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July 11, 2013

The MicroStrategy World conference kicked off in Barcelona on Tuesday (July 9) with a rousing address by CEO Michael J Saylor. He revealed the thinking behind the BI company’s four-fold vision: mobile, advanced analytics, loyalty and identity.

June 18, 2013

The Environment Agency is looking beyond the cursory aspects of the public sector open data initiative to collect, share, and crowd-source more data and skills. Mark Young talks to strategy and engagement manager Stefan Carlyle.

The government’s open data initiative is continuing to gather traction. Last month, a new report by Stephan Shakespeare – chief executive of YouGov and chair of the Open Data Strategy Board – suggested open data could be worth up to £7bn per year to the UK economy.

April 10, 2013

On 12 June Big Data Insight Group hosts its 5th Forum and we are delighted to welcome eBay’s David Stephenson as the closing case study speaker. Ahead of his presentation, he tells Dominic Pollard how eBay puts data at the heart of everything it does and offers advice for how others can do the same.

When David Stephenson takes to the stage at the 5th Big Data Insight Group Forum in two months' time he will explain how eBay uses big data analytics to ‘create new insight and improve customer experience’. As the head of business analytics for eBay’s Classifieds Portfolio (eCG) he is extremely well placed to shed light on just how important data is for the company.

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.


April 2, 2013

With such fine margins separating success and failure, it is of no surprise that football clubs are, like many businesses, now looking to extract value and insight from big data to give them an edge over their competitors. Ben Smith helps do just that at Chelsea FC. He explains how to Dominic Pollard.

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 1, 2013

Glasgow is to become the UK’s first smart city, having won a £24m head start grant from government. So what can we expect to see happen in Scotland’s second city? What can the rest of us take away? Imogen Putler explores.


January 28, 2013

The city of Glasgow is to become one of the UK’s first ‘smart cities’, having won a government grant of £24m to investment in its infrastructure and technology services.

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.




January 14, 2013

Inevitably with any new technology development, term fatigue from the hype soon arises. Some question what’s new about big data. Mark Young says it’s the data itself, the tools and processes we’re developing to work with it, and the end results it offers us.


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.

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October 29, 2012

Action for Children’s Darren Robertson, a member of Big Data Insight Group, is in the running to be Data Professional of the Year in the Data Strategy Awards 2013. He talks to Mark Young about the big data projects he is undertaking to streamline the way the charity runs.

Mark Young is on Twitter: @Mark_J_Young

October 19, 2012

Many organisations struggle to set up internal big data projects. Luckily there's plenty of innovative start-ups ready and willing to help. Mark Young runs through six of Britain's finest.

Mark Young is on Twitter: @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.

May 28, 2012

The government is going to open a centre to help businesses reap the benefits of open data.

The government has announced plans to create an Open Data Institute (ODI) and has committed £10m over the next five years to help kick start the project.
The ODI will be located in the heart the ‘Tech City’ or ‘Silicon Roundabout’ area near Shoreditch, east London. The Institute will be co-directed by founder of the World Wide Web Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee and the government advisor Professor Nigel Shadbolt.

May 11, 2012

As CTO of one of Britain’s hottest up-and-coming web analytics companies at the age of just 20, Geoff Wagstaff has certainly been thrown in at the deep end. He speaks to Dominic Pollard about how he and the young team masterminding GoSquared’s rise to prominence go about sourcing, implementing and delivering a host of cutting edge technologies.

Going Square

When it comes to working for a start-up, it would appear that there are those who love it and those who simply haven’t given it a go yet. The enthusiasm and passion emanating out of London’s thriving ‘Tech City’ or ‘Silicon Roundabout’ scene, an ever-expanding collection of tech companies based in the heart of the nation’s capital, becomes abundantly clear to anyone who experiences it firsthand. Geoff Wagstaff, the 20-year old chief technology officer (CTO) of GoSquared, is a prime example of that.

May 3, 2012

Keeping check of which of your employees are looking to leave has been an inexact science up until now. Enter big data analytics...

April 3, 2012

An IDC expert explains how big data can be used in the Olympics.

The technology media title V3, in partnership with solutions provider Cisco, is examining the role technology will have in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games.

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.

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