Though the true focus of IBM's 2013 Impact Conference is "mobile" technology, Eric Sall's Wednesday session on "5 Game-Changing Big Data Strategies" was standing-room only. Sall is Vice President of Product Marketing for IBM Information Management and has been speaking quite a bit about these key
You like videos and we like making them for you. This week, for our Friday Data Flick feature, we bring you three new videos: two that help you understand more about the top uses for big data and one that takes an in-depth look at Hadoop as a data warehouse.
Top Big Data Use Cases Explained
Boston’s recent ordeal demonstrated to everybody that civilization now has a powerful new tool for constant surveillance. Whether we use it in the cause of catching the bad guys or letting the bad guys control our lives is another question. But there’s no denying that social media, crowdsourcing,
“Organizations around the world lose an estimated five percent of their annual revenues to fraud, according to a survey of Certified Fraud Examiners (CFEs) who investigated cases between January 2010 and December 2011. Applied to the estimated 2011 Gross World Product, this figure translates to a
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,
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.
Lately, many news outlets have been rehashing some of the same old stories about how our government agencies are drowning in paper, with pictures of Veteran’s Administration file rooms looking like outtakes from the “Hoarders” TV program, complete with sagging floors from the weight of the floor-to
When someone has suffered an irreversibly life-altering event, such as a traumatic brain injury, predictive maintenance of that impaired state is the best we can hope for. Of necessity, people with traumatic brain injuries must be kept under constant monitoring. In most intensive care units (ICUs
Now that the hoopla surrounding the big data “Smart Sixteen” has subsided, let’s scrutinize the victor, Predict Customer Behavior, to understand why it dominated the other contenders as the top big data consideration. What key factors makes this big data initiative most appealing? Would it be the
Seattle Children’s Hospital is a demonstrated leader in innovative research and therapies for children, as shown below in just a few of their most recent announcements.
Seattle Children’s Research Institute, one of seven members of the Dream Team uniting researchers across the country in
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
Hadoop is fundamental to the future of big data. Users are adopting Hadoop for strategic roles in their current data warehousing architectures, such as extract/transform/load (ETL), data staging and preprocessing of unstructured content. Hadoop is also a key technology in next-generation massively
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