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 that matter, is the skill, integrity, knowledge and work ethic of
those who graduate from the higher education system. These individuals
represent a large chunk of the country’s future workforce, and
consequently, they have a large effect on the economy and society as a whole.
With that bei... (more)
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)
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
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)
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