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Data Wonks Swap Tips at Analytics Conference

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Perhaps the only universal truth about big data analytics is that it is a new field and everyone is still learning. That was true Monday as data scientists, quants and business intelligence managers gathered in San Francisco to swap ideas about what's working.

While retail corporations dominated Monday's schedule, the Predictive Analytics World conference also drew financial executives, marketing managers and others who know all too well that the success of their companies may depend on making better use of the river of data flooding in from social media, transaction records, web surfing, retail outlets and other sources.

Two early presentations came from executives at Sears Holdings and eBay, two of the companies that have led the industry in growing successful online operations. Their presentations were minutes apart, and both stressed the importance of experimentation, but they covered widely divergent areas from different perspectives.

Who Knew? Pitney Bowes Sells Big Data Products

If you’re like me, when you hear the name Pitney Bowes you think “postage meter,” not software. After all, the 93-year-old company that joined the New York Stock Exchange in 1950 and has been listed in the S&P 500 since its opening day might seem more like a relic that never crossed the chasm than a big data and analytics leader.

But perceptions are deceiving.

This morning Pitney Bowes announced that it has added advanced big data management capabilities to its Spectrum Technology platform.

For Famous Brands Like eBay, Study Suggests Paid Search Ads Have Limited Value

Do paid search ads work? A new academic study finds that, while “new and infrequent” users are influenced by such ads for a large and well-known brand, existing loyal followers of that brand are not. The result: negative returns, on average, from the money spent. 

Forrester Predicts Mobile Payments to Reach $90 Billion by 2017

Like paying for stuff with a mobile phone? Then you are part of the zeitgeist, because US mobile payments were nearly US$ 13 billion in 2012, and Forrester predicts Americans will spend US$ 90 billion by 2017 via mobile.

Open Data Institute Revs Up Data.gov.uk to Leverage Startups, Open Governments

Could the key to better government lie in its mountains of already free and available data

Recession Relief: New Job Openings at Apple, Workday, SugarCRM, eBay and Verizon (26-July-12)

Start off Summer with a new gig -- we've got a shopping list of hot jobs for you to browse. Our featured jobs list is a great collection of opportunities spanning specialties and continents. Here's who's hiring this week (and if you're hiring, post your open jobs here).

PayPal's Small-Biz Service Opens Up Mobile Commerce

PayPaldongle_thumb.jpg PayPal has long dominated the small ecommerce transaction market, now it heads to the streets, the stores and pretty much anywhere with a new mobile PayPal Here solution for card and other payments.

Gotradelive Builds a Social e-Commerce Network for SMBs

 gotradelive.jpegLast summer, eBay was busy acquiring companies in an effort to put together a developer platform called X.Commerce. While its presence has been muted, its open platform aims to helps merchants and businesses of all sizes to “compete and thrive in a fast-changing world of social, local, mobile and digital driven commerce.” eBay isn’t the only working to make it easier for business to buy, sell or market their services to one another. Enter gotradelive.

Recession Relief: New Job Openings at Klout, Squarespace, eBay, Bridgeline Digital and Percussion (26-Jan-12)

If it's time for a change, we've got a shopping list of hot jobs in our spiffy little corner of the world. Our bi-weekly featured jobs list is a great collection of opportunities spanning specialties and continents. Here's who's hiring this week (and if you're hiring, post your openings here).

Anonymous Hackers Take Aim at PayPal, Ask Users to Close Accounts

paypal_logo_09.jpgThe hacking collective, Anonymous, has started a new campaign aimed at two of the web's biggest brands, encouraging users to close their accounts and use alternative services.

EBay Adds to E-Commerce Portfolio, Acquires Zong

EBay Adds to E-Commerce Portfolio, Acquires ZongAdding to its string of e-commerce acquisitions this year, eBay (news, site) has purchased Zong, a mobile payments vendor, for US$ 240 million. 

EBay Completes GSI E-Commerce Acquisition

ebaylogosmall.jpg As part of its quest for world domination in e-commerce, eBay (news, site) announced today that it has completed its acquisition of GSI Commerce Inc., a provider of e-commerce and interactive marketing services

EBay Acquires Magento, Creates X.Commerce E-Commerce Platform

ebaylogosmall.jpgThere's a lot of interest in Magento this week, and it's not because of the new X-Men movie (okay, that's Magneto, but you get the picture). eBay (news, site) has acquired the company, after first investing in it a year ago, and is using it, as well as a number of other e-commerce acquisitions recently, to create an e-commerce platform called X.Commerce.

Exterro's Fusion Zeta Brings Data Management into the EDRM Process

zeta_logo.jpgNeed an e-Discovery solution that reflects perspectives of both the IT and legal departments? The search may be over. Today, Exterro released a new data management layer for its integrated solution suite. Fusion Zeta is an automated, easy-to-administer application designed to handle in-place early case assessment, preservation, collection and analysis. But perhaps most importantly, it gives legal teams 360-degree access into the entire e-discovery process, while eliminating the chaos of manual processes.

SAP, OpenText Strengthen Relationship with Pinnacle Awards

If OpenText and SAP get any more loved-up it could become indecent. The latest in the ongoing and well-established relationship between the two is that OpenText (news, site) has been awarded two 2011 SAP (news, site) Pinnacle awards, one for Global Software Solution Partner of the Year, the other for Global Enterprise Support Partner of the Year.

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