United Kingdom electoral battlespace: facts or fiction?

The electoral battlespace for the upcoming general election in the United Kingdom is starting to take shape. Campaigners are busily debating the political landscape. They want to own the high ground that dominates areas that matter most to voters – the NHS and the economy.  With an ageing population and […]

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Big data and analytics demand a bigger skills commitment from the Federal Government

Despite an increase in the availability of data in the federal government over the past few years, data and analytics could be doing even more for federal agencies. A strategic approach to managing and analyzing the data is needed. And, like many technology challenges – that’s a people problem. A […]

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Mobile World Congress, Hadoop and big data analytics - oh my!

Mobile World Congress is quickly approaching. Attendees and exhibitors are feverishly scheduling meetings, doing research, and determining their areas of focus to maximize their experience of the event. If you're hoping to learn more about big data analytics at the conference, here are some helpful insights and resources to help you […]

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Why SAS joined the Open Data Platform (ODP) initiative

As the point person for SAS joining the new Open Data Platform (ODP) initiative, I want to make it clear why SAS is involved with ODP, and why we think it’s important to our customers, and the Hadoop and big data ecosystem as a whole. SAS is not in it to […]

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Government Chief Data Officer? We need an army of data analysts

The UK government is such a great candidate to benefit from better analysis and use of data both internally and externally, given the volume of data available to it. So it was pleasing to see this article by Eddie Copeland, Head of Technology Policy at Policy Exchange, where he argues […]

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Big data meets open standards

Imagine choosing one application for Linux that worked on the version you currently use. You choose another program but find that it doesn’t work on that version of Linux. A third application? It works with another version of Linux. Luckily, that rarely happens. In 2001, the Linux Foundation established Linux Standard […]

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Peaks and troughs ... and the smallest of margins

Katherine Grainger paid a heart-felt tribute to the support staff who have been a pivotal part of her success in her opening speech ahead of last month’s World Sport Science and Medicine conference. The event was hosted in the UK jointly by British Rowing and FISA, the international rowing federation. “My career […]

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Event stream processing: give life to your IoT data

In my previous post, I talked about how the Internet of Things promises new ways to use sensor and machine data by creating a highly efficient world that demands constant analysis and evaluation of the state of events across everything that surrounds us. I have also explained why it is […]

Sensors, those amazing (very) little things!

The first sensors appeared many decades ago, and have been around for quite some time in various forms, even though they’ve really only entered the popular vocabulary over the past few years thanks to the Internet of Things. How do sensors work? A sensor detects events, or changes in quantities, and […]

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Winning arguments to convince your boss about Hadoop

Getting universal buy in for Hadoop needn’t be an uphill struggle. In many cases, it only takes one pilot project to realize the benefits of low cost storage combined with powerful analytics. The Hadoop topic provoked passionate conversatoin at a recent roundtable discussion attended by over 25 people from a range […]

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