Big Data

How Is Analytics Changing the Way Business Leaders Make Decisions?

Mark Braund | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Braund

Interest in Big Data analytics has increased sharply over the last twelve months, and usage by commercial, non-profit and public sector organisations surged. What's driving this? One reason is that storage costs have fallen... Another important factor is the growing number of sophisticated analytics tools that are available.

The Data Balancing Act

Christian Toon | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Tech
Christian Toon

Our ability to create and innovate at work often depends on having access to the right information, to ensure ideas are informed and not a repetition of previous work completed... If information is such an asset, why are so many companies failing to make use of it?

Can 'Big Data' Value Who We Truly Are?

Tony Lobl | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK Tech
Tony Lobl

As the move to mine big data gains momentum, we remain forever free to dig deeper for healing solutions and seek the spiritual growth and better health that a divinely accurate self-assessment can bring.

The Privacy Prospect

Mark Whitby | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Whitby

The "right to be forgotten" could be seen as a potential coup for brands and consumers who wish to rid themselves of those old, embarrassing search links once and for all... Instead of being asked in the fine print if we wish to opt out, the marketing industry may need to get used to the idea of politely asking consumers to opt in.

Does Facebook (Like Barclays) Operate a Dark Pool?

Richard Stacy | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Tech
Richard Stacy

Facebook needs to generate sufficient revenue to justify a valuation north of $80 billion - and it is not going to do that simply through selling advertising, it is going to do that by selling access to its pool of data... data about human behaviour.

Big Data, Big Opportunity

Andy Law | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Tech
Andy Law

It is the nature of the Internet that new things will come all the time. And we'll donate our data willingly. So new data just keeps coming and the idea that this can effortlessly integrate into the existing data pool is a big ask.

Become the Ultimate Raconteur: Storytelling With Data

Andy Cotgreave | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Tech
Andy Cotgreave

What's the best story you've ever been told? What's the best piece of fiction you've ever read? What is it about the memories of those that have made them stick in your mind? Defining what a story is and why they have impact is very difficult. At its heart a story has characters, a narrative, tension, and a resolution. What if you could take the key aspects of storytelling and apply them to data?

Africa's Technology Boom: Opportunity or Myth?

Furhaad Shah | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Tech
Furhaad Shah

Only a decade ago, to speak of Africa and technology would have seemed nonsensical. Today, it is part of a growing global conversation.

Big Data Might be Mainstream, But That Doesn't Mean It's Being Used Well

Jim Manzi | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Tech
Jim Manzi

One of the most important roles data now plays is as the basis for business decisions. When deciding whether to remodel a store, offer a new product, increase marketing investments, or change store hours, executives no longer have to guess if the their customers will respond positively to the change.

The Onward March of Analytics

Mark Braund | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Braund

Analytics as a discipline, using information gathered and stored in a digital format, has increased in scope enormously over recent years and will continue to play an ever greater role in all aspects of business life in the years to come. In this series of articles we will look at the impact of big data and analytics on business, competitiveness and career development.

'Insufficient Storage Available': Why the World's Hard Drive Is Nearly Full

Mark Whitby | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Whitby

The world of connected everything is swift-approaching. A world where everyday objects - from our toothbrush to our car to our glasses - are able to communicate, save and share data. This is a time of great innovation with an avalanche of ever-smarter devices beginning to move our way, generating more and more data.

Beyond the Valley: Elephant Dung and Sloth Sluggery

Jay Sorrels | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Tech
Jay Sorrels

In a better world, we would have a total split between wholesale provision of Utilities and retail sale of access. Massive, international firms would be immune from some anti-monopoly laws as long as they pushed it all forward year on year and could only make money from keeping their retail, consumer facing customers happy.

Data Scientists and Chief Data Officers - Fact or Fad?

Sean Farrington | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Tech
Sean Farrington

When a new job title is created and introduced to an organization, the immediate response is typically a combination of apprehension, confusion and sometimes rejection. It's not unusual for people to scrutinize the role, question the business need and worry about how it will affect them.

The Artists Reclaiming Our Data

Peter Yeung | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Peter Yeung

Just as Ayn Rand's Roark subversively demolishes the Corlandt building after promises are broken and his designs changed, these artists are undermining a society that no longer functions for the benefit of the common people. Their art not only brings home the reality of today's surveillance state, but asks, do we have to live this this?

Mobile Opportunity

David Richards | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Tech
David Richards

Towards the end of last year I spent a number of weeks on holiday with my family in Tanzania. On our way back from visiting a town by the coast, we found ourselves in a village with no more than a few dozen inhabitants.

Future UK Digital Success Will Take More than a Few Questions...

Andrew Carr | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Carr

If there is one thing that is totally predictable, it's that no-one can foresee what the future holds. So while plans and strategies are essential for any venture, there has to be room for flexibility and adaptability to be successful.

Are Smart Cities Too Clever for Their Own Good?

Colin Strong | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Tech
Colin Strong

Smart Cities are hot news with many examples where innovation and technology have been drivers of growth and sustainability. But are Smart Cities heading for an 'Uncanny Valley' where the lack of consultation with citizens can lead to alienation and rejection by the very people that these initiatives are designed to help?

Big Data, Algorithms and Innovation - Oh My!

Brendan Flattery | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK Tech
Brendan Flattery

These two technologies are quietly changing lives and providing incredible innovations that have affected everyone who has ever searched the web, bought something from an online store, or been tempted to click on a website offering something that 'other readers/buyers also enjoyed'...

Why Governments Suffer Public Backlashes on Personal Data Projects

Colin Strong | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Tech
Colin Strong

Why is it that policy relating to personal data seems to generate so much controversy? Take the recent huge public outcry over care.data which resulted in massive negative media coverage, questions in Parliament and subsequent delays to what many consider to be an important program for the well-being of the nation's health.

Socialising the Web of Data

Alice Bonasio | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Tech
Alice Bonasio

What we see with data today is a similar situation to what we had in the era prior to Web 2.0, where there was a lot of content around, but socialisation over that content was not enabled. Just as we've seen with the social media boom of recent years, however, there is now an opportunity and appetite for creating communities of interest around the socialisation of data.

Analog Is the New Organic

André Wilkens | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Tech
André Wilkens

Snowden has shown us that in the digital world a level of surveillance is possible and practiced that would never have been accepted in analogue democracies. Now people start to rebel

From the Crimea to Soho: Victorian Disease and Data Heroes

Andy Cotgreave | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Tech
Andy Cotgreave

For many years, data visualisations have been transforming the way people see and understand data. Looking back at the history of data visualisation helps us in our work today.

Scarce, Expensive, Bad: Why Entrepreneurs Should Love Monopolies

Damian Kimmelman | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Tech
Damian Kimmelman

Next time you're in your local pharmacy, take a detour to the men's shaving aisle. When you get there, scan the shelves in front of you. You'll see high-gloss packaging, lots of "Fusion" and "Turbo" and "Mach" brands. It's almost like you're in the Formula 1 pit lane, isn't it? The choice seems abundant.

The Many Future Cities

Ben Barker | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Tech
Ben Barker

The future has a lot in store for cities. Before the end of the century planners and architects will have seen some weird briefs land on their desks as we make settlements on the moon, in digital space and roaming settlements that graze the landscape for resources.

Treat Your Data Right - It Could Save Lives

David Downing | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK Tech
David Downing

Big data is all around us, but our understanding of how to make the most of it is often left wanting. Proper use and analysis of data can help improve the way we work by making better-informed decisions.