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TDWI Data Digest

Online articles about big data, security, in-memory computing, and predictive analytics we found interesting this week.

Big-Data-Led Intelligence Defenses Are Future of Security Industry

Ironically, what may make consumers and companies the safest online is what many consumers and companies fear most: big data. The best security will come from data analytics of hacker behavior. Thanks to advances in hacker technology, simple firewalls are no longer enough, according to EMC’s CEO of information infrastructure, David Goulden.

In-Memory Computing Leads to Better BI

Operational intelligence (OI) is the next evolution of data analysis. These examples illustrate how OI software is being used in competitive industries and where such advancements can lead.

Making Big Data Software Better with Video Game Development Tricks

The tools for accessing and analyzing big data can be extremely confusing and user-unfriendly. However, data-blending vendor Alteryx found a way to quickly improve usability: by hiring video game developers, who apply processes of game development cycles to make Alteryx’s tools.

Poisoning the Cloud: Are Your Files Safe from Venom?

New security research reveals an easily exploited flaw in cloud-hosted networks. The vulnerability, nicknamed V.E.N.O.M., could be even worse than recent vulnerabilities heartbleed and shellshock.

How Retailers are Circumventing Analytics Adoption Roadblocks

There are many advantages to adopting a data analytics strategy for retail corporations, yet there are still plenty of companies opposed to such policies. This article shows two ways to get your company on the side of data analytics.

Could Ebola Have Been Thwarted by Big Data?

Big data is a great predictor of consumer behavior, that is no secret, but major untapped potential still exists. Namely, data analysis of cell phone activity in West Africa during the Ebola crisis could have given hospitals crucial data on where people were meeting and potentially spreading the disease. The phone companies with the important data kept it private, begging the question: should this data be private?

Quint Turner is an editorial intern at TDWI and an undergraduate English student at Skidmore College. Follow his blog at

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