Bringing Hadoop into the mainstream

Remember when the morning talk show hosts started talking about Twitter? That was weird at first. But now, even your small, home-town news stations have a Twitter handle, and so does your boss, most likely. “Big data” took a similar route into the mainstream vernacular. At first, we heard pundits saying [...]

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What's your defense against cyberattacks?

Sophisticated cyberattacks are on the rise. And cybersecurity professionals are in demand. There’s a real shortage of talent in both the public and private sector, with a recent Booz Allen report recommending an increase in skills to protect government networks. Likewise, new IDC research sponsored by SAS recommends integrating analytics into [...]

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Q1 2015 Intelligence Quarterly: Doing good with data

There is widespread evidence that big data analytics helps achieve short- and long-term development goals around the world. Poverty, disease, hunger, illiteracy and many other global development challenges all benefit when analytics are applied. In this blog post, I’ll address not only how to use data for good causes, but [...]

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The best gift for retailers this season: analytics

It’s that time of year again, and I have retail on my mind. Not only because we’re reaching the peak of the holiday buying season, but because we at SAS are getting ready for one the biggest events on our calendar, the National Retail Federation tradeshow in January. As I’m [...]

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Big data benefits in the news

In my last post, I talked about big data blunders in the news. Today’s post is its opposite. It’s only fair to follow up that negative post with some positive stories about big data projects that offer real benefits to society. There are many, many examples of big data being [...]

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Q3 2014 Intelligence Quarterly: Accelerate innovation with big data analytics

Since I started publishing this journal of case studies several years ago, I’ve always written about the transformative impact of big data analytics. I’ve been sharing best practices and industry insights, but I’m now often asked, how? How can organizations transform for tomorrow while still focusing on success today? How [...]

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Q2 2014 Intelligence Quarterly: Big data and the power of prediction

Business leaders have always made predictions about the future of their organizations. The difference today is that our predictions no longer have to be based on gut feel and inexact analyses of the past. With big data and predictive analytics, we have the ability to leverage collective knowledge and larger [...]

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Q1 2014 Intelligence Quarterly: Set your data free for the big data world

Have you been keeping up with the total amount of data being generated over the last few years? We’re moving from petabytes and exabytes to zetabytes and yottabytes faster than anyone ever imagined. And most of our systems were designed for a terabyte world. Eighty percent of the world’s data [...]

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Is it time for a big data reality check?

It’s been more than a year since I asked the question, “Is big data overhyped?” My answer today is the same as it was then: No. Big data is not overhyped. It’s real and it’s growing. Do we need a reality check, though? Do we need to talk about how [...]

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Q4 2013 Intelligence Quarterly: It’s a big data world

Smart organizations have been analyzing data for years to increase profits and improve customer or citizen experiences. In the “big data” era, however, the most analytical organizations are moving beyond process improvements to find new levels of value in their data assets. They are anticipating needs. They are creating new [...]

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