Real-life use-case examples show where big data is headed

In two weeks, Gigaom brings its big data conference, Structure Data, back to New York City in a big way. Growth in the big data industry has moved beyond infrastructure to include intelligent data applications and products built on robust platforms with algorithms producing remarkable results. For many industries, this use of big data is not only useful, it has become vital to transforming everyday life.

Structure Data brings in not only major players like Cloudera, AWS and Google but also speakers from companies that we use everyday—adding a lively use-case component to the program. We’re excited to hear from the University of Chicago Crime Lab on how they’re using big data to predict social behavior, how Hampton Creek is categorizing naturally occurring plant substances to help combat future climate change impacts on agriculture, and how Spotify is building predictive analytics based on use of its services.

And that’s not all. Here’s a look at what else to expect at this year’s Structure Data:

  • How big data analytics is changing everything from the NFL to swimming with Krish Dasgupta, VP Data Platforms and Technology at ESPN and Bill Squadron, Executive VP, Pro Analytics at STATS
  • We’ll cover privacy and security with Julie Brill, Commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Google Glass may be over, but hardware is alive and well. We’ll sit down with Naveen Rao, CEO at Nervana Systems and Anthony Lewis, Senior Director of Technology at Qualcomm, to talk about how hardware is getting smarter.
  • In a three-part series, we’ll explore data through diet, disease and healthcare with Dan Zigmond, VP of Data at Hampton Creek, Ahna Girshick, Senior Data Scientist at Enlitic and Steven Horng, Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
  • Not to mention BuzzFeed, Twitter, Goldman Sachs, Hortonworks, Yahoo!, GE, IBM, NASA, and more (yes, there’s a lot more: check out the full schedule and speaker list).

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How a $125 billion dollar market is evolving

In 2014 we saw an increasing number of enterprises engage with and implement big data strategies. Simultaneously, big data pioneers made some big plays that further inspired big data adoption and use. The underlying theme is that machine learning and cognitive computing is the next big development in big data.

Big data could be a $125 billion dollar market in 2015 according to our friends at IDC and it shows no signs of slowing down. Intelligent data applications, natural language processing and predictive semantic search are all fast becoming a reality from the aggregates of data we produce in enterprise applications, the Internet of Things, or mobile.

Gigaom’s Structure Data conference next month promises to illuminate these developments with the same high standard of speakers and discussion we bring to our news and research, diving into the technologies being built today as well as the applications companies are working toward tomorrow. We’ll talk about issues that shape policy including crime, health care, and security. We’ll sit down with the big players who put big data and analytics on the forefront of every enterprise CTO’s mind. And Big Data Research Director Andrew Brust and his team of Analysts will be on site with insights and analysis of how these markets are continuing to develop.

I hope you can join us next month at Structure Data, March 18-19 in New York City. It’ll be a great show!

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