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Gil Allouche

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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 apply Big Data analytics solutions without knowing how or if the proposed solution even helps organizations achieve their business goals. Focusing on business outcomes first will lead to CIOs identifying the proper Big Data steps to take resulting in a valuable ROI. Companies designing solutions... (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)

How Big Data Can Boost Public Safety

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 resp... (more)

Security Threats Continue to Grow

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... (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)