Analytics lessons from Amazon

.@philsimon on what we can learn from Seattle's juggernaut.

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Hadoop is not Beetlejuice

In the 1988 film Beetlejuice, the title character, hilariously portrayed by Michael Keaton, is a bio exorcist (a ghost capable of scaring the living) hired by a recently deceased couple in an attempt to scare off the new owners of their house. Beetlejuice is summoned by saying his name three times. (Beetlejuice. Beetlejuice. Beetlejuice.) Nowadays […]

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The need for speed: A look at real-time analytics

You may feel like the world is moving faster than ever. If so, then you can take solace in two facts: You're not alone in feeling this way. You're right. It is. Celebrating the 25-year anniversary of the Web, The Economist ran a piece examining the increasingly rapid adoption of new technologies. […]

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Hadoop and big data management: How does it fit in the enterprise?

The other day, I was looking at an enterprise architecture diagram, and it actually showed a connection between the marketing database, the Hadoop server and the data warehouse.  My response can be summed up in two ways. First, I was amazed! Second, I was very interested on how this customer uses […]

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Who owns big data?

Data ownership has always been a thorny issue, but the era of big data is sprouting bigger thorns. Last century, ownership was like the data equivalent of “you break it, you buy it.” If you own data, you are responsible for it, and can be held accountable if something goes wrong […]

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SAS MDM new release brings harmony to big data discord

I've been in many bands over the years- from rock to jazz to orchestra - and each brings with it a different maturity, skill level, attitude, and challenge. Rock is arguably the easiest (and the most fun!) to play, as it involves the least members, lowest skill level, a goodly amount of drama, and the […]

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Finding the signal in the analytics noise

.@philsimon looks under the hood of 'analytics.'

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Provisioning data for advanced analytics in Hadoop

The data lake is a great place to take a swim, but is the water clean? My colleague, Matthew Magne, compared big data to the Fire Swamp from The Princess Bride, and it can seem that foreboding. The questions we need to ask are: How was the data transformed and […]

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Using Hadoop: Emerging options for improved query performance

In my last two posts, we concluded two things. First, because of the need for broadcasting data across the internal network to enable the complete execution of a JOIN query in Hadoop, there is a potential for performance degradation for JOINs on top of files distributed using HDFS. Second, there are […]

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SAS Data Loader for Hadoop helps your data heroes navigate the fire swamp of big data

In The Princess Bride, one of my favorite movies, our hero Westley – in an attempt to save his love, Buttercup – has to navigate the Fire Swamp. There, Westley and Buttercup encounter fire spouts, quicksand and the dreaded rodents of unusual size (RUS's). Each time he has a response to the […]

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