Disaster relief efforts show promise of analytics and seemingly unrelated data sources

As monsoon season begins, many Nepal earthquake victims have shelter over their heads thanks in part to an unlikely intersection of two SAS global development projects. The first project is with the International Organization for Migration (IOM). IOM is the first responder to any crisis that displaces people. IOM provides [...]

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5 questions to prepare you for the Internet of Things

In my last post, I talked about the Internet of Things, and how the data streaming from cars, planes and industrial machines can be used to improve business decisions. With the number of streaming data sources growing by 20 percent annually, I’m not the first person to notice this trend. [...]

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5 things executives are saying about big data

Everybody wants to become a high-performance organization. Why?  Because we’re all experiencing the same data pains. Regardless of industry or location, these are five things I’ve been hearing consistently from executives when they talk about their data: The way we use data is different than it was five years ago. [...]

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Q2 2013 Intelligence Quarterly: Bring big data to life with visual analytics

We are shifting from a world in which we think we know into a world in which we know and we can prove it. This paradigm shift was made possible by our newest and most important asset class – data. Consider that 90 percent of the world’s data has been [...]

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Here’s to more questions – and answers – in 2013

I’m sensing a theme as I look over my posts on this blog from the last year. The top five posts give you a good taste of what we were thinking about as an industry this year: Is big data over hyped? What kind of big data problem do you [...]

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Why would you want to visualize 5 billion rows of data?

A few years ago our new media team made this quick video to give you sense of just how big a billion is:   That’s big. But now that you can visualize a billion dollars, can you imagine what a billion rows of data looks like? Or find value in [...]

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