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.'
Google today announced the general availability of its cloud-based BigQuery Service, an online analytical processing (OLAP) system designed for crunching terabyte-scale datasets using the search engine giant's infrastructure.
Big data is fueling the need for ever-growing storage repositories. If you're looking to meet scalability concerns without breaking the bank, selecting a storage platform that can meet the needs of big data can be a challenge–but it doesn't have to be an overwhelming one.
Big data is all about storing and accessing large amounts of structured and unstructured data. However, where to put that data and how to access it have become the biggest challenges for enterprises looking to leverage the information. If you haven't yet considererd the open source Hadoop platform, now's the time.
The pundits make it sound so simple. But CIOs wrestling with overwhelming amounts of unwieldy data know that 'big data' is a big challenge that requires high-quality data, new approaches to data management and more processing power. But the payoff could be a strong competitive advantage.
Managing the petabyte-scale and larger data stores that are a fact of life with Big Data is a different beast than managing traditional large-scale data infrastructures. Online photo site Shutterfly–which manages more than 30 petabytes of data–shares its strategy for taming the storage beast.
When you think Big Data, products such as QuickBooks and TurboTax may not spring to mind. However, Intuit's 'Big Data for the Little Guy' initiative lets individuals and businesses make queries on the data Intuit has collected from its (willing) users.
Many sales teams have access to automation tools for better visibility. However, when you consider that the average sales rep has from 20 to 50 open sales opportunities at any given time, using those tool have unintended consequences such as escalating the 'Big Data' problem. Cloud-based services may hold the answer.
Business intelligence, analytics and big data are all the rage. But those enterprise endeavors require staffers with solid business knowledge, statistical expertise and presentation skills–skills many IT pros don't have. Here's what CIOs are doing to get them.
Big Data. Faster infrastructure. Falling costs. Mobility. Social media. CIOs at John Hancock, Shopzilla and other organizations say these IT trends are transforming how their companies process data to gain valuable business intelligence.
Big Data is coming, but for most 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.
Business customers and users are demanding ever-better performance from websites and applications. However, the majority of CIOs are uncertain they can meet those expectations. Next-generation application performance management (APM) tools can provide the visibility necessary to proactively identify bottlenecks and performance issues before they affect users.
Excited by the prospect of turning your company's unstructured data into actionable business intelligence? Your first step is to create a storage architecture that can deal with petabytes of data. EMC Isilon's Nick Kirsch says scale-out NAS is the best solution, and he has five tenets he suggests CIOs use to judge it.
Application streaming–delivering software on-demand from centralized servers or the cloud–holds great promise, but has proved elusive in practical application. Legacy applications can prove difficult to virtualize and performance has been problematic. But Numecent, a startup born of a DARPA project, aims to change that.
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.
SSL certificates are a fundamental component of secure online transactions, but a new survey finds that a majority of organizations don't know where or how many certificates they actually have, and nearly as many lack an accurate idea of which certificates are about to expire. Venafi CEO Jeff Hudson says this increases organizations' operational, security and audit and compliance risk.
Dissatisfied with its midmarket efforts in the $90 billion business analytics hardware, software and services global market, IBM shifted all of its sales efforts for that segment to the channel. Big Blue teamed that commitment with a $14 billion investment in business analytics acquisitions in the last six years.
An enterprise search platform delivers many benefits, including improved employee productivity, but there are dozen of vendors and three different approaches — specialized, integrated and detached — to consider. Here's how to find the product that best fits your company's search requirements.
Whether your business is small or large–or somewhere in between–if you rely on Web traffic for sales or marketing, you need to either master search engine optimization (SEO) or you need to hire an SEO specialist. SEO experts from SEO Moz, High Rankings and Raven Internet Marketing Tools offer these 10 tips to help you find the right SEO professional.
Sentiment analysis software, often used for monitoring customer opinions, can also be used to analyze email and intranets to gauge employee morale. But be forewarned: Employees may see it as Big Brother surveillance.
Carrot or stick? That's the big question when it comes to emerging business-improvement technologies, such as analytics and spend management. Business improvement is the moniker I use for a category that transcends traditional "business intelligence." But whatever you call it, I believe it's how you view these areas, and how you present them to your employees, that will make all the difference in your outcome.
Business Intelligence tools, mobile apps and cloud application platforms are areas that will evolve and create significantly more business value between today and 2014, according to a new Forrester report on enterprise technology trends.
Mobile business intelligence app developer Roambi wants to marry the excitement of a magazine narrative with the dryness of business intelligence data on the iPad. The goal is to tell the story behind the numbers.
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