Proving once again that simply owning the tech is not enough to hone a competitive edge, new research found that the top 100 online retailers still lag behind lesser ranked eTailers in data quality, despite owning more marketing technology.
Restaurant chains tout them as a customer convenience that you can use to order your food, pay your tab, and even buy games to keep your kids occupied at the table. But there's one more thing those tablets can be used for that you should be mindful of--they can collect data on your visit from pictures or videos of who you sat down at the table with to what you ate and drank to who paid the bill.
GitHub offers an awesome list of big data frameworks and resources.
For the first time, jobs at every level are potentially at stake and subject to elimination thanks to big data and automation. Most likely new jobs will arise as they have in the past as mankind progressed. But there is no guarantee of that this time around.
An interesting post in USA Today by former San Francisco 49ers running back Roger Craig gives us an inside look at how sports has changed courtesy of big data and what we can expect next. Fans and athletes, are you ready?
Big data makes it possible to marry the two and increase profits on a scale never before realized. Case in point: MasterCard.
Data Divination: Big Data Strategies was written to focus entirely on strategy from how to accurately calculate ROI, present a winning business case and empower your workforce from the CEO down, to developing overall and project-specific strategies that actually work.
Kristin Bent put together a slideshow in CRN on her list of the 10 coolest big data startups this year.
The New Jersey Institute of Technology's, or NJIT, online MBA program constructed an in-depth infographic visualizing "Why Big Data is the Next Frontier for Innovation and Competition."
"One can imagine such technology outsmarting financial markets, out-inventing human researchers, out-manipulating human leaders, and developing weapons we cannot even understand. Whereas the short-term impact of AI depends on who controls it, the long-term impact depends on whether it can be controlled at all," wrote Stephen Hawking, Stuart Russell , Max Tegmark and Frank Wilczek in a post in The Independent.
State of data security: Report finds finance, manufacturing, education more prone to phishing attacks
The newly released ForeScout State of IT Cyber Defense Report, based on independent research conducted by IDG Connect surveying 1600 IT information security decision-makers, reveals the nature and extent of the security threats and defense maturity in the finance, manufacturing, healthcare, education and retail sectors in the U.S., U.K., Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
One of the hottest uses for big data and analytics is in sports and SAP is certainly making big headway in that sector. Just recently, SAP HANA was credited for its essential role in winning games in sports ranging from basketball and football to the 2014 World Cup and women's tennis.
In a massive big data project, researchers analyzed the medical histories of the entire population--over 5.5 million people--in Denmark to find links in medical conditions and to predict disease outbreaks before they happen.
Today's FBD Community Voice is Erick Sherman, a "physicist and human resource manager by education and a retired Air Force Officer before my 20 year foray into the tech world." His comments here pertain to my post "Where the Supreme Court Ruling, Law Enforcement Spyware and FISC Collide."
Nearly 36 percent of IT security professionals admit to sending sensitive data outside of their organizations without using any form of encryption to protect it, a new survey from Voltage Security found. The survey showed that almost half of respondents are not de-identifying any data within their organizations.
Stitch Labs, an inventory and multichannel selling platform for retailers and wholesalers, revealed findings that indicate a potential 10 percent increase in revenue when companies provide free shipping to customers.
Researchers in the life sciences spend a quarter of their time managing data, according to an online survey of 70 people working in biology laboratories conducted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT in Sankt Augustin. Many reported that they have no centralized or structured approach to data collection in their workplace.
You might have seen last week's Spotlight tipping you off to POLITICO's "Outside In: Big Data Event" so that you could attend or at least watch the livestream. But in case you missed it, here are a few of the highlights.
If statisticians learn to do more than write code in the way of computing skills and data scientists begin to perfect their skills in statistical analysis--might the two professions merge into one? And if so, what title will be etched upon their office door?
Ronald L. Wasserstein, executive director of the American Statistical Association, speaks frankly of the top eight challenges big data poses to statisticians--and the opportunities it presents as well.