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June 21, 2013

Software development company DataArt invites delegates to London Gateway to hear from Ocado director of technology among others.

May 13, 2013

Computers are getting faster and more accessible, algorithms are getting smarter. But history and our unique capabilities suggests humans' place in the workplace will not be rendered obsolete. Mark Young explores. 


May 8, 2013

A new big data institution, part of the University of Oxford, that has been proposed to dramatically improve the healthcare industry has received sizeable financial backing from the UK government.

Prime Minister David Cameron was on hand last week to open a new government-backed big data health research centre at the University of Oxford.

April 18, 2013

Big Data Insight Group travelled to Denmark to participate in Teradata's annual conference, with this one addressing the opportunities and challenges presented by big data. Here is a review of the three-day event.

This week Copenhagen played host to Teradata Universe, a three day conference examining how big data analytics can drive business value.

Big Data Insight Group was delighted to be a media partner at the event and attended the Bella Center, located on the fringe of Denmark’s capital, to hear firsthand some of the fantastic insights on offer from the range of speakers at the event.

April 8, 2013

William Beckler is presenting at the upcoming 13th Cloud Circle Forum on social business. He tells Mark Young how and why the ideology has been adopted by, as well as detailing the company’s use of cloud and big data analytics for experimenting and innovation.


March 28, 2013

The big data revolution is upon us and the time is nigh for the vast majority of organisations to make the necessary preparations to not just survive but thrive in the data driven age. Dominic Pollard looks at some useful tips for getting your house in order for the arrival of big data.

Big data is here, whether we like it or not. It is something which is going to be, and indeed already has been, impacting upon organisations of all shapes and sizes; with the wealth of data now being generated, there is a massive scope for insights and, in turn, competitive advantage. For many this means that ignoring or failing with big data will result in surrendering opportunities and ultimately market share to their rivals.

March 21, 2013

The leading job fair that has helped recruit countless skilled employees for London's Tech City booming start-up companies is now to become a start-up itself to further its work.

Silicon Milkroundabout, an up until now industry-led jobs fair for London’s ‘Tech City’ companies, has announced today that it is launching as a start-up company itself due to the ever-increasing recruitment demands in the area.

March 7, 2013

‘Unlock the hidden insight from your customer data, optimise your marketing performance and achieve unprecedented levels of customer engagement’

February 27, 2013

As we move further into 2013, the time has come to check out some the year’s new offerings in terms of exciting new apps. We pick our top four making the rounds of the news at the moment.  


February 21, 2013

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

February 20, 2013

Amazon is ramping up its big data products and services as it moves to become a major player in the big data space.

February 15, 2013

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


February 12, 2013

The predictive insights that big data analytics can offer are being heralded as a genuine ‘game changer’ for pretty much any organisation in any sector. However, putting your faith in data and your analysis of it comes with a fair amount of risk. Dominic Pollard looks at some incidents where big data has gone wrong and examines what can be learnt from these examples.

One of the greatest benefits big data offers is the gift of foresight. By using predictive analytics, an organisation can make sound judgements as to how certain events are likely to unfold. However, relying too heavily on these predictions or taking them at face value could mean you set yourself up for a rather sizeable fall.

February 11, 2013

Big data software created by US defence giant Raytheon which allows users to create a detailed picture of an individual and predict their movements through social media activity has been met with criticism from civil rights groups.

February 6, 2013

Ahead of his speaking slot at the Nimbus Ninety Converge event on February 13, Georg Ell - general manager EMEA, Yammer - provides insight into collaborative working practices and the latest trends in emerging, disruptive business technologies.

Enterprise social networking company Yammer is one of the world's biggest start-up success stories of recent years. Founded just four years ago, the company was last year acquired by Microsoft for $1.2bn.

Georg Ell, general manager EMEA, will be speaking at our Converge event at the Science Museum on February 13. He takes a few moments out of his day to speak to us about Yammer and the uses of social networking in business, as well as giving us his unique insights into the latest developments in technology and his predictions for change in 2013.

January 28, 2013

Last week marked the launch of big data firm Ayasdi, a Silicon Valley-based outfit that is making ground-breaking developments in the field of data analysis and visualisation through its use of topology.

The company has pioneered the use of algebraic topology – its Insight Discovery Platform – to yield insights out of blind analyses of large and unstructured amounts of data. Whereas previous research methods have necessitated predetermined questions to source answers from complex databases, the use of topology means that data scientists can uncover ‘invisible’ insight.

January 24, 2013

David Rowan, the award winning editor of Wired UK magazine, is the keynote speaker at the upcoming Nimbus Ninety Converge event. He talks to Mark Young about the way that businesses must embrace disruption in the digital economy, 3D printing, big data, computer algorithms that write books and more.




December 19, 2012

Big data has many uses to many people. If you're still unsure just how big data could be of benefit to your organisation then Mark Young has outlined 10 of the best ways to put it to use.


The world is abuzz with big data. After all there are limitless things you can do with it. But although some people are already maturing with these practical applications, others tell us they are still struggling to join the dots.

Here are 10 things you can do with big data. If you would like to send me 10 of your own (or any number, in fact), I will be happy to publish them, or add them as an addendum to this list.

December 18, 2012

Some people say that big data is beyond the realms of normal people’s talents. But surely there’s still a bright future for the old guard? Dominic Pollard explores.

Someone remarked to me recently that most people will struggle to get to grips with big data. In fact, this man (who works in a senior position for a leading supplier of big data solutions) went as far as to say that most people simply won’t be able to draw any insight or value from big data because they are “innately incompetent with numbers”.

December 5, 2012

Leveraging colliding technology, business and cultural trends to establish a competitive advantage in your organisation

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

November 27, 2012

With organisations sitting on more and more value-rich data, the ICO has released a need-to-know guide to help with the process of anonymising data sets so they can make more of what they have got.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has released guidelines, mirroring the UK government’s own ‘open data’ principals, to help organisations that are looking to anonymise data sets.
Last week the ICO, the UK’s privacy watchdog that upholds the Data Privacy Act of 1998 which all organisations must adhere to, outlined the risks associated with the anonymisation of data. The public body’s ‘data privacy code of protection’ aims to educate businesses and consumers about individual privacy legislation.

November 26, 2012

The London-based company Likely Limited, which delivers customer insight from social media data, has been given £1m of private equity investment.

November 19, 2012

Read how the mobile phone giant used the Hadoop big data platform for mission critical insights.

This case study was written by Cloudera and the original can be read here.