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  • Mobile, analytics help sports industry score more sales

    Posted January 30, 2013 - 1:55 pm

    Organizations such as the Green Bay Packers football team and the owner of the Daytona 500 race track are using IT to produce happier fans and more revenue.
  • Making music recommendations with care

    Posted January 29, 2013 - 12:23 pm

    The Echo Nest serves up music recommendations for a number of popular music services, like Spotify and Rdio. Here’s how they do it
  • Actian to acquire Pervasive Software in big data deal

    Posted January 29, 2013 - 1:59 am

    Actian, formerly Ingres, is to acquire Pervasive Software, a vendor of cloud-based and on-premises software for data management and analysis. The deal is targeted at the growing big data market.
  • Business intelligence and analytics need to scale up: Gartner

    Posted January 24, 2013 - 3:47 pm

    As data growth continues, business intelligence (BI) and analytics would need to scale up to support the robust growth in data sources, according to the latest predictions from Gartner Inc.
  • RSA betting its future on big data

    Posted January 15, 2013 - 12:23 pm

    RSA, the security division of EMC, is looking to big data for the future of security, arguing that applying analytics to massive amounts of data related to users, their devices and network management will be increasingly important to detect fraud and cyberattacks.
  • How to use big data to make faster and better business decisions

    Posted January 13, 2013 - 8:30 am

    Big Data is clearly a disruptive technology, but using it successfully is as much art as it is science. The key is integrating Big Data with traditional BI to create a data ecosystem that allows you to generate new insights while executing on what you already know.
  • Data analytics will fail if executives ignore the numbers

    Posted January 7, 2013 - 8:42 am

    One major selling point for data analytics is that it gives executives the information they need to make the decisions that are best for the company. However, if executives don't read the reports before signing on the dotted line, or if they expect research groups to write reports to justify their decisions, then there's no point.
  • The Weekly Hash - December 21, 2012

    Posted December 21, 2012 - 12:13 pm

    A silly review of tech stories from this past week, today featuring the Dead Sea Scrolls going online, SpongeBob violating kids privacy and a Linday Lohan-inspired NASA mission
  • IT departments battle for data analytics talent

    Posted December 12, 2012 - 12:18 pm

    Few areas of the IT job market have seen the growth and disparity in supply and demand that the data analytics field has experienced. As big data continues to get bigger and the analytics field continues to mature, it's becoming a core part of business and the decision-making process. Competition for top analytic talent is going to be fierce as more companies enter the hiring fray.
  • Making big data smaller

    Posted December 11, 2012 - 12:49 pm

    MIT researchers develop a new approach to working with big data: reduce it to a size that can be managed and analyzed with conventional tools
  • 7 steps to big data success

    Posted December 9, 2012 - 4:27 pm

    Big data might not be the answer to all of our prayers, but it does represent an opportunity for IT to have a seat at the table and directly drive stronger revenues, market penetration and share of voice in an ever more competitive global marketplace. Here are 7 steps to big data success.
  • Big data, cheap storage bring in-memory analytics into spotlight

    Posted December 6, 2012 - 2:34 pm

    In-memory analytics, like virtualization and the cloud, is an old idea that's been given new life. In this case, the combination of big data, inexpensive commodity storage and parallel processing make it possible to analyze terabytes of data without slowing systems to a crawl.
  • Business analytics software helps sales team close the deal

    Posted December 3, 2012 - 2:36 pm

    At this health-benefits-management company, easy-to-use software lets salespeople quickly crunch data to boost their win rate
  • Federal government's big data efforts lagging

    Posted November 29, 2012 - 5:29 pm

    Facing contracting budgets and soaring data volumes and varieties, the feds should take a cue from the private sector and embrace big data technologies to better serve constituents.
  • Amazon's Redshift brings cheaper big data analytics to small businesses

    Posted November 28, 2012 - 9:59 pm

    Redshift, a new collection of cloud-based data warehousing and analytics services, promises an inexpensive alternative to on-premises big data solutions
  • Amazon launches cloud database with analytics tools, lowers S3 pricing

    Posted November 28, 2012 - 7:04 pm

    At its first user conference, called AWS re: Invent, Amazon Web Services today launched its newest cloud-based service, called Redshift. Meant to be a petabyte-scale data warehouse, AWS officials say Redshift allows businesses to drop their data warehousing costs by 10 times compared to on-premise systems.
  • Piwik software installer rigged with back door following website compromise

    Posted November 27, 2012 - 8:53 pm

    An unknown attacker inserted malicious code into the latest version of the Piwik open-source Web analytics software after compromising the project's website on Monday.
  • Boundary helps CIOs sleep better with cloud analytics features

    Posted November 27, 2012 - 10:01 am

    Boundary has added analytics features to its cloud monitoring service to give enterprises a better idea of how applications running on public clouds are performing and warn them when something starts to go wrong.
  • EMC shows the power of big data analytics

    Posted November 16, 2012 - 4:03 pm

    Your company is doomed to fail if 'the biggest jerk at the table' makes all the decisions in spite of comprehensive data analysis. EMC and its customers know that, and it's not a lesson you want to learn the hard way.
  • How big data will separate haves from have-nots

    Posted November 6, 2012 - 2:56 pm

    Walt Hauck, the straight-talking CIO of Dun & Bradstreet, says big data represents a corporate turning point this decade no less disruptive and revolutionary than the Internet in the 1990s.
  • Big data leading to new breed of service provider

    Posted November 1, 2012 - 11:40 am

    Big data is giving rise to a new breed of services aimed at helping over-burdened IT departments take on the challenges of data analytics without investing in additional infrastructure. And vendors of all sizes are getting in on the action.
  • Video

    Intel explains Big Data with cows, cats and monkeys

    Posted November 1, 2012 - 9:50 am

    How big is Big Data? Intel tells us via a cat video.
  • Political IT: How campaigns mine the Web - part 2

    Posted October 31, 2012 - 3:14 pm

    Thanks to the Web, social media and an exploding culture of sharing pretty much anything online, advocacy groups and political campaigns have unparalleled access to vast amounts of new and very detailed psychographic data on voters interests, hobbies, lifestyles and political leanings. (See "What politicians know about you" in part 1 of this series.) Organizations are grappling with how to best exploit these vast troves of unstructured data without getting burned.
  • EMC to buy web intelligence provider Silver Tail Systems

    Posted October 30, 2012 - 3:41 pm

    EMC has agreed to buy privately-held start-up Silver Tail Systems, a vendor of real-time web session intelligence and behavioral analysis.
  • Campaign 2012: Mining for voters

    Posted October 29, 2012 - 9:12 am

    Big data, analytics and mobile apps are enabling smaller political campaigns and advocacy groups to be more effective when it comes to winning over voters and raising money.

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