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The Algorithm Economy

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by Angela Guess Peter Sondergaard of Gartner recently wrote in Forbes, “Big data is the oil of the 21st century. But for all of its value, data is inherently dumb. It doesn’t actually do anything unless you know how to use it. Oil is useless thick goop until it’s refined into fuel. Big data’s version…

4 Steps to Winning the Data Scientist Hiring War

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by Angela Guess Shashi Upadhyay recently wrote for Fast Company, “a recruitment war in the data science field is now upon us. Companies will have to spend more per data scientist in order to attract the top talent. And those that can’t offer the most competitive salaries will need to find other enticements to offer.…

Be Wary of Your Business Partners’ Data Governance Policies

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by Angela Guess Writing for Dark Reading, Sekhar Sarukkai noted, “As more details emerge about the recent mega breach affecting CVS, Costco, Walmart, RiteAid, and Tesco, security experts are zeroing in on an often overlooked element in a company’s cyber defenses: its business partners. The common thread between these companies is a third-party vendor called…

Qualitative Data More Important Than General Big Data

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by Angela Guess Katherine Noyes recently wrote for ComputerWorld, “What’s commonly referred to as big data — all those vast ‘lakes’ of numerical measures captured by the enterprise resource planning (ERP), consumer relationship management (CRM) and other business systems so enthusiastically mined by today’s analytics tools — actually amounts to only 10 percent of the…

National Cancer Institute to Fund Informatics Research Grants

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by Angela Guess GenomeWeb reports, “The National Cancer Institute this week announced that it intends to fund multiple research projects related to the development and management of informatics technologies for cancer research. Among the specific technologies of interest to the agency are ones related to data acquisition and analysis, modeling and simulation, and those that…

MarkLogic, RDF, and the Triple Store

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by Angela Guess Writing for Datanami, Alex Woodie recently noted, “There’s a lot of ways companies are trying to store and analyze data today, but one of the most compelling involves graph analytics. MarkLogic, which supports a variant of the graph database known as a semantic triple store, hopes that a recent update puts this…

Big Data Management Courses at Universities: Data Science and Analytics

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by Jelani Harper Traditional university level tracks to careers in Data Management have pertained to Computer Science, Information Management, and Computer Engineering. However, the growing prominence of Big Data in operations and analytics has resulted in an increasing number of collegiate programs expressly designed to account for Big Data. The majority of these programs pertain…

Accenture Launches Advanced Analytics Applications for the Telecom Industry

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by Angela Guess A recent article out of the company reports, “Accenture is launching five advanced analytics applications for the telecommunications industry, equipping users with customized analytics insights that can empower them to make smarter, data-driven decisions. Developed through the Accenture Analytics Applications Platform – a scalable platform that develops industry- and function-specific advanced analytics…

RethinkDB Adds Automatics Failover to NoSQL Solution

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by Angela Guess Chris Preimesberger reports for eWeek, “RethinkDB, a scalable NoSQL database that uses intelligence and automation to keep its data content up to date and available at all times, on Aug. 17 released a new version of its product that features automatic failover in case of a power failure or other unplanned outage.…