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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5 analytic resolutions for oil and gas professionals

There’s a lot of hand-wringing in the oil industry these days. Prices are down, supply and demand are out of balance, companies are merging, and jobs may seem insecure. In uncertain times, individuals can get distracted from professional goals. So, it is in this spirit that I offer 5 analytic […]

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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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Big data is more than just a buzz word and more than just Hadoop

Earlier this week I managed to catch up briefly with Christoph Sporleder, Vice President Centers of Excellence for EMEA & Asia Pacific, to talk Hadoop, big data and get some of his views on where we might be headed with big data. Mark Torr: Is big data just a buzz […]

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Big data without analytics is just data

Data has value IF you can analyze it, said participants at a big data analytics roundtable at the Premier Business Leadership Series in Las Vegas. In attendance were executives from some of the largest Communications companies in the world including from the US, Canada, Turkey, Japan, Australia and the Philippines as well […]

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