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The New Pickpockets: Retail Sensors and Other Tracking Systems

Customer Experience, The New Pickpockets: Retail Sensors and Other Tracking SystemsShoppers by Noreen SeebacherThe days when a phone was simply used to place calls are long gone. (A study last year noted calling is one of the last things we do with smartphones, ranking far behind activities like web browsing and social networking.) But odds are most people don't think of their smartphones as tracking devices.

In this final installment of our three part series on the loss of privacy in a big data world, we'll explore the secret life of smartphones.

Your Car Is a Data Platform, What Can It Tell About You?

Information Management, Your Car Is A Data Platform, What Can It Tell Us About You?We’ve all heard about the Internet of things. We know you can use Nest to control your thermostat from your iPhone, so if you forgot to turn the heat down when you left for work you can do it from the office. And then there’s Jawbone that monitors your movement -- forget exercise, if you want to set it up to turn on your coffeemaker as soon as you start moving in the morning, it can do that too. And then there’s the app I’m waiting for: I want to be able to add money to a parking meter from a restaurant, so I don’t have to leave the table just as a conversation becomes engaging.

Evolv Claims Big Data Can Improve Employee Performance

big data.pngCan big data help increase the performance of your workers? A new report from Evolv claims it can.

The company's Q4 2013 Workforce Performance Report found adoption of “a big data approach to workforce performance leads to measurable improvements, such as higher customer satisfaction, increased sales, more efficient recruiting and better retention.”

Welcome to the Big Data World: More Personalization, Less Privacy

Customer Experience, Welcome to the Big Data World: More Personalization, Less Privacy; Subway man by Asa AaronsYesterday we told you how retailers use "super spy cams" and other technologies to analyze store traffic, set staffing, reduce check-out line backups, monitor inventory and improve the overall customer experience. They use facial recognition software to identify VIP shoppers or nap shoplifters and identity thieves.

Companies like NEC Corp. use security camera footage to understand the behavior of crowds and to "detect abnormalities" to improve safety. But what's the reality? Security gained … or privacy lost?

Big Data Isn't a Science Experiment, It's About Impact

Not everyone can stand before a conference with “Hadoop World” in its title and tell the crowd of enthusiasts that Hadoop isn't the right solution for every Big Data problem.

The Internet of Things Will Change Everything, Including the Economy

Sure the development of the Internet of Things has a way to go before it becomes a  reality. But IT research firm Gartner already estimates it will be worth $1.9 trillion by 2020. Gartner also predicts the Internet of Things will create an entire new economy based on interconnectivity of devices.

Big Data Gets Sticky #strataconf

Ok, everyone knows that data scientists are sexy, but what about local TV reporters who can’t keep themselves from saying words like Hadoop, MapReduce, NoSQL, JSON and petabyte?

Pivotal Launches Multi-Cloud Enterprise Platform-as-a-Service

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This morning, long before the developers attending re:Invent, Amazon Web Services (AWS) annual conference, open their eyes, EMC and VMWare spin-off Pivotal will make an alluring announcement. The news — Pivotal One, “the world’s first next-generation multi-cloud Enterprise PaaS” (Platform-as-a-Service) will open for business on Friday. Coincidence? I think not.

C-Suite Affects Financial Returns on Analytics, Big Data

New research from IBM shows a lack of support from the C-suite is the biggest obstacle to the development of business analytics and big data management. This is compounded by skepticism about the value of the data and the shortage of big data and analytics talent.

Facebook Open Sources Presto: Jump In to Check It Out But Don't Jump to Conclusions

For anyone who doesn’t yet know, Facebook open sourced “Presto” yesterday. What's Presto? It’s a distributed SQL engine for big data reported to run magnitudes faster than most of today’s widely used technologies that were built to handle such workloads. They include the likes of Apache Open Source HiveCloudera’s Open Source ImpalaStinger (supported by Hortonworks) and Pivotal’s Hawq, among many others.

ClickTale Partners with Optimizely for User Tracking, A/B Testing

Building a website is one thing. Figuring out if it is accomplishing its intended goals is quite another. To provide a comprehensive approach to the latter challenge, ClickTale, a web analytics firm, and Optimizely, a website optimization platform, are partnering to offer an integrated service.

IBM Boosts Big Data Portfolio, Enhances Predictive Analytics Offerings #ibmiod

IBM just announced a number of upgrades to its predictive analytics technologies. They focus on squeezing business insight from sources of information that many enterprises are still only trying to manage. 

Big Data Bits: The Strata Edition - Beyond Hadoop Distributions

Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends …

Even though we’ve left the Strata + Hadoop World conference held in New York City last week, the notable news we didn’t report keeps buzzing in our ears, reminding us that we need to share it with you.

Forrester Wave: How Loyalty Program Service Providers Stack Up

In the current landscape of fickle consumers and countless brands, customer loyalty is the Holy Grail. To help companies reach that Grail, a new Forrester Wave reports looks at the loyalty service providers that are most successfully inducing customers to keep coming back. 

Open Data is Worth $3 Trillion, New McKinsey Report Claims

Thumbnail image for OpenDataMcKinsey.pngYou don't have to sell Michael Chui on the importance of big data. He knows the amount of data worldwide is exploding, that use of big data is becoming a key basis of competition and growth -- and that we're on the cusp of a critical shortage of data scientists.

Chui is one of the authors of what is arguably the most quoted source of information on big data, a 2011 report from McKinsey & Co. And now he's pushing the envelope on our understanding of a data-driven world with a new report that focuses on the economic potential of open data. "The open and liquid use of data is becoming more and more prevalent," Chui said. And that's a good thing.

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