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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Big data lessons from Google Flu Trends

The Google Flu Trends application has received negative press since 2013 over its inability to accurately detect flu outbreaks. The latest critique, “The Parable of Google Flu: Traps in Big Data Analysis,” from Science magazine compares Google Flu Trends data to CDC data and dissects where the Google analysis went […]

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What can a skateboarder teach you about Hadoop?

Have you ever wondered how extracting value from big data might be like skateboarding?  Really, it never crossed your mind? Actually, to be honest I had never considered it either, not even one little bit.  At least, not until I watched a skateboarding legend explain, “The Art of Good Practice” […]

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Big Data… What it means to you

From time-to-time marketers, journalist, and thought leaders find ways to describe things in a new way.  It’s a time-honored tradition guaranteed to attract eyeballs and sell books.  Lately there has been a lot of buzz about the Internet of X, a way of describing a uniquely identifiable collection of objects […]

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What the Seattle Seahawks can teach us about analytics success

When the Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl, they didn’t do it because of just one factor – a great quarterback or an amazing running back. It was widely considered a team effort, helmed by a visionary coach who worked on developing a strong culture, cultivating the right players and […]

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