The amount of data being generated these days is staggering. Often times, availability of such data can overwhelm and often causes data paralysis within our organizations. We all know we need to get better at BIG DATA, be more PREDICTIVE in our analysis, and more VISUAL in our presentation of our analysis and insights.
There are a few things that have caught my eye. All of which, can be used to make us better at BIG DATA, more PREDICTIVE, and more VISUAL in our presentation.
Google Prediction API:
The Prediction API gets you access to Google’s machine learning algorithms to analyze your historic data and predict likely future outcomes. Learn more HERE.
Google Big Query:
BigQuery is a web service that enables you to do interactive analysis of massively large datasets. Scalable and easy to use, BigQuery lets developers and businesses tap into powerful data analytics on demand. Learn more HERE.
Google Storage for Developers:
Google Storage for Developers is a RESTful service for storing and accessing your data on Google’s infrastructure. Goes hand in hand with the Prediction API and Big Query. The service combines the performance and scalability of Google’s cloud with advanced security and sharing capabilities. Learn more HERE.
Geckoboard is a hosted, real-time status board serving up the indicators that matter to you. Get real-time analytics on your PC, iPad and iPhone. Nice visual dashboard! Learn more HERE.
Google Chart API:
If you are a developer, you might want to explore using the Google Chart API. The Google Chart API lets you dynamically generate charts with a URL string. You can embed these charts on your web page, or download the image for local or offline use. Learn more HERE.
Roambi is an innovative business app that transforms your company’s reports and data into immersive mobile analytics that leave traditional BI dashboards on the desktop. Learn more HERE.
Every now and again you come across these fact filled videos – most famous being the ‘Did You Know…’ videos. The below is similar in approach but all focused on Facebook. We all hear how fast Facebook is growing – but to see how fast is pretty cool. I have to say – pretty amazing statistics!
I frequently get asked what blogs I read and what websites I visit in order to stay on top of the media trends. So, I have decided to share my personal news feed publicly. ‘My Feed’ is what I read. Feel free to use it yourself and I hope you find it as useful as I do.
Google URL Shortener is now freely available to the public. Includes tracking and statistics. Go HERE
In a prior post, I shared that Google was working on a URL shortener. Back when, the offering was in private beta and not available to the public.
While there are a few URL shorteners on the market, I have to tell ya, Google offers some pretty cool features.
Especially, the ability to very easily create a mobile QR code. By simply adding a .qr to the end of any Google shortened URL it will automatically generate a QR code. The service uses the Google Chart API to create the QR codes. You can learn more about what you can do with the QR code HERE. VERY INFORMATIVE.
Stumbled across this video from the Google mobile team. What a strange video. Is Google trying to hammer home a point or what?!
Anyway, I watched the video in its entirety to see if anything else is shared – however – I have to report the video is only about pizza. There are a few funny points through out to keep it somewhat interesting. Especially liked the reference to the ‘double rainbow’ the internet meme.
Was reading a random blog post on how local businesses can offer location-based deals to their customers and got to thinking about unique ways to further leverage services like FourSquare and Gowalla – building on the concept of check-in.
Then it hit me, someone should build an app (iPhone, iPad, Android, BB) for businesses with a mobile workforce. Using the app, employees could securely ‘check-in’ to client locations and provide real-time status updates. Perhaps the app could also tap into a sales environment (i.e. services like salesforce.com). This way, managers can easily monitor employee route progress. Combined with GPS could be a very useful app for managing a mobile workforce.
I know there are business solutions out there that can accomplish similar tasks – but there has to be an easier, more cost effective way to enable this type of capability. Perhaps leveraging a few of the publicly available APIs or something.
Anyhow, just a random thought – figured I would share.
As usual, some really great news coming out of the Apple event today. Personally, I’m really jazzed about the Apple TV announcement since I was just up at the Apple store this past weekend looking to replace my old Apple TV.
Needless to say, mine is on its way.
Anyway, Apple continue to impress me – innovation abound and doing wonders to drive the marketplace. Coverage from the event below.
GeoSocial is social networking plus the addition of geographic services and capabilities such as geo-coding and geo-tagging which are used to enable new social dynamics. Geosocial networking can allow users to interact relative to location and time.
Here is a interesting chart showing the relative size of the GeoSocial INFOGRAPH also featured on Mashable.
A couple of really interesting developments on the browser and mobile fronts. If you have been following marketplace trends – it is clear that we are entering a new era of web development. An era focused LESS on the use of physical media – such as a mouse and keyboard – and MORE on the use of nature user interfaces – such as touch and your voice. Devices will increasingly have ‘skins’ and will ‘listen’ to the end user. Check out the videos below – they will give you a sense of where the market is headed.
Firefox 4 Multi-Touch (Beta):
Voice Actions for Android:
If you manage a website, you should be asking your web developers about this growing trend and how it factors into a future focused road-map and innovation stream. Ask how multi-touch and voice factors into your web experience. Ask about HTML5 and CSS3 and spend some time learning about both since they are growing in importance.
The speed of innovation is happening so fast and multi-touch/voice is where the market is heading. You really need to begin to factor innovation into your workflow and build websites with the future in mind.