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April 17, 2013

The world of automotive is a ripe breeding ground for telematics. With the addition of big data and advanced analytics, our cars and the surrounding infrastructure are getting smarter. Mark Young rounds up recent innovations.

 

March 6, 2013

Traditional enterprise architecture is not suited to big data analytics. Imogen Putler explains alternatives in cluster computing and weighs up the role of Hadoop. 

February 22, 2013

As part of our current focus on marketing, Imogen Putler looks into the use of big data and other innovative technologies in this area and examines consumers’ reaction to and tolerance of marketing’s increasingly sophisticated advertising methods.

February 21, 2013

'The new path to business value: using the power of big data to generate actionable insights and create new opportunities'


February 15, 2013

Key highlights from all of the sessions at Nimbus Ninety's 'Converge' event, including Wired UK, lastminute.com, Yammer, Aon, Microsoft and RSA.

 

January 8, 2013

Global advertising group pays $70m for 20 per cent of dual marketing technology and design big data firm.

 

November 30, 2012

The UK boasts a rich eco-system which means that it pays to set up big data operations here, including financial, operational, support and legal incentives. Mark Young breaks it down.

Mark Young is on Twitter. Do follow: @Mark_J_Young

October 5, 2012

We explore some of the hottest applications for presenting data and unlocking the insight within...

One of the most popular quips on the big data speaking circuit is that ‘it is one thing having masses of data; the ability to analyse it is quite another’. This is, of course, the very valid justification for the new big data processing tools and technologies, or the ‘as-a-service’ facilities that the early players in the big data solution space are peddling.

October 5, 2012

We explore some of the hottest applications for presenting data and unlocking the insight within...

One of the most popular quips on the big data speaking circuit is that ‘it is one thing having masses of data; the ability to analyse it is quite another’. This is, of course, the very valid justification for the new big data processing tools and technologies, or the ‘as-a-service’ facilities that the early players in the big data solution space are peddling.

September 14, 2012

We want to hear of Big Data projects that are breaking the mould, says Peter Judge

It may be big, but is it clever? That’s the thought I often have when I hear about Big Data.

August 9, 2012

Mark Young explores the five stages of data maturity.

July 24, 2012

Elon University research reveals rich tapestry of opinions on what effects big data will have on society, with contributions from a wealth of the most prominent Internet companies and academic institutions.

The potential impacts that big data could have on the world are hugely wide-ranging, both in their application and benevolence, a study of leading Internet figures has revealed.

Elon University in the US, in association with the Pew Research Center, embarked upon a research initiative to map the effect of various Internet–based developments on society. Naturally, given the hype of the previous year, big data formed a key part of their focus.

June 27, 2012

The cloud’s impact on economic growth is often centred on process efficiencies, the refocusing of manpower away from maintenance, or the ability to quickly spin up testing environments. But its natural affinity with data and the revenue streams that are enabled as a result are a real gold mine for some. Mark Young explores.

June 27, 2012

The cloud’s impact on economic growth is often centred on process efficiencies, the refocusing of manpower away from maintenance, or the ability to quickly spin up testing environments. But its natural affinity with data and the revenue streams that are enabled as a result are a real gold mine for some. Mark Young explores.

June 25, 2012

The business intelligence company Domo has created an infograhic illustrating how much online activity there is every minute of the day.

One of the key contributors to big data’s rise to prominence is the amount of data gathered and stored from the Internet. With the amount of time people spend online increasing day-by-day, there is masses of data from a wealth of sources from which organisations can capture data.

June 15, 2012

In an age in which data is collated through our endless interaction with the digital world around us, it can feel like any sense of privacy is rapidly deteriorating. But to what extent does big data mean big brother? Dominic Pollard explores.

A common trend since the emergence of big data has been to draw comparison with the Orwellian dystopia since made into a brain-mushingly poor TV show. Perhaps the ‘big data = big brother’ equation is made more prevalent simply because of the inclusion of the word ‘big’ in both terms. Nevertheless, it is easy to see why there is some validity in the scaremongers’ analogy.

June 14, 2012

The breadth and scope of what can be achieved using big data is endless. Here we map the key applications across different industries. This live list will be continually updated.

There are truly no bounds to the scope and breadth of what can be achieved with big data. Here, we detail some of the most prominent applications of big data within leading industries and – where necessary – by job function.

May 16, 2012

Internet giant releases big data tool to help online advertisers.

The Internet giant Yahoo! has launched Genome, a big data tool for online advertisers and marketers, it was announced this week.
 
Last month we reported that Yahoo! was looking to take advantage of big data analytics to help it improve its own advertising revenue through more targeted marketing campaigns. Now the California-headquartered company is to release a new product, Genome, to allow users to do the same.
 

May 8, 2012

The open source big data tools market is going to grow exponentially, analysts predict.

The market for early big data tools Hadoop and MapReduce will reach $813m (£503m) by 2016, according to analysts International Data Corporation (IDC).
 
IDC released a report yesterday (Monday 7 May) which predicts that Hadoop and MapReduce, the programming frameworks for large-scale data analysis, will undergo a compound annual growth rate of 60.2 per cent over the next four years. In 2011 the software generated revenues of $77m; by 2016 this is expected to grow to $813m.
 

April 27, 2012

Money lender ZestCash claims big data will increase the number of successful applicants by 25 per cent.

ZestCash, an online loan provider, claims that it will be able to lend 25 per cent more money by using a big data-based credit assessment method.

The California-based company, founded by former Google CIO Douglas Merrill, will use data from other creditors such as mobile phone companies and payday lenders to create a more accurate system for determining the outcome of loan applications. By analysing multiple sources of data ZestCash will be able to decide how much to lend an applicant and at what rate.

April 16, 2012

At the heart of big data and what it allows you to do is ‘MapReduce’. This is not a tool for shrinking navigational aids, however. Here is a breakdown of just what you need to know about this fundamental part of big data.

‘Map... reduce’?! What does that have to do with the price of bread?

April 16, 2012

At the heart of big data and what it allows you to do is ‘MapReduce’. This is not a tool for shrinking navigational aids, however. Here is a breakdown of just what you need to know about this fundamental part of big data.

‘Map... reduce’?! What does that have to do with the price of bread?

March 23, 2012

David Boyle loves data. And, after holding senior insight positions in a wide range of different industries, he’s learnt a few things about the best way to use it. He talks to Mark Young about the importance of partnerships, scalable infrastructure and finding inspiration for data in unusual places. David is senior vice president of insight at EMI and director of insight at zeebox.

David Boyle CV

March 23, 2012

Google has revealed more of its plans to launch BigQuery, a big data analytics tool hosted in the cloud, at a conference in New York this week.


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