How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Graph: Hospital Social Network Analysis

How I Learned to Sto...

In the 1840’s Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis had a big problem on his hands. He was an obstetrician in the Vienna General Hospital and healthy young women in the maternity ward were dying at an alarming rate. The problem was well known throughout Vienna. There were two wards, we’ll call them ward A and ward B. […]

Prediction in the public sector: Why the government needs predictive analytics

Prediction in the pu...

Data can appear lifeless and dull on the surface – especially government data – but the thought of it should actually get you excited. Data is a very interesting and powerful thing. First off, data is exactly the stuff we bother to write down – and for good reason. But its potential far transcends functions […]

The New Gold Rush? Wall Street Wants your Data

The New Gold Rush? W...

A few months ago, Foursquare achieved an impressive feat by predicting, ahead of official company results, that Chipotle’s Q1 2016 sales would be down nearly 30%. Because it captures geo-location data from both check-ins and visits through its apps, Foursquare was able to extrapolate foot-traffic stats that turned out to be very accurate predictors of […]

Successfully Transitioning your Team from Data Warehousing to Big Data

Successfully Transit...

You are planning to complement your traditional data warehouse architecture with big data technologies. Now what? Should you upskill your existing data warehouse team? Or do Big Data technologies require a completely different set of skills? What do we mean by big data technologies anyway? For the purpose of this article, I define big data […]

Bridging the Digital Gap between B2B and B2C Marketing with Big Data

Bridging the Digital...

Forget funnels. Be user centric. Be human centric. ‘It’s no longer “digital marketing,” but marketing in a digital world.’  — Keith Weed, CMO at Unilever. With the blooming of Big Data in recent years, there are a number of success stories in business, particular in B2C companies who engage with consumers directly in their everyday lives. One of the […]

The Power of Data Network Effects

The Power of Data Ne...

In the furiously competitive world of tech startups, where good entrepreneurs tend to think of comparable ideas around the same time and “hot spaces” get crowded quickly with well-funded hopefuls, competitive moats matter more than ever.  Ideally, as your startup scales, you want to not only be able to defend yourself against competitors, but actually […]

Why Blockchain Will Improve Your Big Data

Why Blockchain Will ...

The rise of cloud storage has helped companies collect and manage massive amounts of data. Data comes from corporate systems, Internet of Things objects and unstructured sources like online forums. New analytics tools like Hadoop help companies make sense of that data. Yet simply having data and analysis tools doesn’t mean the results of an […]

How Automation is Going to Redefine What it Means to Work

How Automation is Go...

IN BRIEF The time for machines to take over most of humanity’s work is rapidly approaching. The world is woefully unprepared to deal with the implications that automation will have over the coming decades. Universal basic income is just beginning to be discussed, and automation has the potential to displace much of the world’s workforce. […]

“Printing Money” with Operational Machine Learning

“Printing Money”...

Organizations have made large investments in big data platforms, but many are struggling to realize business value. While most have anecdotal stories of insights that drive value, most still rely only upon storage cost savings when assessing platform benefits. At the same time, most organizations have treated machine learning and other cognitive technologies as “science […]