07 Nov 2013 IBM big data portfolio adds operational pieces (SearchDataManagement.com)
While Jeopardy winner Watson gets most of the glory, IBM's less obvious big data portfolio additions carry its big data efforts further into the enterprise.
Marketing analytics tools can help marketers optimize campaigns. Step one is gathering large amounts of customer data.
Many people know the "three Vs" definition of big data, but it's the third V -- variety -- that creates the most challenges.
31 Oct 2013 In relational database design, don't shortchange requirements stage (SearchDataManagement.com)
Requirements gathering shouldn't get short shrift in the database rush, says Michael J. Hernandez, author of 'Database Design for Mere Mortals.'
30 Oct 2013 Compassion International uses data virtualization software to help kids (SearchDataManagement.com)
Compassion International is using data virtualization software to provide services for needy children around the world.
Traditional executives may base a lot of decisions on their gut, but successful companies leverage data-driven decisions for important initiatives.
Health policymakers are hopeful that geographic information system software can point them toward better quality and lower-cost care.
28 Oct 2013 Data connection tools help link cloud apps for LED franchiser (SearchDataManagement.com)
Scribe's connection tools are allowing one LED company to move ahead with cloud applications.
17 Oct 2013 Failure to invest in sentiment analytics could lead to brand damage (ComputerWeekly.com)
Early adopter companies in retail and investment banking are exploring social media sentiment analytics
Hadoop 2 release adds potential uses -- and new issues to consider (SearchDataManagement.com)
Hadoop is finding uses as a batch-processing engine and big data landing pad. Version 2 heralds wider applications, but new users face challenges.
Big data gets a lot of hype, but when it comes to developing predictive models, it may not be as useful as some think.
15 Oct 2013 Google's big data infrastructure: Don't try this at home? (SearchDataManagement.com)
Google's Jeromy Carriere spoke about the search engine giant's big data infrastructure at a recent TDWI meeting. Should it influence other efforts?
Tryg and Scottish Widows improve customer response with analytics (ComputerWeekly.com)
Tryg Insurance uses Portrait, and Scottish Widows Oracle CRM on-demand to better analyse customer behaviour, reduce churn, and increase revenue
Uplift modeling is helping leading-edge marketers and political campaigners to more precisely target the "persuadable" members of their audience.
08 Oct 2013 Graph database powers Onefinestay's room accommodation platform (SearchDataManagement.com)
Onefinestay CTO Jackson Hull led a team that used a graph database to help make vacationers feel at home with its online house-booking service.
Healthcare analytics is helping hospitals avoid readmission penalties associated with the Affordable Care Act.
You can't demonstrate a projected return on investment for a proposed business intelligence or analytics project? Maybe you shouldn't have to.
02 Oct 2013 Design applications to get the right data (ComputerWeekly.com)
The right data helps enterprises make better decisions. Getting it, however, requires a fundamental shift in how applications are built
27 Sep 2013 Big data, fast: Avoiding Hadoop performance bottlenecks (SearchDataManagement.com)
A variety of performance issues can bog down Hadoop clusters. But there are ways to sidestep the pitfalls and keep your big data environment humming.
Consultant Jen Underwood explains what prescriptive analytics is and how it can help companies looking to optimize their decision making processes.
In order to improve business decision making, some consultants say companies need to embrace operational business intelligence tools and processes.
24 Sep 2013 C-level executives cry out for data scientists (ComputerWeekly.com)
Board level executives are putting pressure on their IT organisations to find data scientists, according to Teradata research
23 Sep 2013 SAP partners with Intel, Hortonworks to resell big data platforms (SearchSAP.com)
SAP has announced partnerships with Intel and Hortonworks to redistribute and provide support for the two companies' Hadoop distributions.
Self-service BI: A maturity test for BI programs (BeyeNetwork.com)
TechTarget's Wayne Eckerson shares the key points from a webcast panel discussion he led on self-service business intelligence. His conclusion: It's not as easy as you might think.
20 Sep 2013 Lucene search meets Hadoop: Surfacing the 'unknown unknowns' (SearchDataManagement.com)
Software vendors increasingly are pairing up Hadoop systems and Lucene search technology as users seek better data searchability to aid in the big data analytics process.
Skandia chooses Pitney Bowes for event-driven customer communications (ComputerWeekly.com)
Skandia Bank is seeking to advance its digital strategy using customer communication software from Pitney Bowes
16 Sep 2013 Big data architecture adds integration options -- and tool needs (SearchDataManagement.com)
Mixing data warehousing and big data technologies creates new opportunities for data integration, but also calls for new types of integration tools.
11 Sep 2013 Big data applications require new thinking on data integration (SearchDataManagement.com)
Big data environments can ease data integration rigidity. But that also means more complexity -- and, perhaps, a need for new skills and processes.
HP points Vertica analytics platform at healthcare (SearchDataManagement.com)
HP's Vertica analytics platform is finding a home in healthcare applications, where the column-based engine's fast query performance is a plus.
10 Sep 2013 Deploying big data software calls for more than idle talk (SearchDataManagement.com)
There's real value to be gained from big data projects, if organizations can get past all the hype and look at big data tools with a realistic eye.
Hadoop has become everyone's big data darling. But it can only do so much, and savvy businesses need to make sure it's a good fit for their needs.
Big data and in-memory analytics software can form a mutually beneficial relationship, provided business users really need in-memory processing power.
09 Sep 2013 A critical BI challenge: Reconciling opposites (BeyeNetwork.com)
Business intelligence managers are often faced with seemingly contradictory demands, writes TechTarget's Wayne Eckerson -- and that calls for an open mind, not a rigid approach.
Survey: Execs buying into big data in a big way (BeyeNetwork.com)
TechTarget's Wayne Eckerson discusses survey results showing that two-thirds of respondents expect to spend more than $1 million on big data programs this year.
TDWI's Fern Halper talks about work underway to develop a big data analytics maturity model. She said organizations are taking different tacks.
In today's mobile and data-rich world, there are an increasing number of ways location intelligence initiatives can generate business value.
30 Aug 2013 Construction company Aggregate Industries sees data value in QlikView (ComputerWeekly.com)
Aggregate Industries, a company that produces construction materials, such as aggregates, asphalt, ready-mixed concrete and precast concrete products, is using QlikView to render its data an asset
Data visualization tools definitely possess a cool factor, but it's important not to get caught up in the glamour. Focus on business value first.
The combination of location intelligence and mobile BI tools can help users take analytics into the field, but there are challenges to be aware of.
29 Aug 2013 Big data adds new complications for data stewards (SearchDataManagement.com)
In order to accommodate big data and the needs of data scientists, data stewards will need to adjust to a more short-term view of data stewardship.
28 Aug 2013 eHarmony finds MongoDB the perfect match for data store (ComputerWeekly.com)
Online dating site eHarmony has used open source NoSQL database MongoDB for its data store, to speed up delivery of matches between users
Teamwork is one of the most important best practices for business intelligence implementations, said speakers at the TDWI BI Executive Summit.
Location intelligence tools can deliver business insights, but only if they're implemented properly. Experienced users detail key points to consider.
19 Aug 2013 Data discovery tools open up new vistas for healthcare informatics (ComputerWeekly.com)
The newer generation of BI tools, often called ‘data discovery’ software, is opening up new vistas in healthcare informatics. Orlando Agrippa, QlikView enthusiast and NHS health BI leader proselytises
16 Aug 2013 Online retailing means the industrialisation of analytics (ComputerWeekly.com)
Figleaves founder and eCommera chief scientist Michael Ross argues that online retailing requires a new type of action-oriented business intelligence
15 Aug 2013 Tech choices loom large on MDM strategy, despite process focus (SearchDataManagement.com)
Despite the heavy focus on people, policy and process in MDM programs, there are still many technological challenges that teams must deal with.
14 Aug 2013 Marketing, advertising set the tone for big data cloud agenda (SearchDataManagement.com)
The merger of ad agencies Omnicom and Publicis, and marketing tools from Teradata and Kognitio, point to a growing focus on big data in the cloud.
13 Aug 2013 Deloitte data survey spells out need for clarity to win public trust (ComputerWeekly.com)
Survey of attitudes to how organisations collect and analyse personal data reveals a 10% drop in people fully aware of what is being done
08 Aug 2013 Data virtualization technology speeds up decision making at Pfizer (SearchDataManagement.com)
Data virtualization technology is quickening the pace of drug development at pharmaceutical giant Pfizer.
Companies are using Hadoop for analytics to uncover new meaning in satellite imagery and allow industries to gain new insights from geospatial data.
Data-driven innovation (ComputerWeekly.com)
Still in the early adopter phase, some shining examples of predictive analytics demonstrate the potentially enormous benefits it can deliver.
02 Aug 2013 HelpAge International, Oxfam get pro bono data expertise from DataKind (ComputerWeekly.com)
Volunteer data scientists donated their expertise to a group of charities, including Oxfam and HelpAge International, last weekend
This article details the importance of properly defining the aims of a predictive analytics program and aligning them with business goals.
In order to be successful, predictive analytics programs need proper planning, well-developed predictive models and a flexible corporate culture.
Predictive analytics projects can overpower IT systems, making it necessary for IT managers to provide appropriate support, storage and data control.
Virgin Media uses ETAdirect to manage engineers more predictively (ComputerWeekly.com)
Virgin Media is using predictive analytics to get the right engineer out to the right problem. It believes its use of TOA Technologies cloud-based ETAdirect system gives it a competitive advantage
24 Jul 2013 NHS England drills down into treatment data with cloud-based BI tool (ComputerWeekly.com)
NHS England is analysing data from 15 different national sources, with a BI tool delivered by PA Consulting using technology from Google and QlikTech
19 Jul 2013 Facebook search app boosts graph database architecture to the fore (SearchDataManagement.com)
Facebook's Graph Search application is putting a new spotlight on graph database designs aimed at capturing and organizing data relationships.
16 Jul 2013 Cloud databases less of a leap for users now, but some hurdles remain (SearchDataManagement.com)
Cloud database software and services have proliferated, making deployments more feasible. There are plenty of pluses -- but issues to consider too.
15 Jul 2013 Shaw's jettisons customer rewards program to focus on customer service (SearchCIO.com)
Shaw's discontinues its rewards program, providing further evidence of a customer analytics gap for businesses. The Data Mill reports.
11 Jul 2013 Enterprise Hadoop will need to work with existing processes (SearchDataManagement.com)
A panel of enterprise users at the Hadoop Summit 2013 offered guidance for moving from experiments to real business operations with Hadoop systems.
08 Jul 2013 Davenport: Travel industry data pioneer has lost way but can be saved (ComputerWeekly.com)
Tom Davenport sees the travel industry as a data pioneer that has lost its way, but can be redeemed
05 Jul 2013 Imperial College and Huawei pledge to develop big data technologies (ComputerWeekly.com)
Imperial College, London and China-based telecoms supplier Huawei have announced a commitment to develop a new R&D centre
03 Jul 2013 Ocado delivers with in-house software development (ComputerWeekly.com)
Online grocery retailer Ocado built its own software for its own business – and now it delivers for Morrisons
02 Jul 2013 Business data quality measures need to reach a higher plane (SearchDataManagement.com)
Consultant Andy Hayler says survey results show that data quality levels haven't improved in recent years, despite increased efforts by companies.
Evolving Hadoop ecosystem presents new ways to program big data apps (SearchDataManagement.com)
Change is on tap as Hadoop 2.0 spawns new development options. At Hadoop Summit 2013, the potential for big data innovation was vivid.
New-generation HTML5 business intelligence apps are the next step for mobile BI, according to attendees at a recent Information Builders conference.
Tennis analytics add prediction to the game in week of shock defeats (ComputerWeekly.com)
Tennis lags rugby, cricket and football when it comes to the use of technology and analytics. That could be about to change
25 Jun 2013 BI program rescue strategy: Breaking the rules (BeyeNetwork.com)
If business users are losing faith in a business intelligence team, it might be time to throw out the BI rule book and do what needs to be done, writes TechTarget's Wayne Eckerson.
24 Jun 2013 BGL insurance firm uses WebFocus to enhance customer relationships (ComputerWeekly.com)
Insurance firm BGL Group is using Information Builders’ WebFocus product to improve customer relationships
21 Jun 2013 Denodo Technologies aims for a broader approach to data virtualization (SearchDataManagement.com)
Denodo Technologies Inc. senior VP Suresh Chandrasekaran explains why he thinks the market is ready for wider adoption of data virtualization tools.
20 Jun 2013 Big data confusion leads corporate IT to put the brakes on BI spending (ComputerWeekly.com)
Big data hyperbole has caused corporate IT to tighten the purse strings on business intelligence (BI)
Cisco targets data integrator Composite Software in $180 million deal (SearchDataManagement.com)
Networking giant Cisco is set to buy Composite Software Inc. for $180 million, with a mix of data virtualization and cloud computing driving the deal.
Business intelligence and advanced analytics applications have yet to make a big mark in the cloud, despite vendor efforts to push cloud analytics.
Is it time to outsource your BI program? (BeyeNetwork.com)
TechTarget's Wayne Eckerson writes that if your business intelligence efforts aren't producing the desired business results, one option to consider might be -- yes -- outsourcing the BI initiative.
Lancashire NHS Trust deploys Yellowfin mobile BI to enhance care (ComputerWeekly.com)
NHS Trust is using a mobile business intelligence system from Yellowfin to improve clinician performance and patient healthcare
14 Jun 2013 From 4GLs to HTML5 desktop apps: Bringing data to the masses (SearchDataManagement.com)
Advocating wider access to data, speakers at the Information Builders Summit 2013 traced a journey from 4GL tools to HTML5 desktop apps and beyond.
12 Jun 2013 Enterprise data quality efforts in good company with MDM, governance (SearchDataManagement.com)
Tying data quality initiatives to master data management and data governance programs can help ensure that data remains accurate and consistent.
In-memory tools and big data can be a potent analytics mix. But before you put them together, read advice from experienced users and consultants.
TXU Energy applied Vitria operational intelligence software to gain a better customer view. Careful processes selection ensured quick performance.
07 Jun 2013 IBM and 10Gen collaborate on database standard for enterprise mobile (ComputerWeekly.com)
IBM and 10Gen are to work together on a database development standard for mobile enterprise applications
06 Jun 2013 Better data quality process begins with business processes, not tools (SearchDataManagement.com)
Efforts to improve data quality should start with procedural changes to help avoid data errors, then the possible addition of data quality software.
Using in-memory tools to analyze pools of big data raises system design, scalability and data integration issues that must be addressed up front.
Sports performance data analytics fuels Opta’s business expansion (ComputerWeekly.com)
Football performance data could play a role in clubs’ scouting efforts, and even in footballer market evaluation, according to OptaSports Data
04 Jun 2013 Does your C-suite need a chief data officer? Peter Aiken thinks so (SearchDataManagement.com)
In a Q&A, consultant and author Peter Aiken explains why companies should put a C-level exec in charge of managing their data as a strategic asset.
Warner Brothers tracks films to screens with FileMaker (ComputerWeekly.com)
Every country in Europe has a George Clooney. Warner Brothers needs to know who the local dubbing actors are in each of 52 territories
31 May 2013 Six steps to creating a BI competency center (BeyeNetwork.com)
TechTarget's Wayne Eckerson lays out a roadmap for setting up a successful business intelligence competency center, and breaking down BI silos, in a decentralized company.
30 May 2013 Business decision making must progress in the age of big data (SearchDataManagement.com)
Speakers at MIT and Gartner conferences said the process of making business decisions needs to keep up as big data inundates organizations. Can it?
28 May 2013 Embedded BI: Largely invisible, but not for long (BeyeNetwork.com)
TechTarget's Wayne Eckerson tracks the ongoing evolution of embedded business intelligence tools and sees big things ahead for the technology. Make that very big things.
C-level execs need to rely more on data and less on instincts to capitalize on big data technology, said speakers at the 2013 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium.
Michael Minelli, co-author of a book on big data analytics, says in-memory analytics tools must be tied to business processes to pay off for users.
The faster analytics performance spurred by in-memory technology can help companies capitalize on big data, but there are barriers to be aware of.
22 May 2013 McLaren uses high-speed data analytics to gain Formula 1 edge (ComputerWeekly.com)
The McLaren Group uses high-speed data analytics as it seeks a competitive edge for its Formula 1 racing team engineers
17 May 2013 Expanded Hadoop use cases will drive need for new enterprise features (SearchDataManagement.com)
With user interest rising, Hadoop vendors are trying to pave a path to higher adoption with add-ons that target issues holding the technology back.
Get 'em ready: Tips for planning a SharePoint 2013 training program (SearchContentManagement.com)
SharePoint is a complex application. But training business users for an upgrade to SharePoint 2013 doesn't have to be a daunting task for IT teams.
New BI stack tackles data load at Boston Children's Hospital (SearchDataManagement.com)
Boston Children's Hospital upgraded its business intelligence architecture to boost enterprise reporting, a move that also required retraining users.
14 May 2013 Enterprise Data World reveals keys to a successful career in analytics (SearchDataManagement.com)
SearchDataManagement's Mark Brunelli and Jack Vaughan talk about this year's Enterprise Data World conference, which was held recently in San Diego.
Marketing and advertising are the sweet spots for big data, but those who serve up marketing insights and ad space will need to evolve to survive.