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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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Latest News

Sky goes native

1 October 2014 in -e.showcase

UK pay TV outfit BSkyB is pumping $5 million into US-based advertising tech outfit Sharethrough in a finance round which has netted a total of $10 million.

Tweets go filmic

30 September 2014 in

Twitter is developing its Movie Conversation targeted advertising programme which would enable film studios to promote directly to Twitter users.

What’s with my data?

29 September 2014 in -e.showcase

Over one-third of consumers say they are not being provided with clear information from retailers on how their personal data will be used, according to a global survey from Capgemini

Google’s Loon moonshot

26 September 2014 in -e.showcase

Google is aiming to launch its high-altitude Loon balloons to enable wireless Internet services to mobile phones as early as next year.

Can’t get no…

25 September 2014 in -e.showcase

The likes of laptops, tablets and smartphones have been gnawing away at desktop PC sales, but sliding user satisfaction and slower demand for tablets suggest maker brands aren’t meeting consumer expectations,

Taking the music pulse

24 September 2014 in

Universal Music Group has begun using NetBase Live Pulse dashboards to monitor real-time social media performances of over 30 country singers.

Golden finance

24 September 2014 in

Chinese search giant Baidu has launched a film crowdfunding venture, Baifa Youxi, together with Taiwan-based Central Picture Corporation.

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.