Big Data News, Articles, & Education

Media Companies Stand to Make Big Bucks on Big Data

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by Angela Guess Charles Kim of Bain recently wrote for Forbes, “Executives in nearly every industry are looking for ways to reap value from analytics, but media companies may have better opportunities than most. Every song listened to, every minute of video viewed, every online page that is clicked contributes to the mountains of data…

Big Data Is Making You Healthier

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by Angela Guess James O’Brien of Mashable recently wrote, “[B]ig data is changing the scale and scope of how doctors care for patients and how caregivers and insurance companies address community-wide health issues. Consider the statistics already in play. A recent McKinsey & Company report traced the expansion of computer-based information systems, and the electronic…

Democratizing Big Data

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by Jelani Harper The benefits of Big Data are apparent: improved analytics based on real-time input of a variety of geospatial, weather, customer, competitor, and industry-specific information. It highly influences business and operations processes in close to real time, especially with predictive analytics and operational intelligence options. Yet, current adoption rates prove that inhibitors of…

The Big Data Recipe: Innovation, Optimization, and Disruption

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by Angela Guess Jason Bloomberg of Wired recently wrote, “The recipe for successful innovation: begin with a good measure of disruption. Add a heaping helping of talent, and don’t forget to mix in plenty of creativity. Finally, a pinch of intuition. Stir and bake. Recipe for innovation? Perhaps. But successful innovation? That’s another story… At…

IBM Reveals Watson’s Next Move: Big Data Analytics

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by Angela Guess Doug Henschen of InformationWeek reports, “IBM on Tuesday announced the upcoming release of a cloud-based Watson Analytics service that promises to streamline and simplify the data-analysis process for untrained business users. Business people want to make data-driven decisions, but between the complexities of data acquisition and data cleansing, on the one hand,…

Embarcadero Announces a Major New Release of its Award-Winning Database Tools

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by Angela Guess According to a new article out of the company, “Embarcadero Technologies, a leading provider of software solutions for application and database development, today announced a major new XE6 release of its award-winning portfolio of database tools, including ER/Studio, DBArtisan and Rapid SQL. The new tools enable customers to meet today’s demanding data…

Google’s Latest Transparency Report on Data Requests

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by Shannon Kempe Conor Dougherty writes in the New York Times, “Governments of all sizes are demanding that Google hand over growing troves of data about its users, according to the Internet giant’s latest transparency report. The report is a tally of all the times a government has used its legal authority to demand that…

FTC Seeks to Prevent Big Data from Enabling Discrimination

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by Shannon Kempe Grant Gross of ComputerWorld reports the U.S Federal Trade Commission (FTC), “…is  ”committed to rigorous enforcement” of current law related to data privacy and discriminatory practices, but companies, U.S. policymakers and other groups need to have a deeper discussion about fair big data practices, FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said during an agency…

Machine Learning and Big Data: What you Need to Know

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by Gil Allouche Needless to say, big data is hot in tech right now. And it has a right to be. Understanding and acting on large quantities of data lets companies make business decisions more accurately and cheaply than ever. Consumers leave digital footprints through every view, click, and save. With big data, consumer preferences…

Big Data Feeds the World

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by Jelani Harper A recent post from the University of Pennsylvania states, “There are already nearly a billion people without enough to eat and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs predicts that by 2050 there will be 1.7 billion more people to feed. That’s a 24% increase in world population during a…