Big Data

Analog Is the New Organic

André Wilkens | Posted 09.04.2014 | 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 08.04.2014 | 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 07.04.2014 | 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 03.04.2014 | 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 24.03.2014 | 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.

The Power of Paper in an Age of Big Data

Christian Toon | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Tech
Christian Toon

A few years ago, Qinetiq, a leading defence company, built a small unmanned aircraft to take pictures of its hot air balloon record attempt.

The Sword, the Printing Press and the Algorithm: Three Technologies That Changed the World

Richard Stacy | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Tech
Richard Stacy

It is always a good game to identify the game-changers: to reduce the complexities of history (and perhaps even the future) into simple cause and effect relationships. No more is this so than with technology, given that we like to think we are living in a technological age and thus there is always a buck to be made in either talking-up, warning of, or dismissing the impact of technology on the course of our lives and our societies.

Budget Honour For WW2 Code Breaker Alan Turing

Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Tech

Nestled in the detail of George Osborne's 2014 budget was some good news for data scientists - and an overdue nod to famed Bletchley Park code breaker...

Getty Images Go Free -for the Data

Paul Blanchard | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Tech
Paul Blanchard

Now I'm not a photographer but I do know, and work with, quite a few of them. A couple of weeks ago they seemed happy and well-adjusted, as content as any bunch of creative sole-traders. But last week something happened that changed all that and I suddenly started receiving lots of off-loading emails full of rage and hate. Getty Images had started giving away photographers' stock photos for free.

When Doing Nothing Works in Your Favour

Colin Strong | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Tech
Colin Strong

There is a fundamental problem at the heart of many industries - consumers seem to be unwilling or unable to do anything to switch their supplier despite the savings or enhancements to their service that could accrue by doing so.

CIOs Must Use Their Voice...

Andrew Carr | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Carr

Stereotypes always have a certain amount of accuracy and truth about them. For example, many IT professionals live up to their perceived image. In other words, they are not always great at communicating.

Open Data and Hacking for Social Good

Farez Rahman | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Tech
Farez Rahman

Data aggregators and directories are important roles in the ecosystem. There is so much data out there, that it's hard to keep up with what is available. Additionally, you want to ensure that the data feeds you want can be integrated with your existing data with minimal effort.

The Not-So-Secret Science of Social Commerce

Paul Sulyok | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Tech
Paul Sulyok

I believe data-driven customer modelling is the secret sauce of the next generation of digital retail, and Data Scientists like Paul will soon become the not-so-secret science behind the power of social commerce.

Can the UK Public Sector Become Better, Faster, Stronger?

Simon Dennis | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Tech
Simon Dennis

When it's claimed that the UK government could be wasting money that's equivalent to current spending on state pensions - and considerably more than what's spent by the Department for Education - you know that action is needed.

2014: Trust Is The New Currency

Andy Kahl | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Tech
Andy Kahl

Any privacy professional will tell you that in the early days of their career they had to come to an unfortunate realisation - people respect what you do, but are generally uninterested.

The Big Data Opportunity Sliced and Diced - Vertically

Sean Farrington | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Tech
Sean Farrington

The best big data is the data generated as a by-product of operational, customer and supplier processes. The data that people naturally share, and are willing to, in return for a better experience or end product. And the best big data is when it becomes information that is readily analysed by business users for useful insights.

Companies Need to Put Data at the Heart of All Communications Strategies

Sara Benwell | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK
Sara Benwell

Data has always been important in communications, but it has never been more critical than it is now. In today's world, newspapers are facing increasing pressure to cut costs and produce more news in less time.

CIOs Need to Extend Their Horizons...

Andrew Carr | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Carr

I've been looking at the five key areas that look set to drive business success over the next few years and then considering how chief information officers (CIO) can use these to carve themselves out a more pivotal and sustainable role within their organisation.

Big Data in 2014: Five Predictions

Mark Braund | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Braund

2013 was a year in which big data became a 'hot topic' for discussion and debate, reaching far beyond the usual industry journals and making the mainstream news for a number of good and bad reasons. With that in mind there has been a great deal of speculation about what trends we should expect to see in big data in 2014.

Transforming London: Can We Achieve the Smart City Vision?

Ian McVey | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Tech
Ian McVey

Ultimately, a dependable infrastructure and technology-focused approach are vital foundations upon which a megacity will build itself, which could prove critical to a nation's economy and GDP. Without the infrastructure or technology, the potential for GDP growth may be limited.

Making Personal Technology, Professional: Where Will We Go Next?

Brendan Walsh | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Tech
Brendan Walsh

Individual employees can use the cloud to connect with each other even when working outside the office, and mobiles are today as ubiquitous as having a pen to write with.

Braving the Data Deluge

Andy Cotgreave | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK Tech
Andy Cotgreave

Larger businesses have been reaping the benefits of data analysis to make better business decisions. The rise of data discovery tools within these organisations means that data itself has real currency, and plays a key role in helping decision-makers to get their jobs done. T

Big Data: A Big Opportunity

Andrew H. Harding | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew H. Harding

Big Data is raising challenging questions about the future role of finance. Accountants could be sidelined as professionals who are seen to specialise in providing financial accounts to report past performance.

What is the Future for Online Advertising?

Colin Strong | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Colin Strong

In the midst of the excited talk about online we are perhaps losing sight that at the end of this sits a human being. And I would argue that this simple fact questions much of the prevailing logic of online advertising and calls for an approach that better reflects core human values and needs.

Data For All: The Enterprise Revolution

Sean Farrington | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Sean Farrington

Imagine a world in which you need to get hold of the latest information immediately and it's there - at your fingertips, without you having to go through the IT or data team for access, or for them to get the information for you.