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Amazon has NHS data, the importance of BI software for entrepreneurs, and more business intelligence news.

Retina integrates with Shopify for predictive analytics

Retina, an analytics platform, announced a new integration with Shopify, a multinational e-commerce company. The integration will give Shopify merchants access to predictive analytics for customer lifetime value (CLV). Retina CEO Michael Greenberg said the integration will give smaller e-commerce brands access to CLV data that’s often out of reach for small- and midsize-business leaders. [Read more]

UK government has been giving NHS data to Amazon

Last July, UK health secretary Matt Hancock said the NHS would share its healthcare data with Amazon. Hancock framed the deal as a win-win to help Amazon train its Alexa home assistant to give better medical advice. But the contract has been released following FOI requests from Privacy International—and it reveals that Amazon got free access to all NHS data, including copyrightable content and the NHS API. [Read more]

How colleges use big data to recruit applicants

As the costs of higher education rise, more schools feel the pinch of low enrollment. To find and recruit curious students, many colleges use tech like cookies and tracking software to learn who visits their websites. But prospective students might not know they’re being tracked, which yields questions about the ethics of Internet privacy. [Read more]

Liberty Mutual expands into big data for insurance

Via a partnership with Intellect SEEC, Liberty Mutual announced plans to use big data to find and target opportunities with specific brokers. In doing so, Liberty Mutual will gain access to thousands of third-party data sources, such as court filings and industry data. Intellect SEEC cleans and structures its data to help users find, underwrite, and target potential accounts. [Read more]

Does robotic process automation work with big data?

Research from Information Services Group (ISG) reported last year that 92% of companies plan to adopt robotic process automation (RPA) by 2020. RPA performs best when analyzing predictable, structured data.

The problem? Most suppliers send invoices in PDF format, which tends to have unstructured data. In an op-ed for TechRepublic, Mary Shacklett shares some tips to help RPA work with big data of all sorts. [Read more]

Why entrepreneurs can’t keep ignoring BI software

The rise of cloud computing and increase in data has lowered entrepreneurship’s barriers to entry. So, why do 56% of small- and midsize-business leaders admit to “rarely or infrequently” checking their data?

Some 33% say they’re too busy, even though business intelligence can give hours back. In a guest post for Entrepreneur, Aimee Tariq shares why 2020 is a make-or-break year for BI usage. [Read more]

Week of December 10th, 2019


Most data scientists plan to quit in 2020, Homeland Security wants to scan your face at airports, and more business intelligence news

Amazon unveils new security tool to prevent big data breaches

The tech giant showed a new security tool for its S3 cloud storage service at the AWS re:Invent 2019 conference. The tool, called Access Analyzer, scans blocks of S3 storage for misconfigurations. But TechRadar points out that an incorrect configuration could expose all S3 data to the public. [Read more]

Republican and Democratic Senators debut dueling privacy bills

Both bills grant consumers more protection over their own data. A draft of one bill, the United States Consumer Data Privacy Act, would let consumers access, correct, delete and port data companies have about them. Meanwhile, the Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act would grant consumers the right to start civil lawsuits. [Read more]

Homeland security wants to scan citizens’ faces

A Fall 2019 filing included a proposal for all travelers to complete a facial recognition scan before they leave or enter the U.S. This mandate currently applies to foreign nationals or visitors in order to catch travelers and visitors who overstay their visas. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is expected to roll out facial recognition scanners at the country’s 20 largest airports by 2021, despite technical challenges. [Read more]

Sisense folds more Periscope features into its product

Earlier this year, BI software company Sisense announced plans to merge with Periscope Data into a single company. The latest product update from Sisense incorporates more of Periscope’s technology. A new feature called “In-Warehouse Data Prep” lets admins review databases, prepare data for analysis, and then run queries on specific, pre-selected content. [Read more]

Twitter makes its global privacy policy CCPA-friendly

The social network announced launch plans for a website to give users more details about the kinds of data that advertisers might receive. These changes, which comply with the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), will take effect on January 1, 2020. CCPA will give social media users more legal rights over their data, such as requesting that companies delete their data and refusing for their data to be sold to third parties. [Read more]

The EU starts its probe into Google and Facebook’s use of data

The European Union Commission (EC) began its preliminary investigation into the tactics that Google and Facebook use to collect, process, use, and monetize data in Europe. This new probe follows the EC’s investigation into Amazon’s data practices last July. Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s competition chief, has been auditing U.S. tech giants’ European operations more closely following GDPR’s arrival last year. [Read more]

More than half of data scientists plan to change jobs next year

At the Women in Data (WiD) UK conference last month, organizers showed results of a survey they conducted with DataTech Analytics and Mango Solutions. Of the 907 UK data science professionals surveyed, 56% said they would seek new roles in 2020. When asked why they plan to leave, 44% cited bureaucracy and 29% said lack of support from management. [Read more]


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