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Five of the Biggest Big Data Myths

The Myth

by Angela Guess Toby Wolpe of ZDNet recently wrote, “Some people see the term ‘big data’ as just broad-brush marketing coated with hype. But even those taking the big-data concept at face value need to overcome certain misconceptions. Gartner thinks the hype can make it harder to choose the right course of action in this…

Does Big Data Mean the End of Privacy?

Facebook: The privacy saga continues

by Angela Guess Sean Young recently wrote for Time.com, “Does the rise of big data mean the downfall of privacy? Mobile technologies now allow companies to map our every physical move, while our online activity is tracked click by click. Throughout 2014, BuzzFeed’s quizzes convinced millions of users to divulge seemingly private responses to a…

How ABC is Using Big Data to Give Viewers What They Want

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by Angela Guess Marc Graser of Variety recently wrote, “When ABC became the first network to launch an app on Apple’s iPad, it had to essentially guess how viewers wanted to interact with its shows on mobile devices. Four years later, Big Data has provided a clearer picture and factors heavily into the redesign of…

Companies Struggling to Find the Right IT Skills at the Right Price

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by Angela Guess Liz Staplefoote of InfoWorld reports, “Despite a nearly 7 percent national unemployment rate, the unemployment rate in IT hovers just below 3 percent, according to a Dice report. Among IT hiring managers, 62% report that filling open positions is taking longer than it did last year, with some technology professionals reporting up…

Hortonworks Unveils New Initiatives for Apache Spark

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by Angela Guess Toby Wolpe of ZDNet recently wrote, “Hadoop software and services firm Hortonworks says the plans it outlined today for Apache Spark are designed to make the in-memory engine a better candidate for enterprise use. The company is focusing its efforts on improving the way Spark works with Hadoop’s YARN resource-management layer and…

Big Data Cancer Platform COTA Secures $3.7M

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by Angela Guess Fred Pennic of HIT Consultant reports, “The promise of value-based care and big data insights in healthcare are undeniable. But few have found a way to integrate it in a real-life setting and obtain the consensus of payers, providers, patients, technology partners etc. COTA, which today closed $3.7M in Series A funding…

Big Data at Work In Chicago

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by Angela Guess Russel Cooke of Diginomica reports, “Business Insider might think it has found the 18 most innovative cities in the world but Chicago is by far the largest American city to announce plans aimed at exploiting the benefits of big data. Although in pilot phase today on Michigan Avenue, the city plans to…

Big Data May Be Sexy, But It’s Not Mainstream Yet

A Mainstream Rock and an Indie Hard Place

by Angela Guess H.O. Maycotte of Forbes recently wrote, “There’s a lot of hype around big data and its potential uses. After all, the technology alone is awe-inspiring, taking us all out of spreadsheets and applying, at scale, what we know humans understand best: visuals. The need for these big data visualizations has spawned off…

10 Things to Know About Big Data

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by Angela Guess Conner Forrest of Tech Republic recently put together a list of ten characteristics of Big Data. He writes, “(1) Big data is a big market. A recent IDC report forecast that the big data market will see a compound annual growth rate of 27% and will reach $32.4 billion in 2017. The…