Monthly Archives: July 2013

Finding Unexpected Value in Data

Finding Unexpected Value in Data

One topic I discuss with organizations frequently is a phenomenon I have seen play out repeatedly over my years in the analytics business. The initial reason a given set of data is collected is often not the highest-value use eventually found for the data. The implication is that, if […]

Market Intelligence Provider FirstRain Unveils New Big Data Tool, Market Insights

Market Intelligence Provider FirstRain Unveils New Big Data Tool, Market Insights

Every up-to-date marketing department these days has to have Big Data analysis and visualization tools. Market intelligence provider FirstRain has released a new suite of tools in this category, a solution called Market Insights that builds on the company’s existing Big Data analytical offerings and integrates with Salesforce.com’s Sales […]

Big data journalism exposes offshore tax dodgers

Big data journalism exposes offshore tax dodgers

The offshore financial world will have to transform as the result of the processing and reporting of Offshore Leaks – the largest quantity of confidential data leaked to the press to date – by an international group of journalists. [1] Offshore Leaks, the largest ever big data project tackled […]

Why you should never trust a data visualisation

Why you should never trust a data visualisation

First of all, let me be clear: the headline of this article is a reference to Pete Warden’s post , and should be read in the same way – as a caution against blind acceptance, rather than the wholesale condemnation of data visualisation. An excellent blogpost has been receiving […]

What the Data Mining Industry Knows About You [Infographic]

What the Data Mining Industry Knows About You [Infographic]

Data Published on July 30th, 2013 | by Editor 0 What the Data Mining Industry Knows About You [Infographic] The masterful thing about the data mining industry is that many of us are caught up in it, but we don’t even know about it. Millions of online shoppers have […]

Social Data Blooming into Social Intelligence

Social Data Blooming into Social Intelligence

Social media sites are spinning off huge amounts of data  that companies are eagerly attempting to integrate into their own systems. All that information is now being combined into what’s known as social intelligence, a recent Altimeter report has found. Social Data Informing Business Outcomes No matter what industry […]

Seven Top Ways We’re Using Hadoop

Seven Top Ways We’re Using Hadoop

Five Pitfalls That Can Derail Your Big Data Project Enterprises are turning to Hadoop in two major scenarios, according to a recent interview with Todd Goldman, vice president and general manager for enterprise data integration at Informatica: To save money on data warehouse appliances. At $30 million an appliance, […]

Big Data Helps Guide Colorado’s Public Schools

5 Big Wishes For Big Data Deployments (click image for larger view and for slideshow) The future of education is personalization. But how is that going to happen? More Insights Webcasts Doing It Right With Multiple Sites What’s Your Mobile Vision – And How Can You Realize It? More […]

Machine Learning Is a Tool for Many Scenarios

Machine Learning Is a Tool for Many Scenarios

Machine learning can be applied in multiple scenarios in many different industries. It can be used in product recommendation engines (for instance, Amazon.com’s “Recommended for you,” type of services) or in campaign management in the retail industry. It can be used in fraud detection or credit-risk scoring in the […]

Getting Data from Collectd into Splunk

Getting Data from Collectd into Splunk

I just went through a quick exercise to see how I might get data from a system using collectd into Splunk. In fact, it was so quick, I saved enough time to write a blog post about it. Anyone who’s messed with collectd will already be very familiar with […]