This week has seen many announcements in the data science arena that will make our lives a little easier. The new CoLaborate app lets data scientists collaborate via Google Drive; Facebook is making its security better than ever; guest contributor Rick Delgado walked us through how five companies are using big data to improve our customer experiences. See our pick of the week’s best big data reads below.


The Week In Big Data-- August 11, 2014Distributed NoSQL: MongoDB

MongoDB is an agile database that allows schemas to change quickly as applications evolve. With careful setup, MongoDB clusters can also provide scalability and high availability.  talks us through the process.

The Week In Big Data-- August 11, 2014Data Scientists and Chief Data Officers – Fact or Fad?

The roles of data scientist and Chief Data Officer (CDO) are two job titles that have started to crop up in businesses, both large and small. Sean Farrington takes a step back and explores exactly why these roles are being created, what they do and how they are affecting the way organizations run their businesses.

The Week In Big Data-- August 11, 20145 Use Cases of Big Data Improving Customer Satisfaction

Big data opens up vast new avenues wherein a company can maximize opportunity, particularly in improving the relationship with the customer. This week, Rick Delgado looks at several examples of companies that are utilizing big data in a variety of ways to improve customer satisfaction.


The Week In Big Data-- August 11, 2014Intel and Michael J Fox Turn to Technology To Aid Parkinson’s Research

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) and Intel Corporation announced this week a collaboration to detect patterns in the progression of the disease by analysing the data collected from wearable technologies — essentially, monitoring devices that can track a patient’s symptoms throughout the day.

The Week In Big Data-- August 11, 2014New Google Chrome App Allows Data Scientists to CoLaborate

Google has quietly come up with a service that some of its employees worked on called CoLaboratory. Once the Google Chrome app is downloaded, the user instantly gets the IPython open-source software for interactive computing, and multiple Python libraries; multiple people can access and process data in a browser tab in a way that’s integrated with Google Drive. 

The Week In Big Data-- August 11, 2014IBM Researchers Build Microchip the Size of a Postage Stamp that Mimics Human Brain

Inspired by the brain’s structure, Scientists collaborating with IBM’s Brain-Inspired Computing group, have developed an efficient, scalable, and flexible Non–von Neumann architecture that leverages contemporary silicon technology and as a result a million computational units could be packed into a tiny patch of area.  It is being touted as a supercomputer the size of a postage stamp.

Enterprise Software Specialist Dev Ittycheria Becomes Mongodb CeoFacebook Buys Secure Server Tech Firm PrivateCore – Looks to Bolster Encryption and Malware Prevention

Earlier this week, it was announced that Facebook has acquired cyber-security firm, PrivateCore, as a move towards reinforcing its bastions in order to ward off online data threats. It plans to implement PrivateCore technology into its server stack to fortify encryption and malware prevention.

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