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As a recognized thought leader in Enterprise IT solutions, Lilien constantly monitors world-wide news sources for innovative ideas, articles and blog posts on trends and topics influencing our industry. Check back often for hand-picked articles that serve to announce, illustrate, and educate on the benefits of new trends, solutions and services.

Big Data & Advanced Analytics

HP invests $50 million in Hortonworks, forges big data partnership

The two companies will integrate engineering strategies, collaborate on sales and make it easier for HP customers to adopt Hortonworks.

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Oracle Big Data SQL lines up Database with Hadoop, NoSQL frameworks

Oracle's latest big idea for big data aims to eliminate data silos with new software connecting the dots between the Oracle Database, Hadoop and NoSQL.

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How The Cloud And Big Data Are Changing Small Business

Big data and the cloud have a profound impact on business operations in almost any industry today, allowing companies of all sizes to more effectively serve customers, perform risk-analyses and create new revenue streams.

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Culture, collaboration and confidence key to big data success

There has been tremendous interest in data analytics among mid-size and large organizations this year, but the greatest success stories have been among organizations that focus on culture, collaboration and confidence, not the technology alone.

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A roundup of analytics, big data and business intelligence forecasts and estimates 2014

From manufacturers looking to gain greater insights into streamlining production, reducing time-to-market and increasing product quality to financial services firms seeking to upsell clients, analytics is now essential for any business looking to stay competitive.

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11 Market Trends in Advanced Analytics

Offerings in the advanced analytics space are rapidly evolving to meet the changing needs of organizations that seek to infuse analytics into decision-making throughout the enterprise. Here are 11 market trends dominating the advanced analytics market today.

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Big Data Chips Away at Costs

CFOs in companies large and small are marshaling the billions of bits of data available to them so they can better forecast sales, manage capital spending and increase cash flow.

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Big Data ROI: Making Better Decisions That Drive Community, Retention And Revenue

The challenge to bring companies to build closer knit communities and to keep their employees and customers coming back have stood the test of time, but Big Data and its potential are proving to be a force to be reckoned with.

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Google Just Made Big Data Expertise Much Tougher to Fake

During some talks at the company’s annual developer conference, Google executives declared that they’re over Hadoop. It’s yesterday’s buzzword. Anyone who wants to be a true Big Data jockey will now need to be conversant in Flume, MillWheel, Google Cloud Dataflow

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The Internet Of Things Will Radically Change Your Big Data Strategy

Companies are jumping on the Internet of Things (IoT) bandwagon and for good reasons. McKinsey Global Institute reports that the IoT business will deliver $6.2 trillion of revenue by 2025.

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How big data can create 'incredible possibilities' for cities

For cities of all sizes, big data presents an opportunity to optimize and improve daily life.

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10 Powerful Facts About Big Data

Big data means many things to many people, but how broad is its impact? Consider these figures on big data and the gurus who splice it.

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Military, intel turn to big data for better situational awareness

Big data tools and analytics have become essential for sorting through the growing mountain of intelligence data being collected from a rapidly multiplying number of human and machine-based sources

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Why Big Data Tools Are Here To Stay: InformationWeek Video

Nix the naysayers. Big data leaders say they need new tools, and they're not letting talent shortages get in the way.

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Feds say it's time to regulate Big Data

For years, data brokers have been collecting and selling billions of pieces of your personal information -- from your income to your shopping habits to your medical ailments. Now federal regulators say it's time you have more control over what's collected and whether it will be used at all.

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Finding a needle in a big data haystack: Cloud based analytics to the rescue

~~Dealing with big data is a challenge, and performing meaningful analytics on that data can be impossible without a significant amount of hardware and iron to process it. But fortunately, the ability to cloud burst and use processing power elastically means smaller organizations can now do what was once only the realm of the big bay area behemoths. The cloud has made big data more manageable, and it has made analyzing that data much, much faster. As big data keeps getting bigger, bigger clouds will be there to handle it.

 

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Big Data Fans: Don't Boil The Ocean

Planning a Big Data strategy?..., an effective big data solution often requires an in-house data science team or outside consultants to sharpen the focus.

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5 technologies that will help big data cross the chasm

We’re on the cusp of a real turning point for big data. Its applications are becoming clearer, its tools are getting easier and its architectures are maturing in a hurry. It’s no longer just about log files, clickstreams and tweets. It’s not just about Hadoop and what’s possible (or not) with MapReduce.

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Big Data Can Solve Small Problems

In an era when buzzword answers to business problems ("just Hadoop it") have become all too common, the Summit was refreshing in explaining how the nebulous concept of big data is currently most effective in being applied to solve small, but nagging issues, and the future is in companies figuring out how to meld existing internal data structures with data pulled in from nontraditional outside sources.

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The impact of big data on enterprise apps

A major part of the value of enterprise apps is taking company data and visualizing it to enable better and faster decision-making. With big data, they have to take it to the next level.

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Findings of the Big Data and Privacy Working Group Review

The big data revolution presents incredible opportunities in virtually every sector of the economy and every corner of society.

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Tackling urban problems with Big Data

Paul Waddell, a city planning professor at the University of California, Berkeley, with a penchant for conducting research with what he calls his "big urban data," is putting his work to a real-world test in San Francisco.

 

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5 ways companies are using big data to help their customers

Here are five ways companies are using big data to treat customers more like individuals — and build better long-term relationships so those customers happily buy more and more.

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How Miami Is Solving Big Problems With Big Data

Using big data and analytics has helped Miami-Dade County crack cold cases, reduce water waste and design better public transportation systems. City residents can also see how their tax money is spent and participate more in their governance.

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Big ROI From Big Data Analytics for DSL Service Providers

By processing this data with complex algorithms designed specifically for big-data analytics, providers can more effectively identify and respond to performance issues that impact the customer experience. This historic DSL performance data holds intrinsic value that can transform contact-center operations, and providers are investing in new ways to mine this data. Research firm Ovum estimates that by 2018, telecommunications service providers will spend more than $7.7 billion annually on big-data analytics solutions.

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Tapping Big Data Analytics to Acquire, Engage and Retain Customers

What it takes to fully leverage data for customer acquisition, engagement and retention.

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Advanced Analytics Market on the Rise

The advanced analytics market is set to rise a considerable amount, according to new findings featured on Virtual-Strategy Magazine. Businesses are taking a closer look at the technology since it has proved to help early adopters increase efficiency. Midsize firms in particular have much to gain, no matter what industry they are in.

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Get Familiar With Big Data Now-or Face 'Permanent Pink Slip'

Sick of hearing about Big Data? Get used to it. Whether you believe analytics is a tired corporate buzzword or the key to future business growth, hundreds of companies are searching, and paying richly, for hires with quantitative skills.

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Merck Optimizes Manufacturing With Big Data Analytics

Pharmaceutical firm uses Hadoop to crunch huge amounts of data so it can develop vaccines faster. One of eight profiles of InformationWeek Elite 100 Business Innovation Award winners.

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Big Data is secretly scoring you

You likely know about your credit score -- that key measure that influences everything from your monthly car payment to your ability to buy a home. But there are dozens of other consumer scores that are impacting your daily life that you have no idea about.

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Answers To Three Big Data Questions Every Entrepreneur Needs To Know

There is a good chance that in the near future, your boss is going to call on you during the next strategic planning meeting and inquire, “What are your plans for interpreting Big Data to provide a strong ROI for the company?” We want you to be prepared with something substantive and useful in your reply. Success is in the preparation.

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Big Data Reaches Inflection Point

Enterprises see the light on big data opportunities. It's only a matter of time before mainstream data-management environments evolve.

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Big Data and the Need for Content Intelligence

Big data can be made more useful through content intelligence. A new study found that most businesses cannot adequately organize all their data. As a result, midsize firms are seeking more advanced tools and methodologies for data analytics and data mining in order to make better business decisions.

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Big Data Analytics: Fighting Cyber Crime

Big data analytics may be the key to fighting the growing threat of cyber crime, at least according to the 18 government IT leaders surveyed for MeriTalk's recent "Balancing the Big Data Cyber Equation" survey. A new look at how advanced analytics can help improve network security is important as midsize firms decide how they will protect their data going forward.

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Big data analytics: the enterprise's next great security weapon?

The number of companies using big data analytics for at least one security or fraud detection use case will triple in the next two years, bringing some much-needed context to all the monitoring clutter.

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Feds Look To Big Data On Security Questions

Government IT leaders believe continuous monitoring and advanced analytics can help agencies better understand their networks and security.

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Gartner BI Magic Quadrant: Winners & Losers

Tableau and QlikTech move up. See who moves down in Gartner's ranking of business intelligence vendors.

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Report: Big data, cybersecurity intrinsically linked

The report presents a snapshot of where most of the federal government is today in using big data to enhance cyber missions, how they balance access to the growing amount of information they create and store with the risk to that information, and what the future holds for these interwoven disciplines as technologies and policies evolve.

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HP Rolls Out Vertica Marketplace for Big Data Analytics

HP rolls out Vertica Marketplace as an online destination for big data analytics.

 

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NoSQL and Big Data Analytics: 10 Things Every CIO Should Know

In this eWEEK slide show, with insight from former Oracle and IBM executive and technology visionary/executive consultant Jnan Dash, we offer 10 basic facts every CIO should know about big data and emerging database technologies.

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16 Top Big Data Analytics Platforms

~~Data analysis is a do-or-die requirement for today's businesses. We analyze notable vendor choices, from Hadoop upstarts to traditional database players.

 

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Big Data Analytics and Storage: Going Nowhere but Up in 2014

~~Mobility, the explosion of devices, the Internet of things and improved usability by enterprise line-of-business workers are driving big data analytics into a huge new market.

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Big Data goes big in 2014: Analytics for everyone

Big Data analytics isn’t just greenfields and early adopters anymore. Vertica’s VP/GM says this year will mark the journey from ‘Big Data’ to no big deal.

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NFL Examines Stadium WiFi Analytics

What could be better than watching the big game from your own couch on a high-definition TV with your choice of snacks and adult beverages? Would-be ticket buyers are asking this very question, so the National Football League and many of its 32 teams are pulling out all the stops to provide a better experience for fans who make it to the stadium.

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2014: The Year Big Data Adoption Goes Mainstream In The Enterprise

Last week IDG published their latest big data enterprise survey and predictions for 2014 finding that on average, enterprises will spend $8M on big data –related initiatives in 2014.

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Top Four Big Data Trends For Businesses In 2014

With 2014 right around the corner, which technologies should enterprises have on their radars? Think big data beyond the hype.

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Big Data and analytics: The year ahead

As a follow-up to our year-end Big Data predictions roundup, let's kick off 2014 with an additional, broader set of predictions from industry players.

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Deloitte CPO Study: Technology and Analytics are High Priorities

Deloitte’s latest CPO study suggests a material interest in general technology learning and investment, as well as a focus on near-term objectives in regards to analytics and visibility.

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Top 10 Big Data Stories Of 2013

Big data equals big opportunity -- and a surplus of hype. Catch up on the big data articles that interested readers most in 2013.

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Big Data In 2014: 6 Bold Predictions

How will big data evolve in 2014? The future is anyone's guess, of course, but we thought we'd compile a tasty holiday assortment of prognostications from executives working in the big data trenches. So without further delay, here they are -- six big data predictions for next year:

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Army, Navy using big data to increase energy savings

The Army and Navy are using big data analytics to identify energy savings opportunities in more than 650 worldwide facilities, with a target of making half of all Navy buildings net-zero energy by 2020, producing as much energy as they consume.

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$16.1 Billion Big Data Market: 2014 Predictions From IDC And IIA

Both IDC and The International Institute of Analytics (IIA) discussed their big data and analytics predictions for 2014 in separate webcasts earlier this week.

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Hadoop still too slow for real-time analysis applications?

With all the buzz that Hadoop is generating in IT circles these days, it's easy to start thinking that the open source distributed processing framework can handle just about anything in big data environments. But real-time analysis involving ad hoc querying of Hadoop data has been a notable exception.

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2014 Analytics, BI, and Information Management Survey

IT's tried for years to simplify data analytics and business intelligence efforts. Have visual analysis tools and Hadoop and NoSQL databases helped? Respondents to our 2014 InformationWeek Analytics, Business Intelligence, and Information Management Survey have a mixed outlook.

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Want To Kill Your Career? Just Ignore The Big Data Boom

If your CEO asked you today to offer an evaluation on how well equipped your organization is to take full advantage of the Big Data opportunity, what would your answer be? If the CEO asked for a number from 1 to 10 where 1 represents “we’re hosed” and 10 represents “we’re fully optimized,” where would you stand? Let’s take a look at a few possible answers:

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Big Data, Small Staff: Growing Your Own for a New Market

A recent report from CompTIA revealed nearly eight in ten executives say they need better real-time analytics and improvement in converting data into actionable intelligence. But while the demand is certainly there, the skilled workers may not be.

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Big Data News: HP Expands Vertica Analytics Platform

HP expands its big data analytics platform with Hadoop integration, SGI partners with Extreme Networks for Hadoop solutions, Zettaset secures Hadoop, and Concurrent delivers an all-access pass to business intelligence tools on Hadoop.

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White House Unveils Big Data Projects, Round Two

White House announces dozens of new government-business-nonprofit collaborations to use big data for medical research, economics and more.

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Big Data Analytics Rollout: 10 Obstacles to Bridging the Skills Gap

On the bright side, of the 425-plus analytics professionals who were surveyed for the report, 83 percent claimed analytics is critical to their organization. Yet, there are a number of significant obstacles preventing organizations from realizing analytics' true potential. In this eWEEK slide show using Lavastorm's research, we examine these issues.

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Big Data + Analytics : A $200 billion market | #IBMIoD

Dave Laverty, Vice President, Big Data & Analytics at IBM, explored the company’s Big Data go to market strategy live at the IBM Information on Demand 2013 event in Las Vegas.

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3 ways healthcare orgs use big data

Big data isn't all talk and buzzwords--CIO magazine recently highlighted several real-life cases of healthcare organizations that are using big data analytics to improve outcomes and reduce costs in a slideshow. The cases bridge traditional analytics and big data pushes with "rapid, agile insight delivery" to the point of decision. 

 

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The Big Data Boom: Is Your Company Ready?

Samsung uses it to power the content recommendation engine on its newest smart TVs. Progressive Insurance relies on it to capture driving behavior and determine customer risk profiles. LexisNexis Risk Solutions uses it to identify individuals and family relationships, thus helping financial institutions and other clients reduce fraud.

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When Powering Big Data, Think Energy Efficiency

As IT sources contribute to rising carbon dioxide emissions, the environmental impact of storing and processing all this data becomes more important.

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Big Data FAQ: Separating Signal From Noise

Author Phil Simon answers the most frequently asked questions on the impact of big data on small businesses and individuals, the role of data scientists and the continuing importance of human intuition.

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Making Analytics Pay In The Enterprise

 A recent study by The Economist, “Big Data and the Democratisation of Decisions,” shows the severity of the big data analytics problem and which departments need the most support: customer service, human resources, marketing, strategy and business development.

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Big Data's Promise To Business: Three Steps To Success

As I talk to customers and industry leaders worldwide at various stages in their big data metamorphosis, I see three trends emerge that present the opportunity and challenge to extract actionable business value from big data.

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Hadoop and Big Data: 101

The technology that powers your social networks, your favourite search engines, your online gaming experience and your anti-spam services is provocatively accessible to every enterprise, thanks to an open source project named after a child's stuffed toy.

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Analytics Tops Utility List of Future Needs

GTM Research has pegged the value of the global utility data analytics market at a cumulative $20 billion between 2013 and 2020, growing from an annual spend of $1.1 billion this year to nearly $4 billion by decade’s end.

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HP Haven Big Data Platform Is Gaining Partner Momentum

Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ)'s Haven big data platform is rapidly gaining partner momentum with more than 120 partners already signed up to sell at least one piece of the portfolio just three months after the formal launch.

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Oracle's 'big data' push gets even bigger

Family of Oracle products that analyze massive and varied data streams keeps growing

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Do enterprises need a chief data scientist?

Summary: Enterprises are increasingly focused on using big data and analytics to help them better understand both the requirements of their customers, trends and patterns of customer activity and this requires a different approach. Dell says that this trend means that enterprises need a new type of leader, a chief data scientist, to help ask the right questions, in the right way and drive the transition to the data-driven enterprise.

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Exploring the Big Data Stack

the various elements that comprise a Big Data stack, including tools to capture, integrate and analyze. 

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Analytics for Smarter Communities

For local governments drowning in data, analytics offers a way to make sense of it all.

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Big Data: A Practical Definition

Today's hazy definitions don't clearly illustrate big data's benefits, says one Hortonworks exec. Here's a pragmatic alternative.

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Big data systems shine light on neglected 'dark data'

The notion of "dark data" lurking in the shadows of IT systems has been around for years. But with the increasing adoption of Hadoop and other highly scalable big data technologies, more of that data is poised to come out into the open.

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Hadoop According To Hortonworks: An Insider's View

Shaun Connolly, Hortonworks VP of corporate strategy, dishes on Hadoop 2.0., competition with Cloudera and the threat of big data commoditization.

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IBM Big Data Analytics Powers Renewable Energy Forecasting System

IBM announced a new system, known as Hybrid Renewable Energy Forecasting (HyRef), which uses big data analytics to predict the availability of renewable energy.

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Big Data Debate: Will HBase Dominate NoSQL?

HBase offers both scalability and the economy of sharing the same infrastructure as Hadoop, but will its flaws hold it back? NoSQL experts square off.

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Australia wants to be world leader in big data analytics

The Australian Government's new Big Data Strategy seeks to position the country as a world leader in public sector big data analytics use and government services reform

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Big Data Will Transform Biz Travel Management, Expert Says

Are you paying attention to the buzz about big data? If you’re a TMC or a corporate travel agency you should be, because big data has the potential to drive big changes in travel management.

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Big Data: Making Cities Smarter

Big Data is everywhere. Harnessing the power of Big Data will help design smarter cities in the future. The real opportunity for Big Data lies not only in the early adoption use cases, but in places we haven't thought of yet," says Gary Stiehr, Organizer of StampedeCon.

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IBM And Big Data Disruption: Insider's View

Feisty is a fitting description for Bob Picciano, who in this in-depth interview with InformationWeek is at turns effusive and dismissive. He talks at length about IBM's vision for five big data use cases while ceding nothing to database competitors SAP, MongoDB and Cassandra. Read on for the big data perspective from inside IBM.

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Agencies hope big data investments mean big payoffs

Agencies are under increasing pressure to invest in technologies that can mine massive amounts of data for trends and drive better decision-making.

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Big Data Is Good for Your Health

With access to more information than ever, consumers can take control of their healthcare in ways never before imagined.

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What's the Scoop on Hadoop?

If you are an investor in the field of Big Data, you must have heard the terms “Big Data” and “Hadoop” a million times. Big Data pundits use the terms interchangeably and conversations might lead you to believe that the terms are synonymous. Beware. They aren’t. What is Big Data then and why does Hadoop matter?

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Big Data Creating Big Opportunities for Entrepreneurs to Solve Big Problems

Useful data includes data that could tackle the world’s problems such as wasteful medical spending, congested urban roadways, and environmental concerns. For example, the Institute of Medicine estimates of that of the $2.7 trillion spent on U.S. healthcare in 2011, $750 billion was wasted because of unnecessary and inefficiently delivered services, excessive administration costs, missed prevention opportunities and fraud. Some of which could be addressed with better data.

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In China, Big Data Is Becoming Big Business

At a presentation last week at Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management, China’s premier business school, associate professor of marketing Meng Su predicted: “China will soon become world’s most important data market.” He advised job seekers in China and elsewhere to consider training for a new career path as “data scientists,” which he described as “one of the most valuable jobs in the next 10 years.” Interpreting big data seems poised to become big business.

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How 'big data' can help get you pregnant

Awkward onstage discussions of cervical-mucus consistency aside, Max Levchin’s new pregnancy app is a promising application of “big data” to real-world problems.
 

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The IPO market is back -- for enterprise tech

Tableau (DATA) has tapped into one of the hottest trends in enterprise technology -- the overused buzzword that is big data.

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Business Intelligence, Analytics Top Areas of Investment in 2014: Gartner

Fifteen of the top 19 business processes that chief financial officers (CFOs) have identified as requiring improved technology support are largely addressed by business intelligence (BI), analytics and performance management technologies.These factors make the technologies a top investment priority in 2014, according to a joint study by IT research firm Gartner and the Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF), the research affiliate of Financial Executives International (FEI).

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How Financial Firms Can Turn The Tide On Big Data

Big data buzz has been steadily gaining steam for several years, and in response, financial firms have made strong investments in the speed, security and robustness of their data center infrastructure.

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eBay employs big data platforms to drive competitive edge

Trying to make sense of the estimated 100 terabytes of new data received every day to meet changing customer expectations and keep a competitive edge has led eBay to start using big data platforms.

 

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IBM Brings 'Big Data' to Business School

IBM is teaming up with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lally School of Management & Technology to offer a masters degree in business analytics, which will kick off in September. The partnership is the latest one of about 300 that IBM (IBM) has with academic institutions, mostly business schools, all related to big data analytics.

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MapR Brings Search To Hadoop

Last fall MapR set out to improve on HBase, Hadoop's built-in NoSQL database. On Wednesday it delivered on that promise and it announced a next move: integrating search capabilities with its M7 Hadoop distribution with partner LucidWorks.

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Oracle cuts down Big Data Appliance to make pilots cheaper

It is hard to imagine a rack of servers and switches being too much of a machine for a pilot Hadoop system, but that is exactly what prospective customers have been telling Oracle. And so it is offering a cut-down "starter" version of its Big Data Appliance with a much lower price point.

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Selecting Big Data Sources for Predictive Analytics

Why is big data valuable? Because it’s big? Not really. In fact, very large datasets always come with a very large set of headaches. Storage, maintenance and management of very large datasets is not simple. And just having a lot of data doesn’t guarantee a lot of value.

The value of any dataset is determined by the quality of information you can extract from it. The key to value in big data is the detail. In other words, the value of big data is in the small stuff.

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Pentaho and Think Big Analytics Partner on Machine-Generated Big Data

Pentaho and Think Big Analytics have entered into a partnership they say will help users measure and analyze machine-generated data, a subset of Big Data.

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In the realm of big data

HP Vertica is complementary to other big data technologies such as Hadoop and traditional BI tools. "Many legacy data warehouses are slowing down because they are stretched to capacity and their reporting is inflexible," says Chris Selland, VP of marketing at HP Vertica. "Now, organizations are moving into a ‘conversational relationship' with the data, in response to the need to sift through massive amounts of data."

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Big Data In The Enterprise: 7 Shocking Truths

Released in late March, the report reveals some pretty staggering statistics related to the proliferation of unstructured data and how it's shaking up today's IT landscape. The study compiles survey results from 1,800 IT professionals across 18 countries related to their big data strategies, budgets and challenges in 2013 and the years to come. Here's a look at the highlights.

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Memo to recent college grads: Big data jobs are your future

The trend is clear: Lots of companies want to hire big data analysts, but there aren't nearly enough to go around. This leaves companies in the zero-sum situation of poaching each other's talent, or hiring outside contractors, retraining their own staff, or waiting for universities to mint more big data analysts.

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Pursuing big data utopia: What realtime interactive analytics could mean to you

With Hadoop and HDFS and related big data technologies, we’ve pretty much licked the scale problem of handling petabyte upon petabyte of data. Next up: solving the speed problem.

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Big Data Analytics in the Real World: Beyond the Hype

The IBM Institute for Business Value, in partnership with the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, recently conducted a study of more than 1100 business and IT professionals in 95 countries. The results provide a realistic picture of how business enterprises are using big data analytics in the here and now.

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How Big Data Is Changing the Whole Equation for Business

There's a ton of information out there. And businesses are figuring out how to put it to work.

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What's to be Done about Big Data?

Big Data is an excellent introduction for general audiences to what has become a topic of conversation everywhere, faster than any other technology-driven buzzword in recent memory.

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Latest IBM Watson competition works toward building 'big data' workforce

Some of the big winners from IBM's latest competition to uncover potential use cases for Watson reflect the demand for a growing "big data workforce" nationwide.

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Big Data, Plus Cloud: Call It 'Weird Data,' But in a Good Way

We have the cloud, we have big data, we have social networks and we have mobile computing. The sum total is more than the parts; it’s amounting to a big data cloud that is surrounding and defining businesses of all types and sizes, providing interesting opportunities for those who engage it.

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6 Big Data Advances: Some Might Be Giants

It has been a big week for big data news, with O'Reilly's Strata Conference in Santa Clara, Calif., sparking a bevy of announcements. Three of these developments look like real milestones, solving problems that are truly vexing for the big data community.

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Fast Data Gets A Jump On Big Data

Fast Data is a complimentary approach to Big Data for managing large quantities of “in-flight” data that helps organizations get a jump on those business-critical decisions. Fast Data is the continuous access and processing of events and data in real-time for the purposes of gaining instant awareness and instant action. Fast Data can leverage Big Data sources, but it also adds a real-time component of being able to take action on events and information before they even enter a Big Data system.

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HP, Dell Announce New Big Data Analytics Solutions

HP leverages Hadoop for providing context to big data and Dell advances Kitenga Analytics

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Preparing for Analytics 3.0

Big data, of course, is still a popular concept, and one might think that we’re still in the 2.0 period. However, there is considerable evidence that organizations are entering the Analytics 3.0 world. It’s an environment that combines the best of 1.0 and 2.0—a blend of big data and traditional analytics that yields insights and offerings with speed and impact. Although it’s early days for this new model, the traits of Analytics 3.0 are already apparent:

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Using big data to cure cancer, Bina ushers in new era of medicine

Dr. Narges Bani Asadi says cancer is a genetic disease, and she is using technology to fight it. Asadi is the founder and CEO of Bina, a healthcare startup working to make ‘personalized medicine’ a reality. Bina applies big data analytics to genomics, making it possible to sequence the human genome in a matter of hours rather than days or weeks.


 

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Big Data in Human Resources: Talent Analytics Comes of Age

Gartner expects the market for BigData and analytics to generate $3.7 Trillion in products and services and generate 4.4 million new jobs by 2015. While most of the talk is about applying BigData to marketing and consumer businesses, there is an even bigger opportunity to apply BigData to Human Resources.  (We call it Talent Analytics.)

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Big data: Why most businesses just don't get it

Big data could be the answer to all their problems but the trouble is most businesses may be failing to ask the right questions, according to analyst firm Gartner.

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Actionable analytics top CIO priority

Business Intelligence (BI) and analytics are top investment priorities for CIOs, but new research by Gartner shows that the trend towards actionable analytics is growing.

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Big Data: Red Hat's Jim Whitehurst Looks 20 Years Into The Future

In 20 years, Whitehurst predicted, Big Data will have gone mainstream. We will be increasingly able to use analytics to better orchestrate how a business collects, analyzes and distributes information. Bascially, everything important about how it operates.

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Banks Using Big Data to Discover 'New Silk Roads'

JPMorgan Chase Bank of America Corp. Citigroup Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co. — are beginning to make use of potentially powerful analytic technology known as Big Data, which describes a broad set of hardware and software and is designed to quickly process huge amounts of data, including information like social media posts and email, which don’t fit into conventional databases.

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EMC announces enhanced Greenplum big data analytics appliance

EMC Corporation has enhanced its appliance-based unified Big Data analytics offering, the EMC Greenplum Data Computing Appliance (DCA), with a redesign of its analytics-optimised, scalable systems that are used for statistical analysis, predictive modelling and machine learning.Lili

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Oracle Snaps Up Acme Packet For $1.7B; IBM Gets Star Analytics

Two of the biggest players in the market for emerging big data applications made major acquisitions as Oracle Corp. (NASDAQ:ORCL), the No. 1 database company, said it will acquire Acme Packet (NASDAQ:APKT) for $1.98 billion, and International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), the No. 2 computer company, bought private Star Analytics for an undisclosed price.

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Touchdown: 7 NFL Teams Scoring with Analytics

The Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons are currently using some form of Advanced Analytics.

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Ford scours for more big data to bolster quality, improve manufacturing, streamline processes

Ford Motor Company has scoured the metrics from the company’s best processes across myriad manufacturing efforts and through detailed outputs from in-use automobiles--all to improve and help transform their business.

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Vague Goals Seed Big Data Failures

IT staff survey finds big data projects are plagued by unclear business objectives and unrealistic expectations that Hadoop will solve all problems.

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VoltDB: New Database Speeds Up Big Data Analysis

In-memory database vendor VoltDB Tuesday launched the latest version of its flagship database designed to handle high-velocity big data applications. The Billerica, Mass.-based company also said it will be building out its channel play to drive adoption of the new offering.

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The Soft Benefit of Big Data Analytics:Thinking Differently

Simply put, Big Data analytics can change the way an organization – and therefore, its people – thinks. More than this, as Austrian Federal Government CIO Dr. Reinhard Posch suggests, organizations can only leverage this software effectively after they change how they think. How? By changing the underlying logic that organizations use to query data and analyze the results returned, the logic that also drives their operations.

Big Data analytics not only enable organizations to quickly access and track the ongoing stream of global tweets, status updates, texts, videos, and blog posts. It also empowers decision makers with the deep-dive capability they need to accurately query and analyze the opinions shared by their organization’s customers, suppliers, stakeholders, shareholders, and employees.

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Big data market worth $48.3 billion in 2018

The big data phenomenon will continue to evolve in the near future, placing greater emphasis on effective big data analytics to manage and study large information sets. A recent report by Transparency Market Research found that the global big data market was worth $6.3 billion in 2012. This figure is projected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of approximately 41 percent, reaching $48.3 billion by 2018.

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5 Recommendations for Developing a Big Data Analytics Strategy

The findings of this research entitled "Analytics: The real-world use of big data" were based on the IBM Big Data @ Work Survey that was carried out in the middle of last year in 95 countries across 26 industries and which surveyed 1144 professionals working around big data.

The first thing it found was for many, even the term big data was confusing largely because it is used in association with so many different IT disciplines. It was used by respondents in the survey to describe all kinds of different things including: large quantities of data, social media analytics, advanced data management capabilities and a lot more.

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Big Data: Getting Ready For The 2013 Big Bang

Big Data is the business challenge of the 21st century, and 2012 was the year that the Big Data revolution rocked the C-suite. After Nate Silver’s massive coup predicting the outcome of every state in the November election, even laypeople no longer doubt that data-driven decisions and real-time information – implemented at lightning speed – can  lead to huge wins.

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Analytics Vendors Must Make Prediction Easier, Forrester Says

Forrester Wave report urges SAP, IBM and eight other vendors to come up with advanced analytics software that's less daunting to business users.

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Note to self: Business intelligence, analytics trends to watch in 2013

Increasingly, businesses are grasping onto analytics and data-driven decisions as a way to be more efficient and save money. Whether it's become a more accepted approach, or is simply a way to be budget conscious, businesses are asking better questions when it comes to business intelligence (BI) and analytics, according to Zeanah, and will continue to do so.

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7 Big Data Solutions Try To Reshape Healthcare

Big data analytics is at that tipping point right now in the healthcare industry. Several vendors promise better quality of care and reduced expenditures, but evidence to support those claims is somewhat tentative. Similarly, some critics of the big data movement say healthcare providers need to squeeze all the intelligence they can from small data sets before moving on to larger projects.

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How the Cloud and Big Data Are Changing Entertainment

It’s a classic case of the disruptive entrants and a strategic inflexion point: New technology threatens the status quo, as streaming video propelled through the cloud by big data takes on the DVD and Blu-ray. Discs are a venerable golden goose egg for studios, which last year generated some $18 billion in sales and rentals.

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Big Data In the Enterprise: A Lesson Or Two From Big Brother

In the next five years, we will see businesses and industries transform just like they did when they stumbled into the digital era. Learning from the government, imagine the effects Big Data technologies will have on the health-care industry when it comes to re-admissions and survival rates; or the impact of instantaneous fraud detection on consumer sentiment in retail. Whether it’s the public or private sector, the possibilities are endless and only limited by our creativity.

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Reaping Big Data Benefits

Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ)'s big data strategy is still in its early stages, but HP channel partners are already finding what they describe as promising business opportunities within the portfolio.

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Can Big Data Actually Be The Thing That Saves HP?

The magnitude of the problems HP is facing is a powerful argument for why the company needs to focus on building out its big data portfolio. Research firm Gartner expects big data to drive $28 billion in IT spending this year and $34 billion in 2013.

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Oracle Ends Year by Unveiling New Big Data Appliance

Oracle, not one to be left behind in any data center trend, took a couple of steps forward Dec. 17 as a big data hardware and software supplier by unveiling a new Cloudera-powered big data appliance and some new data center connectors to go with it.

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Big Data Blasts off in 2013

Big data is poised for a massive ramp up in 2013 as enterprises seek nuggets of value in ever expanding flows of information – but there will be hurdles, not least the access to specialist big data skills.

 

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The 10 Coolest Big Data Products Of 2012

Market researcher Gartner calculated that big data would drive $28 billion of IT spending in 2012. Not surprising, given that the exploding volume of information stored in the world's IT systems reached an estimated 2.7 zettabytes (that's 2.7 billion terabytes) in 2012 and the need for technology to collect, store, manage and analyze all that information is very real.Here's our list of what we think were the coolest big data products to hit the market in 2012.

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Billions Of Reasons To Get Ready For Big Data

By the end of the decade we could see tens of billions of new Internet-connected devices. The majority of business data may end up being generated by these billions and billions of Internet-enabled devices of all types, sending back huge amounts of data to corporate servers or the cloud. The business opportunities opened up by this device-to-data center world, with billions of Internet-connected devices generating Big Data, are the next big thing.

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For Riot Games, Big Data Is Serious Business

Riot Games depends on data analysts and engineers to keep its millions of gamers engaged in battle.

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HP announces new and enhanced Big Data offerings

The second day of the HP Discover event was all about Big Data, as HP announced both new and enhanced Information Optimization Solutions to help enterprises deal with this issue.

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IBM Analytics Opens New Big Data Hub

When it comes to data, these days IBM (NYSE: IBM) is talking big, really big. The vendor, which claims some 27,000 of its channel partners (here’s a list of some impact players) are involved in data analytics in one capacity or another, has opened the doors on a new facility devoted to research, development, customer services and skills training associated with analytics technology and cognitive computing.

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Big Data and Advanced Analytics: Success Stories From the Front Lines

$50 billion. That’s about how much marketers are spending on Big Data and advanced analytics (according to a BMO Capital Markets report) in the hopes of improving marketing’s impact on the business.

This commitment reflects a belief that big data and advanced analytics can transform business. While, at times, the promise has fallen short of the reality, some companies are already seeing significant value. Recent academic research found that companies that have incorporated data and analytics into their operations show productivity rates 5 to 6 percent higher than those of their peers. Now is the time to define a pragmatic approach to big data and advanced analytics that is rooted in performance and focused on impact (see “Making advanced analytics work for you.”)

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Big Data Is on the Rise, Bringing Big Questions

The next Next Big Thing is Big Data. Evangelists claim it has the power to reveal hidden truths about our companies, about our lives, about society as a whole. So important is it that last week's Silicon Valley Comes to Oxford annual event was built around the topic. Inevitably the real world crashes into digital utopia. According to Peter Tufano, the dean of Oxford's Said Business School, which played host to the event, while awareness of the topic was high among enterprises, only about 6% of companies have got beyond a pilot stage, and 18% are still in one.

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Big Data's dirty secret: Companies are storing data, but don't know what to do with it!

The key takeaway from the Big Data panel: the space is flooded with options, but we’re still in the nascent stages of understanding how companies can utilize their data to drive business and strategy.


 

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Sex appeal in big data, predictive analytics

Digital statisticians and data analysts are the new studs on the block. They manipulate huge amounts of collected data, and make solid predictions about global trends and individual behaviours.
Predictive analysts are well beyond telling the simple 'what happened and why' story; they are all about 'what's coming'.
From search engine operators, retail marketers, financial mangers to governments and security agencies, knowing what's next can be a difference-maker or a deal-breaker, so data analysis professionals are hot!


 

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HP forges hyperscale ProLiants aimed at big data

Big data doesn't fit in normal servers, and so HP's engineers have gone back to the whiteboards and designed a new line of hyperscale machines called the ProLiant SL4500s.

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Is Big Data Right For Your Business? President Obama Thinks So

The consulting firm Deloitte predicts that by the end of this year, over 90 percent of the Fortune 500 companies will have at least some Big Data initiative underway.

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Global Initiative Turns Students into Data Detectives to Shine a Light on the Power of Big Data to Shape Our Lives and Change the World

 Beginning November 14 through the end of the year, students ages 13-18 around the globe are invited to participate in "Data Detectives," an engaging web experience to learn about how Big Data will impact their lives and the world they will be inheriting. Data Detectives is the student component of the Human Face of Big Data, a global crowdsourced project conceived by "Day in Life" series creator Rick Smolan. It aims to help people better visualize the ways Big Data is shaping the future of the planet, and includes a smartphone app, worldwide events, a large format illustrated book with an interactive iPad app, and a documentary.

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4 Tips for a Succesful Big Data Project

If you’re just getting started with your data, you need to make sure you have a strategy in place. Here are 4 tips to get your data project off the ground.

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Big Data: What is the question to the answer you already know?

The true challenge of Big Data is not that it's “big” per se, but that its scope encompasses so many possibilities that marketers can find themselves faced with a form of writer's block—staring into the endless depths of 0s and 1s, wondering where to start and what value lurks in the seemingly unfathomable depths of their data. All the answers held in one large, unwieldy collection of data present the marketer with myriad choices for value creation and insight. So where to start?

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Facebook pushes the limits of Hadoop

You'd think that 100 petabytes would be big enough data for any business -- but not for Facebook

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The Quest to 'Democratize' Big Data

There’s no doubt big money will be made with Big Data — starting with the first vendor to truly “democratize” Big Data.

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ZDNet

Big data projects haven't hit an inflection point yet, but the signs are beginning to add up. Here's what to look for to indicate big data has it business prime time.

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Strata + Hadoop World opens, brings Big Data announcements

At Strata + Hadoop World in New York, Big Data vendors announced products and partnerships that the push of Hadoop into the Enterprise.

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Gartner: Big Data Will Generate 6 Million U.S. Jobs by 2015

Gartner predicts that 4.4 million IT jobs will be created to support Big Data by 2015, with 1.9 million of them to be in the United States. In addition, every Big Data-related role in the United States will create employment for three people outside of IT, pushing the total to 6 million U.S. jobs

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IBM Accelerates Big Data Analysis

IBM offers prebuilt sentiment analysis on Hadoop, stream processing for telcos, marketing analysis, and predictive analytics delivered via the cloud.

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Using Search Analytics To See Into Gartner's $232B Big Data Forecast

By combining search analytics and the latest Gartner forecast on big data published last week, it’s possible to get a glimpse into this areas’ highest growth industry sectors

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Big Data is Useless Unless It's Also Fast and Diverse

The big data revolution is in its early innings, and it is about to get even more exciting. Ravi Mhatre, managing director at Lightspeed Venture Partners, discusses the disruptive innovations that are helping make data fast, intuitive and easy to analyze.

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IBM Launches New PureSystems for Transactions and Big Data Analytics

IBM is expanding its easy-to-implement high-performance PureSystems platform with the release today of platforms for transactions, big data analytics and operational analytics systems that can monitor more than 1,000 business operations for tasks such as fraud detection in credit card processing, support for CSRs in call centers and predicting demand for utilities.

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Healthcare Execs Must Prepare For Big Data

Big data, including the advent of genomic medicine, is altering how providers manage information, according to the chief executive of a major West Coast academic healthcare organization.

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'Big data' startup RainStor pulls in $12M

RainStor is the second startup today to announce a multimillion-dollar fundraise in the “big data” market (Trifacta, which just raised $4.3M, is the other). San Francisco-based RainStor pulled in $12 million today for relational database products that allow new ways to store large amounts of data.

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A Big Data Road Map for Government

No entity produces, gathers and stores more data than the American government. So the challenges and opportunities of so-called Big Data loom large for the many agencies and departments of the United States government.

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Nasa Tries to Free Creativity with Big Data Challenge

NASA and a couple other government agencies have kicked off a series of TopCoder challenges designed to find innovative solutions to the government’s big data problems. The first contest is all about making disparate, incompatible data sets usable and actually valuable across agencies.

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Tap big data to run biz at 'speed of thought'

The systematic and automated use of unstructured data that fits neatly with existing relational database and data warehousing technologies is the key to unlocking the value of big data and allowing companies to run their businesses at the "speed of thought".

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Is big data the "new oil"? Bloomberg Ventures MD on the three waves of big data opportunity

In matter of a few months, “big data” seems to have gone from a technical topic of interest to internet geeks only to a global phenomenon with wide-reaching implications, not only to business but also society.

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For the Future of Big Data Start-ups, look to Facebook

Facebook knows something about big data — it collects more data and has built more tools than almost anybody else. Here, Facebook’s Jay Parikh and Accel Partners’ Ping Li talk about what lessons big data startups can take from Facebook to build businesses that can succeed.

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OPINION: Predictive analytics helps companies master the Big Data challenge

Organizations that apply advanced analytics successfully have 33 per cent higher revenue growth and 12 times more profit growth than those who don’t. If there were ever a time for being smart about analytics, it’s now.

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IBM Brings Analytics to Social Business Processes

IBM today unveiled new software and services that bring the power of big data analytics into the hands of today's social savvy workforce anytime, anywhere.

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GoodData Hits a Gusher with Big Data

“Big Data is a $100 billion market opportunity as estimated by Merrill Lynch,” Stanek said. “We are nearing a perfect storm: a history of failed Business Intelligence implementations that never lived up to their promise, yet analytics are needed today more than ever.”

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Changing the World: Big Data and the Cloud

The convergence of two key technological areas -- cloud computing and big data -- are having far reaching implications that indeed are changing the world.



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Big Data is Creating A Digital Nervous System

Data doesn’t just stay inside the exoskeleton any more, but is a key element in the operation. We’re in an era where business and society are acquiring a digital nervous system.

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Technology Focus: Who Benefits From Big Data? Big Guns IBM, Oracle, HP, EMC

You don't have to be a genius to determine that in a world of petabytes of data, projected 2012 sales of 367.2 million PCs, 107.4 million tablets and 650 million smartphones, a few smart companies are going to prosper.

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Big Data Takes Center Stage In The 2012 Presidential Election

Big data and mobile campaigning tools are revolutionizing the way campaigns are being won

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Experts Debate Strategy in Hadoop Turf Wars

There is no room for two major Hadoop vendors, he asserts, and at this time, the two major contenders are Hortonworks and Cloudera.

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A Big Data Survey Smorgasbord

Three surveys on Big Data -- and a CMO study that covered it -- tell us a lot about what people want to do with big data, and what they've implemented so far.

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Big Data is Hot. Now What?

The Big Data world might be hot but it is still full of “mysteries”.  Every investor wants to be part of this space but very few could explain what Data Scientists do and how they do “it”.

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Hadoop and Data Warehousing

How Hadoop complements data warehouses to create a powerful converged platform

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Hadoop Market Will Hit $2.2 Billion by 2018: Report

Suggesting “it would not be an exaggeration to say that today Hadoop-MapReduce is the only cost-sensible and scalable Big Data management alternative” to commercial platforms on the market, the market-research firm predicts that the market for the framework will expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 58 percent over the next few years, becoming a $2.2 billion market by 2018.

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How Hadoop Cuts Big Data Costs

Hadoop systems, including hardware and software, cost about $1,000 a terabyte, or as little as one-twentieth the cost of other data management technologies, says Cloudera exec.

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This Week in Big Data: Cloudera, Google Steal the Show

Hewlett-Packard said on Thursday that it signed an OEM agreement with Cloudera that will enable it to reseller the Hadoop distributor’s Enterprise platform and bundle it with a big data appliance that is due to hit general availability sometime later this year. This  should allow HP to do some much-needed catching up.

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10 Big Predictions About Big Data

Will humanity find new and innovative ways to analyze, visualize, and extract value from massive and growing data sets, or will we become overwhelmed by information that's simply too abundant to manage effectively?

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Dell Release Deepens Big Data Push

As its name suggests, Dell’s Big Data Retention solution is a way for organizations to get some of their data under control and reduce the cost of data storage, while expediting management, retrieval and analysis.

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Why Big Is Bad When It Comes To Data

Calling it "big data" doesn't do it justice. Gushing data would be far more accurate.

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Oracle Big Data Study Shows Longtime Pain

C-level execs say they're collecting more data than ever, but 93% also say they can't take full advantage of that information.

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Big Data Grew 14 Percent in 2011, Says IDC Report

Research firm IDC released a paper today entitled  which concludes that The worldwide business analytics market rose by 14.1 percent last year, according to a new report from IDC. In the report, ‘Worldwide Business Analytics Software 2012-2016 Forecast and 2011 Vendor Shares,’ IDC says it expects a compound annual growth rate of 9.8 percent to persist through 2016, the year in which the industry will reach $50.7 billion.

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Influencing Customer Behavior: The How and Why Behind Big Data Marketing

In order to know how to influence desired behavior you have to know how customers actually behave.  What big data marketing does is leverage continual behavioral patterns and multiple layers of context to determine – in an automated fashion – how and when it’s best to engage with a customer.   So a customer visits your website using their mobile device during lunch.  But you know that their preference is to make purchases from their PC while at home during the evening.  Shouldn’t this latter piece of data influence how you engage them?

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Heavy data and architectural convergence

Data is getting heavier relative to the networks that carry it around the data center.

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Data Storage: Big Data Analytics Is Just Starting to Reach Its Potential: 10 Reasons Why

Big data—and the demands that its collection, processing and security put on IT resources—is on about every IT decision maker's mind right about now.

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How ComScore Is Using Hadoop to Tame Its Big Data Flow

Market researcher ComScore tames a torrent of data with open-source analytics

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Startup PoliticIt is using big data to level the political playing field

A group of Utah State University graduates recently launched a company called PoliticIt that uses machine learning to gauge the popularity of political candidates by measuring their digital influence. Sure, PoliticIt’s system has proven remarkably accurate in predicting winners, but its real promise is in leveling the playing field between the haves and the have-nots in political campaigns — democratizing democracy, if you will.

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A New Style of Analytics: Making Sense of Data Overload

If you're in the business of making decisions...or if someone in your business supports you through decision making...then you'll probably want to take note of an announcement IBM just made to help bolster decision making capability using analytics technology.

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21 Big Data Products To Check Out At Hadoop Summit

 

Solutions integrator Lilien Systems unveiled its end-to-end Big Data and Advanced Analytics product based on the company's Hadoop Starter Cluster reference architecture, a turnkey platform that includes pre-configured computer, networking, software and storage systems.

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Hadoop Summit Brings Wave of Product Enhancements

With the Hadoop Summit taking place this week in San Jose, California, vendors supporting the open-source data-analysis platform are rushing new products to market.

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HP Unleashes the Power of Big Data

New HP Information Optimization Solutions Enable Clients to Manage, Understand and Act on 100 Percent of Data

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Dell's ARM Servers Target Hadoop, Hyperscale Users

ARM chip architecture powers mobile devices such as smartphones, e-book readers and tablets. If Dell and a handful of other hardware manufacturers get their way, however, ARM will also power an increasing percentage of data centers.

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VC firms pour money into big-data vendors

Investors jump on the big-data bandwagon. Many see it as a good bet, but others warn about hype.

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Big data in the cloud: It's time to experiment

Big data is not data warehousing or BI, so there are no proven paths --which is why you need data scientists

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The chicken and egg of big data solutions

Are solution vendors waiting for broad Hadoop adoption before jumping in?

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7 Key Drivers for the Big Data Market

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Big Data for Retail is Flying Off the Shelves

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IBM Acquires Tealeaf Technology, Big Blue Takes Customer Experience Big Data Plunge

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Estimated $400 Million Being Lost in US Annually Due to Poor Data Protection Practices

EVault Survey Uncovers Preventable Data Losses, Some Costing Between 2-5 Percent of Total Revenue

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Cloudera Partners With IBM to Bring Big Data Insights to Joint Customers

Leading Hadoop-Based Software, Services and Training Company Continues to Expand Partner Ecosystem

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Are Small Businesses Ready for Big Data?

Yes, say vendors such as Actian, Birst and SAP that are targeting small companies with Big Data solutions.

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IBM Fellow Jeff Jonas on the evolution of Big Data

Recently named IBM Fellow Jeff Jonas is one of the most interesting big data thought-leaders. He spoke to CNET about the increasing value of data-driven decisions.

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Soaring Splunk Shows Public Markets Intrigued By Big Data

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The Scoop On Hadoop: 11 Big Data Start-Ups You Need To Know

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Public sector needs to think big when it comes to data

The private sector is already harnessing the power of ever growing banks of 'big data' will public services keep up

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