September 03, 2013

Data Scientist or Business Scientist?
Go-to guys provide an indispensible service to the organization. These are the Type IIIs in our model. What do they lack to move into a Type II role, defined in Figure 1 as Type II-B: light data scientist? Essentially, they need to learn about the data sources such as Twitter feeds, weblogs and other sources; they need to learn how to use (but not program) analytical, statistical and algorithmic models.

Can China's Xiaomi Make it Globally?
Xiaomi is joining the ranks of other Chinese smartphone vendors wanting to make it big in the international market. Telecommunication equipment vendors Huawei and ZTE have been selling handsets in the U.S., and PC maker Lenovo is also eyeing mature markets for its smartphone sales. But so far Chinese branded phones have yet to gain the worldwide recognition their rivals Apple and Samsung Electronics enjoy.

What Are the Questions to Ask When Developing a Big Data Strategy?
Everyone talks about asking the right questions, but what are the questions you can ask depending on the choices you have made? Each strategy or each use case requires different questions to be asked. In addition, the analyses done and the tools used also result in different important questions that need to be asked before, during and after developing and implementing a big data strategy.

Is Quantum Cryptography Really Secure?
Not everyone is on board with the idea that quantum cryptography is unhackable; and regardless of whether it delivers perfect security in theory, if real implementations are less than ideal (which they always are), avenues of exploitation will remain. These avenues may be more or less accessible, but it’s all a matter of economics: if the rewards outweigh the risks (and costs), someone will find a way to beat the system

Shift employee engagement measurement from snapshot to real time
By using analytics software, HR managers can begin to mine data, which might help to uncover the root causes of disengagement. "A lot of people will do a survey of their employees, or they might move to the next step and do some social network analysis, but what about mining the data behind absenteeism? That can tell you a lot about the drivers for disengagement," Cameron said.

Francisco D’Souza of Cognizant, on Finding Company Heroes
It’s very hard to see your blind spots, by definition, and it’s very easy to fall into comfort zones, because people like patterns and a sense of familiarity. I’ve tried consciously to say, “What are the tools I can use to identify these blind spots and push through comfort zones?” And I always tell myself that if I wake up in the morning and feel comfortable, I’m probably not pushing myself hard enough.

Best tools for protecting passwords
For enterprises trying to get a handle on password management, the good news is that there are products that can help implement stronger password policies for end users logging into corporate and personal Web-based services, as well as for employees who share a local server login. The goal here is to make the password process more secure, and also to let users login to particular resources without having to remember all of their individual passwords.

Mobile Devices Burying Banks in Data
As consumers use multiple devices to execute financial tasks, banks are forced to evaluate how mobile trends impact other touch points. Generally, banks report digital customers have lower attrition rates and deeper engagement. Deciding what to measure remains an art. "You can't know from the outset that you are focusing on the right things," he says.

The Biggest Threat to Cloud Computing? The U.S. Government
“The recent revelations about the extent to which the National Security Agency (NSA) and other U.S. law enforcement and national security agencies have used provisions in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and USA PATRIOT Act to obtain electronic data from third-parties will likely have an immediate and lasting impact on the competitiveness of the U.S. cloud computing industry if foreign customers decide the risks of storing data with a U.S. company outweigh the benefit,” stated an article by ITIF.

Five flow charting applications
As a freelance technology writer, I find myself often having to create various types of charts. In doing so, I have discovered that there are a number of different tools available to help you to create flowcharts. Here are five such tools.

Quote for the day:

"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change" -- Wayne Dyer

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