Many executives and organizations see big data as a panacea, but data and analytics can't address every problem you face. These three scenarios in particular illustrate common misconceptions about what big data can do.
No one should sign a contract with an IT vendor without fully evaluating who they are and what they do. Asking vendors these six questions might throw them for a bit of a loop, but their (honest) answers will help you determine if they are the right fit for your company.
A Silicon Valley startup is building a surveillance robot that it hopes will help security and law enforcement personnel detect trouble while remaining out of harm's way. Here's a closer look at five ways advanced robots can monitor commercial, public and private spaces.
The Tesla isn't a perfect car, especially in a market still dominated by gas guzzlers. But the company's widespread use of analytics to study its vehicles improves the customer experience and offers a lesson to automobile industry mainstays still resting on their laurels.
With its new service level agreement, Splunk assures its Splunk Cloud customers that their machine data analytics will be available 100 percent of the time. Splunk reports that is is also cutting costs and adding making its service tiers more flexible.
CMOs now command more of the tech budget than any other executive outside of the CIO. With big data being one of the main drivers of technology spending, a strong relationship between IT and marketing is critical to business success.
Anant Jhingran, one of the luminaries that helped develop IBM's Watson, says that as big data becomes more mainstream, data scientists must begin to think of their role as enabling developers to deliver business value to end users in the lines of business.
Data scientists and data analysts as well as engineers and developers with the skills to work with big data technologies are sought after and well-compensated. Want an extra edge looking for your next job? Get big data certified. (Originally published on July 31, 2014. Updated on April 20, 2017.)
Teachers have always had to analyze data about how their students are learning, but data analytics tailored to their needs offers the promise of supporting and automating much of that work, allowing them to spend less effort administering and more effort teaching.
These 14 iOS travel apps will make your iPhone, iPad touch or iPad a more valuable travel companion. They'll help you book your trip, plan your itinerary, navigate unfamiliar streets, convert foreign currencies and much more.
Laugh all you want at the Comcast rep who didn't realize that customers were recording his subpar service as it was happening. Just don't forget that your company is one frustrated employee away from going viral, too.
Samsung, WebMD, Apple and Google are all getting into the health application game. The aim is to help consumers see all their health and wellness data in one place – but will all that information be too much of a good thing?
Analysts say as many as 130 million wearable tech devices will be sold by 2018. They promise to improve health, fitness and wellness. To have that impact, though, wearable tech must go beyond telling people things they already know.
Robots are coming, and they will eventually take many of our jobs. Before you break out the torches and pitchforks, though, think about how your skills (and, for that matter, your children's skills) can be applied to work that machines will never be able to do.
To address the physical limitations of silicon transistors, IBM is investing heavily in research of new chip architectures and materials to power new generations of cloud, big data and cognitive systems.
Offerings in the advanced analytics space are rapidly evolving to meet the changing needs of organizations that seek to infuse analytics into decision-making throughout the enterprise. Here are 11 market trends dominating the advanced analytics market today.
A survey of data scientists finds that a majority of them believe their work has grown more difficult as a result of the rapidly increasing variety of data sources they need to draw upon, and nearly a quarter feel Hadoop is not suited to the analytics they need to perform.
As part of his keynote at Spark Summit 2014, Databricks CEO Ion Stoica announced Databricks Cloud, a turnkey platform for in-memory cluster computing that promises huge performance improvements over Hadoop MapReduce for processing big data.
The National Football League's CIO, a position that didn't exist three years ago, explains how the NFL is tackling big data challenges, overhauling stats and bringing new technology on the field and behind the scenes.
It can be hard for women at the top of the corporate ladder to really drive change. (It's a challenge for men, too.) Moderating a panel at the recent Women in Technology Summit, though, CIO.com columnist Rob Enderle discovered that women outside the C-suite are driving change at many technology companies. Credit a willingness to embrace analytics.
There's no shortage of health data, and it's growing at a rapid clip, but experts in the field cite challenges around making that information useful, readable and relevant to the physicians and patients who need it most.
A new report by the Economist Intelligence Unit finds that even executives that define their organizations as 'data-driven' value intuition highly and use it as a tool to better come to grips with their data analysis.
Without a fully baked advertising platform, Instagram is building a business with old-school pricing models and direct relationships with agencies and brands. However, Instagram could soon make changes that will negatively impact the reach and efficiency of ad campaigns.
Long the purview of deep-pocketed enterprises, business intelligence software is increasingly making its way into small-and medium-sized businesses. These firms credit cloud technology, which tends to be both cheaper and easier to manage than on-premises BI systems.
As the federal government look to cut IT costs, drive efficiencies and advance objectives, department CIOs and CFOs are urged to break down siloes within and among agencies. One idea: Eliminate multiple contracts for services that all government departments use.
The clinical data warehouse used to represent what was wrong with healthcare IT: An incomplete data source that was siloed to boot. But Texas Children's Hospital has turned its data warehouse into a valuable tool for clinical and operational analytics.
Hadoop distribution specialist MapR Technologies unveiled its new MapR App Gallery at Hadoop Summit, showcasing big data apps from ecosystem partners that are aimed at developers, administrators and analysts. MapR also cemented a partnership with big data integration specialist Syncsort.
The Obama administration has released new datasets on adverse drug events and Medicare pricing. This offers researchers and developers alike a chance to build novel applications and identify cost trends, all in the name of improving efficiency and providing better healthcare while lowering costs.
What's it like being one of the first brands to use Facebook's auto-play video ads? Progressive and its agency Arnold tells CIO.com the entire experience was easy, liberating and even a 'breathe of fresh air.'
In its recent report on big data and privacy, the White House again pushed for a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights that could adversely affect some big data initiatives. Experts say CIOs should continue to push their organizations to leverage big data analytics, but they must also make consumer privacy a priority.
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