Microsoft builds out data platform with SQL Server update

Microsoft Corp. has unveiled its plans for its data platform by rolling out a number of new services – and one of them is an update to its SQL Server. On Tuesday, Microsoft

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: April 17th, 2014 Candice So

What the consumerization of big data means for data scientists

By Cameron Graham, TechnologyAdvice No doubt you've heard the term “big data” or “data analytics” more than a few times in the past year. Driven in part by a cloud-computing price war between

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: April 11th, 2014 TechnologyAdvice

Big data needs designers, not technologists

Guest post by Geoff Foulds. “Data can give you an uplift or a depression, but the fundamental trajectory is not set by data. Design is the most important function.” That was the surprising message

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: April 9th, 2014 Michael Cayley

Infuse ‘data-informed thinking’ into the culture: Harvard chief digital officer

The importance of the chief digital officer will only increase over the coming years. Gartner predicts that some 25 per cent of businesses will have a Chief Digital Officer (CDO) by 2015.  Having

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: April 1st, 2014 Brian Clendenin

Quini turns wine drinker reactions into real-time data source

When you first approach Quini's wine rating Web app or iOS app, its presentation has the appearance of a consumer-facing app. But linger in the app's more subtle depths, and it finishes with

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: March 14th, 2014 Brian Jackson

New York Times CIO: ‘spot trends’ to drive innovation

Data-driven innovation challenges organizations to build not only technical architectures that leverage technologies to gain previously impossible insights into their business and customers, but also to build “trust” of the data to improve

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: March 14th, 2014 Brian Clendenin

Oracle buys BlueKai, builds out data for its marketing platform

Oracle Corp. is buying data management platform BlueKai Inc. for an undisclosed sum, though Dan Primack of Fortune reports the amount could be around $400 million. Announcing its plans for acquiring BlueKai today,

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: February 24th, 2014 Candice So

Federal budget puts $3M towards Open Data Institute

With $3 million in funding and the blessing of the federal government, a mix of public, private, and academic organizations will be creating an Open Data Institute in Waterloo, Ont. During Tuesday’s budget

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: February 12th, 2014 Candice So

Before marrying, CIOs and CMOs need to go on a first date

The thought of walking down a neon-lit aisle of a Las Vegas chapel and exchanging vows officiated by an Elvis impersonator is likely enough to make any chief marketing officer (CMO) shudder. But

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: February 12th, 2014 Brian Jackson

Small businesses embracing business process automation, study finds

Enterprise organizations are no longer the only companies using business process automation – smaller businesses are now automating their tasks to make their workflow smoother, according to a new study. This week, the

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: February 11th, 2014 Candice So

Microsoft launches Power BI to all users

Microsoft Corp. is now making its business intelligence program, branded as Power BI for Office 365, generally available. While Microsoft actually launched Power BI in closed beta in July 2013, the program is

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: February 10th, 2014 Candice So

The coming age of ubiquitous predictive analytics

In the first post of this series, I defined the differences between business intelligence, big data, and predictive analytics. In the second entry, I looked at the benefits of predictive analytics. In this

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: February 8th, 2014 Cindy Gordon

Predictive analytics: Where is the beef?

The last post I wrote defined three market segments: business intelligence, and big data to help frame a baseline of understanding. This blog post I wanted to continue our conversation and focus on

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: February 7th, 2014 Cindy Gordon

Decoding buzzwords: big data, predictive analytics, business intelligence

I must admit, I can get easily confused in discussing predictive analytics, or business intelligence, then adding the term big data in the mix, the sense-making becomes more challenging. With this market being

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: February 6th, 2014 Cindy Gordon