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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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Latest News

LinkedIn?

31 October 2014 in -e.social

The most incomprehensible social network? That would be LinkedIn, according to UK consumers.

Glass begone

31 October 2014 in -e.mobile

The US Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theatre Owners is banning wearers of Google Glass and other wearables from entering cinema.

Go slow mobile

30 October 2014 in -e.mobile

Over 9o% of global consumers turn to a competitor site if they find that their first mobile destination choice is offering a poor experience, says Netbiscuits,

Lyft, Luxe and Shuddle

29 October 2014 in -e.showcase

Start-up watch: San Francisco is home to sharing economy outfits Uber and Lyft can also boast car start-ups Luxe Valet and Shuddle.

Screen nation

28 October 2014 in -e.showcase

The UK is a leading multiscreen nation, able to boast an average 3.1 connected devices per person, compared to Germany’s 2.4 and Japan’s mere 2.3, according to the Google Consumer Barometer.

Silicon sales

28 October 2014 in -e.showcase

The fastest-growing companies in Silicon Valley? Forget those social networking and mobile app outfits.

Working Glass

27 October 2014 in -e.showcase

Google has announced five new partners for its Glass At Work programme, the initiative the company launched earlier this year to deliver business solutions for Glass wearable technology.

Beacon benched

24 October 2014 in -e.showcase

Los Angeles bus benches are hosting beacons to give municipalities, museums, brands and retailers to disseminate information.

Bearable wearables?

24 October 2014 in -e.online

Wearable metrics: Fifty seven percent of consumers believe that people will end up relying more on their wearable devices than on friends and families.