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’
Predictive analytics is not just about forecasting what might happen. It’s also about detecting the warning signs of bad things that, if we don’t act quickly, might prove catastrophic or highly disruptive.
In the engineering world, for example, many organizations use statistical tools to predict
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
Based on his recent blog post, “Why Static Stinks,” Tom Deutsch, program director of IBM big data portfolio, further explains why non-personal recommendations – or “static” – are bad. Deutsch states that it is important to understand not only the trends of consumers, but who they are as people,
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,
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Evolving technologies in the energy and utilities industry, including smart meters and smart grids, can provide companies with unprecedented capabilities for forecasting
As social media tools become more prevalent, those participating in the online conversation become increasingly influential, especially as their opinions travel faster and to a wider group of consumers. The IBM Social Sentiment Index uses analytics and natural language processing technologies to
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