Tag Archives: Databases

Hans Rosling Makes Visual Sense of Big Data Analytics


I started this post to make a relative mundane point for UBC Management students about the importance of making their presentations easily understandable, particularly when they involve lots of numbers or spreadsheet data. But after mulling over the post for a few days, I realized that this is a much bigger story.

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5 Ways Big Data Is Going To Blow Your Mind


Call it whatever you want — big data, data science, data intelligence — but be prepared to have your mind blown. Imagination and technology are on a collision course that will change the world in profound ways. Some people say big data is wallowing in the trough of disillusionment, but that’s a limited worldview. If you only look at it like an IT issue it might be easy to see big data as little more than business intelligence on steroids. If you only see data science as a means to serving better ads, it might be easy to ask yourself what all the fuss is about. If you’re like me, though, all you see are the bright lights ahead. They might be some sort of data nirvana, or they might be a privacy-destroying 18-wheeler bearing down on us. They might be both. But we’re going to find out, and we’re we’re going to find out sooner rather than later. This is because there are small pockets of technologists who are letting their imaginations lead the way. In a suddenly cliché w

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Big Data Is Still Hard, But It Gets Better


Originally posted on Gigaom:
What’s standing between your staff and big data analysis? That was the existential question posed of DJ Patil and Jeff Hammerbacher at the GigaOM Structure:Data event today in New York. The two had different takes on how easy it was to give people the power to use data, with Hammerbacher, who…

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Big Data: Big Deal Or Not?


I have been having a spirited marathon debate with a couple of my friends.  Is this alleged new “Big Data thingy” so transformational that it will change our every day lives, or is it just an evolutionary advance that may improve productivity but not much else?  The same arguments may apply to the concept of […]

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Big Data: The Next Frontier in Competition, Innovation and Productivity


http://www.mckinsey.com/Insights/MGI/Research/Technology_and_Innovation/Big_data_The_next_frontier_for_innovation This report from McKinsey adds to the list of similar reports coming from the HBR blog and numerous other sources, emphasizing that Big Data is here, and is going to have a huge impact on all business.  What has become known as “Big Data,”  refers to the terabytes and zettabytes (that’s a 1 followed by […]

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