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TDWI Upside - Where Data Means Business

Best of Upside’s Data Digest

Articles examine scaling your analytics program, the need for a data governance plan, using big data for more than marketing, cybesecurity fallacies, understanding open source, and why visualizations are crucial.

Fully Scale Your Analytics Program
(Source: CIO Journal)

Data is important today; enterprises know they should invest in it. This article claims even those enterprises that are integrating data projects aren't investing heavily enough or are relying only on outdated tactics. Instead, the authors argue that modern data analytics requires 'industrializing' analytics.

You Need a Data Governance Plan
(Source: ReadWrite)

As data sources increase in number and more data moves to the cloud, a strong governance plan will be necessary to deal with this complexity. This article reviews the major aspects of an effective data governance plan.

Big Data Useful for More than Marketing
(Source: Tech2)

This article describes how big data can be used to retain employees. Big data used internally can help you train your employees more effectively.

Cutting through Cybersecurity Fallacies
(Source: Information Age)

Alongside the challenge of properly governing the flood of data comes the challenge of properly securing such quantities of data. This article busts seven cybersecurity myths to help you avoid assumptions that could compromise your data security.

Open Source Still Heavily Misunderstood
(Source: JavaWorld)

A recent survey found that only 41 percent of enterprise decision makers are planning on increasing open source use. This article argues that this statistic shows how little CIOs understand how ubiquitous open source is. The author also claims such ignorance will lead to a deteriorating open source community as fewer enterprises contribute to new open source development.

Why Visualizations Are Crucial
(Source: Huffington Post)

Data visualizations have been around as long as data, but the age of big data has made them much more important. This interview explains how visualizations compress a large amount of information into an understandable form, and expands on the importance of data visualization in the enterprise today.

Personalize with Big Data for Brand Success
(Source: IT Pro Portal)

According to this article, a sixth of all consumers' waking time is spent on social media, which is a significant factor in the exponential growth of big data. This article explains how all that social data can be incredibly useful for personalizing your customer's experience.

About the Author

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

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