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 […]

Don’t throw away that data – it might be worth something!

We’ve all been there. You’ve knuckled down, cleaned out the garage, the attic, and that cupboard under the stairs, thrown away a ton of stuff, only to need it again the very next week. Until recently, that’s exactly what many businesses did with their data. The data explosion has radically […]

Early adopter bets on Hadoop maturity — and wins

Was it really just three years ago that an IT leader needed nerves of steel to commit to a business-critical application that used Hadoop? As Epsilon's VP of Products Bob Zurek can tell you: It was. While the open source big data framework was considered a huge gamble for digital marketing agency Epsilon […]

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Data scientist as venture capitalist

We’ve all heard the old saw, “If you torture data long enough, eventually it will confess to something.” But when it comes to spurring real change, how about ditching the dungeon-master act and thinking like a venture capitalist instead? Wouldn’t that pay bigger dividends? That was the tip from Ravi […]

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Hoarding can lead to hidden treasures

Hoarding has a bad name. Popular TV programmes such as The Hoarder Next Door, Obsessive Compulsive Hoarder in the UK and Hoarding: Buried Alive in the US show hoarding in a very bad light. After all, why can’t they just throw away that 10-year-old newspaper? What drives the hoarders’ motivation to keep everything […]

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Will the skills gap kill Hadoop?

It seems that we are only just getting going with Hadoop at many companies and the prophets of doom are starting to appear. Why is it that this technology, which promises so much, is predicted to cause so much pain? In a December 2014 Wall Street Journal article, “The Joys and […]

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Data streams and data lakes: Utilities adjust to big data vocabulary

As utilities expand analytic capabilities into more areas of the business, the reality of the data management challenge becomes very real. Most have accepted the era of "big data." But what about the quality of that big data? Is it reliable? What about the governance? Have the processes changed since […]

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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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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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