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Ignoring the Cloud Costs Money, Ignoring Big Data Could Cost You Your Business

Ignoring the Cloud Costs Money, Ignoring Big Data Could Cost You Your BusinessData silos days are numbered. Businesses that organize around products or business functions and not data will disappear. 

IBM Offers New Big Data Platform for Customer Insights

IBM has taken another step toward helping enterprises gain more insight from all of their data. The new technique enables them to combine big data from distributed cloud services with data stored on local IT systems. 

HP Autonomy Unleashes New Data Recovery Vision with Data Protector v8.1

HP Autonomy (HPA) has just announced Data Protector v8.1 will be available in January. While it comes with a bunch of new features, the real significance of this release will be the introduction of an entirely new way of looking at and implementing data recovery.

9 Days of Information Governance Analysis via Next Analytics and Hashtags

The ARMA International Conference was fascinating this year. Traditionally, speakers are very supportive of attendees’ needs and the Expo Floor is occupied with vendors who ask, “Where are the decision makers?” This year, thanks to the industry’s consumption of information governance (IG), vendors solicited attendees for long, introductory sessions to their products and services. The records managers were re-identified as decision makers and they were in the house.

Big Data Bits: Back to School with Cloudera and Udacity, Splunk Goes to Washington

Big data never sleeps, or at least big data vendors don’t. We thought that after we reported and recapped all that went on at Strata+ Hadoop World, all would be calm for a while …

That didn’t happen. 

In the Age of Cloud, Big Data, Mobile and Social, Could Amazon Emerge a Leader?

When EMC CEO Joe Tucci addressed a crowd of 15,000 attendees at EMC World last year, he made a somewhat startling prediction: a number of today’s computing giants won’t survive the current period of disruption.

Businesses Should Drink from the Firehose of Data, Report Says

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The growing need to quickly employ big data to gain business advantage is a big deal, according to a new report from the Economist Intelligence Unit.

The SAP-sponsored report “The Power of Fast Data” relies on surveys of more than 750 senior executives worldwide. Conducted in 2012 and 2013, the survey assessed the abilities of companies to analyze data sets, use data to identify trends, discover data-driven insights and act on them.

Amazon Changes the Big Data Game with Kinesis: Leaves Competition Speechless (For Now)

It’s likely that neither big data vendors nor developers slept well last night because they were all probably thinking about Kinesis, Amazon’s fully managed service for real-time processing of streaming data at massive scale (like that generated by Twitter and the Internet of Things). It was introduced in Las Vegas yesterday at Amazon’s re:Invent Conference and brought on the same kind of enthusiasm among developers as the first iPhone brought to consumers.

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?

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