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IBM Watson in the Hospital: Fighting Cancer, Improving Patient Care

by Angela Guess According to a recent release out of the company, “IBM, WellPoint, Inc. and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center [last week] unveiled the first commercially developed Watson-based cognitive computing breakthroughs.  These innovations stand alone to help transform the quality and speed of care delivered to patients through individualized, evidence based medicine.The American Cancer Society…

Knocking down Software Silos

Rod MacPherson

by Rod MacPherson “In the beginning…..” there were opportunities. Opportunities to solve problems, opportunities to make processes more efficient through automation. For virtually every organization, process challenges were solved with automated solutions throughout the enterprise.  Accounting processes were automated, supply chain was automated, program delivery was automated. All of it, one process at a time.…

Better Predicting the Weather with Big Data

by Angela Guess Steve Jones of Dow Jones Newswires reports, “As the blizzard dubbed ‘Nemo’ by The Weather Channel dumped record amounts of snow on the Northeast, the operator at the television network was dealing with a blizzard of another sort: data. Daily, 20 terabytes of temperature readings, wind speeds, barometric pressure, satellite images and…

The Communicative Power of Big Data

by Angela Guess Neil Capel of Wired reports, “Marketing leaders today are inundated with talk of Big Data. While loaded with promise, the reality of Big Data is often overwhelming, complex, and stagnant. As Wikipedia tells us, the challenges of Big Data include capture, curation, storage, search, sharing, analysis and visualization. And even as CMOs deploy…

Sharing Big Data Research Across the Earth Sciences

by Angela Guess Katharine Gammon of EarthZine reports, “An avalanche of big data has descended on the field of Earth sciences, and researchers are increasingly turning to novel ways of integrating, assimilating and interpreting those data to better understand the field. EarthCube — described as a cyber-infrastructure for the next generation of geoscience — is trying…

New Software Tries to Predict Tomorrow’s News

by Angela Guess Tom Simonite of the MIT Technology Review recently discussed a new software that uses Big Data to predict tomorrow’s news. He writes, “Researchers have created software that predicts when and where disease outbreaks might occur based on two decades of New York Times articles and other online data. The research comes from Microsoft and…

Not Big Data, “Long” Data

by Angela Guess Samuel Arbesman of Wired recently argued for less of an emphasis on Big Data and more investment in what he calls “Long Data.” Arbesman  writes, “Our species can’t seem to escape big data. We have more data inputs, storage, and computing resources than ever, so Homo sapiens naturally does what it has always done…

A Business Case for Big Data Analytics in Health Care

by Angela Guess David Linthicum of Health Data Management reports, “The hype around the use of Big Data analytics would lead many to believe that we should be able to understand all things about anything, within any business, as deep or as shallow as we want to go. The reality is that most health care…

Bringing “Big Testing” to the Marketing Department

by Angela Guess Scott Brinker of Search Engine Land recently argued that in order to fully take advantage of Big Data, the CMO must shift marketing culture toward “big testing.” He writes, ” For years, testing and optimization have been niche practices in the marketing department. A/B testing with a few direct mail pieces in…

Adaptive Computing Leads Field in Supercomputing

by Angela Guess Adaptive Computing has announced “two significant awards recently presented to Adaptive customers. Titan, the supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), was declared the world’s fastest in the latest semiannualTOP500 list, securing the No. 1 position. In addition, the Beacon system at the University of Tennessee National Institute for Computational Sciences was…