Energized about energy

I’ve been told I have rocks for brains before, but right now I have rocks on the brain – the kind that are millions of years old and contain precious stores of oil and gas. One reason I have petroleum on my mind is that I’ve just returned from Brazil, where […]

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Analytics: the prescription for health care

The US health care industry is always getting a bad rap. It takes heat for being too expensive or not efficient enough or just too complicated. We know we need it, and that living long and healthy lives requires it. But we also know we love to complain about it […]

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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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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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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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Q3 2012 Intelligence Quarterly: Fraud is everyone's problem

We have yet to recover from the economic crisis. But the turmoil seen in the struggling global market could yet be dwarfed by the utter devastation a cyber-crisis could unleash. As a company, SAS is frequently asked to support compliance efforts, such as FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act), but […]

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How to transform big data from an obstacle into an asset

In your organization, is “big data” an obstacle or an asset? Or is it still just a buzzword you’re trying to understand? A small group of us from SAS have spent the last week traveling to Mumbai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul and Tokyo talking with business leaders about the benefits […]

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Four ways to unlock the value of big data in a hyperconnected world

When faced with every possible challenge – from socio-economic to environmental – man has taken seemingly small steps into cyberspace, resulting in a giant leap for mankind: the creation of the new asset class, “big data.” With 90 percent of the world’s data created in the last two years, we […]

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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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Q2 2012 Intelligence Quarterly: High-performance analytics

Big data. Hyperconnectivity. Speed to intelligence. These central themes have served as common threads in previous issues of Intelligence Quarterly, a journal that examines the many ways analytics transform the world. Taken separately, these elements could be seen as just added complexities, but the convergence of the three is where […]

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