Small Business News You Might Have Missed The Week of June 26 – Small Business Trends

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We quickly get you up to speed on the small business news you might have missed this week, with our recap and our way of putting things into perspective.

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This week the small business news we covered included healthcare issues, such as the possibility of higher costs under Obamacare for employers that have younger, healthier employees. Crowdfunding was in the news, too, with one of Kickstarter’s biggest success stories stepping into controversy.

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Travel Industry Experiences Delays with Big Data

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Big Data and Travel: Analytics guru Thomas Davenport assesses the potential and pitfalls of unstructured data, social streams and other advanced analytic capabilities

Carla Gentry CSPO‘s insight:

I’m optimistic in the sense that [big data capabilities] do exist in some places, but not nearly enough as it could. And thinking about the obstacles, it can be sobering. With airlines, there’s the need to update your architecture, consider a lot of new types of data, all on very low profit margins that have historically plagued the industry.”

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Developing new technology to alleviate the coming bandwidth bottleneck – Boston.com

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It’s only a matter of time before the data pipes that connect us to our social networks, work e-mail, and the Internet’s vast repository of useful and useless information fill up.

Carla Gentry CSPO‘s insight:

It’s only a matter of time before the data pipes that connect us to our social networks, work e-mail, and the Internet’s vast repository of useful and useless information fill up. It could be five years, it could be 15, but our boundless appetite for bandwidth-consuming apps, streaming video, and other data will soon clog up current fiber optic cables.

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Robert Scoble Opens Up About Big Data, Systems of the Future, and Facebook Graph Search

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Robert Scoble stopped by the Marketo office to chat with us about what the future holds for marketers, Facebook vs Google+, Open Graph, and how Rackspace has open sourced the cloud.

Carla Gentry CSPO‘s insight:

By opening up the keyboard and saying, “Hey, we are not going to hold back innovation, we’re going to instead free it up.” 

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Opinion: How Big Data can revolutionize health care – Eric Dishman

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Twenty-four years ago when I was a sophomore in college, I began experiencing a series of unusual fainting spells. The spells eventually landed me in student health, where they ran lab work and uncovered some pretty serious kidney problems.

Carla Gentry CSPO‘s insight:

But how do we scale a data-driven, personal health system so access is afforded to everyone? One of the most important aspects is care coordination — ensuring your team of health care providers communicates regularly, has access to the same information and can make informed care decisions based on complete sets of data across medical disciplines. Data standardization is a crucial component to coordinated care. It allows us to ensure that data sets held by doctors, hospitals and health plans are consistent and can be shared efficiently.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/how-big-data-can-revolutionize-health-care-93449_Page2.html#ixzz2XQv3SRUN

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Big Data: When Cars Can Talk

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The roads would be safer if cars could exchange information about traffic conditions and bad drivers. But are we ready to sacrifice privacy to save lives?

Carla Gentry CSPO‘s insight:

Technologies exist today to make this happen, as Intel research scientist Jennifer Healey made clear in a recent TED Talk on the potential benefits of cars that "gossip" with one another. By getting digital devices — including GPS systems, stereo cameras, short-range radios, and two-dimensional laser range finders common in auto backup systems — to exchange data and work together, a highway of communicating vehicles is very much a possibility.

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Emphasis on analytics growing in NBA – Philly.com

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Emphasis on analytics growing in NBA
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Emphasis on analytics growing in NBA. Indiana Pacers President of Basketball Operations Donnie Walsh is one who believes in the use of analytics to help build a team.

Carla Gentry CSPO‘s insight:

"I think there are some that are a little dug in," Hollinger said. "In general, if you compare it to baseball, basketball has been much more welcoming in mainstreaming this. The hostility toward it in baseball was overwhelming when it was introduced even though it was more provable to be beneficial in baseball. The culture of basketball has always been a little more open-minded."

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Social Networks Send Buyers into Brick and Mortar Stores, Data Reveals

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Vision Critical Analysis Shows Pinterest Leads in Influencing Impulse Purchases (Social Networks Send Buyers into Brick and Mortar Stores, Data Reveals http://t.co/dMV2CX7wfO
#social2sale)…

Carla Gentry CSPO‘s insight:

Pinterest is most helpful, but Facebook still leads

Users of all three platforms see Pinterest as the most helpful in finding interesting items, generating ideas and providing inspiration. Pinterest is also the network where users are more likely to feel overwhelmed. Facebook remains the most popular social network, with three in four users logging on daily.

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Welch: U.S. must be ‘candid’ about data mining

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Tuesday June 25, 2013 BRATTLEBORO — The man accused of leaking National Security Agency secrets to the press broke the law and must be prosecuted, U.S. Rep. Peter Welch said Monday.

Carla Gentry CSPO‘s insight:

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has introduced legislation that would "put strict limits on sweeping powers used by the National Security Agency." Sanders’ office has said the bill "would put an end to open-ended court orders that have resulted in wholesale data mining by the NSA and FBI."

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Marketing Will Spend More on IT Than IT – Peter Buxbaum | Big Data Republic

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Thanks to big data, the CMO will soon be spending more on IT than the CIO.

Carla Gentry CSPO‘s insight:

Marketing executives tend to lean toward the latter two alternatives, according to Gartner research, because they see marketing as a non-technical discipline that doesn’t want to become technical. As data crunching becomes more prevalent in support of marketing, marketing services will become even more favored. And there are a growing number of companies selling these types of services into marketing organizations.

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