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Social Data Quality Will Take Back Seat to Data Relevance

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by James Kobielus People prevaricate, mislead, and exaggerate in every possible social context. It’s no surprise that their Tweets and other social media remarks are full of the same. If you imagine that the social streams you’re filtering are rich founts of only honest sentiment, you’re unfortunately mistaken. However, even bald-faced lies can be a…

When Does My Package Arrive?

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by David Plotkin I occasionally purchase something that requires me to be present to sign for it when UPS delivers the package. Since I travel a lot, I have to be careful about scheduling when the package arrives. Unfortunately, that can turn out to be harder than it should be. And therein hangs a tale.…

July 2013 DATAVERSITY Letter from the Editor

Shannon Kempe

The biggest irony of my job is the ability to manage the Data for DATAVERSITY. I find myself giggling often as we struggle with the very thing we educate people on. Data Management is not a simple thing. It is one of the most complex pieces of business from the databases where the information is…

Internet of Things May Disrupt Predictive Analytics in Big Data Clouds

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by James Kobielus Many operational big data applications have predictive analytics at their core. So, given how much of the business may be riding on a predictive analytics infrastructure, business professionals have to ask: how stable is this infrastructure under the chaotic, complex, dynamic conditions that I find in many operational environments? Predictive models are…

Diving into the Details of MDM

Christine Denney

by Christine Denney A very astute reader commented on a past blog and suggested that it would be nice to dive into some details about MDM implementations because there are so many things uncovered during a detailed analysis.  I wholeheartedly agreed!  The devil is definitely in the details and MDM projects are notorious for being…

Selection Criteria for Business Glossary Tools

Sunil Soares

by Sunil Soares A business glossary is a repository that brings together common definitions of key terms across business and IT. The most ubiquitous business glossary tool is Microsoft Excel. Indeed, many organizations start their data governance journey by documenting key business terms in spreadsheets that they then load to Microsoft SharePoint. However, this starts to get unwieldy when the size of the…

BI’s Next Frontier: Marketing

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by Morten Middelfart One of the coolest things about Business Intelligence and Analytics software is that it has applications throughout an organization. Finance can use it, sales can use it, support can use it, engineering can use it…everybody can use it. But there’s one department that’s been a holdout and hasn’t yet found the value…

Help Your Customers Help Themselves

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by Shaun Stockman From diagnosing medical ailments to fixing cars, people of all ages are looking to the web for a “fast fix.”  Search engines such as Google and Bing have made finding solutions to our problems much easier, quicker, and less costly.  This paradigm shift has given the customer the power of search and…

Infonomics and Information Accounting – Part 2

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by John Ladley (continued from Infonomics and Information Accounting – Part 1) What is information value? If we agree on that, we can move forward to creating techniques to value information for some type of presentation on a financial statement.  We stated earlier that the entire life cycle of data and information can affect an…

Is Hadoop Enterprise Ready?

Anjul Bhambhri

by Anjul Bhambhri Recently, there’s been much discussion regarding Apache Hadoop’s capability and usability (or for the latter, the lack thereof). Hadoop is an extremely useful but disruptive open source technology that enables users to store and analyze poly-structured data in large volumes. As enterprises look to analyze their data for increased business insight, they also…