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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)