Big Data News, Articles, & Education

The Data Problem & the Cloud Movement

by Angela Guess Alex Williams of Tech Crunch recently wrote, “Piston Cloud Co-Founder Joshua McKenty says the OpenStack customer ecosystem has four emerging market segments. On one side are the customers who hire consultants to build them a cloud. On the other side are the IBM customers who will always be IBM customers. And in the middle are…

IBM Unveils New Big Data Analytics Services

by Angela Guess A recent article out of the company reports that IBM has “unveiled new Big Data analytics software and services to help organizations build and maintain their global workforce. Developed by IBM Research scientists, the software enables business leaders to analyze massive amounts of data shared by employees and uncover work-related trends that can be…

Big Data in Big Cities

by Angela Guess Adam Frank of NPR recently reported, “Sometimes the most powerful and transformative technologies emerge by accident, an unintended consequence of other developments. When this happens, the scope and power of the new technology can’t be fully appreciated until after we have embedded it in our culture. Big Data is all that and much,…

Big Data Isn’t the Whole Story

by Angela Guess Quentin Hardy of the New York Times reports, “The word ‘data’ connotes fixed numbers inside hard grids of information, and as a result, it is easily mistaken for fact. But including bad product introductions and wars, we have many examples of bad data causing big mistakes. Big Data raises bigger issues. The…

Dannon Yogurt Makes Market Gains With IBM Smarter Commerce

by Angela Guess IBM recently reported, “At the Smarter Commerce Global Summit, IBM  announced that The Dannon Company, Inc., the leading selling yogurt company in the U.S., is using IBM’s cloud-based predictive analytics to ensure it has the right product mix delivered at the right time to satisfy consumers in the highly competitive $7 billion…

Accelrys Enterprise Platform 9.0 Enhances Big Data Capabilities

by Jelani Harper San Diego based software vendor Accelrys recently unveiled its Accelrys Enterprise Platform 9.0. According to the release, the updated platform is “an open, scientifically aware platform delivering breakthrough capabilities for managing “Big Data” and externalized research collaboration networks. With significant new technology enhancements in the areas of security, administration and scientific services,…

Defining Hadoop

by Angela Guess Brian Proffitt of ReadWrite recently explained what Hadoop is and how it works. He writes, “You can’t have a conversation about Big Data for very long without running into the elephant in the room: Hadoop. This open source software platform managed by the Apache Software Foundation has proven to be very helpful in storing…

IBM Survey: CMO’s Crunching Big Data

by Angela Guess An article out of the company reports, “IBM’s new survey of marketing professionals finds that chief marketing officers (CMOs) are differentiating their brands by crunching big data in real-time and automating personalized marketing campaigns. The price tag for failing to meet the needs of today’s so-called ‘omni-channel shoppers’ — who frequent both online…

The More Data Skills, The Better

by Angela Guess Christopher Nerney of DataInformed reports, “At the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium on May 22, John Roese, the CTO of technology company EMC, was one of several IT executives to cite the need for skilled data pros. ‘When it comes to analytics, there’s not a large talent pool. The actual tools are new. It’s a challenge…

Walmart’s Big Data Bet

by Angela Guess Cadie Thompson of CNBC reports, “Wal-Mart wants to tell you what to buy on your mobile device and it’s using its massive collection of data to make it a reality. ‘Our mobile strategy is as simple as it is audacious. We want to make mobile tools that become indispensable for our customers while…