Why cities are tapping into big data

Why cities are tapping into big data

Cities have a way to go before they can be considered geniuses. But they’re getting smart pretty fast. In just the past few years, mayors and other officials in cities across the country have begun to draw on the reams of data at their disposal—about income, burglaries, traffic, fires, illnesses, parking citations and more—to tackle many of the problems of …

6 reasons why the CIO will be the next Chief Innovation Officer

6 reasons why the CIO will be the next Chief Innovation Officer

We live in times where business volatility, new technologies, globalization and increased competition force business leaders to step back and question every aspect of their businesses. Organizations must be continuously looking for breakthrough developments in their business models and the value they provide to their customers. So radical change and innovation is a must to meet the challenges ahead. Effective …

Data Quality Return on Investment: How It Saves You Money

Data Quality Return on Investment: How It Saves You Money

You know that data quality helps your data analysts perform their jobs better and can smooth the transfer of data across your organization. But data quality is crucial for another reason: It translates directly to cold, hard cash. Here’s how increase your data quality return on investment… When it comes to big data, you may think of expensive storage infrastructure …

Real-Time Fraud Detection: Why Data Quality is Essential

Real-Time Fraud Detection: Why Data Quality is Essential

Which weapons do you store in your fraud-detection arsenal? If data-quality tools aren’t among them, then you’re not doing all you can to catch and disrupt fraudulent transactions.  Here’s why data quality is essential for fraud detection. Data quality – which means the art and science of identifying and fixing inaccurate, missing or misleading information within a body of information …

Announcing Azure Analysis Services general availability

Announcing Azure Analysis Services general availability

Today at the Data Amp event, we are announcing the general availability of Microsoft Azure Analysis Services, the latest addition to our data platform in the cloud. Based on the proven analytics engine in SQL Server Analysis Services, Azure Analysis Services is an enterprise grade OLAP engine and BI modeling platform, offered as a fully managed platform-as-a-service (PaaS). Azure Analysis …

It's Not Clairvoyance

It’s Not Clairvoyance, It’s Data Science

We’re in a fierce era of ever-increasing competition for great, reliable data. Around a decade ago, at the start of the Big Data boom, businesses were just beginning to devise ways to capture and record data. Today, we’re asking, “How do we make our data stronger to deliver insights that are more meaningful?” For some companies, the answer has been …

The Complete Beginners' Guide to Artificial Intelligence

The Complete Beginners’ Guide to Artificial Intelligence

Ten years ago, if you mentioned the term “artificial intelligence” in a boardroom there’s a good chance you would have been laughed at. For most people it would bring to mind sentient, sci-fi machines such as 2001: A Space Odyssey’s HAL or Star Trek’s Data. Today it is one of the hottest buzzwords in business and industry. AI technology is …

A Cost-Effective Hadoop Cluster for Big Data Environments

A Cost-Effective Hadoop Cluster for Big Data Environments

When it comes to demanding workloads, few can match big data’s need for performance, scalability and manageability. Today, big data is a driving force behind a growing number of enterprises using banks of servers, storage and network infrastructure to analyze huge data sets of information to gain or maintain a competitive edge. Any discussion of big data workloads is almost …

Data needs accountability: Here’s how it could happen

Data needs accountability: Here’s how it could happen

Fake news, “alternative facts” and filter bubbles – the data we consume and what we read and experience online shapes the way we view the world and the everyday decisions we make, big and small. Leading Cities, a non-profit organization working for cohesion in smart cities, is advocating for more accountability around the veracity and integrity of data that appears …