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Big Data Can’t Entirely Replace Human Judgment

by Angela Guess Michael Schrage of Fortune recently discussed the limits of Big Data. He writes, “Stop me if you’ve heard this one: Three statisticians go rabbit hunting. They spot a rabbit. The first statistician shoots. He misses the rabbit’s head by a foot. The second statistician fires; misses the rabbit’s tail by a foot.…

Better Loans with Big Data

by Angela Guess Christina Farr of VentureBeat reports, “LendUp, a website and mobile app for people with poor credit to apply for short-term loans, wants to help people crippled by debt. Launching today, the San Francisco-based startup is using technology to experiment with lower interest rates, and ensure that loans are a way to help…

NetApp & Data Tactics Partner to Deliver Data Management to Gov Agencies

by Angela Guess According to a new article in Businessweek, “Government agencies and commercial enterprises are inundated with both structured and unstructured data that they must analyze, extract essential information from, and act on, all under extreme time pressure. Doing this in a cloud environment with a solution that has both a big-data infrastructure and…

Big Data: Impacting All Areas of a Business

Anjul Bhambhri

by Anjul Bhambrhi Organizations today operate in a world of increased complexity and an abundance of available information. This makes data – and big data specifically — the newest and most valuable natural resource to organizations, no matter which industry. The opportunities that big data presents address the highest-priority issues of C-suite decision makers. Every…

Predicting Tropical Storms with Big Data

by Angela Guess Tom Groenfeldt of Forbes recently discussed how two companies are utilizing advanced data modeling and Big Data to analyze tropical storm data in real time. He writes, “Insurance and reinsurance firms will have new tools for predictive modeling of events like tropical storms in January when Wall Street Network (WSN) launches a cloud-based solution…

10 NoSQL Standouts

by Angela Guess Peter Wayner of InfoWorld has shared a list of ten second generation NoSQL databases that stand out from the crowd. He writes, “The NoSQL buzzword caught fire just a few short years ago, but we’re already well into the second generation of the movement. While the early stacks of code were just…

Getting Political with Big Data

by Angela Guess Derrick Harris of GigaOM recently discussed the Big Data surrounding political ad campaigns. He writes, “If you think you can avoid the ceaseless barrage of political ads by merely avoiding the television at all costs and keeping your telephone silenced, think again. Politicians and their campaign managers know you too well, and…

Five Big Data & NoSQL Insights

by Angela Guess Dave Feinleib of Forbes recently shared five key insights regarding Big Data and NoSQL. He begins, “If you’re running a web site with a large number of customers, you’ve experienced the dreaded Big Data Performance Paradox. Just when you need your site to respond quickly to a successful marketing campaign, it slows…

A History of Big Data

by Angela Guess Uri Friedman of ForeignPolicy.com has composed a history of how Big Data has developed over the last few decades. He points to 1997: “NASA researchers Michael Cox and David Ellsworth use the term ‘big data’ for the first time to describe a familiar challenge in the 1990s: supercomputers generating massive amounts of…