Our weekly round up of relevant news from around data (big or otherwise), social, trends and our very own index:


2018 IT budgets are up slightly; spending focus is on security, hardware, and cloud
In July and August, ZDNet’s sister site, Tech Pro Research, surveyed tech workers about the IT budget for the 2018 fiscal or calendar year within their organization. Over half said that in terms of funding, their organization would dedicate more to IT.

An Infographic Preview of Q3 Earnings Season
Wall Street greeted the month of October with several major indices at their all-time highs and investors around the world excited about the upcoming slew of earnings reports.

The World’s Most And Least Competitive Countries
According to a new report from the World Economic Forum, the global economy is recovering well almost ten years on from the start of the financial crisis with GDP growth accelerating to 3.5 percent in 2017.


Facebook’s stock stumbles, but isn’t likely to fall
It sure has seemed like Facebook’s (FB) stock could only go up. The shares have been in a stunningly steady upswing for years, but they stumbled last week from an all-time high of $175, sliding to $165, before closing on Friday near $171. That slide, however, was its first major pullback in more than seven years.

Prepare For The Crisis Ahead: Every Bank Needs A Plan For Social Media
There’s a misconception among banks that if they prohibit their employees from using social media, they can avoid the risks of damaging their brand or being out of compliance with regulatory requirements. The greatest risk is doing nothing to prepare for the crisis ahead.

The 4 Biggest Social-Media Networks You’ve Never Heard Of
Social media has become a worldwide phenomenon over the last several years and has changed the way we communicate. According to a recent report by We Are Social, there are over 2.8 billion social-media users — a full 37% of the global population. That number is still growing, having increased 21% during 2016.


Why Big Data Alone Won’t Drive Better Customer Experiences
It is time to ask some hard questions about our industry’s relationship with big data. The craze has been with us for nearly 10 years, during which we have spent a lot of time defining big data technically.

Finding the value of localisation with big data
Big Data is revolutionising business processes. With this newfound ability to reveal patterns, trends and associations at deeper levels than ever before, organisations have the potential to solve almost any business problem.

6 big data privacy practices every company should adopt in 2018
Issues surrounding data privacy are as legally unresolved today as they were two years ago, but the recent Equifax breach now puts a clear focus on them that strikes fear into the hearts of CIOs.

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