Over the past five decades, organizations have been capturing massive amount of data about their internal operations, electronic communications, and customer information. Such ‘big-data’ have grown from 800 Megabytes in the 1950s by American Airlines to over 150 Petabytes by Facebook in the 2010s. While the volume of ‘big-data’ is exponentially increasing over the years, the uses of such data for meaningful organizational and individual needs are not fully materialized. Data analytics has been around for some time and has been used as a business tool in conjunction with ‘big-data.’ While many companies are still exploring the benefits of data analytics, researchers have been using data analytics as an exploratory research tool. In this talk, we will provide an overview of data analytics and how it can be utilized as an exploratory research tool. We will discuss the benefits of using data analytics for organizations and individuals. A close look at a recent research from MIT Sloan about companies' use of data analytics for their benefits compared to those that are not analytical savvy will be discussed along with new ideas for ‘data harvesting’. We will also touch upon some of the challenges associated with ‘big data’ including access, privacy, and security for organizations, governments, individuals, and researchers. Moreover, examples will be provided of open-source visualization tools that are part of the analytics process. We will conclude the discussion with some of the implications of data analytics on individualized level and the shift to nano-data analytics for individual use, along with ideas for studies using data analytics as a research tool.
Dr. Yair Levy is a Professor of Information Systems and Cybersecurity at the Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences (GSCIS) at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). He serves as the director of the Center for e-Learning Security Research (http://CeLSR.nova.edu/). During the 1990s, he helped NASA develop e-learning platforms and manage Web infrastructures. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. He received his MBA with Management Information Systems (MIS) concentration and Ph.D. in MIS from Florida International University (FIU). Dr. Levy teaches e-commerce, decision support systems, and information security at the Master's level, as well as information systems development and advanced research methods in the Ph.D. programs in Information Systems as well as Information Assurance. His current research interests include security and ethical issues with Web-based and e-learning systems, cybersecurity skills, awareness, and cyber threat prevention. Dr. Levy is the author of Assessing the Value of e-Learning Systems (2006) and of more than 50 peer-reviewed publications. His research publications have been cited by more than 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts.
Dr. Michelle Ramim current research interests include ethical issues with IT, information security and crisis management, legal aspects of computing, as well as ethical decision-making. She has published articles in peer-reviewed outlets including journals, conference proceedings, encyclopedias, and an invited book chapter. Moreover, she has been serving as a referee research reviewer for national and international scientific journals, conference proceedings, as well as MIS textbooks. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Barry University in Miami Florida. Dr. Ramim has received her Executive MBA from Florida International University. She completed her Ph.D. in Information Systems at the Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences, at Nova Southeastern University in the area of computer ethics. Dr. Ramim is actively consulting small businesses about issues related to security and privacy, and provides training programs in this context.