Big data lessons from Google Flu Trends

The Google Flu Trends application has received negative press since 2013 over its inability to accurately detect flu outbreaks. The latest critique, “The Parable of Google Flu: Traps in Big Data Analysis,” from Science magazine compares Google Flu Trends data to CDC data and dissects where the Google analysis went […]

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What can a skateboarder teach you about Hadoop?

Have you ever wondered how extracting value from big data might be like skateboarding?  Really, it never crossed your mind? Actually, to be honest I had never considered it either, not even one little bit.  At least, not until I watched a skateboarding legend explain, “The Art of Good Practice” […]

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Big Data… What it means to you

From time-to-time marketers, journalist, and thought leaders find ways to describe things in a new way.  It’s a time-honored tradition guaranteed to attract eyeballs and sell books.  Lately there has been a lot of buzz about the Internet of X, a way of describing a uniquely identifiable collection of objects […]

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What the Seattle Seahawks can teach us about analytics success

When the Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl, they didn’t do it because of just one factor – a great quarterback or an amazing running back. It was widely considered a team effort, helmed by a visionary coach who worked on developing a strong culture, cultivating the right players and […]

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Three big data solutions for 2014

Interest in "data" is at an all-time high. The popularity of search terms like "big data," "Hadoop" and "the internet of things" spiked dramatically in the past year. The fact is, organizations are more interested in the potential of big data platforms and data management solutions than ever before. That’s […]

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2014 retail predictions: make it a win-win year for you and your and consumers

If the latest raft of retail trading updates are anything to go on, it’s pretty clear who the winners were this Christmas: the consumers. A period of heavy discounting – aimed at bolstering weak sales and protecting elusive customer loyalty – was good news for cash-conscious customers, but left many […]

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What’s ‘app-ening’ at the Super Bowl?

It’s Super Bowl week and the players, coaches, media and fans are converging on New York City and northern New Jersey for a week of practices, interviews and events - all leading up to the big game. I, too, am making preparations for Super Bowl XLVIII, even though I’m not traveling […]

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Video: Transforming data into a corporate asset

Watching the news recently it occurred to me that many of the stories involved data in some way. Many of the reports from the recent Consumer Electronics Show showcased products to enable users to create and use ever-growing personal collections of data. Want data on how well you sleep? No […]

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Twas the night before big data

Twas the night before "big data," when all through the data center Not an IT supervisor was stirring, not even the help desk on-call. The servers where all humming along nicely in hopes Big data would soon be there.   The business users were nestled all snug in their offices […]

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Big data and Hadoop at Lenovo

For Lenovo, the No. 1 goal in terms of analyzing big data is to "better understand our consumer and hear their voice," says Anthony Volpe, Chief Corporate Analytics Officer at Lenovo. Big data sources for the personal technology company include social conversation data, consumer device usage data, survey data and […]

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