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Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals: warnings on cyber criminal and hacker threats ahead of Christmas retail rush

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Oracle acquires Datalogix

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Deutsche Börse to invest in ‘financial technology’ start-ups

First ProtonMail, now Zoho hit by DDoS attack by criminal gang Armada Collective Read More »

Shoe retail chain Office decommissions servers after security breach

Shoe retail chain Office has decommissioned several of its servers that were compromised during a security breach that was first revealed in May 2014. At the time, the company’s CEO Brian McCluskey confirmed in a statement sent to Computing that the firm had been the subject of a security breach, but he emphasised that no credit card, debit card, PayPal ... Read More »

Ocado to sign first deal for its Ocado Smart Platform technology as it recruits 150 developers

Online supermarket Ocado is aiming to seal its first deal for its Ocado Smart Platform technology this year – with the company revealing that it is already talking to several potential partners – and is also planning to hire 150 new developers to support its technology plans. The Ocado Smart Platform is home-grown technology that the company uses to run its customer ... Read More »

Computing retail data roundtable – delegates’ key take

You say ‘machine learning’, employees just hear ‘Terminator’ Read More »

Hipsters welcome: Democratising analytics at M&S has many aims, including attracting top tech talent

Marks Spencer’s head of enterprise analytics, Pete Williams, is a man on a mission. That mission is to put data at the heart of decision-making across all departments at the retail chain. Like any evangelist worth his salt he put a lot of effort into knowing his audience and working out how to put the message across. Get that wrong ... Read More »

EU to investigate barriers to e-commerce in Europe

The European Union is setting its sights on online commerce, supposedly in a bid to help remove barriers to cross-border trade across the EU – just two months after introducing VAT rules that have widely discouraged small traders from selling outside their home geographies. Competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said that the investigation into online commerce, announced this week, would examine ... Read More »

Argos to use [24]7’s predictive analytics to target wavering online customers with sales chat

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Marks & Spencer picks Cloudera to boost data analytics capabilities

UK retailer Marks Spencer (MS) has selected Apache Hadoop platform Cloudera to help boost its data analytics capabilities – allowing it to analyse data from multiple sources, in a bid to gain a better understanding of consumer behaviour. Jagpal Jheeta, head of BI and customer insight at MS, explained that the company evaluated potential partners that could help it to ... Read More »

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