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Social Media Marries Big Data at Wedding Retailer

Social Media Marries Big Data at Wedding Retailer | Big Data is a Big Deal! | Scoop.it
David’s Bridal uses data from its social shopping community, where the bride-to-be shares plans with the wedding party, to tie the knot with customers
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"David's Bridal is pouring historical sales information into databases with current sales, social media, demographic and other data to better understand customer behavior.


Adding data from the social network to the mix will give the company insights that competitors don't have, he says. If eggplant-colored mother-of-the-bride dresses are on the upswing in the Midwest, for example, matching accessories ought to be stocked."



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Alibaba's Cloud Computing Business Will Open Its International Headquarters In ... - TechCrunch

Alibaba's Cloud Computing Business Will Open Its International Headquarters In ... - TechCrunch | Big Data is a Big Deal! | Scoop.it
Aliyun, the cloud computing unit of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, is taking another major step toward international expansion with the opening of a data..
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Hadoop and Big Data - Datamation

Hadoop and Big Data - Datamation | Big Data is a Big Deal! | Scoop.it
Hadoop and Big Data are dramatically impacting business, yet the exact relationship between Hadoop and Big Data remains open to discussion.
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Data mining DNA for polycystic ovary syndrome genes - Medical Xpress

Data mining DNA for polycystic ovary syndrome genes - Medical Xpress | Big Data is a Big Deal! | Scoop.it
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) has been passed down in many families for generations—causing reproductive and metabolic health problems for millions of women around the world.
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Becoming a Big Data CEO: leadership from data to big data - Online School

Becoming a Big Data CEO: leadership from data to big data - Online School | Big Data is a Big Deal! | Scoop.it

Enjoy 6 video courses. Data project are among the most exciting ones. This session covers all the key elements to engage with confidence in your first steps with data. Get on the way to become a data “CEO”.

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Top Ten Big Data Trends in Finance

Check out how big data is proving invaluable to finance. Here is the top 10 big data trends in finance. Big data place a vital role in analysing the feeds, Pre…
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"Big Data matters, no matter what your field."

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A whole lot of Splunk: Big Data visualization comes of age | SiliconANGLE

A whole lot of Splunk: Big Data visualization comes of age | SiliconANGLE | Big Data is a Big Deal! | Scoop.it
Security is becoming “a harder and harder battle to fight,” said Mark Debney, Principal Engineer, DevOps, at BSkyB. “So we’re looking at tools like Splunk to help us scale up our security efforts.”

“We’re looking at the attacks that are slow burn, they hide really well under the normal traffic and Splunk allows use to recognize these,” he added.
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"Security is becoming “a harder and harder battle to fight,” said Mark Debney, Principal Engineer, DevOps, at BSkyB. “So we’re looking at tools like Splunk to help us scale up our security efforts.”


“We’re looking at the attacks that are slow burn, they hide really well under the normal traffic and Splunk allows use to recognize these,” he added.

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8 Ways to Become a Big Data Project Manager - LiquidPlanner

8 Ways to Become a Big Data Project Manager - LiquidPlanner | Big Data is a Big Deal! | Scoop.it
Become a big data project manager with these eight tips from Will Kelly.
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"If you’re a project management professional with aspirations to manage big data projects, you already have a good foundation.


You can make an immediate impact without having to go back to school for a Ph.D. in Data Science or Statistics."

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Size doesn't matter: can SMEs conquer Big Data? - JulienRio.com

Size doesn't matter: can SMEs conquer Big Data? - JulienRio.com | Big Data is a Big Deal! | Scoop.it
Big Data involves collecting a large volume of information. As SMEs don't have access to the same amount of data as larger corporations, does it mean SMEs can't make use of Big Data? Here is a case study with Ovolo Hotels.
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"How do I collect sufficient data from my customers, analyze the data and drive conclusions to improve my business."

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Soul-sucking analytics and mindless metrics serve no purpose

Soul-sucking analytics and mindless metrics serve no purpose | Big Data is a Big Deal! | Scoop.it
We’ve never had so many stats at our fingertips. The problem is, we have no use for them.
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Great article by Norman Chad:

 

"Albert Einstein once said, “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction — the world will have a generation of idiots.”

 

Similarly, I fear the day that statistics will swallow up our sports experience — the world will have a generation of soulless, suck-the-joy-out-of-life human widgets.

 

Alas, that day is already here."

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A Drone Map That Delivers You Anywhere In The World | TechCrunch

A Drone Map That Delivers You Anywhere In The World | TechCrunch | Big Data is a Big Deal! | Scoop.it
Drones deliver champagne and cookies to our hotels and chocolate to our bellies, and promise to follow our every move. Now a new site delivers us via drone to..
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"Switzerland-based developer Jan Hiersemenzel launched TravelByDrone in April to give us a bird’s-eye view of the world using drones. The site is basically a database of YouTube videos that users upload and pin to a location on an interactive Google Map."

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Microsoft Brings Predictive Analysis To Azure - InformationWeek

Microsoft Brings Predictive Analysis To Azure - InformationWeek | Big Data is a Big Deal! | Scoop.it
Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Service lets businesses model data and launch predictive services in the cloud.
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"Offering 30 types of algorithms in the cloud is a far cry from the depth and breadth of analyses and analytical applications offered by the likes of SAS and IBM, but if the ease of use and affordability live up to Microsoft's billing, this new service could start to change the dynamics in what has been an elite, high-end market."

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The Big C of Big Data: Top 8 Reasons that Characterization is ‘ROIght’ for Your Data

The Big C of Big Data: Top 8 Reasons that Characterization is ‘ROIght’ for Your Data | Big Data is a Big Deal! | Scoop.it
The game of Monopoly has been popular for over 100 years, which is perhaps due to the game's features that seem to parallel real life: strategizing and making deals in order to accumulate benefits from the aggregate of many moves and decisions along the way – hoping to maximize ROI.  Moving forward and reaping rewards are critical – you do not want to be sent back several steps or to pay the “Luxury Tax” (or worse).
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Great article by Dr. Kirk Borne:

 

"In addition to the all-important business moves that we need to make in order to take big data to the next level (e.g., strategic planning, goal-setting, silo-smashing, and culture-building), one of the first “data sciencey” (analytics) moves that we should make is data Profiling (the “big P of big data” – i.e., getting to know our data).  


One of the next important analytics moves is big data characterization (the “big C of big data”).  We will elaborate on that topic below, but first let us put this “big C” into the larger big data context."

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IBM Research Sets New Record for Storing Big Data

IBM Research Sets New Record for Storing Big Data | Big Data is a Big Deal! | Scoop.it

IBM scientists break Big Data into four dimensions: volume, variety, velocity and veracity and by 2020 these so-called Four V’s of Big Data will be responsible for 40 zettabytes (40 trillion gigabytes) of data. LAS VEGAS, Nev., May 20 -- IBM researchers announced they have demonstrated a new record of 85.9 billion bits of data per square inch in areal data density

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"IBM scientists break Big Data into four dimensions: volume, variety, velocity and veracity and by 2020 these so-called Four V’s of Big Data will be responsible for 40 zettabytes (40 trillion gigabytes) of data."

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Hadoop veteran Ted Dunning: When open source is anything but open - ZDNet

Hadoop veteran Ted Dunning: When open source is anything but open - ZDNet | Big Data is a Big Deal! | Scoop.it
Some projects observe the letter of the open-source movement but neglect its spirit, according to MapR expert Ted Dunning.
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What IT Needs To Know About The Data Mining Process - Forbes

What IT Needs To Know About The Data Mining Process - Forbes | Big Data is a Big Deal! | Scoop.it
No business can be data-driven if the only people interested in data analysis are the analysts. Just as the guidance of accountants and attorneys shapes everyday business, analytics must be integrated throughout the organization to provide value.
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Future of Web Scraping

Future of Web Scraping | Big Data is a Big Deal! | Scoop.it
The Internet is large, complex and ever-evolving. Nearly 90% of all the data in the world has been generated over the last two years. In this vast ocean of data, how does one get to the relevant pi...
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Big Data And The Death of Passion

Big Data And The Death of Passion | Big Data is a Big Deal! | Scoop.it
“Too much information will lead either to decision paralysis or to risk aversion,” says Mahroum. “Human beings cannot process so much information and they will eventually deploy bias in selecting the type of information they want to learn about. …what we call ‘deliberate ignorance’.”
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“Too much information will lead either to decision paralysis or to risk aversion,” says Mahroum. “Human beings cannot process so much information and they will eventually deploy bias in selecting the type of information they want to learn about. …what we call ‘deliberate ignorance’.”

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The most important thing about Salesforce.com's new data service might be its scale

The most important thing about Salesforce.com's new data service might be its scale | Big Data is a Big Deal! | Scoop.it
Even if it’s still nowhere near the estimated million-plus servers operated by massive-scale operations such as Google and Microsoft (possibly even Facebook), Bigelow’s assertions about the scale of Wave suggest Salesforce understands the amount of capacity that’s required not just to serve lots of users, but to store, analyze and visualize their data, as well.
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"Research firm IDC estimates business analytics to be a roughly $40 billion market, Bigelow said, and Salesforce expects to take a big piece of it."

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What the heck is Analytics? (And how can I use it?) | LinkedIn

What the heck is Analytics? (And how can I use it?) | LinkedIn | Big Data is a Big Deal! | Scoop.it
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"What I’d like to focus on are the three types of analytic data that can be collected."

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Let’s get agile- Part 1: Continuous Integration

Let’s get agile- Part 1: Continuous Integration | Big Data is a Big Deal! | Scoop.it
Continuous Integration (CI) is a development practice that requires developers to integrate code into a shared repository several times a day. Each check-in is then verified by an automated build, allowing teams to detect problems early.
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Do you do Agile?  How well do you know Continuous Integration (CI)?

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How IBM is using big data to fix Beijing’s pollution crisis

How IBM is using big data to fix Beijing’s pollution crisis | Big Data is a Big Deal! | Scoop.it
Of China's major cities, Beijing's pollution problem is probably the worst, causing thousands of premature deaths every year. Its residents are fed up. The growing outrage has forced leaders to declare a "war on pollution," including the goal of slashing Beijing's PM2.5— the concentration of the particles that pose the greatest risk to human health—by 25% by 2017. The Beijing...
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"As part of the initiative, IBM has already signed a partnership with the Beijing government, which is hoping to tap into the company’s expertise to help tackle the city’s air pollution crisis. 


IBM’s plan of attack involves some of the buzziest things in tech, including harnessing the processing power of “big data” as well as the “internet of things,” weather modeling, and supercomputing."

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Size doesn't matter: can SMEs conquer Big Data? - JulienRio.com

Size doesn't matter: can SMEs conquer Big Data? - JulienRio.com | Big Data is a Big Deal! | Scoop.it
Big Data involves collecting a large volume of information. As SMEs don't have access to the same amount of data as larger corporations, does it mean SMEs can't make use of Big Data? Here is a case study with Ovolo Hotels.
Steven Jackson, MBA's insight:

"The concept of Big Data is actually quite simple: collect - analyze - utilize.

 

How do I collect sufficient data from my customers, analyze the data and drive conclusions to improve my business?"

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2 Deals Focus on Big Data and Youth

2 Deals Focus on Big Data and Youth | Big Data is a Big Deal! | Scoop.it
The Intelligence Group is merging with Noise, a company that specializes in the millennial market, and a unit of Barkley that researches millennials is being spun off as a separate consultancy named FutureCast.
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“With the arrival of big data,” the ZenithOptimedia agency writes in a new report about United States advertising, marketers have “a wealth of data points with which to target” consumers. But the sheer bigness of big data can also represent a challenge. 

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10 times more data in the system or 10 time less done with the data available?

10 times more data in the system or 10 time less done with the data available? | Big Data is a Big Deal! | Scoop.it

gThe road to success in using information systems is a difficult one to navigate. When an implementation of a system is started some assumptions are made about what is needed from the system, how it

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"At the core of information systems is the gathering of data, it needs to be reliable data so that the decisions from that data are based on solid foundation. Without reliable data the decisions made can not be reliable.

 

The way data is collected is extremely important, wherever there is manual input we introduce an element of risk for mistakes being made. Wherever the data is collected automatically there is an element of failure or calibration error introduced in the collection process. There are also many other factors that are necessary to remain vigilant about."

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What is Big data? | Nixus Technologies

What is Big data? | Nixus Technologies | Big Data is a Big Deal! | Scoop.it
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"With regards to data, the complexity has increased in following dimensions popularly called 4V’s of data."

 

The Variety of data types being captured (Semi-structured data like HTML, XML, Unstructured data like social interactions, images, video and  data, Sensor and machine generated data)The Volumes of data being capturedThe Velocity or rate at which data is being generatedThe Veracity or trustworthiness of the data
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