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March 22, 2013 – Over the past decade, consumer-facing web giants such as Google and Facebook have invested heavily in user data — storing it, analyzing it, and using the insights revealed to rapidly iterate on products. In a post at GigaOm, Pivotal Initiative leader Paul Maritz articulates his vision for “the consumer-grade enterprise,” taking its cues not from the offerings of traditional enterprise vendors, but instead from the likes of Google, Facebook, and Amazon.
March 22, 2013 – Moneyball, based on the book by Michael Lewis, tells the true story of Billy Beane, the Oakland A’s general manager who threw out the century-old rulebook on how to value players in favor of a math- infused method that looks at the game from a new set of metrics…. Ultimately he led the long-suffering team to a first-place finish in the American League West in the 2002 season, including a 20-game winning streak. From then on, statisticians supplanted the scouts as the sport’s savants.
March 20, 2013 – Harper Reed, CTO for the Obama 2012 Presidential Campaign, delivered the keynote speech at EMC Greenplum’s Hadoop: The Foundation for Change event on Monday, February 25. Before the keynote, Reed spoke with Datastream about how the campaign found the right problem solvers for the job, and his reflections on using data to push the conversation closer to individual voters.
March 20, 2013 – Berkeley-based Wise.io has launched its first product for data scientists and developers as part of a goal to make machine learning technology more accessible. The idea for the initial “machine learning as a service” product came from the founders’ experiences on Kaggle, the website that 70,000 data scientists use to compete to solve tricky math problems.
March 19, 2013 – Hewlett-Packard may have tough competition coming from EMC and VMware’s “Pivotal Initiative,” which they are spinning out next month as a separate operation, in the field of Big Data and data analytics.
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March 19, 2013 – Customers walking into an AutoZone AZO -0.55% store in Waco, Texas, will find a deal on Gabriel shocks which they won't find at most other AutoZone stores. In Minneapolis, they can find a discount on Reese towing equipment. And in Mulberry, Fla., there's a special on a bug deflector.
March 19, 2013 – Healthcare care providers and health plan organizations involved in accountable care consider analytics applications their top investment priority, according to a new report by IDC Health Insights. In IDC's survey of 40 hospitals and 30 insurers, 50% of respondents said their highest investment priority was advanced analytics. Forty-six percent were placing their chips on data warehousing, which is closely associated with the use of analytics.
March 19, 2013 – In the last three decades, we’ve seen a shift in enterprise information technology, from mainframes that automated our financial information, to the client-server and web-based world that aimed to replace most paper-based processes with “systems” like CRM, ERP, e-commerce and email. And now, in the cloud era, we find ourselves on the brink of another transformative shift. This one is driven by the explosion of data and the need for traditional enterprises to find new business value through new business models and building better customer experiences.
March 18, 2013 – In my post It’s Not about being Data-Driven, I explained that in the era of big data, it’s not about being data-driven — because your organization has always been data-driven. It’s about what data your organization is being driven by — and whether that data is driving your organization to make better decisions.
March 15, 2013 – University of Southern California students are the latest to participate in an IBM business partner contest focused on brainstorming practical applications for the supercomputer that makes sense of huge volumes of unstructured information. This follows similar competitions with the University of Rochester and Cornell University.