Big data: What the hellabyte?

According to entrepreneur Gilad Elbaz, “The world is one big data problem.” And as a big data researcher and writer, Andrew McAfee is staking his career on it. McAfee spoke to a crowd of business and industry executives at The Premier Business Leadership Series in Orlando, FL, to put the topic […]

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The Series: Eclectic event for senior executives

Developing long-term, trusted business relationships doesn’t just happen.  At the most senior levels, business takes place face-to-face.  It’s about making true connections, sharing ideas, and connecting with the right people.  The Premier Business Leadership Series (PBLS) offers just such an opportunity, a chance for business executives to build connections with […]

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Social media analytics – Hearing the new generation of voters

If, like me, you have children who are old enough to vote, you may have noticed what I have noticed. They’re different. They seem permanently connected to their friends via social media, rarely watch the news or read a paper, and they have many transient interests that seem to follow […]

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Malcolm Gladwell: Incompetence annoys, overconfidence terrifies

Malcolm Gladwell, writer for The New Yorker  and the best-selling author of Blink and The Tipping Point, delivered an excellent closing speech at the Premier Business Leadership Series in Amsterdam, with his cautionary tale on the possible effects of having "perfect information." The bestselling author talked about the dangers of expert failure, and the […]

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Happy customers, happy staff, happy shareholders: It can be done

By rights, Steve McGivern, should be a worried man. As the National Forecasting, Roster & Planning Manager at British Gas Services, he has an impossible job: accurately predicting how many service engineers British Gas needs to service and repair millions of domestic boilers during any given week, even while the weather […]

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Protecting the public - and the public's purse

We all expect the police to be focused on protecting us from harm and catching criminals. And, in my experience, the vast majority of police officers are dedicated men and women who take their service commitment seriously. However, that does not mean our protection should be achieved irrespective of cost. […]

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Power it on: The smart grid is ready!

"Big data" is a big deal for electric utilities.  In a smart power grid, when you turn on the lights, you're generating data. When your neighbor plugs in his electric vehicle, he's generating data. When a heat wave causes retailers to crank up the air conditioning, they're generating data. All […]

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Big data = big value

In Amsterdam, harnessing the power of the (data) tide With more than 100 km of canals and 1,500 bridges, dikes and dams, Amsterdam has long been in tune with the tides. Today, as an economic tide tugs at Europe and many regions, organizations are coping with a flood of data […]

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Jim Goodnight on the secrets of big data computing

When SAS CEO Jim Goodnight talks about the development of SAS High-Performance Analytics, he always starts with the customer. After all, it was banking customer UOB in Singapore that first approached Goodnight three years ago about reducing the time it took to calculate risk factors on the bank's full portfolio. […]

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What should we be talking about when we talk about the economy?

In the United States, we’re having an election in which there’s a lot of discussion about the economy. The question is, are we talking about the right things? Are the candidates, the media and the general public talking about the right issues? Michael Porter, Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at […]

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