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The Impact of Big Data on Your Personal Life

Guest Post by Finnegan Pierson The term Big Data has been around for a while now. However, there is still confusion on what it means. The concept of big data is rapidly evolving, and its definition is often reconsidered. However, what is clear is that big data has played a major role in transforming the digital world. It is now often used in conjunction with other technologies such as artificial intelligence to have a tangible impact on the ordinary person. Here are a few ways big data might affect your life. Assessing Risk If you are trying to purchase a home protection plan, it is more likely than not that your insurer will use big data to estimate your premiums. […] Continue Reading

Adding Value to Your Business Through the Organization of Incoming Big Data

Guest post by Finnegan Pierson Big data is necessary for any organization to get insights on various business strategies. Organizing of big data for taking into account non-traditional technologies and strategies needed to organize it, and gather incoming insights from more massive databases. The power of information dominating the world around us becomes imperative in every sector of life and hence the need to organize it attractively and analytically. The concept of holding your incoming data through the various holistic databases with multiple data sets makes it easy to keep information under control. The magnitude of incoming bid data needs specialized approaches that manage it properly. Clustered Computing Because of the high qualities of the incoming bid data, individual’s computer […] Continue Reading

What Transformation Will Blockchain Bring by 2020?

Guest post by Alexandra Cernian,  Lecturer at the Faculty of Automatic Control and Computers, University “Politehnica” of Bucharest. Blockchain is the new electricity and the biggest invention after the emergence of the Internet. Now it is the most disruptive distributed technology, used to conduct secured transactions, carried out in a decentralized manner. Although this technology has been introduced with Bitcoin and is commonly associated with cryptocurrencies, it is currently getting more and more attention in many industry and governance sectors. Many EU Member States have launched initiatives to this end, and large IT giants already offer Blockchain solutions to customers. Here are just a few examples: IBM is developing a blockchain-based payment system, Amazon plans to include blockchain in their […] Continue Reading

AI and Analytics in Production – How to Make It Work

Guest Post by Debbie Stevens, Field Marketing Events Manager EMEA at MapR Technologies Value from big data becomes real when your data-intensive AI, machine learning and analytics applications go into production. That can be challenging, but this non-technical but practical guide written by Ted Dunning and Ellen Friedman, published by O’Reilly, helps by showing you what has made others successful. MapR was delighted to be a key Sponsor of Big Data Week and hope you enjoyed Ted Dunning’s keynote presentation “Putting Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence into Production”.  If you missed out on the event,  do not dismay as you can now download a FREE copy of Ted’s new “AI and Analytics in Production – How to Make It Work” book […] Continue Reading

The Prospected Impact of AI on Society

No matter your political alignment, the development of AI impacts society on all levels. Are you envisioning a communist or ultra-capitalist dystopian future? The AI is there. Are you thinking of a utopic future? The AI is there as well. We need to come to terms and accept that unless a meteor hits Earth, the AI is here to stay and currently just scratching the surface. A Brief Overview I use the broad term AI to refer to any artificial intelligence, including but not limited to machine learning, deep learning, and artificial general intelligence. For those who are interested in particularities, I refer you to this infographic that briefly explains A.I. AI is the broad term that refers to any […] Continue Reading

Why Data Is Leading the Way to a Cybersecure Future

This is a guest post by Tiffany Rowe In the past, computer security could do little to guard against infection; instead, early security software merely reacted swiftly to threats detected on the machine. Thanks to data, that changed. Today, security tools are effective at predicting threats and guarding against them, so users are hardly inconvenienced by malicious attacks. It is only because diligent data-gatherers accumulated information on malware and attack patterns that cybersecurity software could improve so dramatically – and it will be thanks to data that security continues to improve. How Big Data Improves Cybersecurity A recent study on cyber threats found that the biggest gaps in businesses’ cybersecurity strategies concern the ability to detect malware, corruption and attacks before […] Continue Reading

5 Ways Big Data Is Used In Your Everyday Life

Guest post by Finnegan Pierson With plenty of news stories revolving around how Facebook and other big internet companies use the data they collect from us, you may be wondering what other aspects of your life are affected by data collection. In fact, the number of areas of your life that are touched by data analysis might surprise you. 1. Online Shopping Online shopping is an easy one. Every single online shopping site you use tracks your browsing history of the site’s products to serve them up to you later in highly targeted ads as a way of reminding you of purchases you may have been researching on their site and added to your cart, but didn’t purchase immediately. Google takes […] Continue Reading

Common HR Department Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Guest post by Finnegan Pierson Every business needs to master the art of juggling for it to be successful. Every department is essential in ensuring the success of a business, but most entrepreneurs ignore the human resource department when other things are flowing smoothly. Human resource departments have several responsibilities to protect not only the company but also its employees. Businesses have faced lawsuits after making the slightest mistakes, while others have damaged their reputation and brand. Well, mistakes are inevitable, but it is essential for human resource departments to be aware of and avoid these mistakes to stay aware from lawsuits and protect their brand. An outdated or non-existing employee handbook Every business needs to be updated and communication work […] Continue Reading

5 Ways in Which Retailers Can Utilize Big Data and Digital Signage for Success

Today, most successful retailers are using big data and digital signage to improve their operational efficiency and customer experience while boosting their sales. A huge volume of data can be generated on the retail industry every second through both traditional sources and technology driven sources. Retailers and restaurant owners are using advanced analytics to gain relevant insights and even make concrete real-time decisions that are beneficial to both the customer and the business. • Detection and prevention of fraud By leveraging on the rich data environment of the retailer, exact areas of fraud exposure can be recognized. Retailers can analyze information from every day sales transaction and other activates like warehouse inventory, sales forecasts, accounts payable, employee shift records, and […] Continue Reading

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