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  • Spotlight on Big Data

    Posted June 28, 2013 - 2:49 pm

    "Big data is about looking ahead, beyond what everybody else sees" - Peter Sondergaard, Gartner
  • 8 ways business intelligence software improves the bottom line

    Posted June 27, 2013 - 10:51 am

    Business intelligence experts and IT executives share their tips on how BI software can improve your bottom line and make your organization more efficient.
  • New York turns to big data to solve big tree problem

    Posted June 4, 2013 - 9:20 pm

    Trees probably aren't the first thing you think of when someone mentions New York City, but the city has a lot of them. Pruning and maintaining them is a public safety issue, and determining how to prioritize that maintenance is no easy feat. With the help of a nonprofit organization called DataKind, the city's Parks department is leveraging big data analytics for the job.
  • Uncle Sam shares blame for Chinese espionage

    Posted May 10, 2013 - 6:16 pm

    Cyber espionage from China is at the top of the U.S.'s grievance list. But Pentagon brass and official Washington dithered for more than a decade while attacks mounted.
  • 5 strategic tips for avoiding a big data bust

    Posted April 1, 2013 - 10:47 am

    Failed expectations, increased costs, unnecessary legal risks -- going blind into a big data project doesn’t pay
  • How smart crowds are solving big data problems

    Posted March 22, 2013 - 3:33 pm

    Businesses and government agencies are using data science crowdsourced sites, such as Kaggle, to solve real problems.
  • Feds take (baby) steps to fight fraud with analytics

    Posted March 5, 2013 - 12:37 pm

    ID'ing fraud is a good first step, but the power of analytics won't be tapped until agencies can share data more freely.
  • Analytics boost social marketing efforts

    Posted February 28, 2013 - 7:54 am

    Big-name companies including General Electric and Best Western are maturing their social marketing programs and integrating social metrics with back-end systems.
  • How to master disruptive technologies

    Posted February 13, 2013 - 2:49 pm

    Upsetting the status quo is exactly the point, as companies dive into social networking, the cloud and more.
  • How to avoid online reputation management nightmares

    Posted January 23, 2013 - 12:27 pm

    Don't let a few bad reviews or one negative article ruin your reputation with online customers. These three case studies feature companies that faced online reputation challenges, with a look at the results they achieved and the lessons they learned along the way.
  • 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.
  • 5 tips to find and hire data scientists

    Posted December 3, 2012 - 12:05 pm

    IT hiring managers are struggling in their search for qualified candidates for data scientist jobs (as even the candidates themselves may not realize they are a fit for the role). Here are five ways you can recruit data scientists.
  • Spotlight on software-defined networks

    Posted November 30, 2012 - 5:00 pm

    What are software-defined networks? Why are you hearing so much about them? How do they affect your business? And how will they change the way data centers work? We cover all this and more.
  • 5 key forces driving open source today

    Posted October 15, 2012 - 10:56 am

    From the rise of foundations to emerging revenue models, the open source movement is primed for even greater impact on tomorrow's technologies
  • Predictive analytics go to work

    Posted October 8, 2012 - 11:08 am

    Predictive analytics projects involve both art and science, but getting started isn't for high rollers only. Here's how to ensure a successful outcome.
  • Who owns your analytics group?

    Posted September 20, 2012 - 4:49 pm

    Where you locate an analytics practice within the business may be as critical a success factor as the team’s skills, experts say. Should you embed it within the IT organization, establish it as an independent group, or embed the function within each business unit? Here are the options, the tradeoffs, and how to decide where to locate your analytics team.
  • BI picks up the pace for faster decision-making

    Posted September 12, 2012 - 1:28 pm

    At these organizations, business intelligence means more than generating reports -- it means finding red flags and solving problems.
  • Applying technology to boost customer loyalty

    Posted August 13, 2012 - 11:54 am

    Guesswork no longer cuts it for companies trying to secure customer loyalty. Read how three businesses use analytics software to understand, respond to and even predict buyer behavior.
  • The long arm of the tweet

    Posted August 9, 2012 - 8:00 am

    The role of social media in law enforcement is significant and growing. According to a new survey, 80% of law enforcement personnel use social media to conduct investigations.
  • CEOs talk about outsourcing, customers, mobility, big data and so much more

    Posted August 6, 2012 - 10:29 am

    In a recent series of interviews, IDG Enterprises's chief content officer, John Gallant, spoke with several CEOs about a wide range of current challenges facing top tech executives. Some put the customer first, and some decidedly do not. Register to download the PDF.
  • Putting predictive analytics to work

    Posted July 2, 2012 - 7:16 am

    Predictive analytics involves both art and science, but getting started isn't for high rollers only. Here's how to ensure a successful outcome.
  • Survival guide: Do's and don'ts for next-gen IT

    Posted June 22, 2012 - 7:09 am

    Business IT is evolving behind your back. Here's how to head off extinction and assert a larger role
  • Hadoop becomes critical cog in the big data machine

    Posted June 19, 2012 - 10:18 am

    As more and more companies use Hadoop to handle big data, anticipation for forthcoming Version 2.0 grows
  • What it takes to be a data scientist

    Posted June 4, 2012 - 11:36 am

    The path to becoming a data scientist differs depending on your starting skill set, according to Laura Kelley, Houston vice president for IT staffing and consulting firm Modis.
  • How to use Hadoop to overcome storage limitations

    Posted April 19, 2012 - 8:50 pm

    Big data is all about storing and accessing large amounts of structured and unstructured data. However, where to put that data and how to access it have become the biggest challenges for enterprises looking to leverage the information. If you haven't yet considererd the open source Hadoop platform, now's the time.

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