Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Kenneth Cukier: Big Data is better data

Kenneth Cukier, the Data Editor of The Economist, recently gave a good lecture at TED Berlin, intitled Big Data is better data. I agree with him when he said that there is a lot of hype around the term, and that is very unfortunate, because big data is an extremely important tool by which society is going to advance.

"Big Data is going to transform how we live, how we work and how we think", he said. "It is going to help us manage our careers and lead lives of satisfaction and hope and happiness and health, but in the past, we've often looked at information technology and our eyes have only seen the T, the technology, the hardware, because that's what was physical. We now need to recast our gaze at the I, the information, which is less apparent, but in some ways a lot more important. Humanity can finally learn from the information that it can collect, as part of our timeless quest to understand the world and our place in it, and that's why big data is a big deal."

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Influential Business Intelligence Blogs

Recently I was surfing the web and found out by accident that my blog was named as one of the 23 most influential Business Intelligence blogs by Justin Heinze at BI Software Insight. I'm honored to have been mentioned in the list, with so great other blogs.
According the article: "Criteria used to select the bloggers included the quality of their writing and insights, size of their following, and their impact on the BI community. Each represents a valuable resource for anyone interested in Business Intelligence."

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Perfect timing: Everyday big data

Increasingly I have seen interesting Big Data use cases applied to improve the cities. Recently Deutsche Welle published a video about the use of Big Data to optimize bus schedules. They ask: Improved customer service and resource optimization for companies - along with increased control over workers? The debate on Big Data is ongoing, and there are no easy answers. The Aachen public transit authority is already using vast amounts of data to optimize their bus schedules. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Big Data: Chicago Is Putting Sensors All Over the City

Bloomberg published a video showing how Chicago is building a permanent infrastructure to collect Big Data. According Bloomberg: The city of Chicago is betting big on big data. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has given the green light to a project to install sensors on traffic poles that collect data on air quality and weather. Watch and enjoy!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Growth of The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things has been growing into the technology sector and becoming the latest hot topic. Recently I read two interesting articles about the growth of the Internet of Things. Vala Afshar published a good article in The Huffington Post, explaining in detail what is the Internet of Things, what are their consequences, challenges, opportunities and concerns. Defining the Internet of Things (IoT): simply a concept wherein machines and everyday objects are connected via the Internet. Within the IoT, devices are controlled and monitored remotely and usually wirelessly. Afshar published slides with 40 IoT solutions:

According the article, the growth of Internet of Things opens up opportunities for businesses and people with the right skills. These skills include network design, data analysis, data security, and engineering. Mckinsey projects the need for 1.5 million additional managers and analysts "with a sharp understanding of how big data can be applied" in the United States. Gartner has predicted there will be 4.4 million global big data jobs by 2015, only one-third of which will be filled.

IDC predicts that the IoT will include 212 billion things globally by the end of 2020. IDC's Vernon Turner said: "The momentum of the Internet of Things is driven by a number of factors. There is no doubt that business and consumer demand exists and will continue to expand for IoT solutions. I expect the current IoT use cases are just the tip of the iceberg". Some enablers to the rise of IoT include:
. Ongoing development of smart cities, cars, and houses
. Enhanced connectivity infrastructure
. An increasingly connected culture.

Gil Press also published a good article in Forbes entitled: It's Official: The Internet Of Things Takes Over Big Data As The Most Hyped Technology. He mentioned that Gartner recently released its latest Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies. The Internet of Things, says Gartner, “is becoming a vibrant part of our, our customers’ and our partners’ business and IT landscape.”

Source: Gartner, August 2014
In its Hype Cycle Special Report Gartner says that “While interest in big data remains undiminished, it has moved beyond the peak because the market has settled into a reasonable set of approaches, and the new technologies and practices are additive to existing solutions.”

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Do You Know Big Data?

Vincent Granville published on Data Science Central a great poster about Big Data, originally posted on CTOvision.com and provided by Altamira. You can download the poster in PDF document