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In the era of big data how can we safeguard data integrity?

With the right data lineage tools, ensuring data integrity in a big data environment becomes far easier Multi-dimensional is something of an understatement when it comes to describing the beast of big data. However, the dimension that outweighs all others – so much so that it’s even in the name – is volume. With the… Read More


Are you missing the low-hanging fruit on your data tree?
You could be closer to becoming a data-driven business than you think. That’s because chances are, you’re already generating data and you just need to know where to find it, how to aggregate it, and how to use it to create real value within your business. Start with the quick wins and there will be... Read More

JustGiving’s RAVEN platform turns data into donations
Leveraging data science and machine learning at scale, JustGiving is providing personalised experiences and identifying the causes that people actually care about. Richard Freeman, PhD, lead data and machine learning engineer, talks through the tools and processes underpinning the tech-for-good company's platform, and why you should think twice before relying on third-party services JustGiving has... Read More

Big data need not mean high costs and lengthy training cycles
These days it means more to understand business processes and to transform them into data-driven opportunities - using cloud technology when needed For a lot, but certainly not all enterprises, a typical big data software is Apache Hadoop. Hadoop is the new legacy standard in enterprises when it comes to on-premise tools. Cloud-based big data... Read More

So, what is data science anyway?
Rich Pugh, co-founder and chief data scientist at Mango Solutions, looks back in time to find out where the term ‘data science’ first originated, what it means today and how it can add value in a data-driven organisation Much of our time is spent talking to organisations looking to build a data science capability, or... Read More

Sports analytics: How data gives teams the edge
With every sprint, kick, tackle, pass and more now logged and analysed in real-time to give teams the tiniest advantage on the pitch, Riello UPS General Manager Leo Craig investigates how big data can make or break who claims sport’s most prestigious prizes Sports analytics isn’t a completely new phenomenon. While there were no Opta... Read More

Navigating through an increasingly complex data maze
While producers of data platforms and services are in a period of incredible growth and change, the stakes are enormous, says Raghu Ramakrishnan, CTO for Data at Microsoft Data analytics is an integral part of how organisations plan and execute, and it is rapidly becoming ever more entrenched. Organisations are becoming more data-centric - both in... Read More

How big data is tackling human trafficking
Stopping the global flow of human trafficking, one of the worst blights on the modern world, presents unique data challenges. Sarah Brown, managing analyst at charity STOP THE TRAFFIK (STT), discusses the charity's work and its solutions to difficult problems Founded in 2006, STT works to identify global trends in human trafficking, identify hotspots, help... Read More


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