Big Data News, Articles, & Education

Why NoSQL Doesn’t Do Away With SQL

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by Angela Guess Bill Franks of Forbes recently opined, “One of the more highly hyped concepts around big data that’s been on my mind these days is the newly expanding world of non-relational tools.  They’re called non-relational because they are not based on a relational database and, significantly, do not use SQL as the primary…

MongoDB Raises $80M in New Funding

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by Angela Guess Jonathan Vanian of GigaOM reports, “NoSQL startup MongoDB is aiming to raise $100 million and has already taken in $79.9 million, according to a SEC document that the company filed this week and has confirmed to Gigaom. The new cash influx comes after a $150 million funding round the startup landed in…

NoSQL is the Future: More NoSQL Applications Emerging

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by Angela Guess Phil Wainewright of Diginomica reports, “Billy Bosworth, CEO of DataStax, took his audience on a trip down memory lane as he opened last month’s Cassandra Summit in London. He recalled that his career choice as a computer science major in 1992 had been between skilling up for the IMS database running on…

What Affect Can Big Data Have On the Price of Oil?

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by Angela Guess Duncan Irving of Teradata recently wrote for Forbes, “The current malaise in the oil and gas industry commenced well before the falling price of oil started to dominate headlines and caused upheaval in currency and stock markets. Take the Digital Oil Field (DOF) – a.k.a. Integrated Operations of the Future, the Smart…

How to Extract Insights from Big Data

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by Angela Guess Salil Godika of Datamation recently wrote, “While sifting through vast amounts of information can look like a lot of work, there are rewards. By reading large, disparate sets of unstructured data, one can identify connections from unrelated  data sources and find patterns. What makes this method of analysis extremely effective is that…

Big Data v. Thick Data

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by Angela Guess Mary Shacklett of Tech Republic recently wrote, “Christian Madsbjerg and Mikkel Rasmussen of ReD Associates, a consultancy that assists companies in understanding human behavior, recently discussed how big data is not enough to reach big goals. They wrote in The Wall Street Journal that ‘In fact, companies rely too much on the…

Stop Relying on Intuition Alone

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by Angela Guess Asha Saxena of Entrepreneur recently wrote, “Relying on intuition to guide decisions is an age-old practice that’s pointed many successful business leaders to historic breakthroughs. Take Steve Jobs, for example. He developed and released the iPad without any market demand for such a product. Despite industry criticism, the iPad was a success…

Big Data Can Support Sustainable Development Around the World

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by Angela Guess Thiemo Fetzer and Amadou Sy of the Africa in Focus blog recently wrote, “There is a lot of hope around the potential of Big Data—massive volumes of data (such as cell phone GPS signals, social media posts, online digital pictures and videos, and transaction records of online purchases) that are large and…

Big Data’s Impact: Trends to Look For Over the Coming Year

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by Angela Guess Deven Parekh of Insight Venture Partners recently shared five ways big data will impact our lives in 2015 with Tech Crunch. He worries about Big Data terrorism: “The recent Sony hacking case is notable because it appears to potentially be the first state-sponsored act of cyber-terrorism where a company has been successfully…