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Cool - and useful - data projects in the real world

Computerworld's Data+ Editors' Choice Awards show how big-data analysis is doing everything from fighting fraud to discovering and treating medical problems.


Bank Vault protecting data inside

Using graph database technology to unravel banking fraud

Swiss bankers are notorious for their secrecy, but when Swiss bank account data is leaked, it takes technology to help unravel the complex relationships.

Computerworld big data illustration by James Yang

Finding ROI in a swirl of data analytics

The 2015 Data+ Editors' Choice Awards honorees were selected for their ability to make smarter decisions for their organizations using big data.

beautiful green farmland with blue sky and clouds

TempuTech

Intelligent monitoring systems at this 2015 Data+ Editors' Choice Awards honoree help prevent failures in agriculture equipment

Members of Schneider Electric’s data integration project team [2015]

Schneider Electric

This 2015 Data+ Editors' Choice Awards honoree used data intelligence to improve the accuracy of price quotes and push sales of service agreements skyward

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DirecTV

This television provider, a 2015 Data+ Editors' Choice Awards honoree, uses customer data to deliver addressable ads to specific households

Memorial Healthcare’s IT team [2015]

Memorial Healthcare

Data analytics helps this healthcare provider, a 2015 Data+ Editors' Choice Awards honoree, find operating room cost efficiencies and improve patient care

National Grid analytics team [2015]

National Grid

This 2015 Data+ Editors' Choice Awards honoree uses a predictive tool to combine advanced weather data and outage modeling technology to pinpoint areas at risk of losing power

Female executive standing in front of chalkboard with analytics

Randall-Reilly

A business intelligence tool helps this 2015 Data+ Editors' Choice Awards honoree dig through mounds of data previously hidden in spreadsheets

FloraCraft accepts the Plex Systems 2015 Plex Impact Award for Innovation at PowerPlex 2015.

FloraCraft

Analytics help this maker of Styrofoam products, a 2015 Data+ Editors' Choice Awards honoree, collect real-time data from materials, machines and people on the shop floor

Members of Loyola’s IT team [2015]

Loyola University Maryland

This 2015 Data+ Editors' Choice Awards honoree analyzes user activity and business needs to help secure individuals' information across campus

Mercy Healthcare’s data analytics project team [2015]

Mercy Healthcare

Analytics give doctors an objective way to assess different methods of caring for patients at this 2015 Data+ Editors' Choice Awards honoree

A behind-the-scenes look at life in the studio at Zulily’s Seattle headquarters.

Zulily

A cloud platform at this 2015 Data+ Editors' Choice Awards honoree helps merchandisers make inventory decisions in a hurry

male and female executives facing wall working on analytics

Merck

A centralized analytics practice at this 2015 Data+ Editors' Choice Awards honoree puts together a portfolio of projects and uncovers $720 million in value

The UPS ORION team behind Jack Levis and Jackie Woods. [2015]

UPS

Analyzing multiple streams of data helps this 2015 Data+ Editors' Choice Awards honoree determine the best routes for delivery truck drivers

World Resources Institute / Global Forest Watch - fires

World Resources Institute

Data streams from dozens of sources help companies measure the risk of deforestation in their supply chains, thanks to this 2015 Data+ Editors' Choice Award honoree

The PayPal analytics team. [2015]

PayPal

An advanced end-to-end system helps the online payment service, a 2015 Data+ Editors' Choice Award honoree, detect and fight fraud

business analytics

The GDELT Project

This real-time index, created by a 2015 Data+ Editors' Choice Award honoree, inventories the world's ‘events, emotions and narratives' every 15 minutes

FICO analytics team: David Griegel, Todd Smith, Yuting Jia, Alexei Betin, Jun Zhang and Scott Zoldi

FICO

This 2015 Data+ Editors' Choice Awards honoree uses streaming analytics and a central network scoring engine to bring fraudulent transactions to light

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