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  • 10 Hot Hadoop Startups to Watch

    By Jeff Vance | 17 April, 2014 00:57

    As data volumes grow, figuring out how to unlock value becomes vastly important. Hadoop enables the processing of large data sets in a distributed environment and has become almost synonymous with big data. Here are 10 startups with solutions for unlocking big data value.

  • How Big Data Helped the Norman Rockwell Museum Grow Revenue

    By Thor Olavsrud | 02 April, 2014 06:38

    With the help of DigiWorksCorp, the Norman Rockwell Museum leveraged its transactional data and big data analytics to increase second-time purchasers by 150 percent and revenue by 49 percent.

  • Government open data proves a treasure trove for savvy businesses

    By Cindy Waxer | 24 March, 2014 10:37

    Ever since President Obama signed the Open Data Executive Order, government agencies have been making their vast data stores available to the public. These once-secret data sets are proving a valuable business resource, too.

  • Small Data Plays a Big Role in IT Recruiting

    By Sharon Florentine | 20 March, 2014 19:03

    Job applicant tracking systems capture massive amounts of info on candidates. But all that data doesn't help if the best candidates aren't able or willing to complete the process. Going more simple and streamlined can make it easier to find talent.

  • 8 Ways Big Data and Analytics Will Change Sports

    By Lauren Brousell | 13 March, 2014 17:44

    The leading minds in sports convened in Boston last week at the annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference to share ideas about how big data will be a game-changer for fans, players, coaches, officials and front-office personnel.

  • Agile Comes to Data Integration

    By Thor Olavsrud | 19 February, 2014 19:39

    Informatica is aiming to ease the pain of data integration with a new platform designed to allow businesses to rapidly prototype and validate before sending projects to development.

  • MapR's New Hadoop Distribution Promises No-Risk Updgrade

    By Thor Olavsrud | 17 February, 2014 17:09

    MapR's latest Hadoop distribution includes support for Hadoop 2.2 with YARN, but is also backward compatible with the MapReduce 1.x scheduler, promising organizations a risk-free upgrade path to the latest Hadoop architecture.

  • Businesses Spending on Big Data Marketing but Not Hiring for It

    By Thor Olavsrud | 30 January, 2014 16:29

    Marketing organizations are continuing to increase their budgets for big data marketing initiatives, but most are focusing on technology, not talent. That could be a costly mistake.

  • Red Hat Takes Customer Service to Next Level With Predictive Analytics

    By Stephanie Overby | 29 January, 2014 14:18

    Red Hat's core business isn't software. It's actually customer service, and in order to take it to the next level the company turned to a domestic outsourcing provider to solve customer problems before they happen using predictive big data analytics.

  • C-Level Execs Value Data, Have No Idea What to Do With It

    By Thor Olavsrud | 17 January, 2014 17:17

    Almost all C-suite executives at large enterprises believe data and analytics are important to their business, but most are struggling to become data-driven businesses -- and more than half say they don't even know what data to collect.

  • How analytics helped Ford turn its fortunes

    By Julia King | 02 December, 2013 11:33

    Big data and analytics permeate virtually every move Ford makes, from forecasting the worldwide price of commodities to figuring out what exactly consumers want, what it will build, where it should source parts and how to power its lineup of vehicles.

  • For CMOs Big Data Can Lead to Big Profits

    By Thor Olavsrud | 21 November, 2013 18:32

    It's become a common refrain that marketers need to become more data-driven. This infographic breaks down the pressures that chief marketing officers are under and the upside to embracing big data.

  • How many data scientists does the world really need?

    By Sharon Florentine | 07 November, 2013 20:43

    The buzz is all about Big Data and how best to use it to generate actionable intelligence. To do this, companies will need to hire loads of highly trained, highly paid data scientists -- or will they?

  • Big data blues: The dangers of data mining

    By Cindy Waxer | 04 November, 2013 10:05

    Companies are taking matters into their own hands with internal controls, open privacy policies, ethical codes and greater candor over how they're collecting and parsing personal data. But many wonder whether it's enough to allay consumers' fears as techniques for manipulating data multiply.

  • Who's Training the Next Generation of Data Scientists?

    By Sharon Florentine | 02 October, 2013 13:19

    A projected shortage of qualified data scientists could leave U.S. businesses unable to tap the value of big data. To help meet that demand, the University of California at Berkeley has developed a master's degree program to train new data scientists.