Business Users Don't Know What They Want When It Comes to BI

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Predicting Crime with Big Data

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Predicting Crime with Big Data

by Angela Guess Mark Gibbs of Network World recently wrote, “Crime has patterns just like everything else humans do when…

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Democratizing Big Data

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by Jelani Harper The benefits of Big Data are apparent: improved analytics based on real-time input of a variety of geospatial, weather, customer, competitor, and industry-specific information. It highly influences business and operations processes in close to real time, especially with predictive analytics and operational intelligence options. Yet, current adoption rates prove that inhibitors of…

Semantic Interoperability: The Future of HealthCare Data

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by Jennifer Zaino Good healthcare depends so much upon having high-quality information about a patient. The problem is that that data lives across multiple providers and institutions, and that the industry has yet to fully conquer the challenge of exchanging and integrating this information, thanks to the use of multiple vocabularies, formats, and systems by…

The New Normal: Unified Cloud Accessibility

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by Jelani Harper Cloud Computing adoption rates are growing in nearly every vertical industry as organizations become aware of and take advantage of its benefits including: Less infrastructure costs: Storing data in the Cloud reduces the need for physical infrastructure and encourages the current BYOD trend in which users are not tied to specific hardware…

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Business Users Don’t Know What They Want When It Comes to BI

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by Saar Bitner It’s a typical starting point: Business users give IT a set of data, questions and requirements at the beginning of a BI project. But as they investigate and explore data, users return with a request for more data, deeper questions, and new requirements. Frustrating? Maybe. But the fact that business users do…

Machine Learning and Big Data: What you Need to Know

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by Gil Allouche Needless to say, big data is hot in tech right now. And it has a right to be. Understanding and acting on large quantities of data lets companies make business decisions more accurately and cheaply than ever. Consumers leave digital footprints through every view, click, and save. With big data, consumer preferences…

Specify the Data Model and the Database Design

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by Michael Blaha Many organizations today outsource software development. You, the customer, specify your requirements and the vendor is supposed to build software that meets your requirements. But requirements are not sufficient as a specification. With this common scenario, you have no control over the quality of the software being built. Furthermore, you have no…

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Sep 25 Webinar: Modeling Metadata

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DATE: September 25, 2014 TIME: 2 PM Eastern / 11 AM Pacific PRICE: Free to all attendees This Month’s Topic Focus: Modeling Metadata About the Webinar We invite you to join us in this monthly DATAVERSITY webinar series, “Big Challenges with Data Modeling” hosted by Karen Lopez. Join Karen and guest expert panelists each month…

Oct 14 Data-Ed Webinar: Trends in Data Modeling

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DATE: October 14, 2014 TIME: 2 PM Eastern / 11 AM Pacific PRICE: Free to all attendees About the Webinar Businesses cannot compete without data. Every organization produces and consumes it. Data trends are hitting the mainstream and businesses are adopting buzzwords such as Big Data, data vault, data scientist, etc., to seek solutions for…

Oct 28 Webinar: What the DG *?@!

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DATE: October 28, 2014 TIME: 2 PM Eastern / 11 AM Pacific PRICE: Free to all attendees This Webinar is Sponsored by: About the Webinar In an era where data is a competitive asset and product in its own right, data governance is crucial.  Especially as big data, mobile applications and other emerging practices challenge…

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Embarcadero Announces a Major New Release of its Award-Winning Database Tools

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by Angela Guess According to a new article out of the company, “Embarcadero Technologies, a leading provider of software solutions for application and database development, today announced a major new XE6 release of its award-winning portfolio of database tools, including ER/Studio, DBArtisan and Rapid SQL. The new tools enable customers to meet today’s demanding data…

Database Modernization: Treat It Like an Evolution, Not a Revolution

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by Evaldo Horn De Oliveira Most of today’s industries require the ability to store data while simultaneously allowing end-user access. However, the modern concept of a database hasn’t always been the main technology used to store data. A wide selection of alternative methods has been used over the years to store and retrieve data, such…

StorTrends 3500i Tests Well with StorageReview

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by Jelani Harper A recent press release from StorTrends states: “StorTrends® today announced that an independent lab test and benchmark conducted by StorageReview Enterprise Lab has found its StorTrends 3500i, SSD hybrid and/or full flash storage array, a powerful and easy to deploy hybrid storage platform built for high performance and maximum capacity.  During the benchmark testing, which was…

Data Governance & Data Quality News, Articles, & Education

Data Doesn’t Need to Be Governed, Employees Do

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by Angela Guess Dan Meera and Michael Nicosia of Information Management recently opined, “[Y]ou’re not governing data, you’re really governing people’s behavior. Even at the technology level, bad things happen to data because people choose to do things like copying, changing, deleting and adjusting it with little regard for others. Don’t blame them, they are…

Brady Manufactures Accurate Master Data with Stibo Systems

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by Angela Guess A recent article out of Brady reports, “Brady Corporation a leading manufacturer and marketer of high-performance identification products, has successfully implemented Stibo Systems’ Master Data Management (MDM) solution to improve the customer experience and expand on their goal of being the one-stop-shop for both products and regulatory information. By managing more than…

FTC Seeks to Prevent Big Data from Enabling Discrimination

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by Shannon Kempe Grant Gross of ComputerWorld reports the U.S Federal Trade Commission (FTC), “…is  ”committed to rigorous enforcement” of current law related to data privacy and discriminatory practices, but companies, U.S. policymakers and other groups need to have a deeper discussion about fair big data practices, FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said during an agency…

Big Data News, Articles, & Education

10 Things to Know About Big Data

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by Angela Guess Conner Forrest of Tech Republic recently put together a list of ten characteristics of Big Data. He writes, “(1) Big data is a big market. A recent IDC report forecast that the big data market will see a compound annual growth rate of 27% and will reach $32.4 billion in 2017. The…

Predicting Crime with Big Data

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by Angela Guess Mark Gibbs of Network World recently wrote, “Crime has patterns just like everything else humans do when we’re viewed as a large enough group. Thus, while individual behavior can be hard to predict, determining the average behavior of a population and then matching individuals to that template to determine “fit” can be…

The Leap from Big Data Tools to Insights

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by Angela Guess Steve Lohr of the New York Times wrote over the weekend, “Big-data management promises a significant shift in the way decisions are made across the economy. Abundant new sources of data from the web, sensors and smartphones, mined for patterns and insights by smart software, will mean that more and more decisions…

Business Intelligence News, Articles, & Education

Business Users Don’t Know What They Want When It Comes to BI

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by Saar Bitner It’s a typical starting point: Business users give IT a set of data, questions and requirements at the beginning of a BI project. But as they investigate and explore data, users return with a request for more data, deeper questions, and new requirements. Frustrating? Maybe. But the fact that business users do…

Analytics Tailored for Broadcasters

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by Jelani Harper A recent announcement from Octoshape and Nice People at Work states, “Octoshape, an industry leader in cloud-based, over-the-top (OTT) stream acceleration and contribution technologies for broadcasters, enterprises and carriers, and Nice People At Work, the leader in advanced media analytics and real-time viewer experience monitoring tools, announced they have partnered to deliver…

Analytics or Your Gut?

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by Jelani Harper Steven Hillion recently wrote on TechCrunch: “Data is more varied and fast-moving than ever, and analyzing it effectively now requires highly sophisticated software and machinery. But where does big data analytics leave the good-old-fashioned hunch? What if the data tells a business manager to “jump” but her intuition says “stay”? It might…

Data Modeling News, Articles, & Education

Specify the Data Model and the Database Design

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by Michael Blaha Many organizations today outsource software development. You, the customer, specify your requirements and the vendor is supposed to build software that meets your requirements. But requirements are not sufficient as a specification. With this common scenario, you have no control over the quality of the software being built. Furthermore, you have no…

Sep 25 Webinar: Modeling Metadata

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DATE: September 25, 2014 TIME: 2 PM Eastern / 11 AM Pacific PRICE: Free to all attendees This Month’s Topic Focus: Modeling Metadata About the Webinar We invite you to join us in this monthly DATAVERSITY webinar series, “Big Challenges with Data Modeling” hosted by Karen Lopez. Join Karen and guest expert panelists each month…

Characteristics of a Great Enterprise Data Modeler – Part II

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by Karen Lopez In a previous post, I wrote about five characteristics of a great data modeler and why it’s important to assess these traits during the interview process.  I continue here with five more characteristics. That brings us to a total of ten. In the comments below, I’d love to hear about other characteristics you’d want…

NoSQL News, Articles, & Education

MapR Redefines SQL-on-Hadoop with Apache Drill

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by Angela Guess According to a new article out of the company, “MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the top-ranked distribution for Apache™ Hadoop®, today announced the addition of Apache Drill 0.5 to the MapR Distribution including Hadoop. Bringing next-generation ANSI SQL to Hadoop, Apache Drill provides instant, self-service data exploration across multiple data sources including…

NuoDB Announces Alliance With Leading Data Integrity Vendor

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by Angela Guess A recent article out of the company reports that “NuoDB, Inc., the leader in webscale distributed database technology, announced today an alliance with Guardtime, the Silicon-Valley-based inventor of Keyless Signature Infrastructure (KSI) technology, and global leader in ensuring data integrity. NuoDB and Guardtime both focus their product strategies on innovative technology to…

NoSQL FoundationDB Launches Free SQL Add-On

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by Shannon Kempe Ori Herrnstadt from FoundationDB reports on their free SQL Layer launch add-on to their NoSQL database. Ori writes, “For those of you have followed our SQL Layer story unfolding, you knew this day was coming, and we’re pretty excited about it. After a year of hard work by the SQL team in FoundationDB’s…

Data Science News, Articles, & Education

Data Science and Art: RRE Certification

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by Jelani Harper Gartner describes Open Source R—arguably the script of choice for Data Scientists and one of the most pivotal tools for creating advanced and predictive analytics—as “increasingly popular” (Herschel et al, 2014), while Forrester lauds its ubiquity. As one of the earliest champions of Open Source R, Revolution Analytics swiftly addressed its scalability…

Predictive Interaction Technology Frees Up Data Professionals’ Time

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by Jennifer Zaino As a data professional, how much of your time is spent working on fixing up your data, rather than working on answering questions and solving problems with your data? On average data cleansing and transformation takes up 80 percent of data professionals’ time, according to Joseph Hellerstein, a Chancellor’s Professor of Computer…

Practical Data Science and the Tricky Business of A/B Testing

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by James Kobielus Increasingly, the best websites aren’t so much designed as calculated. And that calculation, more often than not, rides on a never-ending campaign of A/B testing. And the A/B testing, in turn, is under the constant supervision of data scientists running one real world experiment after another. The calculations for modern website optimization…