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Big Data Is Already Producing Big Results

When we hear the phrase "big data," we have to ask ourselves, "How big is big? What are we really talking about?"<p>Let's take one of the largest retailers--Walmart. Start by visualizing one five-drawer filing cabinet. Now, think of a room filled with 60 million five-drawer file cabinets. That's how …

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Cloud Expo & DevOps at Cloud Expo 2016 East<p>KEYNOTES<p>Opening Keynote | Introduction to Blockchain<p>Day 2 Keynote | Bringing IoT from Industry to …

Develop and Test New SQL Server Apps, Scale Existing Apps and Unlock Hybrid Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services

Today Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, which includes Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks to …

The Hidden Biases in Big Data

This looks to be the year that we reach peak big data hype. From wildly popular big data conferences to columns in major newspapers, the business and science worlds are focused on how large datasets can give insight on previously intractable challenges. The hype becomes problematic when it leads to …

Find Revenue In Big Data In Months, Not Years

In far too many cases I see people who plan to build out a complete system and architecture before using a single insight or building even one predictive model to accelerate revenue growth.<p>Everyone anticipates the day when Big Data can become a factory spitting out models that finally divulge all …

Big Data

Society’s next big challenge: infinite data

<i>This is a guest post by Christian Fritz, a researcher at PARC.</i><p>Over the past 10 years or so, many organizations have recognized the conceptual value of data and have started recording and retaining more and more of it. But after doing this for a while, they’re asking, “What the heck do we do with …

Big Data: A Big Opportunity for HR

Excerpted from <i>Too Big to Ignore: The Business Case for Big Data</i> (John Wiley & Sons) by Phil Simon.<p>In many organizations, Human Resources (HR) remains the redhead­ed stepchild. Typically seen as the organization's police department, HR rarely commands the internal respect that most SVPs and Chief …

Open data: From apps to big issues

The term open data brings to mind images of next bus apps and geeks poring over data sets about potholes, but advocates say the next phase could go far beyond the smartphone — changing the way cities and governments tackle big problems and even how they work together.<p>Experts see increased …

The Current State of the Data Union

<i>The following is excerpted from "Too Big to Ignore: The Business Case for Big Data"</i> (John Wiley & Sons, now available).<p>Unstructured data is more prevalent and bigger than ever. This does not change the fact that relatively few organizations have done very much with it. For the most part, …

You Can't Live on Big Data Alone

Big Data is fast becoming an invaluable tool that is changing the way we approach marketing. As a way of developing insights into consumers' habits, it is the lifeblood of our trade. But it also has its drawbacks, and no one can or should try to understand their consumers through Big Data alone.<p>Big …

Gartner's Big Data Definition Consists of Three Parts, Not to Be Confused with Three "V"s

<b>Gartner, Inc.</b><p>Volume, velocity and variety characteristics of information assets are not three parts of Gartner’s definition of big data, it is part one, and oftentimes, misunderstood. Most people only retain about one-third of what they read — that explains the truncation.<p>However, to get to the …

The Big Data Landscape

With the recent IPO of Splunk (currently valued at just over $3 Billion), a lot of attention has turned to Big Data. Problem is, it’s tough to keep track of all the companies involved in the space.<p>To address that, I’ve created the <i>Big Data Landscape</i> to organize this rapidly growing technology …

QlikView's Donald Farmer Explains: What Is a Data Scientist?

It used to be that the job of providing valuable insight on the data collected by an organization involved a trip to the top of a mountain, a journey that could take on Biblical proportions. A request to retrieve data from a vaunted and singular “priesthood” had to be constructed in a certain way …