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November 2009 Blog Posts (22)

Large Hadron Collider is gearing up for new physics

The LHC is making news this morning by setting a record of particle acceleration long held by Fermilab in Chicago. This article marks the actual news bulletin issued by CERN, but this article is more fun since it shows you some of the sensory evidence.

I thought it interesting to compare what an equivalent… Continue

Added by Theodore Omtzigt on November 30, 2009 at 6:37am — No Comments

IBM Opens Advanced Analytics Center in Washington, D.C.

Center taps into skills of more than 400 local employees, with plans for an additional 100 analytics specialists.

November 10, 2009: 12:01 AM ET

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the opening of the sixth in a network of analytics solution centers - this one dedicated to helping federal agencies and other public sector organizations extract actionable insights from their data.

The new IBM Analytics Solution Center in… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on November 29, 2009 at 12:15am — No Comments

And now something completely different: brain simulation

Our good folks at the national labs have been developing cloud computing for two decades, so what they are doing now is possibly an indication of what we'll be doing with the cloud a decade from now. Researchers at IBM Almaden have been working on the largest brain simulation to date; 1.6 billion neurons with 9 trillion connections. The scale of this endeavor still dwarfs the capacity and capability… Continue

Added by Theodore Omtzigt on November 28, 2009 at 11:57am — No Comments

#26: Here's a thought...

An occasional series in which a review of recent posts on SmartData Collective reveals the following nuggets:

Say cheese

News reaches us from Italy that there is a solution to this problem. Rather than subjecting each and every customer to the risk rating process, Credito Emiliano, a regional bank in Northern Italy, simply accepts a fairly durable commodity as collateral: parmesan cheese. According to Bloomberg, Credito Emiliano keeps cheese worth about 132 million Euros… Continue

Added by Brian Roger on November 27, 2009 at 11:28am — No Comments

Social networks: is the growth real? A business opportunity.

According to several traffic measurement companies (Quantcast, etc.), Twitter's traffic is exploding, followed by LinkedIn, Facebook and other networks. Once you factor in and remove spammers, growth numbers look much more modest.

From our experience, we see very strong growth on Twitter, but after removing spammers, the growth is close to 0. LinkedIn shows a strong growth too, smaller than Twitter, but after removing spammers, LinkedIn growth appears much stronger than… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on November 26, 2009 at 6:31pm — 2 Comments

Indian Analytics Company Secures $15MM in VC Funding

Manthan Systems secures Series B financing from Fidelity International, IDG Ventures and DFJ ePlanet Ventures

19 - November - 2009, Bangalore | India

Manthan plans to use funding to target leadership position in Retail Business Intelligence & Analytics

Manthan Systems, a leading provider of Business Intelligence and Analytical solutions for the retail and consumer packaged goods industries today announced that it has secured Series B funding. The investment,… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on November 26, 2009 at 10:49am — No Comments

The idea that will make Twitter more profitable than Google

Twitter is a PR / Word-Of-Mouth Advertising type of company, when it comes to how they could make money.

One thing that they must have been thinking about for a long time is this very simple concept: sell paid tweets on Twitter. This might be the holy grail for Twitter. How would this work? Each paid tweet would show up with a little logo, so that the user knows it's paid content. Paid tweets would be created by advertisers on their Twitter or Feed Burner account, and would then be… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on November 24, 2009 at 9:56pm — 2 Comments

The next Internet revolution: news feed aggregation and optimization (it will create new types of analytic jobs)

Why did Twitter receive so much VC funding (more than $100 million), yet they barely make any money.

I believe that Twitter could be the new Google and the new source of information, in 5 to 10 years. Twitter could become the largest repository of news and content. The feature introduced this month - list management - is…


Added by Vincent Granville on November 22, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Strategy Leaders Roundtable

At the 2009 Americas Summit in San Francisco, I had the distinct pleasure of joining Drs. Kaplan and Norton on the Strategy Leaders Roundtable to close out the conference.

See the full video on the Execution Premium Community, where the conversation continues...…


Added by Joey Fitts on November 21, 2009 at 2:33am — No Comments

Cloud ecosystem

Appirio, a company that helps enterprise customers leverage PaaS cloud platforms such as and Google Apps, put a nice interactive navigator on their website. The Appirio cloud computing ecosystem map aims to provide more clarity in the fast evolving cloud services market. It tries to help enterprise decision makers to accelerate their adoption of the cloud by trying to provide a standard taxonomy.…


Added by Theodore Omtzigt on November 20, 2009 at 11:18am — No Comments

Interrupted Time series.

Problem :

A big FMCG company sells "paper napkins" of various sizes and pack size ( say pack of 10 or a pack of 20) through retail outlets in eastern India/ western India/ southern India / northern India. Paper napkin of a particular size and pack size form a distinct item and is labeled with a Universal Product Code (UPC). They aggregate the units sold across all retail outlets in a weekly basis and collect that data. We have 2 years data from them for each of the geographical… Continue

Added by Partha Sarathi Ghosh on November 18, 2009 at 1:30am — No Comments

The Smart Grid, Predictive Analytics, and Cloud Computing

Everywhere you turn these days, you are bound to be faced with one of these three subjects: Smart Grid, Predictive Analytics, and Cloud Computing. This is no coincidence! With the advent of smart meters and sensors, the Smart Grid is becoming more and more part of our daily life. In the past, we would only realize how important energy was when the lights went off, in the future, we will be able to adjust our behavior to utilize energy in a smarter, more efficiently and less costly… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on November 17, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Issues on Hedge Effectiveness Testing

Bunea-Bontaş, Cristina Aurora, Petre, Mihaela Cosmina and Culiţă, Gica (2009):


The starting point for risk management and hedging lies in understanding a corporation’s exposure to different risks. Hedging is vital for corporate risk management, involving reducing the exposure of the company to particular risks. Hedge effectiveness testing permits firms to assess if they match the timing of the gains and losses of hedged items and their hedging derivatives. In… Continue

Added by John A Morrison on November 14, 2009 at 12:54pm — No Comments

Liquidity, default, and market regulation "Liquidity and default are inseparable"!

Charles A.E. Goodhart Dimitri Tsomocos

12 November 2009

Liquidity and default are inseparable. Liquidity problems fuel defaults and vice versa. This column discusses the shortcomings of current regulatory proposals to address liquidity and default. It says that regulators must address “systemic markets”, not just systemic institutions, and need informative measures of financial stability.…


Added by John A Morrison on November 14, 2009 at 12:03pm — No Comments

The reform of UK financial regulation - Maximilian J. B. Hall

Dr. Maximilian J. B. Hall

Professor of Banking and Financial Regulation,

Department of Economics,

Loughborough University


Since the enactment of the new Banking Act in February 2009, with a new 'Special

Resolution Regime' at its heart, the debate about how to reform the UK's financial

regulatory and supervisory framework has intensified. A major catalyst for this was the

publication of Lord Turner's 'Review' in March 2009, which was… Continue

Added by John A Morrison on November 14, 2009 at 11:51am — 1 Comment

Thank You Letters Could Be Your Biggest Nightmare!

The easiest part of the interview process is the Thank You letter. Yet it has once again been the kiss of death for one of our job candidates. This is the second time in 3 months that one of our job candidates has been burned because of spelling errors on a Thank You letter. With the job market being as bad as it is, you would think that job candidates would go the extra mile and make sure that they are doing everything that they can to cover their bases.

It is important to have… Continue

Added by Jeff LeFevre on November 13, 2009 at 11:44am — No Comments

Elder Research partners with SAS & Teradata to start the first analytics "think tank", the Business Analytics Innovation Center

CARY, NC (Oct. 26, 2009) – Recognizing the growing need and challenges businesses face driving operational analytics across enterprises, SAS and Teradata are planning to establish a centralized “think tank” where customers can discuss analytic best practices with domain and subject-matter experts, and quickly test or implement innovative models that uncover unique insights for optimizing business operations. The Business Analytics Innovation Center will combine the strengths of SAS, the leader… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on November 12, 2009 at 10:42pm — No Comments

Four Short Links by Nat Torkington

Four short links: 12 November 2009

CRM on Rails, Data Mining on Hadoop, Disappointing Keynotes, The Teapot Effect

by Nat Torkington | @gnat | comments: 1

1. Fat Free CRM -- open source (Affero GPL) Ruby on Rails CRM system.

2. Bixo -- open source data mining toolkit that runs as a series of pipes on top of Hadoop. Built on Cascading workflow system for Hadoop that hides MapReduce. (via kdnuggets)

3. Andy Kessler's Keynote at Defrag Stank (Pete Warden) -- I'm sorry… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on November 12, 2009 at 10:40pm — No Comments

The Sentiment on US Economy from Twitter

(From LifeAnalytics)

Is the economic crisis over? What is the sentiment of people regarding US Economy and the future? These are some of the questions that many people ask these days and the signs are somewhat mixed. Dow Jones is close to the 10000 mark and some US Economy Indices show that the worse is behind. But do people feel the same?

To answer these questions 10000 Tweets containing the word economy were… Continue

Added by Themos Kalafatis on November 11, 2009 at 2:21am — No Comments

Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2010

I'm sure this is probably already old news here, but wanted to share a recent report from the Gartner Group. Advanced Analytics and Cloud Computing - the top two forecasted strategic technology trends.
How many organizations are not yet taking advantage of either or both of these technologies?

Added by Stanley Barton on November 10, 2009 at 1:40pm — No Comments

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