David Immerman is a business analyst on PTC's Corporate Marketing team providing thought leadership on technologies, trends, markets, and other topics. Previously David was an industry analyst in 451 Research's Internet of Things channel primarily covering the smart transportation space and automotive technology markets, including fleet telematics, connected cars, and autonomous vehicles. He also spent time researching IoT-enabling technologies and other industry verticals including industrial. Prior to 451 Research, David conducted market research at IDC.
Machine learning, artificial intelligence, blockchains, predictive analytics – all amazing technologies which have promised to revolutionize business and society. They are useless, however, without data. Fortunately for businesses and organizations which don't have the resources to methodically collect every piece of useful information they will need themselves, a huge (and growing) amount is available freely online. Two years ago I wrote an article listing 33 sources of Big Data availably for free online. Of course, in business technology terms that was a lifetime ago, so here's an update with thirty new entries: Includes Comtrade Lab which is a showcase of how cutting edge analytics and tools are used to extract value from the data.
The Financial Services Agency on Wednesday proposed realigning the Tokyo Stock Exchange into three trading markets from the current four. The FSA also sought to revamp the Topix index of all issues listed on the TSE's first section into a new index covering fewer actively traded stocks. Topix is utilized by pension fund and investment trust fund managers as a yardstick for asset management. These proposals were presented at a meeting of a working group of the Financial System Council, an advisory panel to the prime minister. The council is expected to compile a report on the matters by the end of this year, sources familiar with the discussions said.