CEO, Ginni Rometty, spoke to the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR) about creating a Competitive Advantage in the Era of Smart.
According to Ginni, data is the “basis of competition in the ‘smarter’ era.” In the new ‘smarter’ landscape, organizations
In last month’s post, I talked about how cognitive computers, like IBM Watson, have the ability to do what the earliest underwriters did: approach each risk individually and, based on historical learning, apply reason and judgment to determine a rate. Cognitive computing allows insurers to analyze
Games are fun, and fun can be a powerful force for creative genius, superhuman productivity, and, of course, personal satisfaction.
Gamification is in vogue in online user-interface design these days. The term, defined here by Wikipedia, refers to online environments that incorporate systems of
On April 3rd, IBM hosted a press, analyst and social influencer event in Almaden, California at the IBM Research Lab to introduce a new suite of IBM big data solutions, further expanding the IBM big data platform.
To follow the real-time discussion as the event unfolded, check out #BigDataMgmt for
Predict Customer Behavior won a surprise victory over the top-seeded Improve Campaign Effectiveness in the Marketing region. ICE’s maturity in this case worked against it with the handsome newcomers of PCB. It seems like a trend today, that more low-level technical chops are getting the attention
The stage has been set for the Final Four of the IBM Smart Sixteen Big Data Challenge. Starting with a field of 16 business uses of big data, the cream of the crop continues to rise. Last week, Natasha Gabriel listed the elite eight who made it past the first stage. Here is how the bracket is
While basketball fans are deep into their Sweet 16/March Madness brackets at the moment, I was asked last week to provide my picks/brackets for IBM Big Data’s Smart Sixteen Big Data Challenge. I’m not a basketball fan and have never paid much attention to March Madness, but this intrigued me.