Harness the Power of Big Data is a new book by several of the authors of Understanding Big Data, the hugely popular book that debuted in 2011. Big data represents a new era of computing – an inflection point of opportunity where data in any format may be explored and utilized for breakthrough
It isn’t until the lights go out and the HVAC system stops working that most of us appreciate how important utilities are to our everyday lives. For the most part, energy and utility companies have operated in a predictable, linear way with reliable service, in spite of population growth and
As a business asset, “next best action” is not a secret sauce. It’s more like a layered lasagna that–depending on the ingredients, how carefully you assemble them, and how well you bake and serve it all–can be either a highly consumable platform or a sloppy mess of ill-fitting investments that you’
Did you miss me? After taking off the month of August to launch the IBM Big Data Hub (and to run the 199-mile Hood To Coast Relay), I’m eager to be back on the “Top Reads in Big Data” beat, rounding up great articles, blog posts, videos, podcasts and infographics. It was a short work-week in the
How can organizations understand the trends of each individual consumer? In a recent podcast, Tom Deutsch program director of IBM's Big Data Portfolio, spoke with IBM's social media lead for big data, David Pittman, on how big data technologies can improve the “market of one” between businesses and
According to several research firms, 70% of traditional data warehousing/Business Intelligence projects were considered failures. Fundamental to every data warehousing project is a basic and simple concept – “data integration.” Data integration technology became fundamental as data complexity,
We are often told of the importance of exercise to overall health. Stretching, cardio and strengthening exercises each contributes to maintaining a fit physique.
In the context of healthy data, we also need a range of activities to provide the right data to the right place at the right time – both
In my mind, IBM Watson represented a sentient super computer.
That’s what I thought when I was selected for one of 17 internships among almost 1,400 applicants to work with the IBM Watson team this summer.
I soon realized, however, that IBM Watson represents next-generation analytics technology –
Customer interactions today are no longer relegated to one-touch passes. Companies have numerous touch-points and are constantly looking for add-on sale opportunities. Car dealerships don’t stop at selling a car–they sell additional warranty, service contracts, insurance and accessories. Customers
We can argue till we’re blue in the face on the issue of whether a true data scientist must have academic credentials. But no one doubts that credentials mean little if you can’t actually do the work.
You can call yourself a data scientist in good conscience only if you can master the methodology.
In this “Talking Big Data” podcast, IBM's product manager of InfoSphere Streams, Roger Rea, spoke with IBM's social media lead for big data, David Pittman, on complex event processing and stream computing, and discussed whether or not these terms are interchangeable.
Rea first dives into defining
“Next best action” is a hot focus area in customer-facing business processes, especially marketing, sales and service. But it has just as great a potential in back-end business processes, and, in fact, ensures that many companies operate smoothly.
Next best action, in the broadest perspective, is
A bus, train or car to work. A bike to school. A plane for a business trip. And even if you don't leave your home, your life is still influenced by the transportation industry: virtually every tangible good—food, clothing, medicine, vehicles, computers—has been transported into your world from
The sheer thought of the data we create and consume today is mind boggling. IBM research shows we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day, and begs for a response to the question–what are we doing with all this data? A recent global survey by Jaspersoft answered this, revealing that the
"Next best action” is a hot focus area under big data, advanced analytics, digital marketing, smarter commerce and other business imperatives. Enterprises have been doing next best action, in various forms, for years. Many companies continue to scale up and build out their next-best-action