Education meets big data: implement, improve and expand your SLDS

In my previous blog post, I discussed the benefits of a Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) and shared a SAS book on the subject: Implement, Improve and Expand Your Statewide Longitudinal Data System by Armistead W Sapp III and Jamie McQuiggan. Today, I'm sharing a conversation I had with one of the book’s authors, [...]

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Three ways to save with a big data lab

In my previous post, "Big data use cases and the big data wake up call," I focused on the discrepancy between big data investment fears on the one hand and successful use cases on the other. In the last couple of weeks, I’ve had a lot of discussions with business [...]

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What do an elite rower and a leading data scientist have in common?

We recently met up with Paul Bennett, a member of the GB Rowing Team and current World Champion, and Laurie Miles, Head of Analytics for SAS UK & Ireland, who has been analyzing the team's data. They chatted about data, the life and mind of an elite sportsman, and uncovered some [...]

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Will fluid and flowing big data be more important than stationary and at rest big data?

It’s time. The first of the big data V’s, volume, seems to be coming under control technology wise, even if that technology has not been implemented everywhere. Prices of disks and memory are tumbling and the introduction of technologies, such as Hadoop, are making vast amounts of data cheap to [...]

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Exploration in trail running, big data and cyber crime

I am a runner – a trail runner to be more precise. There are many trails that I enjoy running near where I live, but what I really anticipate is the opportunity to explore a new trail. Whenever I travel, my trail shoes go with me and I try to [...]

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Say hello to a new way of analyzing data in Hadoop

It’s time to say goodbye to your father’s data. Today's data sources are large, fast and constantly flowing. Between the Internet of Things and always-on customers, it's hard to keep up with the data that's being generated all day long. “The goal is to find a way to harness the massive volumes [...]

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Surfing big waves

I just spent much of the past week watching and trying to ride waves on the North Carolina coast. Small waves, mind you, nothing spectacular and certainly nothing that you would consider edgy or life-altering. Nothing that big wave surfers like Laird Hamilton, Garrett McNamara and others of their substance [...]

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Education meets big data – statewide longitudinal data systems

Yes, its true. Education has big data and always has. One perfect example? Statewide longitudinal data systems. Every state has one that tracks information on students from preschool until they enter the workforce (so some states call them P-20W). Think about all the schools and all the students across your state, now [...]

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Are you experienced?

Almost fifty years ago, a band emerged from London that changed the landscape of rock music and set a new standard for musicianship. The band was The Jimi Hendrix Experience, and their front man redefined what it meant to play a guitar. Hendrix took an inanimate object – the same [...]

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Four levels of Hadoop adoption maturity

So you’ve been monitoring or are already on the journey with Hadoop -- and you’re wondering: Where are we on the adoption curve compared to the market in general? Based on my interactions with numerous companies, I want to share what I think that curve looks like so that you [...]

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