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Best of TDWI's Data Digest

Online articles of interest in the last week include making the most of unstructured data, success tips for the Internet of things, and new dimensions in data analytics.

Making the Most Out of Unstructured Data
(Source: CIO)

Unstructured data can be a goldmine for customer information if harnessed properly. It accounts for approximately 90 percent of all data, yet harnessing that raw data -- that cannot be easily sorted by data analytic tools -- takes some effort, and the tips in this article.

What You Need to Succeed with the IoT
(Source: IT World Canada)

The Internet of things is the hot trend of the year, and many enterprises are struggling with it. This article outlines what you need from team, data, and technology perspectives to have a successful IoT project.

Migrating to In-Memory Computing
(Source: Datanami)

In-memory computing can, in real time, change data into business insights. Many enterprises are switching over to a data storage system with this ability for good reason, but your infrastructure must fulfill three in-memory data management requirements.

Maximizing Your Gains from Content Analytics
(Source: Information Age)

Most enterprises have an analytics team in place yet suffer from a shortfall of skill and leadership. Here are seven ways to extract the greatest benefit from analyzing the content of your enterprise's greatest asset -- your data.

Crafting Personal Customer Service with Data Analytics
(Source: Computer Weekly)

Providing the best customer service possible is a common goal for many enterprises, and with the advancements in data analytics, the best way to do that is to invest in real-time analytics that takes into account the customer's personality and other factors such as location.

Making Your Own Data Storage System
(Source: Data Center Knowledge) One option for a long-term data storage system is building your own. As with the HDFS and the object storage system options, it has its advantages and disadvantages. This article offers a primer for build commodity data center storage for your enterprise.

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

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