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Bing Data? How crooner Crosby kickstarted the information revolution.

In 1946, Bing Crosby, then one of the richest and most-influential entertainers in the world, made what we would now refer to as an early-stage investment in a tech start-up. Ampex had salvaged the Nazi innovation of magnetic tape recording from the aftermath of World War Two and turned it into a flexible, splice-able, editable…

Demeter’s Debrief – This Week’s Top 5 #BigData Stories

Google’s Eric Schmidt Invests in Obama’s Big Data Brains (Bloomberg Businessweek, 30 May) Traditional marketing has the same inherent limitation as traditional campaigning: It’s impossible to appeal to everybody, even among the groups likeliest to favor a product. “Budweiser might target football fans with an ad showing half-naked women jumping up and down with a…

IMSL analysts and their views

I asked the analysts at IMSL some more questions and got some interesting answers, here are some of them: Name a person in history in the intelligence field that you admire and why? Colquhoun Grant: Exploring officer extraordinaire during the Peninsular campaign. Huminter, Siginter, Geo INT operator, Linguist, Iminter.  Captured by Sault (I think), and…

Attributes of an Intelligence Analyst

This is another post using the responses from IMSL analysts when asked the questions “What is the most important thing you have learned in your career as an intelligence analyst?” and “What personal characteristic do you see most frequently in IMSL analysts”  As you have seen the responses generated some interesting thoughts. Here’s the thoughts…

Demeter’s Debrief – This Week’s Top 5 #BigData Stories

It’s More About “Wide Data” Than Big Data (Wall Street & Technology, 21 May) Rather than thinking about the physical size of data, consider the importance of being able to relate different sets of data. For financial services firms, the complexity isn’t found in the need to store more data; it is in how best…

Demeter’s Debrief – This Week’s Top 5 #BigData Stories

1. Big Data Is Going To Save The Film Industry, Too (Business Insider, 12 May) Advanced analytics software is the key to helping companies reach the right consumers with the right products and services and using the right messages. Then, linking this ‘engagement’ data with ‘transaction’ data, media companies can develop a clear picture of what…

16th May – Operation Chastise

Awful special effects, but I bet this still makes the hairs on the back of you neck stand up.

Walsingham, Intelligence and Dears…

Earlier this week I quoted Francis Walsingham, who once said:- “Intelligence is never too dear” You might at this juncture be asking yourself, who is Francis Walsingham? By way of a short summary: Walsingham was regarded by many as a politician, statesman and academic, but primarily as Secretary of State and ‘Spymaster’ for Elizabeth I.…

Attributes of an Intelligence Analyst

Last week I asked the Intelligence Analysts at IMSL what was the most important thing they had learned in their trade.  I posted a number of replies, but a couple of the guys put even more effort in than I expected. I was deeply impressed by their thoughtful considerations on the subject. They deserve their…