Top 12 Big Data Stories of 2012

The holidays are here and 2012 is on its way out, ending a huge year for Big Data. It's time to reflect on the most popular Big Data stories and tips of the year.

As 2012 winds down, it's time to take a look at the year in Big Data. This year saw Big Data begin to emerge from the hype cycle, with more attention paid to how organizations can actually leverage their data assets to gain competitive advantage. Here are 12 of the most-read Big Data articles of 2012.

1. 9 Open Source Big Data Technologies to Watch

With more and more companies storing more and more data and hoping to leverage it for actionable insights, Big Data is making a big splash these days. Open source technology is at the core of most Big Data initiatives. Here are nine key open source Big Data technologies to keep an eye on.

2. 8 Real-World Big Data Deployments

The amount of data in the world doubles every 18 months. Here's a look at eight real-world Big Data deployments in a variety of industries.

3. 10 Trends Driving Big Data in Financial Services

When it comes to Big Data, the financial services sector has been somewhat slow on the uptake. Neil Palmer, partner of SunGard Consulting Services' Advanced Technology Business, explains it as a cautious approach to innovation driven by the heavily regulated nature of the industry. Here are 10 trends that SunGard's Palmer says will shape Big Data initiatives across all segments of the financial services industry in 2012.

4. How to Be Ready for Big Data

Big Data is coming, but for many organizations it's three-to-five years away. That doesn't mean you shouldn't prepare now. Analyzing Big Data will require reference information like that provided by a semantic data model. And once you mine the data, you need to secure it.

5. Big Data Causes Concern and Big Confusion

A new study suggests many organizations are concerned about managing Big Data, but most don't have a clear understanding of what Big Data means. Log management solutions can help organizations make sense of some of the data they're generating, but many resort to syslogs, spreadsheets or nothing at all.

6. Equifax Eyes Are Watching YouBig Data Means Big Brother

Equifax, the giant credit bureau, is using Big Data to create new analytics products from 800 billion business and consumer records worldwide. Its CIO says, 'We know more about you than you would care for us to know.'

7. How Big Data Brings BI, Predictive Analytics Together

Big data is breathing new life into business intelligence by putting the power of prediction into the hands of everyday decision-makers.

8. Big Data Analytics Today Lets Businesses Play Moneyball

A lot of hype surrounds the term Big Data, but there's also a lot of action. Like the Oakland Athletics under Billy Beane in the Moneyball era, a majority of organizations today are making the transition to a culture that leverages data and analytics to increase revenue and improve efficiency.

9. The Big Data Challenge: How to Develop a Winning Strategy

Developing a winning Big Data strategy is challenging because it is as much about getting ahead of the trend and acquiring talent as it is about investing in new technology. To be successful you will need Data Scientists on your team, professionals who are adept with the analytical and visualization tools required to process and recognize patterns in data and who are equally comfortable with business concepts and operations. EMC's Howard Elias recommends three steps to help ensure your organization has the people it needs.

10. Hadoop Creator Outlines the Future of Big Data Platform

Doug Cutting, creator of Hadoop and founder of the Apache Hadoop Project, says Big Data is not hype and it's not a bubble. He lays out his vision of how Hadoop will become the Holy Grail of Big Data systems.

11. How to Use Big Data to Stop Customer Churn

While still in its infancy, Big Data helps companies on the cutting edge of customer experience figure out why some customers leave and how to stop others before they do.

12. Five Things CIOs Should Know About Big Data

You may not think you have petabytes of data worth analyzing, but you will, if you don't already. CIO magazine breaks down the 5 things CIOs need to know, now.As 2012 winds down, it's time to take a look at the year in Big Data. This year saw Big Data begin to emerge from the hype cycle, with more attention paid to how organizations can actually leverage their data assets to gain competitive advantage. Here are 12 of the most-read Big Data articles of 2012.

Thor Olavsrud covers IT Security, Big Data, Open Source, Microsoft Tools and Servers for CIO.com. Follow Thor on Twitter @ThorOlavsrud. Follow everything from CIO.com on Twitter @CIOonline and on Facebook. Email Thor at tolavsrud@cio.com

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