Big Data News, Articles, & Education

How Google Now is Utilizing Big Data

by Angela Guess MIKE2.0 has posted an article on the Smart Data Collective regarding Google Now and Big Data. According to the article, “Few companies manage information better than Google. If there were an annual award for corporate information management (IM), I’m sure that Google would have won it–or had been in the top three–over the…

7 Predictions for Hadoop in 2013

by Angela Guess Herb Cunitz of Hortonworks recently shared seven predictions for Hadoop in 2013. His first prediction is that Big Data will become simply “data”: “Over the past 18 months the term ‘big data’ has emerged and has defined a space for swath of new (and existing) technologies.  It has been called transformative and…

Introducing Couchbase Server 2.0

by Angela Guess Couchbase Server 2.0 was released last month, and now the people at Couchbase are offering a free webinar on January 22 introducing the latest updates. According to the company, “Couchbase Server 2.0 is here! Couchbase Server 2.0 is a document database that includes JSON support, indexing and querying capabilities, and cross datacenter…

Big Data: Not Just for Big Companies

by Angela Guess Brian Profitt of ReadWriteWeb recently argued that Big Data isn’t just a tool for big companies. He writes, “2013 is going to be 12 full months of hype surrounding the Big Data craze, with tantalizing tales of e-commerce analytics that will move beyond predicting pregnancies to doing something really cool: like figuring out the…

Amazon’s Cloud is Thriving

by Angela Guess Barb Darrow of GigaOM reports, “If you want a good debate, just ask a group of pundits about the size and profitability of Amazon Web Services then sit back with some popcorn. There are two main schools of thought: One holds that AWS is a business with razor-thin margins that is underwritten…

Big Data Implementation: Benefit, Not Burden

by Angela Guess Patrick Kennedy of Real Business recently discussed how to make Big Data a benefit to your business and not a burden. He writes, “Although big data is a relatively new phenomenon, the principles that underline its management have been tried and tested for years. Businesses should not lose sight of these principles…

Apache Launches Cassandra v1.2

by Angela Guess According to a recent release out of the company, “The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of nearly 150 Open Source projects and initiatives, today announced Apache Cassandra v1.2, the latest version of the highly-scalable, fault-tolerant, Big Data distributed database. Successfully handling thousands of requests per second, Apache…

Big Data Booms in 2012, Spurring Big Opportunities for 2013

Anjul Bhambhri

by Anjul Bhambhri In 2012, big data came to a head as its value in improving business operations were realized, and a shift began with applying an increased use of analytics to understand, interact with and serve customers. Yet, this is a new era – one that’s completely changing the type of information businesses collect…

The Truly Big Opportunity: Big Data Apps

by Angela Guess Justin LaFayette recently wrote an article for VentureBeat regarding what he considers the “real” opportunity of Big Data: software applications. He writes, “The infrastructure and platform plays that are grabbing the headlines are critical, but they won’t create the same long-term value as those entrepreneurs who figure out how to apply Big…

Can Big Data Replace Intuition?

by Angela Guess Steve Lohr of the New York Times recently opined that Big Data is great, but so is intuition. He writes: ” It was the bold title of a conference this month at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and of a widely read article in The Harvard Business Review last October: Big Data: The Management…