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    12 Algorithms Every Data Scientist Should Know

    Algorithms have become part of our daily lives and they can be found in almost any aspect of the business. Gartner calls this the algorithmic business and it is changing the way we (should) run and manage our organizations. There are all kinds of algorithms and for each aspect of your business, there are different algorithms, which nowadays you can even buy at an algorithm marketplace. Algoritmia provides developers with over 800 algorithms in the fields of audio and visual processing, machine learning and computer vision, saving developers precious time and money. However, the algorithms [...]

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    Why Big Data Should Be Called Mixed Data

    Big Data is here to stay, and it is having a profound effect on businesses and societies. That having said; there are still so many organisations that have no clue about what Big Data is. Big Data means different things for different people, organisations and industries. While it is true that Big Data has different advantages and possibilities for different organisations and industries, the definition of Big Data can and should be the same for everyone. Especially because that would be beneficial for the acceptance, and therefore application, of Big Data, resulting in more innovation and [...]

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    Algorithms Are Changing Business: Here is How to Leverage Them

    When Google’s algorithm AlphaGo beat South Korean Go Grandmaster Lee Se-dol by 4-1 last week, it was a significant event in the world of algorithms and artificial intelligence. This is because it represented a new form of artificial intelligence: intuitive artificial intelligence, something which is remarkably more challenging than standard artificial intelligence. The disruption happening thanks to algorithms is happening all around us. The largest taxi company in the world, Uber, owns no taxis but uses smart algorithms to connect drivers and passengers. The largest telephone company in [...]

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    Understanding Your Business With Descriptive, Predictive And Prescriptive Analytics

    Companies have long been involved in the analysis of how a company performed over time. As the history of big data shows, already for many years, we try to understand how the organisations or the world around us behaves by analysing the available data. In the past, this used to be merely descriptive analytics. This answers the question “what happened in the past with the business?” With the availability of big data we entered the new area of predictive analytics, which focuses on answering the question: “what is probably going to happen in the future?” However, the real advantage of [...]

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    How The Internet of Things Is About to Explode

    The Internet of Things is heading our way, and it is heading here fast! In the past years, we have seen that the Internet of Things (IoT) is really taking off and we can safely say that we are about to reach a tipping point. Any industry is currently working on connected devices. Ranging from connected cutlery (HAPIfork), smart locks for your door (August) or your bike (SkyLock), connected toothbrush (Oral-B) to connected jewels (Wistiki). The supply of connected devices is tremendous and the ones just mentioned are only those for consumers. Also, the industries such as the mining industry [...]

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    5 Reasons Apache Spark is the Swiss Army Knife of Big Data Analytics

    We are living in exponential times. Especially if we are talking about data. The world is moving fast, and more data is generated every day. With all that data coming your way, you need the right tools to deal with the growing amounts of data. If you want to get any insights from all that data, you need tools that can process massive amounts of data quickly and efficiently. Fortunately, the Big Data open source landscape is also growing rapidly and more, and more tools come to the market to help you with this. One of these open source tools that is making fame at this moment is Apache [...]

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    5 Easy Steps to Embed Big Data in Your Business

    For many organisations, it is still difficult to understand what Big Data is and how it should be incorporated into their business. This is quite understandable, as Big Data offers such radical and disruptive new possibilities as well as requires a dramatic cultural change for many organisations. The past weeks I have been thinking a lot about this and how this process could be simplified. Because when more organisations understand how to embed Big Data in their business, the more it will drive innovation and economic growth. We know by now that Big Data can have a big impact on any part of[...]

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    5 Cyber Risks Affecting the Internet of Things and How to Manage These Risks

    The Internet of Things will offer organizations tremendous value and will provide consumers with fantastic benefits. However, the Internet of Things also comes with a wide variety of cyber risks that could harm organizations and consumers who work with the IoT. To protect your organization from these cyber risks, you should have the right data governance procedures in place to protect the data that is generated by IoT devices. However, which data governance measures you should take depends on the different cyber risks that could affect your IoT business. Moreover, there are quite a few [...]

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    Why Trust and Data Breaches Don't Get Along

    If you want to retain the trust of your customers, you better make sure that you don't have any data breaches. As this infographic, developed by Gemalto, shows, data breaches have a significant impact on consumer trust, loyalty and the perception of how seriously companies take the security of customers' personal and financial data. According to the survey "nearly two-thirds (64%) of consumers surveyed worldwide say they are unlikely to shop or do business again with a company that had experienced a breach where financial information was stolen n, and almost half (49%) had the same opinion [...]

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    4 Use Cases of Big Data and High Performance Computing

    With the amount of data that organizations have to deal, with expected to grow into the exabytes in the coming year(s), we will need better technology. Bring in High-Performance Computing, or HPC in short, and a completely new world opens for you. HPC is dramatically changing the playing field.  In the past years, it has grown from an innovative feature used only by the most advanced scientific research centres, to a tool that enables organisations across industries to gain advantages of Big Data. Presidents from the USA to Russia have stressed the importance of HPC. Today more and more [...]

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