Where Is Your Stuff?

Allen Scott | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Tech
Allen Scott

You probably have a sock drawer littered with lonesome socks for which you could swear there used to be a partner. The Internet has become the sock drawer of digital content. The problem with the Internet is that someone else might be wearing the other sock!

The Five Which? Charts That Frame the Autumn Statement

Matthew Oakley | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Politics
Matthew Oakley

When the Chancellor stands up to give his Autumn Statement on Thursday, he will be reassured that the economy and consumer views are more positive than this time last year. But Which? consumer insight shows that the battle isn't yet won.

UN Climate Change Summit Framed By Landmark IPCC Study

Julian Hunt | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Julian Hunt

The annual UN Annual Climate Change Summit began in Poland on November 11th and continues until the 22nd. This major international conference is a key stepping stone towards the goal of securing by end-2015 a comprehensive global climate change treaty to take effect from 2020 onward.

Lies, Damned Lies and Data Visualisations?

Andy Cotgreave | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Andy Cotgreave

We find it very hard to process large amounts of text information and at this point, data visualisation comes to our rescue and allows us to interpret many data points simultaneously. Having said that, a pretty picture alone is not what makes the visualisation a valuable asset.

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark... Data

Nick Patience | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Nick Patience

It's the dawn of the living data and information growth is out of control; companies are ending up with Terabytes or Petabytes of information. Successful organisations run and are dependent on information.

Data Revenge

Christian Toon | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Christian Toon

Companies beware! Losing your information has the potential to harm a business far more than an angry tweet.

The Quant of One: Big Data's Next Big Thing

Simon Pont | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Tech
Simon Pont

'Big Data'. It's been the label du jour long enough for speculators to question if it's time to fire up a new dawn and invert the prefix. Maybe data is no longer big? Maybe it's small?

What Can Your Data Analytics Team Learn From Star Trek?

Andy Cotgreave | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Tech
Andy Cotgreave

As anyone who's ever been part of a data analytics team will tell you, the search for insight into data can sometimes seem like a Star Trek-like voyage into the unknown realms of deep space. So what can Star Trek teach us about the way we interact with and explore our data?

How to Not Get Distracted During the Great Privacy Debate

Andy Kahl | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Tech
Andy Kahl

PRISM has brought the issue of privacy to the forefront of the news agenda, but is just one type of data sharing. Whenever you check an email, buy groceries, visit a cash machine, or watch a television show, data about you and your activities is collected for later use.

Big Data: Businesses Must Remember to Take Out Their Rubbish

Nick Patience | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK Tech
Nick Patience

In the wake of revelations and consumer backlash against PRISM, big businesses around the world are coming under increasing pressure to give users more insight into and guarantees about how they are using their data.

The 4G Buffet - Who Ate All the Good Stuff?

Andrew Ferguson | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK Tech
Andrew Ferguson

4G has a lot to offer, and we are constantly reminded that the UK is behind on its roll-out, with the promise that it will eventually be available to more of us than 3G. As things stand, EE has had a head start on the other providers, but Vodafone and O2 have joined the exclusive club with their own new deals.

Not All Data Is Created Equal: Yahoo! and iC2 Debate Big Data

Piers North | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Tech
Piers North

Big data is something often referenced in marketing and advertising circles, but what it actually means and how it can be used effectively is worth discussing. Yahoo! took a deeper look at this topic when it held an event last month...

Is the Connected Car the Ultimate Mobile Device?

John Thielens | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Tech
John Thielens

The move to the connected vehicle is already in full swing with manufacturers such as Ford, Audi, Toyota and BMW offering systems that enable their vehicles to hook up to the web through mobile phone networks. But the connected car isn't just about keeping up with the competition; consumers are driving it too.

Resistance is Futile - Why Businesses Must Invest in Technology Now

Nelson Phillips | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Tech
Nelson Phillips

As the market enters its first extended period of growth for half a decade you would be forgiven for thinking that the hard work is all but done. After a turbulent five years UK businesses have now reached a cross-roads - they understand the need to spend, but are fearful that one wrong move may mean ruin.

Shifting the Focus to 'Good Data'

Neil Davidson | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK Tech
Neil Davidson

Everyone's talking about big data, and it's kind of becoming the emperor's new clothes. Big data is just that: Big, cumbersome and most often, unmanageable. There is no inherent value in itself, it is the quality of the data and way it is used that gives it value.

Spotify - The Good, the Bad and the Future

Chris Cannon | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Tech
Chris Cannon

Is it even reasonable to compare the music purchasing habits of 10 years ago with those of today? The remarkable advancements of the digital age over the past decade would have made the CD far less relevant today with or without Spotify's existence. Spotify isn't here to replace the CD and it isn't here to make up the shortfall for the dramatic decline in physical sales over the past decade.

A Cyber Health Check for Business

Victoria Woodbine | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Tech
Victoria Woodbine

The project is a great opportunity for company Boards to understand and manage risks that have the potential to cause major damage to their business. Companies can demonstrate leadership by making cyber a major part of risk management across their whole business.

Bradley Manning for CMO: The Value of Sharing Data

Jack R. Miles | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK
Jack R. Miles

Marketers, however, need to be slightly more delicate with whom they share their data with than Bradley Manning. Instead of contacting Julian Assange, they should consider focussing on colleagues, agencies and consumers:

How Business Intelligence Tools Can Help Us to Mind the Skills Gap

Andy Cotgreave | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Tech
Andy Cotgreave

There is increasing pressure placed on governments and businesses to provide more accountability. To meet these demands they need to disclose the data behind the decision-making process. This will increasingly become an everyday part of our future leaders' lives and careers.

The Walled Garden of Mobile Technology: Keeping Personal Data Private on Mobile Devices

Andy Kahl | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Tech
Andy Kahl

Our phones and tablets share data with their manufacturers and our mobile service providers as a matter of course. Apps collect data for the use of the developer as well as "data aggregators," third-party information gatherers that look to use this information as you bounce from app to app to better target you for advertising offers.

The Prism Kerfuffle Won't Halt the 'Pringle Effect' Data Has on Marketing

Matthew Heath | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK
Matthew Heath

The reality is that we have become too used to sharing, too used to the value we get from exchanging our data with others, to go back to a world in which the closest a brand could get to an individual customer preference was by extrapolating it from a qualitative research finding.

Midsize Businesses Should Make More Use of Cloud Solutions

Reno Charlton | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK Tech
Reno Charlton

Technology has come a long way over recent years with advancements in areas such as broadband, data accessing solutions, and IT benefiting consumers and businesses. However, despite these advancements it seems that many businesses in the UK are continuing to miss out on the benefits due to failure to deploy IT.

The Hypocrisy Behind the Data Breach

Christian Toon | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK Tech
Christian Toon

When you take the time to think about all the information held by all the companies you've ever done business with, in either your professional or personal life, it is frightening to think that at any moment it could be put at risk. But it is in fact the consumer who should be able to wield the most power when it comes to compelling businesses to take greater responsibility for information security.

Your Data Analysis Takes How Long?

Andy Cotgreave | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK Tech
Andy Cotgreave

Let me dispel a myth. Contrary to popular opinion, if you are using spreadsheets or traditional BI tools, it is quite possible to build beautiful charts. Unfortunately, each view of your data takes considerable time to build, Do you have that time to spare in your working life?

EU Roaming Charge Caps: Beneficial for the Consumer

Richard L Wood | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Richard L Wood

This week has seen a lot of news on the EU, and has split opinion between those pro-EU and those sceptical of it. It seems that all EU news these days is negative, particularly since the financial crash and the rise of UKIP. But there is one piece of news from the EU that is positive and benefits the consumer...