Big Data

What Links Magic and Data Visualization?

Andy Cotgreave | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK Tech
Andy Cotgreave

This routine is the perfect mix of sleights, misdirection and patter. If you are interested in data visualization, you owe yourself 30 minutes to enjoy this display. It encapsulates everything you shouldn't do in your charts: misdirect, confuse and confound!

Time to Unleash the Value of Public Sector Data

Simon Dennis | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Tech
Simon Dennis

Both Government and the public sector are in the enviable position of having lots of data about UK citizens. However, the current culture, systems and processes make it difficult to unlock the insight held within that data to help improve services and drive efficiency.

2015 in Focus: Data Deluge, Privacy and Hybrid Cloud

Mark Whitby | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Whitby

Making predictions in the fast-paced technology world today can be tricky. However, there are several clear-cut trends developing as we approach 2015 that deserve close attention from the industry at large.

Magic Numbers

Andrew Carr | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Carr

The data explosion has brought us a whole new vocabulary when it comes to numbers. High performance computers have been with us since before the re-calibration of the British billion, but suddenly they are becoming pivotal to the new knowledge big data can bring.

What Can Marketers Learn From a Rugby Match?

Sam Seddon | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Tech
Sam Seddon

The power of social media analytics is in the opportunities it provides and the insights you gain not the raw data.

Cloud Isn't Just for Techies Anymore

Doug Clark | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK Tech
Doug Clark

The cloud isn't just for techies anymore. Understanding what's next for cloud computing is crucial for businesses at all levels. Managers are responding to the real opportunities that the cloud offers to develop new business models, forge closer ties with customers and tap into the expertise of employees and partners.

Data-Driven Healthcare in the UK

David Richards | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Tech
David Richards

This month marked an important step in the move to making data-driven healthcare a reality here in the UK, with the government unveiling new series of plans that promise to make accessing the NHS as simple as online banking.

The End of Internet Freedom?

Hugo Winn | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Tech
Hugo Winn

The European Court of Justice ruling this year is a watershed moment for the info sphere - it redefines the individual's relationship to his/her online data, not to mention presenting a practical quandrum for search giants like Google.

Big Data Heroes - Hiring and Retaining Analytic Rock Stars

Brian Suh | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Tech
Brian Suh

Analytics rock stars are essential in the world of big data marketing and measurement. These big data heroes are in high demand, but supplies are low on the ground.

When Two Heads are Better than One

Andrew Carr | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Carr

To be competitive, firms need to streamline processes, raise productivity and meet targets. Yet real innovations often demand a little time dawdling in the slow lane, thinking rather than ticking boxes.

Smart Meters Need Big Data or Risk Being Dumb Boxes

Robert Williams | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Tech
Robert Williams

As tends to be the case, utility companies will be all over the news agenda this winter, and this year will be no exception with EDF's nuclear reactors offline until the end of the year. However on top of this, a subject that is likely to rumble on is the introduction of so-called smart meters.

Big Data Is Accessible for All: Now We Must Fulfil Its Potential

Edwina Dunn | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK Tech
Edwina Dunn

The announcement last week of IBM's new Watson Analytics has been heralded as the next major development in the Big Data revolution. Able to crunch vast amounts of information, the analysis tool will open up the possibilities of Big Data analysis to all industries, businesses and people.

How Important Is Data Analytics to the Future of HR?

Mark Braund | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Braund

Having discussed harnessing social media, enabling internal knowledge creation and leveraging social capital in previous articles, it seems a logical topic to cover next is to address one the key players in this debate and how they interplay with advances in data analytics and technology: Human Resources.

The Next Stage in the Big Data Phenomenon?

Andrew Carr | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Carr

It needs simple, useable tools to ensure front line staff use the information. It will also require some training budget

The Travel Tech Revolution

Andy Washington | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Tech
Andy Washington

The pace of technological change and its impact on the travel industry is incredible; travel has never been so easy, accessible, fast or enjoyable. Innovation in the travel industry has always been closely tied with advancements in platform technology and adoption.

Top Three Big Data Myths: Debunked

Nick Patience | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Tech
Nick Patience

At the end of the day, good data hygiene means that organisations should keep what's valuable and purge what's not. This unassailable fact doesn't really change despite the emergence of big data.

Political Micro-targeting: Why It Won't Happen at the Next Election

Louis Reynolds | Posted 25.10.2014 | UK Politics
Louis Reynolds

Behind all the spin, there is a growing interest in how the coming election might actually be contested. Many look to the US for some indication of what developments might feature in the 2015 campaigns.

How Is Analytics Changing the Way Business Leaders Make Decisions?

Mark Braund | Posted 17.10.2014 | 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 27.09.2014 | 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 22.09.2014 | 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 03.09.2014 | 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 01.09.2014 | 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.