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How Retailers are Using Big Data to Their Advantage

In this contributed article, tech writer Rick Delgado, discusses how the retail world is jumping on the big data analytics bandwagon. Analytics are being used at every stage of the buying process — from predicting popular products to pricing and figuring out what to sell to customers next. Retailers aren’t holding back on what big data can do for them.

Raising the Bar for System Availability

In this special guest feature, Rochna Dhand, Director of Product Management at Nimble Storage, argues that a new standard has emerged that organizations must adopt to stay competitive: six-nines availability, or 99.9999 percent up-time. She examines the new standards, the challenges IT teams face from a reactive strategy to availability, and how a predictive approach can help reach a new level of availability.

Why Businesses Need to Continue Investing in Data: Big and Small

In this special guest feature, Julie Lockner, Global Market and Partner Programs, Data Platforms at InterSystems, discusses why businesses don’t need to stop investing in big data, but better manage and analyze the data in their arsenal to provide more personalized customer experiences.

Flash Storage, the Backbone of IoT

In this special guest feature, Rajesh Nair, CTO at Tegile Systems, discusses the impact multi-tier flash, NVMe, and scale-out storage technologies will have on the real-time processing of data for IoT, and what we can expect in the near future.

Big Healthcare Players Store Big Data in the Cloud

In this special guest feature, Gerard Scheitlin, Vice President of Security, Risk, and Assurance at Orion Health, makes the case that big healthcare players are storing big data in the cloud because the benefits of cloud infrastructures are significant and hard to ignore.

AI and Chatbots: Where we are and Where we’re headed

In this special guest feature, Kevin Curran, IEEE Senior Member and senior lecturer in computer science at Ulster University, takes a high-level view of one of the more popular AI-driven technologies we have seen this past year, and will continue to see in 2017 – chatbots.

Cognitive Computing: Ushering in a Whole New Cognitive Era with Deep Learning

In this special guest feature, Amitabh Sahare, Senior Content Writer at Allied Market Research, discusses how the cognitive era is fast approaching and the new cognitive computing systems are speeding up the process with sophisticated deep learning methods.

Explaining the Role and Importance of the Chief Data Officer

In this contributed article, tech writer Linda Gimmeson discusses how many companies have decided to create a new executive position to handle big data duties: the Chief Data Officer (CDO). Being a new position, CDOs certainly have their work cut out for them, particularly because their duties and roles have yet to be clearly defined. Some organizations even believe they don’t need one at all. With this in mind, it’s best to examine why a Chief Data Officer is so important and what role they can play within an organization.

The Basic of Business Bots

In this special guest feature, Prakash Mishra of NTT DATA, discusses business bots basics, specifically how chatbots are programed to mimic human conversations based on artificial intelligence, natural language processing, technological databases and programmable algorithms.

Customer Data Quality: The Weak Link in Your Digital Transformation?

In this special guest feature, Jean-Michel Franco, Director of Product Marketing for Data Governance at Talend, discusses how big data can affect customer relationship and how data quality can be the weak link in an organization’s digital transformation.