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Best of TDWI's Data Digest

Online articles that caught our eye focus on finding data scientists, maximizing the benefits of unstructured data, news as a free data sources, and guarding data.

Getting All You Can from the IoT
(Source: O'Reilly Radar)

The Internet of things (IoT) has far more potential than just being another tool to compile consumer data, though it is great at that. This interview of Michael Chui, IoT researcher, discusses the best ways IoT could boost an enterprise's data collection.

Virtualization Good for More than Moving Everything to the Cloud
(Source: Enterprise Tech)

More enterprises are shifting from physical infrastructure to the cloud in a process called virtualization, but this has many more benefits than just saving space.

Data Lake Efficiency
(Source: Computer World)

Data lakes can store and visualize volumes of data, but it can be difficult to turn that data into a truly valuable asset if not properly used. Keeping your data lake from becoming "polluted" requires more attention to detail in areas of metadata, importance, and security of data.

Finding Truth in Data's Deceit
(Source: Datanami)

There is so much data being produced every day for companies to analyze and turn into business strategies, but data analytic tools have some common problems that prevent proper analysis. These are four ways data crunching tools, and data itself, lie to you.

Real-Time Predictive Analytics the Key to Future Success
(Source: CIO Insight)

The best way to stay on top of all that new data might be to analyze it as it comes in. Building an infrastructure to capture and analyze data in real time is an efficient way to constantly evolve your enterprise to meet consumer demands.

"Data Not Drugs" the Foundation of U.S. Women's Cycling Team
(Source: Forbes)

The team is attempting to get a leg up through data analytics, and it is working. State-of-the-art wearable technology provided trainers with the data, but it took a data analytics company to make it worthwhile. For now, athletes are the only professionals who have their every move quantified, but that might be the future for employees.

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

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