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Becoming A Data Scientist: What A Data Scientist ISN’T
If you’re reading this you probably already have an inkling of what a data scientist is. Have you ever considered what a data scientist isn’t?

Last updated May 12, 2014 at 11:52 am
Normal Distribution Curve
Perhaps the most famous and widely used distribution is the normal distribution, otherwise known as the “bell curve.” The reason why the bell curve crops up a lot is because wh . . .en you have a bunch of independent, complex, real-world factors added together that produce randomly distributed data, that data will often be distributed in a normal or bell-like way. This is called the central limit theorem.

Last updated May 10, 2014 at 5:52 pm
Be Data Smart and use data science to transform information into insight
Data Science gets thrown around in the press like it’s magic. Major retailers are predicting everything from when their customers are pregnant to when they want a new pair of Chuck . . . Taylors. It’s a brave new world where seemingly meaningless data can be transformed into valuable insight to drive smart business decisions.

Last updated May 10, 2014 at 8:20 am
Becoming A Data Scientist: Corporate and Association Training Programs
Universities and other organizations have started to offer data science degrees, training, and certificates. Conferences and competitions also exist for people serious about adding . . . credentials as data scientists.

Last updated May 9, 2014 at 11:45 pm
Optimization Modeling: Because That Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice Ain’t Gonna Squeeze Itself
When you were a child, perhaps there came that day when someone explained to you that Santa Claus didn’t exist, outside of men with bad rosacea dressed up at the mall.
Well, toda . . .y I’m going to shatter another belief: your not-from-concentrate premium orange juice was not hand squeezed. In fact, the pulp in it is probably from different oranges than the juice, and the juice has been pulled from different vats and blended according to mathematical models to ensure that each carafe you drink tastes the same as the last.

Last updated May 9, 2014 at 11:39 pm
Communication – How to optimise businesses
What moves faster the denser you go into it….communication

Last updated May 12, 2014 at 11:30 am
Consilient Data in the Next Phase of Data
In this modern (Big Data), connected (Smartphones), advertising ridden (Facebook, Twitter, Google) world, where the Internet of Things means devices from your watch and fridge to y . . .our thermostat and house plants spit out data, the challenge of bringing data together to a valuable end will become increasingly difficult unless this data is consilient. Here I explain what consilience means for data and discuss its benefits.

Last updated May 7, 2014 at 12:10 pm
Look Who’s Doing Big Data in Nova Scotia: Bill Cunningham NSCC – IT Campus, Computer Technologies
Bill Cunningham of Nova Scotia Community College talks about shaping college curriculum to add more data analytics content in existing diploma degrees.

Last updated May 7, 2014 at 7:28 pm
Look Who’s doing big data in Nova Scotia: Matt Hunter, Health Outcomes Worldwide
When it comes to wound care, Health Outcomes Worldwide strives to improve the quality and efficiency of wound care by identifying issues in the data.

Last updated May 6, 2014 at 4:45 pm
Cool Infographics: effective Communication with Data Visualization and Design
Wiley extracts at Big Data Week – the Big Data Week team will be posting extracts from great books and resources available through Wiley during the festival. Today we’re looking at . . . infographics.

Last updated May 6, 2014 at 4:10 pm
Look Who`s doing Big Data in Nova Scotia: Tim Webster, Nova Scotia Community College
Tim Webster embraces geomatics and lidar elevation data.

Last updated May 5, 2014 at 8:06 pm
Look Who’s doing Big Data in Nova Scotia: Rob Warren, Big Data Institute, Dalhousie University
Rob Warren discusses the various works of data including multimedia, text and traditional transactional data.

Last updated May 5, 2014 at 7:08 pm
Look Who’s Doing Big Data in Nova Scotia: The Rounds
Daniel Enman, Chief Technology Officer, The Rounds, discusses mining data that measures interactions between physicians.

Last updated May 5, 2014 at 7:05 pm
Look Who`s Doing Big Data in Nova Scotia: CogNova Technologies
Dr. Danny Silver discussed working with data from insurance companies, telephone companies and adhesive tape manufacturers to energy analytics companies, water management consultan . . .ts and provincial health care departments.

Last updated May 5, 2014 at 7:01 pm
Look Who’s Doing Big Data in Nova Scotia: Analyze Re
Shivam Rajdev talks about how Analyz Re is developing a generic analytical platform that can provide a high-performance framework in order to support a large variety of related, bi . . .g-data analysis tasks having varying applications.

Last updated May 5, 2014 at 4:15 pm
Look Who`s doing Big data in Nova Scotia: Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC)
Learn about Alain Joseph’s work on solar energy, building energy Data and how he is developing tools to facilitate the adoption of sustainable energy technologies.

Last updated May 5, 2014 at 4:11 pm
Look Who`s Doing Big Data in Nova Scotia: ACEnet
Michele Fash talks about ACEnet – a regional consortia of nine universities in Atlantic Canada and the Atlantic Canadian regional partner of Compute Canada, the national umbrella o . . .rganization responsible for advanced computing in Canada.

Last updated May 5, 2014 at 4:05 pm
Global Big Data Week: Celebrating Data Instead of Cursing it
While data is growing at a ridiculous pace, the combination of technologies, people and process can reign in the bits and bytes and bake the yummy big data pie we are all longing t . . .o get out hands on. Consider Big Data Week the test kitchen!

Last updated May 5, 2014 at 12:51 pm
Inside Big Data Week Chicago 2014: How Narrative Science is Helping Make Google Analytics Easier to Understand
Powered by Narrative Science’s proprietary artificial intelligence platform, Quill™, Quill Engage analyzes Google Analytics data and creates easy-to-understand reports, written . . . in plain English, which are automatically generated on a weekly and monthly basis.

Last updated April 24, 2014 at 6:36 pm
Inside Big Data Week Chicago 2014: A Practical Look at Self-tracking, Wearable Technology, and the Quantified Self
At his May 8, 2014 talk at Big Data Week, Eugene Granovsky will discuss at what are the best devices, best values, and discuss if technology can actually help us change ourselves

Last updated April 23, 2014 at 3:21 pm
Inside Big Data Week Chicago 2014: How Big Data Ensures the Right Person Gets the Right Message at the Right Time
James O’Hara of Extended Data Solutions will present “The Role of Big Data in the Creation and Delivery of Variable Video Messaging”

Last updated April 21, 2014 at 8:02 pm
Inside Big Data Week Chicago 2014: The New Big Data Choice–Enterprise Data Hub vs. Legacy Data Warehouse
Dr. Phil Shelley of Newton Park Partners will discuss how to establish an Enterprise Data Hub and how to move from legacy to noSQL, Hadoop and other new analytics tools; bringing r . . .eal-time and near real-time analytics with new approaches to data management.

Last updated April 21, 2014 at 7:47 pm
Inside Big Data Week Chicago 2014: Loyola University Wants to Help Businesses Understand How to Interpret their Data
The Center for Risk Management at Loyola Quinlan’s School of Business is holding a half-day symposium titled “Translating Big Data into Business Decisions.” The goal of the eve . . .nt is to highlight how the value of Big Data is not derived solely from statistics, but from an established business process that requires sound managerial judgment to guide the analytics.

Last updated April 24, 2014 at 11:59 am
Inside Big Data Week Chicago 2014: Two Brothers Share a Passion for Data, and a Model for Change
Kamal and Siraj Tahir are two brothers who share a passion for data. Each is a data professional in their respective countries; Kamal in Chicago, IL and Siraj in London, England. . . . Both are presenting during Big Data Week in Chicago 2014.
But they’re doing it with a twist. Their two-part presentation is called: “The Big Data Revolution is Expensive. Re-evolving Your Data is Not. Here’s Why.” Kamal is presenting Part 1 from Chicago at 10 am (CST) on May 6, 2013. Siraj will be joined by Kamal at 10 am (CST) on May 8, 2014 to deliver Part 2 from London.

Last updated April 17, 2014 at 6:42 pm
Grains of data from the Sahara
Co-founder of Big Data Week, Ande Gregson, will be one of the many competitors joining the annual gathering in Morocco in the Sahara desert for the Marathon des Sables in April 201 . . .4: a six-day, 250k self sufficient ultra marathon, which is the equivalent of six regular marathons, considered to be the toughest foot race on Earth.

Last updated March 31, 2014 at 10:22 pm
Highlight A Big Data Week Project
For the third year, Visualizing is thrilled to again support Big Data Week. We want to highlight the awesome work created by the community and are calling for you to upload your da . . .ta visualizations for our Big Data Week Gallery. Projects should be related to this year’s festival themes of The Internet of Things, Smart Cities, and The Quantified Self or focus on The Connected Society. On May 5, we’ll debut the gallery.

Last updated May 4, 2014 at 10:46 pm
by digging for Data, you could stumble on a goldmine
Like looking for oil in the deep sea, searching for an attractive way to use big data and machine learning can take some time and effort. Companies and individuals with the cleares . . .t vision of how to find it and persist in their search will guarantee their place in the cool gang.

Last updated March 7, 2014 at 11:33 am
6th Data Science Day – Call for Submissions!
“…if you are involved in research or projects on autonomous systems, robotics, deep learning, data-driven business processes, data interface design, smart cities, self-learning a . . .nd -optimization, intent analysis or any other topic or crazy idea related to “smart & intelligent machines”, that support humans in decision making and action – let us know!!!”

Last updated February 18, 2014 at 8:29 pm
Data Visualisation can change how we think about the world
‘Big Data predictions for 2014’ articles endlessly stream into my inbox, and the consistent apocalyptic undertone is designed to really get CEO quaking in their boots. But now . . .a month into 2014 the message has been communicated loud and clear, we all need to use big data if we are going to survive.

Last updated February 20, 2014 at 10:49 am
What Changes Will Big Data Analytics Bring?
It’s prediction time again. With all of the certainty that many outlets are predicting for 2014, we decided to look a little farther ahead. Here are some predictions about the wa . . .ys that real-time data analytics will change our lives.

Last updated January 30, 2014 at 11:09 pm
How Professional Sport Is Keeping Fit With Big Data
Big data analytics have revolutionised retail and finance – can they change the face of professional sport?

Last updated January 30, 2014 at 11:35 am
Big Data and the Quantified Self
Everything in our life right now is full of data; from the food that we eat to our physical routine. Known as the “quantified self” or QS, it’s actually an emerging trend in . . .big data science. Since smart devices are now embedded with advanced motion sensors, data scientists can benefit from the personal data collected from these devices. Is quantifying oneself just a passing fad or gimmick? Can technology and big data really help people live healthier lives?

Last updated January 30, 2014 at 11:34 am
Gambling and Big Data: A Safe Bet?
Marketing in 2014: every day, tracking software peers into consumers’ spending histories. Meanwhile, companies scour our personal information for any crumbs of data that might be . . . used in the pursuit of a sale. This is ‘big data analysis:’ the Big Brother marketing strategy that has permanently altered the face of retail.

Last updated January 15, 2014 at 12:00 am
Qlik to Discover Road Show – A Business Intelligence Event Series
QlikView is different from other business intelligence solutions. Join us in a city near you and we’ll show you how. You’ll see how easy it is to interact with your data throug . . .h a gorgeous and genius experience, to use beautiful visualizations to reveal insights, and to make data actionable for everyone.

Last updated January 11, 2014 at 11:06 pm
The Numbers Behind The High Street Retail Battle
This article was written by Paul Hatley, in Acxiom’s London office. Paul is a data specialist at Acxiom supporting clients in digital and offline marketing environments. He has 16 . . .years experience working with consumer data across a range of sectors including retail, finance, leisure and government.

Last updated January 11, 2014 at 11:37 am
Big data Analytics in Retail
All the industry leaders like Wal-Mart, Axa, Citibank, Humana, GE and several others are exploring how Big Data analytics can be used to better understand customer needs, pinpoint . . . risk, improve marketing, enhance the customer experience, combat fraud, and drive profitability. Companies are seeking ways to rebuild their customer relationships in this time of extremely high customer expectations.

Last updated May 12, 2013 at 5:06 pm
When tweets start to tweet
We’re fast approaching a time when it becomes possible to connect everything and everyone to the internet. A web of connected documents and sites, of devices, of machines, of netwo . . .rks. A place where everything is connected to everything.

Last updated May 10, 2013 at 2:01 pm
A BIG data week in Malaysia
Asia: a huge, diverse, and rapidly changing society. One could even say it has high volume, variety, and velocity. Here in Malaysia we value a good technology festival, and we’ve b . . .een discussing Big Data for at least a year (the veracity of this claim is backed up by the list of previous Big Data Malaysia meetups, which is by no means the only local group discussing these issues). Now that I’ve paid nominal (and perhaps somewhat cheeky) obligatory homage to the 3+2Vs of Big Data, let’s get on with what actually happened during Big Data Week 2013 in Kuala Lumpur.

Last updated October 21, 2013 at 11:37 am
Big Data: Is History Repeating Itself?
Is it a leap forward helping the world to run smoothly on exabytes of unstructured, unprecedented levels of data? Or is Big Data a new buzz-word used by sales and marketing teams t . . .o persuade companies to buy multimillion pound IT platforms?
If you ask me, history is repeating itself. I remember the birth of CRM and how the industry was split between IT companies and their solve-it-all £multimillion databases, and the pointy heads claiming it was their domain. CRM turned out to be data driven marketing using IT as a tool, and eventually became the industry buzz-word of the ’90s.

Last updated May 3, 2013 at 9:35 am
Big Data – The Challenges, Opportunities And Encounters
Ever had a data problem? Ever thought it was an insurmountable big wave?

Last updated April 30, 2013 at 3:43 am
Is Big Data Big In The Boardroom?
Big data represents a significant paradigm shift in enterprise technology and stands to transform much of what the modern enterprise is today. Digital data is everywhere and global . . . data is growing at 40% per year. Companies across the world are capturing vast amounts of information about their customers, suppliers and operations. Yet the question remains – to what extent has the focus of the conversation moved from the IT department to the boardroom?

Last updated April 29, 2013 at 10:16 am
Rise Of The Machines – Why Big Data Is Getting Bigger Every Day
Hundreds of terabytes. That’s the amount of Big Data being generated by multi-national corporations, every day. While terrifying for some, others see it as an opportunity to fun . . .damentally transform how their organisations operate and make decisions.
According to Gartner, Big Data is forecast to drive $34 billion of IT spending in 2013. But what most people think of when they hear the term ‘Big Data’ almost certainly isn’t what I’m talking about. What many organisations still regard as Big Data – unstructured information contained in emails, electronic documents, social media interactions etc – is just a thin layer in the vast strata of data available to them.

Last updated April 29, 2013 at 3:17 pm
Big Data Believer Or Big Data Realist?
Graham Brierton, CTO at contact centre platform leader VoiceSage, comments on a trend recently where suddenly Big Data is the Answer to Everything
It’s very much part of the Zeit . . .geist to say Big Data is the Answer to Everything. But while Big Data is a genuine phenomenon and will undoubtedly offer businesses enormous benefit, much of the discussion around it seems to be hype-fuelled chatter – and not very well informed chatter either.

Last updated April 25, 2013 at 1:36 pm
The 40% Big Data Non-Adopters
A recent global survey showed that one in four of large corporates worldwide are not planning to engage with Big Data projects due to cost concerns and skill shortages. For Jeff Mo . . .rris, Vice President of Product Marketing for leading business analytics software specialist and founder of open source BIRT, Actuate Corporation, this is an odd trend

Last updated April 25, 2013 at 1:28 pm
Unified Data Architecture: A Joined-up Approach To Big Data
Kevin Long, Business Development Directtor at Teradata UK, considers how a joined-up approach to big data can benefit businesses

Last updated April 25, 2013 at 9:04 am
Data is wisdom?
The old saying “less is more” is arguably more relevant today than ever before. In an increasingly complex and noisy world, efficiently extracting meaning from the torrent of r . . .aw data presented to us every day is critical. One might assume that the more information you have, the better, but too much information can quickly become unwieldy, unless you know how to manage it. This is the Big Data challenge…

Last updated April 24, 2013 at 12:02 am
Order in Chaos
Big data is ramping up to be a big business opportunity. Hype surrounding Big Data is at an all-time-high as businesses look to address the increasing volume, variety and velocity . . .of information. Yet, many businesses do not have the technology in place to address the real ‘Big’ in Big Data – unstructured information. Nick Patience, Director of Product Marketing & Strategy discusses how businesses can extract value from the unstructured information that is spread across multiple data repositories within the organisation.

Last updated April 23, 2013 at 11:39 am
Navigating The Big Data Ups And Downs With Exploration And Discovery
Some people seem conflicted about big data at the moment. On the one hand, excitement about the benefits of big data is at an all-time high. On the other hand though, people are c . . .oncerned that many big data projects don’t yield a positive ROI. It would be a mistake to think that simply add a new data source to your mix would immediately reveal the secrets to the world’s longest lived mysteries. Success depends on a well thought out program of exploration and discovery

Last updated April 22, 2013 at 6:51 pm
Quantifying H(app)iness – How Big Data Is Defining Well-Being
Big Data and Quantified Self are beginning to play a global role in measuring happiness and well-being. The science of happiness, based on subjective well-being and positive psych . . .ology, has been getting a boost in the past few years from emerging technology that can measure the data about behavior and emotion. The H(app)athon Project (www.happathon.com) is a free initiative looking to leverage sensor and other data to improve well-being.

Last updated April 19, 2013 at 7:46 pm
Using Performance Data to Revolutionize the Management of Cook County Government, Part 3: The Future
Starting at the end of Fiscal Year 2012 and continuing into Fiscal Year 2013, the Cook County STAR program will further engage with agencies to support the use of performance data . . .as a management tool. The effort will include facilitating internal goal-setting discussions within agencies and departments, as well as training and regular monitoring.

Last updated April 19, 2013 at 7:38 pm
Using Performance Data to Revolutionize the Management of Cook County Government, Part 2: Current State
Each quarter, Cook County officials in the Public Safety, Property Tax, Economic Development, and Healthcare areas submit performance management data and hold meetings to review th . . .eir progress. The data from the officials is combined with the data from the Offices Under the President and published in a quarterly STAR Report.

Last updated April 19, 2013 at 7:35 pm
Using Performance Data to Revolutionize the Management of Cook County Government, Part 1: An Introduction
Cook County’s “Set Targets, Achieve Results” (STAR) Performance Management program strives to measure, report and manage performance to promote Cook County Board President T . . .oni Preckwinkle’s four goals: fiscal responsibility, innovative leadership, transparency and accountability, and improved services.

Last updated April 19, 2013 at 7:31 pm
Thinking Beyond The Boundaries With Big Data
Big data is now a commonly used term within the business world and many companies are implementing solutions to make the most of the untapped data within their systems. It’s no . . .longer ‘new’ but how businesses are choosing to use this data is changing. Beyond traditional uses of big data there are exciting ways for organisations of all size to better leverage the information gleaned to make more informed decisions and ultimately, run their business better.

Last updated April 19, 2013 at 1:11 pm
The Issue Of Access In A Big Data World
When we hear the phrase ‘big data’ most of us think about the information and insight that can be gleaned from analysing the vast amounts of untapped data pools lying within ou . . .r businesses. The industry is saturated with opinion about big data analysis in order to draw usable insights and ultimately aid customer retention or enhance business processes. However, although incredibly important, these thoughts overshadow the conversation around management of, and access to, big data. Although storage of information has come under scrutiny, the link to large volumes of data and secure, efficient access remains relatively tentative in many conversations.

Last updated April 19, 2013 at 12:56 pm
How Can Big Data Help Connectivity And Mobility?
Events around the world are looking this week at what Big Data means, what’s exciting about it and how we can best make use of it. For us at Startupbootcamp, Big Data is deeply c . . .orrelated with connectivity and mobility – they go hand in hand.

Last updated April 19, 2013 at 12:44 pm
The Big Data Discovery Puzzle
No matter what the industry, forming the intelligent discovery environment required to generate competitive advantage from big data can be extremely tough. Although traditional ana . . .lytics and methodologies are fairly robust, in the rush to generate insight from big data projects, the introduction of new analytics technologies and previously unfamiliar open source data storage tools like Hadoop will inevitably create a learning curv

Last updated April 19, 2013 at 11:14 am
Revisiting openness: The Finnish Institute in London launches The Open Book
The Finnish Institute in London is happy to share its newest publication “The Open Book” with Big Data Week attendants. Download a free copy and join the global discussion on open . . .data!

Last updated April 19, 2013 at 11:02 am
Using Data To Establish Consumer Loyalty
Given that it is of course cheaper for an automotive brand to retain a customer rather than find a new one, the importance of up-to-date customer information is absolutely crucial. . . . Although not an exception, the automotive industry relies heavily on accurate data when it comes to brands trying to secure repeat customers. While it is one thing actually promoting after sales to a customer, it is another to expect them to remember such detail in 12 months time.

Last updated April 18, 2013 at 4:14 pm
Big Data: What’s the Big Deal?
The value of holding data has been recognised since the dawn of commerce when merchants inscribed key business data onto tablets. That analysing business data can provide insights . . . and unlock revenue is not new thinking, so what is the big deal with Big Data?

Last updated April 17, 2013 at 3:29 pm
Big Data, Fast Data, Smart Data
Big data needs to be fast and smart. Here’s why.

Last updated April 17, 2013 at 11:48 am
Big Data: The Lifeblood Of Today’s Economy
In recent years, big data has become a key consideration across all major markets, impacting entire industries, reshaping business strategies and offering untold promise to those c . . .apable of harnessing its true power. The value of big data is continuing to grow exponentially and today it stands as the lifeblood for both organisations and even the wider economy at large.

Last updated April 17, 2013 at 9:55 am
The Intersection Of Fast Data And Big Data
Have you heard the new term ‘Fast Data’ around the water cooler? A recent article on the Oracle blog at Forbes.com, “Fast Data Gets A Big Jump On Big Data,” talks about how . . . and why Fast Data is becoming one of the top requirements for organisations trying to keep up with their information.
Move over big data…looks like fast data is the next new business intelligence issue creeping into your territory. But is it really a new problem?

Last updated April 15, 2013 at 1:27 pm
The Changing Face Of Data: The Convergence Of Technologies, Devices And Apps Is Prodding More Companies To Take Big Data Seriously
In a world where ABC (Analytics, Big Data, Cloud) are converging, the need to manage, monitor and predict business outcomes and market readiness is also changing. And with the wide . . . prevalence of tablets, smart phones and social media, the urgency to mine intelligence from the tons of raw data is prodding more companies and governments to beef up their big data plans.

Last updated April 11, 2013 at 8:20 am
How Big Data Is Changing The Customer Service Landscape
Big data has many applications and one of the most interesting is how enterprises are using it to improve the customer experience.

Last updated April 11, 2013 at 6:15 am
Are We Stuck At Big Data Base Camp?
Big Data. It’s been the subject on businesses’ lips for some time now due to its potential to improve performance across the board, delivering better results and increasing rev . . .enues. This is an unprecedented opportunity in today’s tough economic times, so why haven’t we seen more businesses shouting about the benefits they’ve seen on their Big Data journeys?
Oracle’s Director Big Data in EMEA, Mike Connaughton, looks at the reasons behind this and what needs to be done to get the Big Data juggernaut rolling.

Last updated April 9, 2013 at 5:02 pm
The Challenge Of Online Data
Online retail has introduced an order of magnitude change in both the number of decisions to be taken,
and the complexity of data available. Furthermore, there is still no agreemen . . .t on eCommerce norms and best practice for how to interpret and respond to what the data shows. The challenge can appear daunting and it is easy to either disengage or to drown in the data, but failing to get to grips with the numbers is a huge gamble. At best you miss opportunities to grow pro?ts; at worst you lose control of your online channel.

Last updated April 9, 2013 at 11:10 am
Forget About Big Data – It’s All About New Data
90% of the world’s data is less than two years old. What does this mean for UK businesses? Regardless of whether you intend to extract information from the data your business col . . .lects, how will you handle, store, manage and compute it? And how will the infrastructure behind it cope?

Last updated April 9, 2013 at 9:01 am
Share your Data Visualisations on Visualizing.org during Big Data Week
We are happy and excited to support Big Data Week at its 200+ meetups across the world. Use Visualizing.org as a resource when creating visualizations during the event. Explore vis . . .ualizations by topic, form, or tool. Discover tips and techniques from workshops given at our previous Marathons. On Visualizing.org, we?ll have a Big Data Week gallery to share and promote visualizations created at BDW events. We invite all attendees to participate. Please provide the following information to those who would like to include their work.

Last updated April 6, 2013 at 10:44 pm
The next stage of Big Data – Personalisation
Ian McCaig, Marketing and Strategy Director for Qubit, discusses big data, good data, and personalised data.

Last updated April 5, 2013 at 1:46 pm
Improving Public Health Depends on Connectivity
In this article Infosys’ Ashish Goel looks at the growing trend of ‘coopetition’ in the life sciences industry, and the implications this will have in terms of both managing and pr . . .otecting the vast amount of data being shared by pharmaceutical companies

Last updated April 4, 2013 at 4:12 pm
The Big Question About Big Data
“Big data” was the buzzword of 2012 – the year was awash with information, comment and discussion about the topic. As we enter 2013, it’s time for the talking to make way f . . .or action. Despite the hype and column inches, however, many businesses do not know what first steps they should take so that they can manage and use big data efficiently to gain an information advantage.

Last updated April 6, 2013 at 12:00 am
HR By Numbers: Did Marissa Miss An Opportunity To Do A Google On Yahoo?
Venkat Viswanathan talks about how people analytics transforms HR from a relationship and reputation model to a scientifically data-driven one.

Last updated April 1, 2013 at 4:29 pm
Big Mobile Data And The Small Mobile Network
The phrase ‘big data, big problems’ has become somewhat overused – but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true, as mobile network operators are beginning to discover

Last updated March 28, 2013 at 9:40 am
Big Data – What A Rush
The big data rush has some similarities to other near and far, fresh and old events. The dot com rush of the late 90′s, the social media rush a few years ago, and now this. There . . .are lessons to be learnt from the other major game changers, the blog post shares some ideas on how to prepare in order to get specific, relevant, actionable, timely insights that will help drive incremental gains in a profitable and manageable manner.

Last updated March 28, 2013 at 5:27 am
The Big Data Scientist Hunt
Big Data is officially the biggest buzzword of 2013. The problem is that so few people actually know what to do with all that data, and finding the mythical “data scientist” pr . . .oves exceptionally difficult (http://bit.ly/16hKn9b).

Last updated March 27, 2013 at 4:24 pm
Big Context Versus Big Data – Changing The Way We Examine Company Information
Dr Davin Yap, CEO and founder of self-service vendor Transversal, voices his concerns that having access to too much data can be counterproductive for business.

Last updated March 27, 2013 at 11:02 am
Big Data Week Atlanta – Growing a community around innovation
Born out of a desire to build community around the diverse challenges of Big Data, Atlanta’s tech community already excels at exploring, sharing, and learning with one another. A . . .nd now, with the advent of Big Data Week, the city will have the opportunity to prove it’s as serious a Silicon Valley in terms of technology.

Last updated March 27, 2013 at 1:48 am
The ‘Un’-Hidden Persuaders: How Data Changed Advertising For The Better
Technology and big data are the driving force behind huge changes in our society, from the games we play to the ads we click

Last updated March 26, 2013 at 2:53 pm
Mind The [Analytical] Gap
It’s no secret that big data offers organisations a real opportunity to gain competitive advantage, open up new revenue streams and increase efficiency. Yet, while some are charg . . .ing ahead, others are falling behind.

Last updated March 26, 2013 at 10:35 am
Internet Data Wars: The First Skirmishes
2012 was a year of change. Change that could have far-reaching implications in the near future as internet service providers (ISP’s) and web browser developers look to take advan . . .tage of public concerns regarding cookie tracking, distorting the fragile equilibrium of internet data availability and therefore threatening a core pillar of digital communications.

Last updated March 25, 2013 at 6:08 pm
The Differences Between SQL And NoSQL Training
Database management has changed substantially over the years. We are seeing many developers migrate away from SQL to NoSQL databases. Whether it is for financial reasons, scalabili . . .ty, or in preparation for handling Big Data, NoSQL is beginning to become a more viable option for many businesses. However, since many businesses that utilize non-relational databases have used relational databases for years, switching over can sometimes be a bit difficult. In order to help make that transition smoother, it’s important to be aware of the differences between training for SQL and NoSQL.

Last updated March 25, 2013 at 3:07 pm
Big Data In A Big Brave World
Bob Plumridge, Chief Technology Officer EMEA at Hitachi Data Systems, discusses how big data is transforming businesses and our lives, using examples from across the Hitachi Ltd. f . . .amily and also making reference to the Mayans’ approach to data analysis. Also discussed is the notion of balancing today’s privacy requirements with tomorrow’s big data needs.

Last updated March 20, 2013 at 5:27 pm
Big Data: What’s The Big Deal About It?
IFB’s CEO, Graeme Gordon, discusses the subject of Big Data and what it means to your company.

Last updated March 20, 2013 at 2:38 pm
Data Governance And Social Media: First Things First
As as the power of social media as a business tool grows, increasing numbers of businesses are looking to gather information about their clients and develop a holistic viewpoint of . . . each customer. The problem is, is that many are doing so without properly considering all eventualities. Failure to properly approach and define social media can pose serious challenges to the business, its reputation and risk brand damage. Resulting in frustrated customers and a degradation of customer loyalty. Peter argues that the first thing all companies must do, before even beginning to gather data, is to conduct a comprehensive process of data governance. An effective way of formally defining and managing information as a resource and as an asset.

Last updated March 19, 2013 at 3:50 pm
Who’s Afraid Of The Big, Bad Data?
Why are so many organisations so terrified of data and refuse to see the benefits it can bring? ‘Big data’ is now a common term, but traditionally, the treatment of the flow of . . . information within an organisation has been comparable to that of a piece of radioactive material. Not only has it been quarantined and isolated in the IT department, but access to it has typically been limited to only one individual – the data scientist – who is deemed to be the only person qualified enough to handle it.

Last updated March 19, 2013 at 1:11 pm
Five Steps To Handling Big Data
Need to know how to bring together and drive revenue from all the data at your organisation’s disposal? Matt Hollingsworth, managing account director at Acxiom, outlines a five-ste . . .p process for dealing with big data

Last updated March 19, 2013 at 12:20 pm
Visualizing.org partner with Big Data Week
We’re thrilled to partner again for this year’s Big Data Week. From April 22-28, data designers, data scientists, data technologists and others invested in data will come toget . . .her for this global festival of 200+ meetups in 18+ cities around the world.

Last updated March 14, 2013 at 3:51 pm
Big Data in Kuala Lumpur: deep-dive into stakeholder impacts
Big Data has the potential to have an enduring impact on every part of society, but the devil is in the details. How will various groups be affected? Will some benefit more than ot . . .hers? These questions brought together professionals from diverse sectors, including technology, business, government and education during an interactive workshop in Kuala Lumpur. Here we summarise the findings of the delegates, as an Asian perspective on the broader impacts of Big Data.

Last updated March 7, 2013 at 3:47 am
Big Data Week Expands Global Presence to Include Atlanta, Partners with Big Data Analytics Startup Emcien to Drive Citywide Engagement
ATLANTA, GA—Emcien Corp., a pioneer in automatic pattern detection for Big Data, announced today its partnership with Big Data Week, a global effort dedicated to connecting a num . . .ber of cities including Barcelona, Moscow and Shanghai through locally hosted meetups, events, networking functions, demos, debates, hackathons and more. This partnership ensures that Atlanta-based organizations can take part in the movement by hosting individual functions throughout the city during the week, which takes place on April 22-28, 2013. Local Big Data startup Emcien was selected to drive the message and raise awareness in Atlanta.

Last updated February 26, 2013 at 1:52 pm

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