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15 Chief Data Officer Job Requirements

Sixty-one percent of CIOs want to hire chief data officers (CDOs) within the next 12 months. At a high level, CDOs oversee how data is gathered, …

Big Data

The 2015 Analytics Software Market

Now that the books have closed on 2015, it’s time to look back and take in some of the changes in the analytics software market. There have been several trends (open source, cloud hosting, SQL on Hadoop) that have continued to play out, as well as the emergence of AWS Redshift as a major force in …

Big Data

On the Search for Companies that see Data as a Competitive Advantage

By: Christian Hernandez, John Henderson, Matt Wichrowski<p>At White Star Capital we are openly interested in companies that see data as a competitive …

Machine Learning

The Enterprise of the Future: Competing on People Analytics

This post analyzes how people analytics will be the next big enterprise and how companies desperate for top talent need it.<p>For decades, industries and companies around the world have known talent can serve as one of the best competitive advantages. It is also clear identifying the right talent for …

Data Warehousing

Big Data Analytics: 9 Easy Steps to Unlock Breakthrough Results

An earlier post addressed one of the more perplexing challenges to managing an analytic community of any size against the irresistible urge to cling …

Big Data

Making decisions with data – Working through the analytics maturity model

In my past pieces on data and analytics, I’ve looked at issues such as data quality and how companies can improve their use of analytics. For this …

Data Science of Process Mining – Understanding Complex Processes

<b>By Anne Rozinat, PhD and Christian W. Gunther, PhD.</b><p>Imagine that your data science team is supposed to help find the cause of a growing number of …

With Cloud Dataproc, Google promises a Hadoop or Spark cluster in 90 seconds

Getting insights out of big data is typically neither quick nor easy, but Google is aiming to change all that with a new, managed service for Hadoop …

Google Cloud Platform

16 More Startup Metrics - by Jeff Jordan, Anu Hariharan, Frank Chen

A few weeks ago, we shared some key startup metrics (16 of them, to be exact) that help investors gauge the health of a business when investing in …

Google Launches Cloud Dataproc, A Managed Spark And Hadoop Big Data Service

Google is adding another product in its range of big data services on the Google Cloud Platform today. The new Google Cloud Dataproc service, which is now in beta, sits between managing the Spark data processing engine or Hadoop framework directly on virtual machines and a fully managed service …

Google Cloud Platform

How to Find an Algorithm that Fits

<i>This blog post is authored by Brandon Rohrer, Senior Data Scientist at Microsoft.</i> Choosing a machine learning algorithm is a lot like shoe shopping. …

6 Ways To Use Google Analytics for Ecommerce

<i>June 16, 2015</i><p>Running an ecommerce PPC account, as you would imagine, can be quite different than running a lead generation account. In these …

An Analytics-First Approach to UX, Part 2

Sophia used analytics to help identify what to usability test for her client. So far though, Sophia has only identified individual pages and sections …

Thinking Small: 3 Ways To Remain Creative In A World Of Big Data

The drive to gather more data isn’t going to subside, but numbers shouldn’t be a replacement for vision. Sudhir Venkatesh discusses how companies can use data to foster, rather than quash, creativity.<p>If you are wondering how the Big Data revolution is changing business, listen to the findings of a …

10 R packages for Machine Learning

Needless to say, R is one of the most efficient and effective tools for analysing and manipulating data for statistical purpose. To add to that, R …

Spark Or Hadoop -- Which Is The Best Big Data Framework?

One question I get asked a lot by my clients is: Should we go for Hadoop or Spark as our big data framework? Spark has overtaken Hadoop as the most active open source Big Data project. While they are not directly comparable products, they both have many of the same uses.<p>To shed some light onto the …

Ubiquitous Computing

Outpacing security threats with data analytics

Every day, society encounters unforeseen threats. Professionals responsible for law enforcement, emergency management, national security, cyber …

Data Mining Reveals the Surprising Factors Behind Successful Movies - MIT Technology Review

The 2007 comedy <i>Evan Almighty</i> starred Steve Carell and Morgan Freeman, two big box office stars. So in some ways, it’s not surprising that the movie …

Statistical tools for data analysis and visualization

Visualization and interpretation<p>We’ll use the following functions [in <i>factoextra</i>] to help in the interpretation and the visualization of the …

Data Science

Great list of resources - NoSQL, Big Data, Machine Learning and more | GitHub

Here I only posted the two categories of biggest interest to DSC readers, but it covers plenty of other topics, including:<p>Distributed …

Machine Learning

When Big Data becomes bad data: The limits of analytics

Corporations are increasingly using algorithms to make business decisions, raising a host of new legal questions<p>Lauren Kirchner<p>September 7, 2015 5:00pm (UTC)<p>This originally appeared on ProPublica.<p>A recent ProPublica analysis of The Princeton Review’s prices for online SAT tutoring shows that …

Machine Learning

Top stories in August: How to become a Data Scientist for Free; Data is Ugly - Tales of Data Cleaning

How to become a Data Scientist for Free; Hype Cycle: Big Data is Out, Machine Learning is in; Data is Ugly - Tales of Data Cleaning; Data Science, …

Healthcare Big Data Analytics: From Description to Prescription

In the healthcare industry, “big data analytics” is a term that can encompass nearly everything that is done to a piece of information once it begins …

How One Company Is Mining Big Data to Fight Diabetes

3 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>This story appears in the September 2015 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>There are 29 million people living with diabetes in the U.S.—more than 9 percent of the population—at an annual cost of $245 billion. Even with an array …

Diabetes

How to win a hackathon using Azure Machine Learning

You can do some amazing work with machine learning. Predict how many crimes will occur in a city in a timeframe, based on historical data. Identify …

Did you Buy a Self-Service BI Fantasy?

As I gaze outside my quiet home office window watching an alligator in the pond, I am reminded of my mostly isolated virtual reality. Not even a rare …

Big Data

Data Elixir Issue | Data Elixir

The 3 Major Industries AI and Big Data Will Reshape This Decade

We live in an age of disruption — and that’s a good thing.<p>Industries will be transformed. Major companies will fall.<p>Old systems will collapse as …

Insurance Industry

Artificial intelligence in business: The state of play and future prospects

Humans are more likely to work with smart machines in the digital enterprises of the future than be ousted by them, but the possibility of economic …

Artificial Intelligence