The first step on the path to Hadoop nirvana?

On May 7, 2015, Conservatives defied the polls and won the UK general election, handing Labour and Liberal Democrats a surprising defeat. Now, with Chancellor George Osborne presenting his budget in a few days' time (July 8), the new Conservative government is tackling how it will deliver on its campaign promises. That means […]

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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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Get value from the V's of big data by using the D's of analytics

I've been playing around with this equation to show how big data derives value using analytics. From my perspective, it looks like this: Big data + analytics = Hadoop + SAS = Value. To expand the equation, I started thinking about the V's of big data and the D's of analytics. You've probably heard about the […]

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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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UK Hadoopists: fashionably late to the big data party

People are such an important aspect of data analytics. I was reminded of this at the recent Strata+Hadoop World event, where I saw first hand that the UK is indeed facing the same skills gaps as elsewhere in the world. Perhaps that didn’t surprise me, but I also noticed the […]

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Big data use cases and the big data wake up call

According to recent studies on big data readiness, the majority of companies (more than 60 percent in the latest study of Crisp Research) are not prepared for the challenges of digital transformation. In fact, 58 percent of decision makers surveyed say they have no strategy in place. The quest for […]

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Use Hadoop to visualize what wasn’t visible before

You might have lots of data on lots of customers, but imagine if you could suddenly add in a huge dollop of new, highly informative data that you weren’t able to access before. You could then use analytics to extract some really important insights about these customers, allowing you to […]

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Hadoop is dead! Really?

After reading Gartner's 2015 Hadoop adoption study results by Analysts Nick Heudecker and Merv Adrian, the first thing that comes to my mind is Goethe's phrase from Egmont, "Himmelhoch jauchzend, zu Tode betrübt." Translated: heavenly joy, deadly sorrow. What happened to yesterday's hype around the cute yellow elephant - which […]

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How to prevent a failed proof of concept

A proof of concept (POC) is smartest way for customers to evaluate if a product meets the required objectives, and the best way for vendors to demonstrate why they feel they are best placed to resolve the current outstanding problems. However, not all POCs are successful. Let’s explore why. What is […]

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Want to profit from Hadoop? Consider these 4 reasons for developing a big data innovation lab

How can you use an innovation lab to be as agile and innovative as a startup? Are there different types of innovation labs and if so what is the difference? I answered these two questions in previous posts, and now I will answer a third pressing question: how can you build the business […]