Can big data and bad administration coexist?

.@philsimon on an important question.

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Next-gen 360° view of customers

For a long time, master data management (MDM) practitioners boasted about their ability to build a 360° view of customers by aggregating and proactively managing information coming from various business applications such as CRM systems, ERP applications, and other operational systems. But was it really a 360° view? What about […]

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Non-geeks want to know: will Hadoop mess up my data warehouse ecosystem?

Hadoop recently turned eight years old, but it was only 3-4 years ago that Hadoop really started gaining traction. It had many of us “older” BI/DW folks scratching our heads wondering what Hadoop was up to and if our tried-and-true enterprise data warehouse (EDW) ecosystems were in jeopardy. You didn't […]

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Finding the signal in the Twitter noise

Can a neat dataviz find the signal in the noise? Yes.

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Big data versus the not-so-humble opinion

Henrik Liliendahl Sørensen recently blogged about the times when a HiPPO (Highest Paid Person’s Opinion) outweighs data in business decision-making. While I have seen plenty of hefty opinions trump high-quality data, those opinions did not always come from the highest paid person. The stubborn truth is that we all hold our […]

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What do Hadoop superheroes do now that Hallows' Eve has come and gone?

Great works of fiction are filled with dynamic duos. Sherlock Holmes and Mr. Watson. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. And, of course, superheroes like Batman and Robin. On Thursday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. ET, two real-world Hadoop superheroes – Arun C. Murthy, co-founder of Hortonworks, and Paul Kent, vice president of big […]

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Data-based television

.@philsimon on data and our viewing habits.

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Big data and omission neglect

In my previous post, I used the book Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova to explain how additional information can make us overconfident even when it doesn’t add to our knowledge in a significant way. Knowing this can help us determine how much data our decisions need to be driven […]

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