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Backing Big Data

18 September 2014 in -e.showcase

Big DataWith the proliferation of data in almost every sector, most firms have already changed the way they make big decisions, with management around the world relying relying on greater use of specialised analytic tools and techniques, employing a dedicated data insights teams to inform strategic decisions and relying on enhanced data analysis. In fact, close to one in three corporate execs describe big decision making at their company as highly data-driven, according to the Guts versus Gigabytes report from PwC.

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Too Big?

28 August 2014 in -e.showcase

Ever get the feeling that Big Data is too, well, Big? HP thinks so and has launched its ‘Business Intelligence Modernisation Services’ to take on the size issue.

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Seeking urban smarts

27 August 2014 in -e.showcase

Connected CitiesUK-based innovation programme IC tomorrow has launched its Connected Cities Innovation Contest, offering six digital start-ups and SMEs the opportunity to share a £210,000 fund and trial their ideas with the likes of  EDF Energy, Intel, Siemens, Kimberly Clark, Amey and Ordnance Survey. Entrants need to come up with innovative ideas to solve urban challenges in the areas of connected buildings, connected communities, connected environment and connected services, and successful applicants will be expected to trial their proposed solutions with industry partners for three months.

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Data-driven play

27 August 2014 in -e.showcase

Big data in footballBig Football needs Big Data, and Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich has cut a deal with SAP making it the club’s three-year official partner for sport analytics and enterprise software. The idea is that data will go a long way to help expand Bayern’s global presence, improve the team’s athletic performance and enhance the experience for fans around the world (there are an estimated 292 million of them). The German club already uses SAP software for data analysis and for ticketing but it will also be extended to the pitch with a view to, for example, minimising injury risks. SAP also believes it can help improve player performance.

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Buying into Big Data

11 August 2014 in -e.showcase

big-dataThere’s pushback on Big Data, sometimes better known as ‘a revolution that will transform how we live, work, and think’ (a modestly titled book from Kenneth Cukier and Viktor Mayer-Schönberger), writes Steve Mullins. Transformation? Netflix boasts that Big Data helped it understand that House of Cards would be a huge hit with its audience because a bit of number-crunching informed it that director David Fincher (The Social Network) was popular, that people liked watching Kevin Spacey, and that the UK version of Cards had performed well.

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Touchy feely data

18 July 2014 in -e.showcase

big-dataBig Data drives better decision making, with execs unlikely to make if a move if they can’t back it with the numbers. That’s the rather predictable take of the Economist Intelligence Unit in its Decisive Action: How Businesses Make Decisions & How They Could do it Better report. “Organisations that can use their data effectively to make decisions in this ever-changing and complex world will thrive; those that do not will perish,” the EIU says in its standard black-and-white take.

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Digital by design

21 May 2014 in -e.showcase

digital-designThe UK’s digital economy will fail to reach its full economic and social potential without the application of design to ensure people, not technology, are at the centre of the digital revolution, according to a new report, Designing the Digital Economy, from the Design Commission. But what about Big Data? you may ask. Well, while Big Data is driving the new industrial revolution, without design, such information is at worst meaningless, at best sub-optimal, says the report. Young designers now are not necessarily being taught how to use data. And while government has demonstrated a commitment to making public data open for use, there is still limited functionality, utility or relevance in simply making the data available.

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The three disrupters

23 September 2014 in -e.showcase

3D printing, the Internet of Things (IoT), and biotech/healthcare IT will be the leading disruptive technologies over the next three years.

Gimme wearables

23 September 2014 in -e.showcase

Almost two-thirds of online adults say they’ve used already used a wearable technology, or are keen to do so, according to GlobalWebIndex.

Programmatic Fox

22 September 2014 in -e.showcase

Fox Television has gone programmatic with Google’s DoubleClick Ad Exchange and Vindico.

Data for planning

19 September 2014 in

Just one in four marketers primarily use PR and social media data to analyse the success of past campaigns.

Silicon Square

18 September 2014 in -e.showcase

Start-up watch. When is a company which is often described as floundering and unfocussed, which is losing $100 million a year, and which will likely bear the brunt of Apple Pay’s rollout, worth some $6bn?

Users block unclean ads

17 September 2014 in

Around 144 million online users – 5% of the total global base – have now deployed ad blocking software, an increase of 69% in the past 12 months.

Spiking research

17 September 2014 in -e.exclusive

Global market research spend rose close to 3% to total a huge $40bn in 2013 , or $60bn when business intelligence is factored in.

Pop-up news

16 September 2014 in

The BBC has rolled out its BBC Pop Up news service to demonstrate a ‘commitment to live the story’.

eBay for Google?

16 September 2014 in

Google looking to acquire eBay as a reaction to the Apple Pay announcement? Pretty unlikely.