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Inside the Big Data 4Dx experience

Online learning technologies have been around for years. But can they really be immersive and experiential? The answer, as discovered by the participants of last year’s Big Data 4Dx class, is yes.

The MIT Sloan Executive Education program, Big Data: Making Complex Things Simpler, features renowned Big Data experts Erik Brynjolfsson, Professor of Information Technology at MIT Sloan, and Alex “Sandy” Pentland, Director of MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory and the MIT Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program. The course always sells out.

Unfortunately, last year’s two-day seminar coincided with Superstorm Sandy. As InformationWeek reported, “Instead of canceling, MIT used the [AvayaLive™ Engage] platform to teach a hybrid online-offline version of the seminar.” Dr. Peter Hirst, Executive Director of Executive Education at MIT Sloan School of Management, told InformationWeek, “Nobody has done what we did, which was connect a virtual classroom and a real one in real time.”

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Big data and sports: Are we all just becoming points of data?

While seemingly new, analytics have been used in sports for decades. After all, what was then-called Rotisserie League baseball (now Fantasy League) was all about picking baseball players based on their statistics.

The most famous use of data and analytics in sports is arguably the popular book and movie, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, the true story of how Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland Athletics, used analytics to build a successful baseball team.

Today, Big Data is the latest extension of how (and why) sports organizations are using information to make better business decisions. As Dave Feinlab of Forbes writes in “Big Sports: Powered by Big Data,” “Big Sports is Big Business, and Big Business nowadays means Big Data…”

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