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Unless you are an IT manager, understanding all of the technical details of how big data technology — such as Hadoop Hive or Apache Pig as a Service — works isn’t as important as understanding how big data can be used to improve lives. Public safety, whether it’s reducing crime rates or maintaining roads and bridges, is a huge undertaking with serious consequences when mistakes are made. Big data can provide additional insights (such as the connection between home games and crime rates discussed below) to governments and businesses to help them keep cities safe, and better respond to disasters when they strike. Bridge Maintenance The U.S. Department of Transportation keeps track of more than 600,000 bridges, all of which are more than 20 feet long and used for vehicular traffic. Of those bridges, 25 percent have been classified as deficient. Unfortunately, repairin... (more)

'Big Data Mistakes' and 'What Not to Do' By @Qubole | @BigDataExpo [#BigData]

The phenomena of Big Data continues to grow as companies of all sizes start to realize the potential ROI that comes from the correct use of massive amounts of data. MIT found that firms who can leverage Big Data can achieve 5-6 percent greater productivity and profitability than their competitors. Knowing the most common mistakes made when handling Big Data will help your organization achieve its goals. 1. Lacking a business cause: At the end of the day, every organization has bills to pay and salaries to fulfill. IT leaders are not immune to making the mistake of trying to appl... (more)

The Impact of Big Data on Higher Education By @GilAllouche | @CloudExpo [#BigData]

Where’s Big Data’s next big splash going to be? We’ve already seen it make waves in the healthcare industry as it combats death. It’s taken athletics to the next level by monitoring millions of movements during an NBA game and helping professional rugby players avoid potential injuries. It’s entered the military, art and music industries too. It seems to be everywhere. Still, there are plenty of inroads to be made by Big Data into numerous different sectors, one of which is higher education. Perhaps one of the most important parts of the future of our country, or any country for... (more)

Big Data and Politics: Influencing Both Sides of the Aisle

Data has always had a place in politics. Politicians have relied on polls, voter interests and demographics for years. In 2008, the Obama campaign was recognized for its data-driven campaign, but it wasn’t until the 2012 election, when the tools became available, that big data was used to target voters and win a presidential election using methods that had never been used before. Much like businesses, political parties have collected a lot of data over the years, but that data has been siloed into various categories: donations, website visits, social media comments. While each o... (more)

Creating an Effective BYOD Policy

Employees like the ability to choose.  Whether it be choosing the hours they work or whether or not they can telecommute to work, choosing makes them feel empowered, which tends to boost their job satisfaction. Another area in which they enjoy being given choice is how they can communicate and collaborate.  To accommodate this choice, businesses will do well to implement a bring your own device (BYOD) policy.  This policy will allow workers to choose whatever mobile device they prefer to carry out many of their work-related functions.  One downside to BYOD is that CIOs have to f... (more)