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Data Science and Data Storytelling: Friend or Foe?

Kimberly Nevala

by Kimberly Nevala Here’s the conundrum. Our ability to influence change is proportional to our ability to alter people’s perceptions and motivate action. Generally, doing so requires evidence. But our ability to provide convincing evidence is, paradoxically, often stymied by the inscrutable analytic methods which generate that evidence. Not to mention the nature of the…

Value your Customer Data as a Business Asset

Martin Doyle

by Martin Doyle Private data is now a very public issue. For the first time in history, people recognise that businesses store their information and they want to know how – and why. They want to know why websites need their email address so badly, and they understand that private photos can be hacked. Privacy…

Framing the Data-Science Narrative through Spatial Composition

James Kobielus

by James Kobielus Data scientists are storytellers who use strictly fact-based numbers, pictures, and words to achieve their desired outcomes. But these data-science “story elements,” as it were, don’t do this simply by jumping onto the screen in any old order. Instead, their arrangement in space, and to a lesser extent, in time, can all…

Database Archaeology

Michael Blaha

by Michael Blaha Few database projects start with a clean slate. Many operational applications have legacy databases as a source of data and ideas. Analytical applications have the operational databases that are feeding data. Developers often encounter existing databases that are poorly documented and need to figure them out. We use the term database archaeology…

Big Data Insights from Wearable Tech

Jonathan Buckley

by Jonathan Buckley How much sleep did you actually get last night? How many miles did you walk last week? Who cares? Well, suddenly lots of people actually. There’s enough of a fitness focus these days that companies are rolling out innovative wristbands that give greater insights into how active we are. Manufacturers like Jawbone…

Big Data – Why the hype?

Sue Photo

by Sue Geuens We all know that data has been “big” for many years, so why now is there this concerted effort and discussion around it. I believe it is because organisations are beginning to realize that they have a lot of information about almost everything they do that could give them a better insight…

The Brave New World of Mobile: IT meets IoT

Evaldo Photo

by Evaldo Horn De Oliveira Oh what a brave new IT world are we living in today! It is amazing how things have started to change faster and faster. We need to come up with a concept of “change acceleration” (which my colleague says is the “second derivative of the status quo”). We should definitely…

March 2015 Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

Enterprise Data World 2015 Conference and Expo (EDW) and CDO Vision are less than a month away! Our flights have been booked and the final preparations are being made. And this year DATAVERSITY is taking two of its writers to get the inside scoop directly from the industry experts. We are excited about the articles…

(Unstructured) Big Data: Context is King

Brian Bell

by Bryan Bell Structured and unstructured content require a separate approach to manage and extract business value. The large amounts of structured data requires a high performance computing solution. The unstructured data requires a solution with a similar ability to scale, but for the solution to be effective, it must possess a unique ability to…