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How 1 Flawed Single Data Entry Took Down a Telephone Network

The cause of the outage that largely took out Spark’s mobile network yesterday evening has been traced to a corrupted data file sent in error by an Asian phone company. Customers across the country had only about a one-in-four to one-in-three chance of placing calls or texts during the worst of the outage between 5.30pm and 8.30pm, chief operating officer David Havercroft said. Customers from Hamilton north were the worst affected by the fault which also prevented 111 calls being made and took out mobile broadband. Havercroft said the fault…

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The 17 million dollar spelling mistake

It was a 124-year-old Welsh family business which took five generations to build up, yet a blunder over a single letter was all that was needed to cause its collapse, leaving the British government with a £9 million ($17 million) legal bill. A British High Court ruling has found a government department liable for the demise of Taylor & Sons Ltd – all because of a typo. Companies House, part of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, erroneously recorded that the Cardiff engineering firm Taylor & Sons Ltd had…

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How Companies are Tackling Data Management

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The term Big Data has gained significance in recent years, as businesses start to consider the benefits of access to significant quantities of information. Essentially meaning large sets of information, whether that’s customer data or information related to the business, Big Data has numerous applications. In fact, this breadth of applications is the reason many businesses across the globe are starting to take advantage of the trend. A study from Accenture Insights surveyed 1,000 respondents from a number of companies, all of which had proceeded with a Big Data project. A significant 89…

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Spending on Data Infrastructure Continues to Grow, But Data Quality is Key

Across the globe, spending on data infrastructure climbs higher every year. In fact, Gigaom noted that Google alone spent nearly US$11 billion throughout 2014 on real estate, equipment and data centre construction. The fourth quarter alone saw the company’s spending hit $3.5 billion. This isn’t exclusive to the search giant, as other organisations around the world are starting to see the value in access to massive quantities of data, and are taking action to gather it effectively. However, businesses can’t simply lock information in a data centre and expect to derive value…

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