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Wait, wasn't cloud supposed to end shelfware?

Wait, wasn't cloud supposed to end shelfware? | Data Business | Scoop.it
If you thought the notion of software shelfware died along with shrink-wrapped boxes o’ bits, you’ve got another think coming.
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Raises the question if firms are really ready to adopt cloud computing and do vendors really want to switch to a usage based pricing model?

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The 10 worst big data practices

The 10 worst big data practices | Data Business | Scoop.it
It's a new world full of shiny toys, but some have sharp edges. Don't hurt yourself or others. Learn to play nice with them
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Great to see some articles coming out that highlight very practical mistakes people are making with big data technologies. Not that I seek pleasure in the mistakes in others but I feel we learn much more from failure than from success. The appearance of articles like this is also good for the industry as it shows a developing maturity in the domain and greater understanding of the technologies that come under the label of big data. 

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In Praise of 'Small Data': How Targeted Analytics -- Not 'Big Data' -- Are Transforming Education Today

In Praise of 'Small Data': How Targeted Analytics -- Not 'Big Data' -- Are Transforming Education Today | Data Business | Scoop.it
One of the more useful trends in education today is analytic-driven instruction, the strategic application of analytics based on targeted sets of learning data -- things like assignment scores, time spent on the material, progress in an adaptive lear...
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Articles are now starting to surface which highlight pragmatic views on big data, rather than using the term in a confusing manner. This article perfectly aligns with my view that when you look after the small data, the big data will look after itself. 

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Cloud Infographic - The Future Of Big Data - CloudTweaks.com: Cloud Information

Cloud Infographic - The Future Of Big Data - CloudTweaks.com: Cloud Information | Data Business | Scoop.it
Big Data is BIG business and will continue to be one of the more predominant areas of focus in the coming years from small startups to large scale corporations.
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How Many Data Scientists Does the World Really Need?

How Many Data Scientists Does the World Really Need? | Data Business | Scoop.it
The buzz is all about 'Big Data' and how best to use it to generate actionable intelligence. To do this, companies will need to hire loads of highly trained, highly paid data scientists -- or will they?
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Twenty-Thousand Men Pregnant Because of Bad Data | SOA World Magazine

Twenty-Thousand Men Pregnant Because of Bad Data | SOA World Magazine | Data Business | Scoop.it
13th SOA World Conference & Expo - June 23-24 2008 New York City
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We talk a lot about the cost of bad data. Here is one example of how bad data made 20000 men pregnant. The kicker being, how much does it cost to make/misclassify 20000 men (as) pregnant. Answer - 100 million

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Converging Technologies: Big Data and Cloud

Converging Technologies: Big Data and Cloud | Data Business | Scoop.it
Solution Brief: Learn how cloud and big data tech create a competitive advantage in a cost-effective delivery model, and steps to begin an initiative.
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3 critical skills to develop if you want to work for the Intelligent Enterprise

3 critical skills to develop if you want to work for the Intelligent Enterprise | Data Business | Scoop.it
With the surge of new computing capabilities afforded to us through cloud computing and data analytics there has been a significant increase in the ability to source, integrate, manage, and deliver...
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Recent blog I wrote for the Irish Management Institute.

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Tictrac

Tictrac | Data Business | Scoop.it
Tictrac lets you track all your activities in one place, so you can discover what makes you tick.
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There are probably loads of these applications out there but this one looks pretty good. Paves the way for the quantified self and devices like the anticipated iWatch

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Have Marketers Taken Big Data Too Far? - Smart Data Collective

Have Marketers Taken Big Data Too Far? - Smart Data Collective | Data Business | Scoop.it

Have Marketers Taken Big Data Too Far? Smart Data Collective Companies will always try and get the upper hand by employing the use of data mining/analysis and business intelligence software. It's what helps them succeed.


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What’s the Big Deal with Big Data? Collaboration. - Reflections

What’s the Big Deal with Big Data? Collaboration. - Reflections | Data Business | Scoop.it
Michael Foley, Director, Marketing Science Lab At EMC we approach Big Data from every angle—how to store, manage, query, analyze, and visualize it, not to mention secure it.
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Driving Transformation with Big Data Analytics #BDA13 — JT on EDM

Driving Transformation with Big Data Analytics #BDA13 — JT on EDM | Data Business | Scoop.it
I am attending IBM's Analyst Insights this week and blogging all the sessions not under NDA. First up is Bridget van Kralingen on The New Client Agenda: Driving Transformation with Big Data Analytics.
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Harnessing the Power of Big Data to Reverse Retail Fortunes - Datanami

Harnessing the Power of Big Data to Reverse Retail Fortunes - Datanami | Data Business | Scoop.it
With 57 million shoppers visiting online retailer sites on Black Friday alone, there is a vast amount of data being generated with every click.
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How the Internet of Things Changes Business Models

How the Internet of Things Changes Business Models | Data Business | Scoop.it
Value creation is no longer one-and-done.
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HBR's article on the internet of things is very interesting in the way it highlights key roles for service design, design thinking and business model innovation. It also opens our mind to the wider role that big data has in the future, which is not just focused around mining organisational or social data for new insights. Big data has a huge role in aggregating and linking data between devices to create an environment immersed in technology that seamlessly aligns with our daily lives. 

 

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Cloud Infographic - Leaving Data On The Table - CloudTweaks.com

Cloud Infographic - Leaving Data On The Table - CloudTweaks.com | Data Business | Scoop.it
Data - While Big Data enjoys widespread media coverage, not enough attention has been paid to what practitioners think — data scientists who manage and analyze
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Probably one of the most balanced views of big data that I have seen thus far. Some really nice points in this very interesting infographic based on a survey of 111 data scientists. Provides some nice insights that include hadoop being too slow for real-time analytics and ad-hoc queries. It does also mention that traditional databases are becoming restrictive from a capacity aspect, thus a real need for new technologies. But still need to be mindful that the subject of the survey was data scientists, which means they are in a perfect position to give a well informed/unbiased view of big data, but that view is predicated on dealing with large datasets in the first instance. 

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Making Big Data Something More Than The 'Next Big Thing'

HCL Technologies’ CEO, Anant Gupta offers nine steps that companies can take to begin turning big data talk into action, buzz into business benefits
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Interesting to note that technology is first mentioned in the 8th step. Yet, technology seems to dominate every big data conversation.

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Big data lacks demonstrated 'real-world' value

Big data lacks demonstrated 'real-world' value | Data Business | Scoop.it
Big data will not reduce costs or improve care unless the industry overcomes challenges around standards and methods, according to a NEHI report.
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Strong proof of the need for a focus on data quality to before going to big data. That is if you want to gain business value from doing so.....

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Big Data in the Time of Cholera

Big Data in the Time of Cholera | Data Business | Scoop.it
From 1850s London comes one of the earliest example of Big Data at work, saving countless lives along the way.
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Bit of a stretch to call it big data in 1850 but a good read all the same. 

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How big data will solve your email problem | ZDNet

How big data will solve your email problem | ZDNet | Data Business | Scoop.it
That deluge in your inbox needs to be handled. A team of Israeli researchers thinks big data has some answers that can help.
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A nice take on how big data can make managing your inbox much easier. 

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Big Data, Apple Driving Industry's Biggest Salaries

Big Data, Apple Driving Industry's Biggest Salaries | Data Business | Scoop.it
Big Data and Apple technologies continue to command outsized salaries because they're not nearly easy enough, but that is changing.
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Article highlights that one of the main reasons for the bumper salaries in big data and apple is that they are not mainstream yet. This results in only a subset of early adopters with the skills to fill the open positions. While big data is pretty new (hadoop and NoSQL), I find it hard to believe that IOS development is not mainstream.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch hands-on (video)

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch hands-on (video) | Data Business | Scoop.it
Wrist watches, smart or otherwise, are simply not for everyone -- there are more smartphone users in the world, many times over, than there will ever be
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Galaxy gear highlights a watershed moment, when Samsung starts putting distance between themselves and Apple. In previous years any step made by Samsung to close the gap was overshadowed by a further leap by Apple. The Galaxy gear demonstrates Apple's inability to bring out an iWatch and Samsungs ability to hit the market first. No doubt an iWatch is imminent, nonetheless, Apple are now in catchup mode.  

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Four Key Pillars to a Big Data Management Solution -- TDWI -The Data Warehousing Institute

Four Key Pillars to a Big Data Management Solution -- TDWI -The Data Warehousing Institute | Data Business | Scoop.it
Ensure project success by reading about these emerging big data use cases, implementation challenges, and four key factors to consider.
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TDWI are publishing some great reports on the area of Big Data. This is one of their latest ones and provides a very pragmatic view of the area. One of the headings include: "Poor Data Quality + Big Data = Big Problems"

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7 Definitions of Big Data You Should Know About | Business Analytics

7 Definitions of Big Data You Should Know About | Business Analytics | Data Business | Scoop.it
This is a handy and cynical guide to seven different definitions of Big Data. The one thing that everybody does agree on? It's a big deal.
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Excellent demonstration of the wide variety of definitions and interpretation of big data out there. I personally agree with the author on his best pick for a big data definition. As a side note it's funny to see that the number of V's of big data is now more than the amount of blades on the newest razors. They were neck and neck (forgive the pun) for a while but big data now has 7 V's - volume, velocity, variety, validity, veracity, value and visibility.

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Seven Questions to Ask Your Data Geeks

Seven Questions to Ask Your Data Geeks | Data Business | Scoop.it
Demanding cogent answers to these questions will help executives and data scientists deliver real benefits from Big Data.
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Questions that lessen the exec and data scientist divide. 

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New York Turns to Big Data to Solve Big Tree Problem

New York Turns to Big Data to Solve Big Tree Problem | Data Business | Scoop.it
Trees probably aren't the first thing you think of when someone mentions New York City, but the city has a lot of them. Pruning and maintaining them is a public safety issue, and determining how to prioritize that maintenance is no easy feat.
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