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SEPT/OCT 2013 ISSUE
Features
While there is broad industry consensus on the value of Big Data, there is no standardized approach for how to begin and complete a project. In addition, some companies mistakenly focus on technology first instead of business objectives. Because Big Data is only as good as the insight you're able to derive from the information, it is important that you have a strategy to get the most from your information. Otherwise, you will have wasted plenty of time and money. In this article, we lay out the fours steps to successfully implementing a Big Data project.
Editorial/Features By Jim Kaskade - Sept/Oct 2013 Issue,
Is your company's intranet a useful, one-stop-shop for employees to access the information they need to better perform their jobs? Or is it an outdated misuse of resources that your employees don't use? In 2009, at Toshiba America Medical Systems, we discovered our intranet fell into the latter category. We knew, through word of mouth and employee feedback, that a very small percentage of employees used the intranet, but we had to figure out the reason why: Was it difficult to use or was the content irrelevant? As it turns out, it was a combination of the two. We set out on an intranet overhaul to create a more user-centric, visually interesting and functional portal.
Editorial/Features By Martin Rodriguez - Sept/Oct 2013 Issue,

Columns
Practicing what we preach. A taste of our own medicine. These sayings should be at the heart of what we, aa information professionals, should say and do.My March/April "Cobbler's Children" column covered the need to ensure that our own team's content on the intranet follows the same standards that we expect others to meet. To this we can add that every member of our team has a staff directory record that is accurate, complete, and up-to-date. Having done this, can we afford to sit back and relax? Definitely not!
Editorial/Columns By Mike Chapman - Sept/Oct 2013 Issue,
There is no shortage of pundits in the intranet business. Almost every month, someone comes up with 10 things that every intranet should have, or do, or avoid. I've been guilty of this myself. During the last 15 years, I have had the privilege of walking into a very diverse range of organizations which have sought my help in redeveloping an intranet and meeting an equally diverse group of managers. In most cases, these individuals did not start out their careers wishing to achieve fame and fortune as intranet managers and, until taking responsibility (often in the absence of any other candidates), had no idea of what the position entailed or offered. Even now, few of these people have the title of "intranet manager." More importantly, they have no obvious career development opportunities.
Editorial/Columns By Martin White - Sept/Oct 2013 Issue,
According to a recent study, 55% of all Big Data projects are not completed or fail to meet expectations. By January 2013, Gartner said Big Data had reached its "trough of disillusionment." Big Data is based on high-volume, rapidly changing, and varied information. Although there have been significant technical advances that enable processing of these more complex data streams, the challenges of harnessing this technology for business value creation remain.
Editorial/Columns By Seth Earley - Sept/Oct 2013 Issue,

Read_Me_File
Decision Sourcing: Decision Making for the Agile Social Enterprise; Interviewing Users: How to Uncover Compelling Insights
Editorial/Read_Me_File By Martin White - Sept/Oct 2013 Issue,