How are Hadoop deployments like snowflakes?

Because every single Hadoop deployment, like the structure of a snowflake, is different. For the open source big data framework, there are different distributions from various Hadoop vendors and all implementations are, or should be, tailored for that specific organization’s needs. And given this infinite variety of Hadoop foundations, the analytics […]

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Has the Hadoop hype left you confused?

Perhaps you're a big data expert who is fluent in Pig, Hive, MapR and all the technologies associated with the open source big data framework. Or maybe your role hasn't yet been touched by the increasingly popular Hadoop system. It's certainly worth a few minutes of your time (or perhaps […]

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What’s on your analytics to-do list?

Are you wondering what to do next with your analytics program? The latest issue of sascom magazine provides a handy guide. Check it out to get help checking off must-do items like these:  Establish an analytics center of excellence. Find out how SunTrust centralized all of the bank’s analytics teams – […]

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What can a skateboarder teach you about Hadoop?

Have you ever wondered how extracting value from big data might be like skateboarding?  Really, it never crossed your mind? Actually, to be honest I had never considered it either, not even one little bit.  At least, not until I watched a skateboarding legend explain, “The Art of Good Practice” […]

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Does the architecture matter as much as the analytics?

I was recently part of team discussing enterprise architecture with a chief IT architect, and we were explaining how SAS can integrate into their existing infrastructure, add business value on top it and even fit into their future planned infrastructure.  This conversation was one of the reasons I blogged about […]

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Three big data solutions for 2014

Interest in "data" is at an all-time high. The popularity of search terms like "big data," "Hadoop" and the "Internet of Things" spiked dramatically in the past year. The fact is, organizations are more interested in the potential of big data platforms and data management solutions than ever before. That’s […]

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Big data and Hadoop at Lenovo

For Lenovo, the No. 1 goal in terms of analyzing big data is to "better understand our consumer and hear their voice," says Anthony Volpe, Chief Corporate Analytics Officer at Lenovo. Big data sources for the personal technology company include social conversation data, consumer device usage data, survey data and […]

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Chasing Elephants: How to fit "big math" into the data center

If you look up Paul Kent on LinkedIn, you’ll find a two-word description for his job at SAS that says, simply: Chasing elephants. Are you picturing a Disney cartoon? Or an over-sized circus act? What if I told you that Kent’s official title is SAS VP of Big Data? Now, […]

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3 ways to use SAS with Hadoop (video)

How does Hadoop fit into your IT architecture? Does it replace your data warehouse, or complement your EDW? How can you access data in Hadoop? And what is the best way to take advantage of the parallel processing capabilities of Hadoop for advanced analytics? These and other questions are answered […]

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How’s the week gone for SAS? It’s easy as 1, 2, 3 …

SAS has had a good week.  No. 1 in Analytics The company remains No. 1 in advanced analytics -- per IDC and Forrester, not just according to marketers like me. And we remain committed to innovation. Our data visualization offering, SAS Visual Analytics, is now used by more than 500 […]

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