Big data

Going Gentle into that Technology-driven Good Night

Going Gentle into that Technology-driven Good Night

This from the Wall Street Journal: As Big Data becomes a fixture of office life, companies are turning to tracking devices to gather real-time information on how teams of employees work and interact. Sensors, worn on lanyards or placed on office furniture, record how often staffers get up from their desks, consult other teams and […]

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Innovation is Everywhere. . . Or It Should Be

Innovation is Everywhere. . . Or It Should Be

That is the message of Jay Nath, chief innovation officer for the City of San Francisco.  His role is to spread the gospel of innovation to government agencies throughout the City, in many cases by facilitating Big Data applications.  He’s interviewed here by new media consultant Brian Solis.  (It gets a little jargon-laden, but hang […]

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Big Data & the Economics of Big Cities

Big Data & the Economics of Big Cities

Some futurists have argued that the ubiquity of telecommunications and computing will make cities obsolete.  The Economist‘s Urban Life blog has been making the argument that the rise of the digital age could make cities more important and vital than ever.  Big data is not only becoming big business, it is–according to this perspective–an important […]

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Big Data Will Change Urban Life

Big Data Will Change Urban Life

So says a recent posting at the Economist.   NO FACE looks alike, but human bodies and their genetic make-up are almost identical. Cities too have distinctive charms—but are surprisingly alike behind their façades. Regardless of size, their populations grow at the same average rate everywhere in the world. A city twice as large as its […]

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The Data Analytics Revolution

The Data Analytics Revolution

BusinessWeek has an interesting report on how data analytics are revolutionizing organizational decision making.  It all started with Google: The big bang in data analytics occurred in 2006 with the release of an open-source system called Hadoop. The technology was created by a software consultant named Doug Cutting, who had been examining a series of […]

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