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    Why Blending Data Analytics and Gut-Feeling Benefits your Business

    Understanding the impact of Big Data is not self-evident for many companies. Big Data offers endless possibilities and as such organizations are overwhelmed. Big Data requires different technologies, new IT systems, new processes and a different way of working. In addition, Big Data requires a different culture and changing your company culture is always hard. Especially when new technology is involved. In order to be successful with big data, you need a culture that incorporates data-driven decision-making. That does not mean, however, that organizations should only focus on big data [...]

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    Why the 2016 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies is all about Data

    Every year, Gartner published the Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies and today revealed the 2016 edition. Last year, Gartner tempered the expectations of Big Data, by predicting it would take another 5-10 before it would reach the plateau of productivity. This year, Gartner finally added “emerging” technologies such as the Blockchain and Machine Learning. Let’s have a look at the 2016 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies and see what it means. Gartner identified three key technology trends that organisations need to track in order to gain competitive advantage: 1. The [...]

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    Why Humanizing Algorithms Is a Good Idea

    Algorithms are taking over the world. Not yet completely and not yet definitely, but they are well on their way to automate a lot of tasks and jobs. This algorithmization offers many benefits for organizations and consumers; boring tasks can be outsourced to an algorithm that is exceptionally well at a very dull task, much better than humans could ever become. More complicated tasks can benefit from insights derived from analyzing multiple data sources and these insights can help humans in the task at hand. Soon, however, also these tasks could be taken over by algorithms. We know many [...]

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    12 Qualities Your Next Chief Data Officer Should Have

    The Chief Data Officer is on the rise! In a 2015 Forrester research of 3005 data analytics decision-makers, 45% said that their company had appointed a Chief Data Officer (CDO). In addition, a survey of 254 CIO’s worldwide revealed that 90% of the current CIO’s believe that data is changing their business and 92% believe that a CDO could best manage this. Another survey revealed that 76% of CIO’s would like to see the CDO as a board level position by 2020. It may be clear, the Chief Data Officer is here to stay and it is/will be an important role for organizations. It is also a [...]

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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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