Links for March 2 2014

  • Midsize Insider: Cloud FTW (For the Win) – How Gaming Developers are Driving a Multi-Billion Dollar Industry Using Open Standards, Cloud

    Quote: We are witnessing a historic inflection point in technology. The power and potential of cloud computing to remove entry barriers and enable creativity is far exceeding anyone’s expectations and its impact on today’s smaller enterprise – the startup, entrepreneur, managed service provider and developer – will be staggering.

  • Why machine learning is still getting the human touch in retail — Tech News and Analysis

    Quote: Although techniques such as machine learning are taking off in the e-commerce and retail spaces as a way to display better recommendations or optimize product presentation, the smart money is still on humans getting the final say in what customers see.

  • Timeliness is the most important Data Quality Dimension — OCDQ Blog

    Quote: Although new prefixes for bytes (giga, tera, peta, exa, zetta, yotta) measure an increase in space, new prefixes for seconds (milli, micro, nano, pico, femto, atto) measure a decrease in time. More space is being created to deliver more data within the same, or smaller, timeframes. Space isn’t the final frontier, time is. Due to the increasing demand for real-time data-driven decisions, timeliness is the most important dimension of data quality.

  • Little Data: Tracking Your Life Through Numbers

    Quote: As more and more people record and store their daily activities, moods, and biometry, we’re likely to see a lot of “little data” turning into Big Data. Just like enterprises that are mining Big Data for business insight and higher margins, these folks are looking for meaning in the constantly moving stream of information.

  • Hurdles to the Internet of Things prove more social than technical – O’Reilly Radar

    Quote: Whether we want the IoT to turn on devices while we sit on the couch (not necessarily an indulgence for the lazy, but a way to let the elderly and disabled live more independently) or help solve the world’s most pressing problems in energy and water management, we need to take the societal and technological steps to solve these problems. Then let the fun begin.

  • Six Reasons Social Marketing is at Risk

    Quote: If we don’t start by admitting that the audience is aware of our motivations and that we are in fact subsidizing the social media platforms, we will continue to spiral downward. We must recognize that our fans are not dumb. They know when we are selling. People do not like to be sold to, unless you are Lego and then you can make millions on a long-form ad. (Well played, Lego!) That being said, it is ok to ask for the sale, just don’t do it ALL the time.

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