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Beginner's Guide to Big Data

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What is Big Data? What differentiates it from any other data? In reality, the answer is as simple as pure volume. Big Data is a self-explanatory term. What sets it apart from other data are the methods which we use to analyse it. Smaller scale data can be analysed using some functions and perhaps even by hand, but the larger your data the more difficult it will become to do that. We require specific tools and methodologies both to properly store the data as well as to get the most value out of it.

Three types of Big Data

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Data can be defined as the characters, quantities or symbols that aid the operations performed by a computer. Data can be stored and shared in the form of electrical signals that are recorded on a range of devices. This can include optical, magnetic, or mechanical recording devices.  
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How retailers can convert big data into smart data 

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The internet has allowed retailers today to collect as much data as possible. Coupled with the beneficial systems such as cloud services, retailers can also store this data on a system that is virtually infinite. Plus, they even have the computing power now to actually process this data. 
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The Cabin on the Lake: Data repositories for Business Analytics 

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Big Data Analytics continues to help businesses thrive and grow by condensing the constant influx of data into a digestible, visual representation. A sometimes-overlooked aspect of Big Data is the proper repository needed to contain it. 
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The use of Big Data is still on the rise

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Many companies have invested in big data as well as artificial intelligence so that they are in a good position to compete in the future. Big data might sound like a relatively recent concept - but surprisingly, the technology has existed since the 1950's.
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The Importance of Big Data

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Now, we all know just how important data is for businesses today. There is an almost infinite amount of data out there that businesses can analyze and learn from. The insights they gain can be used to build better relationships with customers and also, fine-tune their marketing campaigns. Let’s explore a few more reasons why businesses shouldn’t take big data lightly.
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What is the difference between Business Intelligence and Business Analytics? 

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About business data navigation and statistics. Establishing the main difference between Business Intelligence and Business Analytics. Their utilities, features and more.  
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#HandsOnTalend – Integration Cloud – Your First Job – Best Practice and Metadata

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As we learnt in our last article, the process of creating a project and creating a workflow is quite simple, however, the most important part of the flow will always be the Job. Whereas not directly, part of Integration Cloud, it is an important element within it.
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Turning Insights into Actions with Qlik and iMovo

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Recently we held our annual Qlik event "Turning Insights into Actions: The journey to being data-driven with Qlik" at the Malta Aviation Museum. This event revolved around the topic of Business Intelligence, Big Data and how Qlik is designed to empower everyone in an organization with analytics, regardless of skill.
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#HandsOnTalend – Integration Cloud – Your first Project

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Previously, I showed you around Talend Integration Cloud, and Talend Studio for Cloud. Now is where the work actually begins! The purpose of any data integration flow is to execute a series of actions into a common objective/goal. Flow is referred to as a 'Job'. Jobs are created solely within Talend Studio for Cloud, but first, you need to make sure you have your workspace in order.