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The Big Data Gray Area: Dos and Don’ts

There are certain general standards to which we should hold ourselves and our companies, regardless of the fact that there may be no laws requiring us to do so, or that the principles behind them may not apply 100 percent of the time. There may be no perfect solution, but it is our responsibility to try nonetheless.

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IP Rights in Big Data

While there are legitimate concerns about finding IP in data, because data may be an inert lump of code, bits, or pieces of information, it is worthwhile to think about the different kinds of IP that arise in conjunction with and in the context of Big Data.

What To Do When Your Big Data Isn’t Big Enough

Storage of Big Data–and particularly unstructured data such as video, PPT presentations, and Word documents that do not fit into a database–has been the subject of considerable discussion. While proper, secure storage was a natural evolution in the Big Data debate lifecycle, it is now merely a precondition to much higher orders of analysis and business intelligence. In this respect, the Big Data remains too small in many minds.

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Convincing Employees to Use New Technology

“We’ve spent an awful lot of money on technology, but I still see people working in the old way,” complained the CFO of a large hospitality company. The result is often widely deployed internal applications that no one actually uses effectively. Why does this happen?