When does speed become a trap?

For many years companies have been working to increase their use of predictive analytics and to execute analytic models faster on increasingly granular and growing volumes of data. Recently, there has been a great focus on "faster" from a  technology standpoint, as modelers seek to iterate quickly and fail fast on […]

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Is big data really better?

Recently, I was reading an online article about predictive modeling and "big data."  Its premise was to determine whether the use of big data actually led to more accurate and meaningful predictive models and forecasts.  After citing numerous external examples and internal tests that the authors had compiled, it stated […]

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Formula One benefits from fast data and big data

Imagine you are the race director for a Formula One car. Decisions must be made within seconds, sometimes in the blink of an eye. When speed is of utmost importance, it is necessary for race engineers to have all relevant race data at their fingertips.  Instead of having a couple of […]

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Your data is in Hadoop, so what?

Okay, let's say your data is in Hadoop. The distributed, open source framework is configured as it should be across low-cost servers and your data is sitting in those clusters. It's been a meaningful effort to get to this point but how does it benefit your organization? If it's not doing something […]

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How are Hadoop deployments like snowflakes?

Because every single Hadoop deployment, like the structure of a snowflake, is different. For the open source big data framework, there are different distributions from various Hadoop vendors and all implementations are, or should be, tailored for that specific organization’s needs. And given this infinite variety of Hadoop foundations, the analytics […]

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Has the Hadoop hype left you confused?

Perhaps you're a big data expert who is fluent in Pig, Hive, MapR and all the technologies associated with the open source big data framework. Or maybe your role hasn't yet been touched by the increasingly popular Hadoop system. It's certainly worth a few minutes of your time (or perhaps […]

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Elementary my dear Watson….. Analytics and digital policing

Advanced analytics has been used by commercial organisations for a number of years now. It may be a bank making better lending decisions, a credit card company protecting customers from fraud, a mobile phone operator making the right marketing offers to its customers or a retailer making sure it has […]

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Your "SAS view" on steroids

Data federation is a relatively new term used to describe a form of data virtualization. Data virtualization, however, is not new. It has been around since at least the 1960's when virtual memory was introduced to simulate additional memory beyond what was physically available on a machine.  While data federation is a […]

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Citigroup and AIG talk big data

Jill Dyché, internationally recognized speaker, author and business consultant, spends her days talking to businesses about big data – how they’re using it, challenges, successes, strategies, plans and more. What she’s hearing again and again from IT leaders is that they have to innovate with big data, move quickly and […]

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Battling the buzz on big data analytics for energy

I was asked to speak recently on a topic that includes two hyped terms:  Big data and sustainability.  At the risk of igniting an anti-buzzword campaign, I added a third over-used term to that list: analytics. Even though individuals and companies use those three words – big data, sustainability, and […]

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