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Big data for the people: it's time to take it back from our tech overlords

A small number of companies have become extraordinarily rich by harvesting our data. But that wealth belongs to the many<p>Google knows you’re pregnant. Spotify knows your favorite throwback jams.<p>Is this convenient or creepy? It depends. One minute, you’re grateful for the personalized precision of …

Tech Industry

How Trustworthy Is Big Data?

Over the last decade, big data has gone from being used only in niche applications to becoming an increasingly mainstream part of modern business. …

Big Data

Can Failed Data Lakes Succeed As Data Marketplaces?

All over the world, data lake projects are foundering, not because they are not a step in the right direction, but because they are essentially uncompleted experiments. How can these data lake projects be saved?<p>Short answer: Data lakes can only be saved if they are reconceived. For a data lake to …

Big Data

J.P.Morgan’s massive guide to machine learning and big data jobs in finance

So you want to work in machine learning and big data in finance? In 2017, J.P. Morgan issued a huge new report on that.

J.P. Morgan

Data Quality Issues Vex Marketers: Is Ingredient Labeling A Solution?

Last week was Advertising Week in New York City – an annual five-day gathering of thousands of advertising professionals from across all parts of the advertising, marketing and media industries. These gatherings tend to have a festive air about them as practitioners pitch the newest new thing or …

New York City

Better Data Quality Equals Higher Marketing ROI

For all the talk about data-driven business models, you might be surprised to learn that today, according to Forrester, less than 0.5% of all data is ever analyzed and used. And yet, according to Richard Joyce, Senior Analyst at Forrester, “Just a 10% increase in data accessibility will result in …

Marketing

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The Importance Of Data Quality -- Good, Bad Or Ugly

As organizations look to adopt the new wave of coming technologies, like automation, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things, their success in doing so and their ability to differentiate themselves in those spaces will be dependent upon their ability to get data management right. This …

Regulation

How the Big Data Explosion Has Changed Decision Making

Organizations I work with increasingly struggle to straddle two painfully polarizing operating principles. On the one hand, they desperately seek greater agility; on the other, they genuinely want to include all the right stakeholders in their processes. This conflict uncomfortably transcends …

Management

Every Data Science Interview Boiled Down To Five Basic Questions

Data science interviews are notoriously complex, but most of what they throw at you will fall into one of these categories.<p>Data science interviews are daunting, complicated gauntlets for many. But despite the ways they’re evolving, the technical portion of the typical data science interview tends …

Data Science
Data Science

Apache Spark for Azure HDInsight now generally available

Today, we are pleased to announce that Apache Spark v1.6.1 for Azure HDInsight is generally available. Since we announced the public preview, Spark …

The Heartbeat Of A Data-Driven Culture: How To Create Commonly Understood Data

The whole world has fallen in love with the value that data can bring. The work that must be done to unlock that value is far less popular. As Thomas Edison said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”<p>In the case of data, the fun stuff is …

Big Data

Data governance process taxed by self-service BI, big data

The increasing adoption of self-service business intelligence tools and big data analytics applications is complicating data governance programs, BI …

SEO

The Ethics Conversation We’re Not Having About Data

In data science, a pattern of scandals has emerged. Volkswagen’s gaming of emissions data is the latest example.<p>In July, the CEO of Whole Foods Markets issued a <i>mea culpa</i> after the supermarket was found to have manipulated product data, over-stating the weight of pre-packaged produce and meats. Over …

Credit Cards

Why Europe needs a digital regulator

Citizens, governments and technology startups deserve a regulator to keep the monopolistic instincts of the Googles, Facebooks, Amazons and Apples at bay<p>Digital monopolies are growing fast. Investors demand nothing less. But shouldn’t we, as citizens, demand something, too?<p>Shouldn’t we have some …

Privacy

Stupid errors in spreadsheets could lead to Britain's next corporate disaster

Large firms have failed to learn lessons from Enron, one of the most famous cases of corporate fraud, where thousands of spreadsheet inaccuracies were later discovered<p>Errors in company spreadsheets could be putting billions of pounds at risk, research has found. This is despite high-profile …

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Why shutting Uber down is poor regulation by India’s central bank

When you finish a taxi ride, between two to ten minutes are wasted in dealing with the payment. You could pay cash, he might fumble on change, you could swipe a credit card, after an interminable delay the device does not work, and so on.<p>A few years ago, there was an important innovation in this …

Bank of India

'Dangerous' chainsaws seized at Dover

A shipment of chainsaws from China have been seized at Dover, with trading standards officials describing them as "extremely dangerous"<p>Nearly 1,000 chainsaws imported from China with a host of faults have been seized at one of Britain's main borders.<p>Trading standards chiefs said 486 boxes …

Forests

Five Reasons to Throw Your Data Away

Image copyright Ververidis Vasilis<p>Common wisdom when it comes to Big Data is that you should keep it all. The reality, however, is far different. …

We're sending out the wrong signals in bid to lure the big data bucks

Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner regulates the combined personal data of billions of users of Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Apple and Twitter by …

Teradata's Scott Gnau Praises Hadoop (For the Right Reasons)

When sitting in sessions and talking to people in the halls at a big data conference like October’s Strata/Hadoop World in New York, you get the sense that skepticism seems outmoded and old-fashioned. It is not at all hard to find people who earnestly argue that Hadoop will take over the function …

Improved App Store Search Engine Now Corrects For Users’ “Fat Finger” Mistakes & Other Misspellings

A recent change to Apple’s App Store search engine now leads to improved search results for misspelled queries with small typos, we’ve learned. In addition, searchers looking for an app they know by name, but are unsure if it has spaces in the title, are also seeing better results. For example, …