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Big data driving shift from reporting to analytics

According to Gartner Research, business intelligence and analytics¬†will remain a CIO focus for at least the next few years. This is because the benefits of fact-based decision making are clear to business managers across marketing, sales, supply chain, risk management and finance. However, the emergence of big data analytics is causing a shift in business…

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Clive Rice: Why statistics in sports don’t always matter.

Sports are increasingly being driven by data and analytics. Electronics feed every aspects of a sportsman’s game back to coaches and support staff, in real time. Coaches can substitute a striker, or rotate a bowler, who is loosing his pace due to fatigue, based on comparisons of his efforts over the course of a game.…

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Big Data: Time to Vorget about the 3 V’s?

Almost any definition of big data is based on Doug Laney’s original preposition of the 3 V’s – Velocity (the data is growing rapidly), Variety( the data comes from many sources – both structured and unstructured) and Volume (the data is big). For example, Gartner defines big data as “high volume, high velocity, and/or high…

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Find the hidden easter eggs in your data

The great annual, Easter Egg Hunt is over. On Sunday morning, millions of children, and quite a few adults, indulged in the ancient tradition of searching for hidden treasures to celebrate Easter. For techies, Easter Eggs are quirky features, such as jokes or games, that are intentionally hidden within other applications, for example, the flight…