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5 Ways to Make Customers Happy with Big Data

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by Angela Guess IDA Singapore recently wrote in Venture Beat, “Here are five ways companies are using big data to treat customers more like individuals — and build better long-term relationships so those customers happily buy more and more. 1. Predict exactly what customers want before they ask for it. Remember when that shopkeeper had your…

Ten Tech Topics to Stay On Top Of

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by Angela Guess Wally Bahny of Tech Republic recently compiled a list of ten hot IT topics that CTOs and CDOs should stay abreast of. First on the list is software-defined networking: “Software-defined networking (SDN) was, by far, the biggest topic discussed at Interop this year. It seemed like a full 25% of the sessions were…

Miami’s Big Data Solutions to City Problems

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by Angela Guess Michael Dixon, GM of Smarter Cities IBM, recently wrote for Forbes, “Analysis of popularly named ’big data’ has enabled professionals throughout cities to analyze data, explain behaviors, or use modeling to predict the future. The application of these techniques had enabled cities to discover that they can meet new challenges and solve existing thorny problems…

Forming a Big Data Disaster Recovery Plan Before It’s Too Late

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by Angela Guess Mary Shacklett of Tech Republic recently wrote, “Few enterprises have defined disaster recovery (DR) plans for big data, but as big data plays a more mission-critical role in companies, DR should become a focal point. Not everyone agrees, of course. When Lockwood Lyon, a systems and database performance specialist, asked database administrators how they implemented…

5 Reasons to Consider a ‘Data First’ Strategy

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by Angela Guess Pedro Cardoso of BackOffice Associates recently wrote, “Years of traditional ERP and business intelligence (BI) transformation initiatives have left the vast majority of organizations still struggling to achieve the elusive single version of the truth (SVOT).  Fragmented and loosely coupled IT systems, department-specific point solutions and complex heterogeneous landscapes that are a patchwork…

Making Cities and Services Smarter with Big Data

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by Angela Guess Charles Jennings of Public CEO recently wrote, “Imagine: you’re a loyal public servant working for a large city. You understand the critical role cities play in 21st Century societies. You take your job seriously and want to make smart, informed decisions. But you’re very busy, and keeping up with the dizzying array of…

Datameer 4.0 Empowers Clients with Instant Big Data Visualizations

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by Angela Guess Brian Taylor of Tech Republic reports, “Hadoop big data analytics firm Datameer released the 4.0 version of its flagship product in March 2014. What’s new in this release is the ‘flipside’ feature to the spreadsheet interface, which allows a user to visually check the data during each step of the analytics process. Its value proposition…

Natural Language Processing and Your Health

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by Angela Guess Jennifer Webster of MD News reports, “In 2011 and 2012, healthcare information technology publications brimmed with excitement over IBM’s Watson, which was promised to use NLP combined with predictive analytics to make care recommendations for patients by comparing them against large data sets. NLP gave Watson access to a far wider and more…

Data is the Lifeblood of Microsoft Says CEO Nadella

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by Angela Guess Cliff Saran of Computer Weekly reports, “In 2002, Microsoft chief Bill Gates sent out the Trustworthy Computing memo to staff. Microsoft’s new CEO, Satya Nadella, had his Trustworthy Computing moment this week, with the company’s data strategy. Microsoft’s core data product is the new SQL Sever 2014 relational database server, but it has bigger ambitions beyond…