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This week, The Wall Street Journal sat down with two top-tier experts in cybersecurity and risk management. Raj Samani, CTO EMEA at McAfee; and Stephen Bonner, Partner in the Information Protection and Business Resilience team at KPMG, laid out the key issues boardrooms need to look at to secure their company’s data and reputation.

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  • Oct 14, 2014
    8:10 PM ET

    How AutoTrader Put Analytics in the Driver’s Seat

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    • EQUIFAX
    • HADOOP
    • PLATFORA
    • SQL
    Ed Smith, CTO of AutoTrader Group

    AutoTrader Group, aided by Hadoop analytics and new visualization software, is speeding up the delivery of market insights to dealers that advertise their motor vehicles on its website. “Data is a differentiator and our ability to access it quickly is a differentiator,” said Ed Smith, AutoTrader CTO.

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  • Oct 13, 2014
    11:01 PM ET

    Salesforce.com Debuts Analytics Cloud Product at Dreamforce

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    By Rachael King
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    • CLOUD
    • DATA ANALYTICS
    • SALESFORCE.COM
    • WAVE

    Salesforce.com debuted a self-serve cloud analytics product called Wave that lets employees combine data to make business decisions. But while such a ‘consumerized’ approach may offer IT benefits in the form of less reports to run, one analyst recommends that users first receive training in analyzing data.

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  • Oct 10, 2014
    5:36 PM ET

    Macy’s Tries on Silicon Valley’s ‘Fail Fast’ Approach

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    • AMAZON.COM
    • LARRY LEWARK
    • MACY'S
    • OMNICHANNEL
    • RB HARRISON
    Macy’s Chief Omnichannel Officer RB Harrison

    The retailer has adopted a number of in-store technologies, from beacons to tablets in fitting rooms, to lure shoppers. “Some of this stuff isn’t going to stick and that’s okay,” Macy’s Chief Omnichannel Officer RB Harrison tells CIO Journal.

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  • Oct 10, 2014
    5:03 PM ET

    Growing Board Interest in Big Data Puts CIO ‘Squarely in the Discussion’

    By Steven Norton
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    • ACCENTURE
    • BIG DATA
    • DATA ANALYTICS
    • INDUSTRIAL INTERNET
    • MATT REILLY

    In a recent survey of global executives, the board of directors and the CEO were seen as key drivers of Big Data analytics. “To get the big outcomes, the CIO now has to be part of the business leadership team,” said Matt Reilly, senior managing director at Accenture Strategy.

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  • Oct 9, 2014
    11:29 PM ET

    GE CIOs Plug New Tools into Analytics

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    By Clint Boulton
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    • BILL RUH
    • GE
    • INDUSTRIAL INTERNET
    • JAMIE MILLER
    • PREDIX
    • VINCE CAMPISI
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    GE CIO Jamie Miller, GE Software CIO Vince Campisi

    GE’s investments in technologies that harvest vast amounts of Big Data to more efficiently repair its heavy machines are paying off, said GE CIO Jamie Miller. The company Thursday announced plans to make public a version of the Big Data platform it uses to analyze performance data from sensor-enabled machinery.

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  • Oct 6, 2014
    6:12 PM ET

    Met Museum Considers Where to House Its Extensive (Data) Collection

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    By Steven Norton
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    • ANALYTICS
    • DATA LAKE
    • JEFF SPAR
    • METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
    Metropolitan Museum of Art/AP Photo

    Jeff Spar, chief information technology officer for New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is leading efforts to move a majority of the museum’s customer and administrative data into a single place, a data lake, to increase IT staff productivity and help the art institution learn more about its visitors.

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  • Oct 1, 2014
    8:19 PM ET

    Facing Mobile Data Tsunami, The Weather Channel Undergoes ‘Radical’ IT Shift

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    By Clint Boulton
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    • AWS
    • BRYSON KOEHLER
    • MONGODB
    • ORACLE
    • THE WEATHER CHANNEL
    Bryson Koehler, CIO of The Weather Company

    To help process the growing data demands tied to its mobile strategy, the Weather Channel recently underwent a “radical cultural and religious shift” in data management, choosing a NoSQL database and retraining engineers in a different data architecture. ”We needed to put forth a great new technology strategy if we’re going to scale from providing weather to our properties… to billions of mobile devices,” said CIO Bryson Koehler.

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  • Oct 1, 2014
    6:03 PM ET

    Data Offense and Defense

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    By Thomas H. Davenport
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    • ANALYTICS

    Guest Columnist Thomas H. Davenport thinks that data management could learn a thing or two from how football teams are broken into offense, defense and special teams. “The same people who focus on data governance models and analytics for fraud prevention are not those who should work closely with marketing to target promotions,” he writes.

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