October 2014 DATAVERSITY Letter from the Editor

The 7 Most Data-Rich Companies

Is Chief Analytics Officer the Latest Addition to the C-Suite?

Stibo Systems Congratulates Brady Corp as a 2014 Technology Leadership Award Winner for Information Optimization

The 7 Most Data-Rich Companies

by Angela Guess Bernard Marr of Smart Data Collective recently wrote, “Some companies really get big data. Not only do…

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Data Quality as a Service: Success at Scale

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by Jennifer Zaino Many IT leaders aim at providing Data Quality as a Service (DQaaS) to business users, but few succeed at realizing that goal at scale. It is possible, though, if IT execs standardize their approach to the challenge. Carl Gerber, Head of Enterprise Data Transformation at Teachers Insurance and Annuities Association of America…

Data Replication: The Crux of Data Management

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by Jelani Harper There are numerous daily developments in the data landscape involving new technologies and applications impacting the Internet of Things, Big Data, the consumerization of IT, and the burgeoning empowerment of the business. Despite so much going on, the vast majority of interest regarding data and its influence throughout contemporary society is easily…

Data Management as a Science

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by Jelani Harper The overall purpose of an organization’s Data Management strategy is sure to vary according to industry and organizational objectives, business requirements and operations procedures. Despite these variables, there is a common goal for virtually every Data Management initiative regardless of industry, business focus or even enterprise size and resource allocation—to make data…

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Myth 2 – Meaningless Normalization

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by Karen Lopez Does this happen to you: someone gives you a table structure and asks you to say what normal form it’s in?  You look at it, see something that looks like repeating groups and some columns that look like they aren’t supposed to be mixed up with all those other columns (lets say…

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…

Data Webinars | Upcoming Live Presentations

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 16 RWDG Webinar: Governance Risk and Compliance

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DATE: October 16, 2014 TIME: 2 PM Eastern / 11 AM Pacific PRICE: Free to all attendees About the Webinar The target of many a Data Governance Program is to nail their regulatory and compliance requirements first to appease the government and industry regulators before doing anything else. Risk Management, as a practice, is already…

Enterprise Information Management News, Articles, & Education

New Continuent Tungsten 3.0 Combines The Power Of Highly Available Open Source DBMS With Real-Time Analytics

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by Angela Guess A recent article out of the company reports, “Continuent, Inc., a leading provider of open source database clustering and replication solutions, today announced Continuent Tungsten 3.0, a powerful solution that combines advanced clustering and replication technologies to meet the transaction processing and analytic needs of the entire business. Continuent Tungsten 3.0 enables…

GridGain In-Memory Data Fabric Brings Unprecedented Speed, Scale and Simplicity to Big Data

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by Angela Guess A recent article out of the company reports that “GridGain™ Systems (www.GridGain.com), the leading innovator of open source in-memory computing solutions, announced the launch of the GridGain In-Memory Data Fabric, a comprehensive software solution that accelerates business operations and time to insights by enabling high-performance transactions, real-time streaming and ultra-fast analytics in…

Data Replication: The Crux of Data Management

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by Jelani Harper There are numerous daily developments in the data landscape involving new technologies and applications impacting the Internet of Things, Big Data, the consumerization of IT, and the burgeoning empowerment of the business. Despite so much going on, the vast majority of interest regarding data and its influence throughout contemporary society is easily…

Data Governance & Data Quality News, Articles, & Education

Stibo Systems Congratulates Brady Corp as a 2014 Technology Leadership Award Winner for Information Optimization

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by Angela Guess A new article out of the company reports, “Stibo Systems, the global leader in multidomain Master Data Management (MDM) solutions, today announced that its customer, Brady Corporation, a global manufacturer and marketer of complete identification solutions, has been chosen as the winner of the 2014 Ventana Technology Leadership Award for Information Optimization…

Data Quality as a Service: Success at Scale

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by Jennifer Zaino Many IT leaders aim at providing Data Quality as a Service (DQaaS) to business users, but few succeed at realizing that goal at scale. It is possible, though, if IT execs standardize their approach to the challenge. Carl Gerber, Head of Enterprise Data Transformation at Teachers Insurance and Annuities Association of America…

The CIO’s Role in Data Governance

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by Angela Guess Madeline Weiss and June Drewry of CIO.com recently wrote, “The CIO’s role in IT project portfolio governance is well established. The 2004 book IT Governance, by Peter Weill and Jeanne Ross, captured the benefits of effective IT governance: higher return on assets, investments tied to strategic priorities, greater agility and reduced duplication.…

Big Data News, Articles, & Education

The 7 Most Data-Rich Companies

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by Angela Guess Bernard Marr of Smart Data Collective recently wrote, “Some companies really get big data. Not only do they realize size matters – they understand you also have to know what to do with it. Here’s a list of seven companies I think are at the top of the game, when it comes…

Is Chief Analytics Officer the Latest Addition to the C-Suite?

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by Angela Guess Rob O’Regan of Computer World recently wrote, “The C-suite may need a bigger boardroom. As organizations expand their executive teams with new C-level titles that underscore their digital transformations in-progress, the role of chief analytics officer is gaining traction. Driven by organizations’ desire to turn big data into a strategic asset, the…

Your Next Big Data Investment: MIT’s Online Big Data Class

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by Angela Guess Jeff Bertolucci of InformationWeek recently wrote, “What’s the best way to learn about big data? An online program may be the preferred option for students who can’t attend on-campus classes during the day or evening. Schools increasingly are catering to the needs of the online student who, unlike most undergrads, tends to…

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

Modeling Slides: Modeling Metadata

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Big Challenges in Data Modeling: Modeling Metadata from DATAVERSITY To view just the On Demand recording of this webinar, click HERE>> 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…

Modeling Webinar: Modeling Metadata

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Big Challenges in Data Modeling: Modeling Metadata from DATAVERSITY To view just the slides from this presentation, click HERE>> 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…

Myth 2 – Meaningless Normalization

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by Karen Lopez Does this happen to you: someone gives you a table structure and asks you to say what normal form it’s in?  You look at it, see something that looks like repeating groups and some columns that look like they aren’t supposed to be mixed up with all those other columns (lets say…

NoSQL News, Articles, & Education

NoSQL Has Arrived, Big Time

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by Angela Guess Matt Asay of ReadWrite recently wrote, “NoSQL, the newish alternative to traditional relational databases, is a big deal, but it can also be a big mess: there are more than 100 different NoSQL databases, and several different kinds ranging from document to key-value to columnar to graph databases. Even more confusingly, relational…

Basho Releases Riak Enterprise 2.0

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by Angela Guess Toby Wolpe of ZDNet reports, “Database firm Basho says newly-available Riak Enterprise 2.0 will open the distributed NoSQL key-value data store to a wider audience and to new use cases, with extra data types and integrated Apache Solr search. Additional distributed data types in the new enterprise-supported version of the database, which…

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…

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…