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–Big Data 2011 Preview

Posted by Brett Sheppard on January 31, 2011

During the 2011 National Football League (NFL) playoff TV broadcasts — amid commercials with Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales and auto racing driver Danica Patrick — an ad appeared with an IBM researcher talking about data analytics. In the IBM TV ad, Dr. David Ferrucci discusses how an IBM Watson supercomputer competes in a Jeopardy! game by integrating analytics, natural language capabilities and rapid search of disparate data.

While at first glance NFL TV broadcasts may seem an unusual forum for a discussion of data analytics, Big Data offers important tools for enterprises of all sizes to improve operational efficiencies, grow revenues, and empower new business models.

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