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Big data: diving into an ocean of data

Big Data has been a hot topic in recent years. However, few people outside of Silicon Valley can define, much less detect, an economic reality behind this issue. If Big Data is a long-term trend, does it have added value potential and, if so, who are the players involved? Big Data can be defined above all by an ever-increasing volume…

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Apache Hadoop: web hosting framework for big data

I’m sure you’ve all heard of Big Data. It refers to the astronomical amount of data available these days on the Web. The engineers in charge of this project are developing ever more efficient systems to be able to process and store this data efficiently. Today, data can reach several Petabytes or exabytes, which is no longer exceptional. Developers have…

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Hertz: How big data is delivering big advantages

At a Glance Hertz: The World’s Largest Car Rental Company • 8300 locations • 146 countries • Customer sentiment data generated at every location • Previously data processed at every location • Big data tooling from IBM/Mindshare centralized data gathering • Tooling processed data consistently • Data processed in half of the time previously processed • Identified real opportunities When…

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Facebook backpedaling on its personal data management

Ten days after the revelation of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook is still facing a flurry of criticism. Mark Zuckerberg’s mea culpa was a little late, and the social network has just announced a redesign of its mobile interface, supposed to facilitate data control by users. “What the company thought was a strong summer storm became a force five hurricane,”…

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Carfit wants to democratize automotive vibration analysis.

The start-up Carfit, based in the United States and France, wants to apply the principles of “quantified self” to the automobile. They created a small connected object that analyzes vehicle vibrations to anticipate breakdowns. If wearable tech and quantified self – the recording of physical activity for self-improvement – are already losing ground, they could well inspire the automotive world.…

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Google getting blamed for the use of children’s data on YouTube

On Monday, April 9, 2018, some twenty digital rights associations filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the United States. They accuse Google of illegally collecting personal data about children via the YouTube platform and using it for targeted advertising. As Facebook falters following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, it is YouTube’s turn to enter the slippery slope…

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Specsavers harnesses data to sharpen its performance visibility

Leading glasses retailer completes a global technology refresh in order to take full advantage of its data in a bid to improve IT for the back-office as well as support its well know two-for-one offering. Customers With 1,500 stores and 26,000 staff across the Channel Islands, UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Finland, Spain, Australia and New Zealand, Specsavers is the…

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Hilton Hotels: Getting into bed with big data

Find out how a unique in-page data capture technology delivered unprecedented detail and accuracy into its existing and future customers for the world-renowned Hilton chains of hotels. This case study was written by Celebrus Technologies Limited. Detail and accuracy Celebrus’ unique in-page data capture technology (which powers their range of customer analytics, targeted marketing and CRM solutions) delivers unprecedented detail…

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Big Data Notes 013: Data dictionary

Attempting to define the term data dictionary could conjure up imagery of a dog chasing its tail. Nevertheless, when it comes to understanding and analysing your data, the data dictionary plays a key role. Big Data Notes explains more. Right, give it to me in a nutshell. Helpfully, IBM’s ‘Dictionary of Computing’ sums it up quite nicely. It defines a…

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Big Data Notes 012: Olap (Molap, Rolap, Holap)

Online analytical processing – or OLAP, by its obligatory acronym – is an established method for business intelligence reporting. With its new incarnations, it is primed for working with big data too. Big Data Notes explains. Molap, Rolap and Holap? Sounds like the characters out of something my kids would watch… Well unless your kids are signing in to webinars…

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