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Small Data is Beautiful

The tech marketing hype machine shouting "Big Data" has drowned out the fact that more actionable, valuable insights are likely to be found in small versus large data sets. There are a number of reasons for this phenomenon,…

Added by Michael Walker on April 10, 2013 at 8:03pm — 3 Comments

BI reporting tools: To Pay or Not To Pay.

 Free VS Non-Free

Our company recently implemented a BI Reporting solution intended for a retail company with both, an offline retail chain and an online web-shop. This was a Demo project, so during the planning phase our team decided to use two different platforms, including different back-end and front-end software.

In general, we planned to compare the free and non-free software available for similar BI Reporting…


Added by Alexey Golovashov on April 8, 2013 at 10:25pm — 2 Comments

The Face of the New University

Since we started developing our Data Science Apprenticeship, we've been thinking a bit about the future of higher education. Here is a summary of our thoughts:

The new degree…


Added by Vincent Granville on April 7, 2013 at 1:00pm — 7 Comments

Big data...better decisions.

Some interesting insights have come out of the HR Tech Europe Conference recently held in London.  But I’d be lying if I said that what was revealed was any shock to us.

Much of the talk of the conference was about the importance of predictive analysis as it applies to HR and data. People are finally starting to warm up to this idea.  However,  accessing your data is only half of the battle.  The part that still seems to be left out of…


Added by Bridget Mead on April 5, 2013 at 10:34am — 1 Comment

Big Data: information, propaganda, disinformation and deception

The Big Data wave makes us take a new step in the information age in which we live. Data & information have taken a central place in all our activities; even war is concerned (information warfare, electronic warfare, for example). In the information age, the power of ideas plays a more and more prominent role, but as the principle of skepticism is largely widespread, our era is also the era of suspicion and mistrust. Normally there are always data that are transformed into…


Added by Michel Bruley on April 4, 2013 at 11:36pm — 1 Comment

Data Scientists Draw Pictures and Tell Short Stories

Brevity is the soul of wit. Rose Business Technologies has three (3) rules of effective business communication: 1) be brief; 2) be blunt; 3) be gone. This…

Added by Michael Walker on April 3, 2013 at 5:43pm — No Comments

10 Forbes articles on visualization, by Naomi Robbins

She's an expert in visualization, and you can check her website at

About Naomi Robbins

Here are some of her recent articles:…


Added by Vincent Granville on April 2, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Weekly Digest - April 1

Featured on DSC, Big Data News and AnalyticBridge…


Added by Vincent Granville on March 31, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

31 selected articles from top news outlets - last 30 days

Enjoy the reading! Articles from WSJ, Forbes, HBR, The Economist, NYT, MIT and many smaller, relevant media. In random order, though more recent ones are usually higher in the list.…


Added by Vincent Granville on March 30, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

New articles posted this week

On Big Data News, Data Science Central and Analyticbridge:


Added by Vincent Granville on March 29, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

Business Intelligence ROI Remains Elusive; A next-generation approach to “ease of use” may hold the answer

ROI on Business Intelligence was the topic of the March 6th, 2013 of the TDWI NYC Tri-State Chapter, on whose board I serve.

Keynote speaker Neil Raden, founder of CEO of Hired Brains Research, and author, with James Taylor, of Smart Enough Systems: How to Deliver Competitive Advantage by Automating Hidden Decisions.…


Added by Jaime Fitzgerald on March 29, 2013 at 3:56am — 1 Comment

What does a data scientist do?

Interesting PowerPoint presentation by Carlos Somohano. Here's my favorite slide (a slightly modified version):

Brief History of Data Science

  1. 1974 – Peter Naur @UoC Datalogy & Data Science…

Added by Vincent Granville on March 28, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Predictive Analytics Strategy

Predictive analytics is now sexy in the business world. While predictive analytics has many benefits and can help organizations gain…


Added by Michael Walker on March 27, 2013 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Vibrant, Growing, and Changing - That’s Analytics in 2013

Today Lavastorm Analytics published “Analytics 2013 – A Survey on Analytic Usage, Trends, and Future Initiatives”. This is a very interesting research project because it includes opinions from such a wide audience from the analytics community – 600…


Added by Vincent Granville on March 23, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Business World Learns: Jigsaw trains much needed Data Scientists

McKinsey India estimates that the country needs at least 150,000 new data wizards to come to grips with Big Data. McKinsey Global estimated the US itself had a shortage of between 140,000 and 190,000 people with deep data analysis skills and another 1.5 million managers, which was hampering its Big Data projects.

Read article here

Added by Gaurav Vohra on March 23, 2013 at 12:33am — No Comments

Python Data Tools

Python is an increasingly popular object-oriented, interpreted and interactive programming language used for heavy-duty data analysis. Python is designed for…


Added by Michael Walker on March 21, 2013 at 11:54am — 1 Comment

Data: It’s not the length; it’s the width that matters!

It’s time to forget the ‘vertical’ perception of Big Data, i.e. vast volumes and ROWSof data, and start to think about the ‘horizontal’ reality and true power of data. TheCOLUMNS of rich, informative data is where your real value lies and where truly smart decisions will be made.

Granted, extensive columns of data will get unmanageable to work with. But this is where data analytics can help…


Added by Graham Forsyth on March 21, 2013 at 4:42am — No Comments

The world is ready for the consumer-grade enterprise

Former VMware CEO and current Pivotal Initiative leader Paul Maritz shares his thoughts on how the future of enterprise IT must mirror the practices of consumer web companies.

In the last three decades, we’ve seen a shift in enterprise information technology, from mainframes that automated our financial information,…


Added by Vincent Granville on March 19, 2013 at 8:34am — No Comments

Preparing Millennials to Tackle Big Data Challenges

The South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin, Texas captivates our imaginations for a few days every year. How do they do it? The conference makes science and technology look both lucrative and cool. Bright-eyed startup teams leave the conference with dreams of being the next Twitter or Instagram.

We need to see more of this momentum, especially amongst Millennials. To generate interest in technology careers such as those created by the Big Data wave, incentive…


Added by Radhika Subramanian on March 19, 2013 at 5:09am — 1 Comment

Great graphic diagrams

Everybody talks about beautiful charts and graphs, usually produced by Tableau or R, see links below. They are definitely great and I guess publishers (including us!) love to regularly show such graphs to our readers because it generates a lot of reactions. 

But what about graphic diagrams (see examples below)…


Added by Vincent Granville on March 18, 2013 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

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