Make value from THE BIG DATA

Make value from THE BIG DATA

JOHN OREDO delves into the various ways organisations can make use of big data in their possession and derive value from it.

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Women should take these STEPS TO GROW

Women should take these STEPS TO GROW

Say “yes” to opportunities, then look for somebody who has succeeded to help you through a steep learning curve.

By SARAH RICHSON

Coaching and mentorship is increasingly becoming one of the most profound ways of developing and supporting female leaders, especially within Africa. There is currently a clear indication that women who choose to be coached and mentored rise much faster up the career ladder, showcasing excellent performance in their jobs. Both interventions work alongside the traditional interventions such as training and practical methods that aid personal and professional growth.

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How to transform insurance through big data

How to transform insurance through big data

Trends can be identified through various data sources such as medical history, lifestyle choices, demographics and even driving habits to ensure a correct pricing structure.

By FRANCOIS VAN DYK

Every now and then, a new buzzword pops up which remains fashionable for a while but then disappears again. “Big data” does not appear to be one of these terms. Many executives, entrepreneurs and marketers have now adopted it as part of their jargon – but the reality is many use the term without knowing the true meaning of it. Wikipedia defines big data as a “broad term for data sets so large or complex that traditional data processing applications are inadequate.”

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Fun and love can lead to profits

Fun and love can lead to profits

Studies have proved that money is not the most important factor in employee motivation.

By DR FRANCIS FONDO

When the September 11 terrorist attacks took place in 2001, the American airline traffic tumbled by 20 per cent. The Industry went into a crisis mode. Airlines began to borrow money to cover cash drains arising from the reduced passenger traffic to the tune of USD3 million to USD8 million daily. Flights were cancelled and employees were laid off. Deliveries of new planes on order were cancelled as bankruptcy came knocking on the doors of every airline.

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Expect a better business environment in 2016

Expect a better business environment in 2016

By GILBERT NGANGA

When President Uhuru Kenyatta officially commissioned the KSh4.8 billion English Point Marina on January 12, many investors and analysts saw it as a signal that Kenya’s tourism sector was on the verge of gaining back its lost glory.

It would not have come at a better time than the beginning of the year when investors are looking for clues on the direction the Kenyan economy will take in 2016.

The magnitude of the project — a luxury yatch facility — not only puts Kenya squarely on the global tourism map, but also is a sign that investors are keen to pump in billions of dollars into the country.

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Blocking social media at work? Think again!

Blocking social media at work? Think again!

According to a study by the University of Melbourne, employees that had access to social media got nine per cent more done than those who were blocked.

By KEN MACHARIA

To say the modern workplace has undergone a transformation in the last 10 years will be a gross understatement. Not only has a whole new generation joined the workforce, the tools of the trade and the work culture has gone through a revolution. Employees born between 1980 and 2000 commonly referred as Generation Y or millennials, now make-up to 50 per cent of the workforce in some sectors and are projected to hit 75 per cent by 2025.

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Leader with an eye for entrepreneurship

Leader with an eye for entrepreneurship

When First Lady Margaret Kenyatta shared her vision about plans to use mobile trucks in the Beyond Zero campaign, Rita Kavashe, Managing Director General Motors EA Ltd quickly conceptualised the idea and delivered in three weeks.

By MURUGI NDWIGA

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In the eye of the storm

In the eye of the storm

Two years after the Westgate attack TABITHA AREBA spoke to a man who has seen all the bad and the ugly sides of disasters. Read about the behind-the-scenes tales of a terrorist attack that East African and the world would love to forget.

When the Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in November 2013, I first read about it on Twitter. But it was a following update that shocked me. The death toll was estimated to be in the thousands. Then the photos followed. The destruction to life and property was catastrophic. There was death and desperation everywhere.

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