They read like a list of horror stories for businesses big and small alike.
Sony’s PlayStation Network is hacked twice, exposing the personal
information of 77 million customers. Zappos becomes the victim of a hack that
exposes the addresses and phone numbers of 24 million people. Up to 81
million Yahoo email customers’ passwords are compromised, forcing the
company to tell its users to reset them immediately. 110 million customers
are affected when hackers infiltrate Target, and PIN numbers and credit card
information are stolen. But these stories of major security breaches aren’t
works of fiction--they actually happened, and it’s a concern businesses all
over the world live with. Many companies are now turning to big data and
machine learning as a way to tackle these risks and make sure valuable data
is protected at all times.
Dealing with IT security issues is ... (more)
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
Flash storage is revolutionizing the way enterprise stores, processes and
accesses important data. As opposed to the old methods of storage, most
notably hard disks, flash storage is faster and consumes less energy. Flash
devices also don't require the amount of space that other technologies do.
This is seen in everything from small personal handheld devices to enterprise
scale storage systems, such as Hadoop in the Cloud.
Enterprise grade flash stands out from the type of flash storage used on a
personal scale in that it is even faster, more durable, and more reliable.
These be... (more)
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
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
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)