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Achieving Commercial Success From IoT

Achieving Commercial Success From IoT

Intro What will break Internet of Things (IoT) out of the novelty basket and into the mainstream? When we say mainstream, we mean television and mobile phone mainstream, i.e. in every household and in every pocket. The answer is data - people pay for data-based...

Drive Business Success Through New Clarity

Drive Business Success Through New Clarity

All businesses strive to get the best possible outcome in an uncertain and competitive world.  But really achieving that goal means businesses must understand their complete contexts — themselves, their competition, and the markets they serve — far more clearly and...

The Breaches We Don’t Know About

The Breaches We Don’t Know About

Stories of major data breaches continue to roll in. One victim announced during the spring was hard drive maker LaCie (now owned by Seagate). In March the firm confirmed a security blog's report that its customer data was exposed to hackers for nearly a year. For...

Security Protection or Morality Police?

Security Protection or Morality Police?

Businesses have a right to pick and choose the customers they do business with, so long as they do not violate anti-discrimination laws. And decisions by a particular firm not to cater to specific customers do not keep those customers from doing business elsewhere....

Oracle Looks at EPM Trends

Oracle Looks at EPM Trends

No branch of business operations has been more thoroughly transformed by the computer age than finance, the original "data-driven" business discipline. Successive technology revolutions have given rise to Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) solutions that seek to...

Ignore Bad Data… Sort Of

Ignore Bad Data… Sort Of

In George Orwell's classic Animal Farm there is a well-known quote that sums up the issues tackled in the book: "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others". In terms of data, this is a truism: all data is equal, but some data is more equal...

Data May Not Lie – But Liars Can

Data May Not Lie – But Liars Can

Figures don't lie,  the old saying, but liars can figure. Put another way, even accurate and honest-in-itself data can be presented in misleading ways to support a less-than-honest result. To protect against data-rich lies, we must learn to understand the limitations...

Peeling the Onion of Ransomware

Peeling the Onion of Ransomware

Ransomware attacks on computers are increasing, and they can have devastating consequences. Just look at the heart-breaking story of 17-year-old Joseph Edwards, an autistic college student who killed himself after being on the receiving end of a ransomware email...

Data Governance for Big Data

Data Governance for Big Data

How many times have you read an article about data quality that uses the phrase "garbage in, garbage out"? It is almost a cliché, but when it comes to big data, there is no other phrase that better sums up the challenges faced by organizations that want to use data...

CyberWars – The Rules of Engagement

CyberWars – The Rules of Engagement

The internet has given the world many new things, including a new theatre of war. Attacks, defense and counter-attacks take place in cyberspace as much as they do on land, in the air, and at sea. So, in defense of national security, is it okay for a government to...

Stop Drowning the Chief Data Officer

Stop Drowning the Chief Data Officer

For businesses in many industries, the role of chief data officer is something new. But it is a position that is becoming increasingly central to the way that businesses are run. Despite their importance to future success, many companies fail terribly in their...