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Hadoop is in the ‘Sweet Spot’

by Angela Guess Peter Wayner reports, “It’s been a big year for Apache Hadoop, the open source project that helps you split your workload among a rack of computers. The buzzword is now well known to your boss but still just a vague and hazy concept for your boss’s boss. That puts it in the sweet…

Big Data Means Big Opportunities

by Angela Guess Steve Lohr writes for the New York Times that the age of Big Data is upon us. He begins, “GOOD with numbers? Fascinated by data? The sound you hear is opportunity knocking. Mo Zhou was snapped up by I.B.M. last summer, as a freshly minted Yale M.B.A., to join the technology company’s…

How Big Data is Changing the BI Landscape

by Angela Guess Paul Sonderegger recently argued that Big Data is irrevocably changing the roles of BI teams and data modelers. He writes, ” MTV’s first video, Video Killed The Radio Star, captured TV’s disruption of the music industry. Big data is disrupting the BI industry in a similar way — changing what BI teams do…

Making Smart Meters Even Smarter

by Angela Guess Sunil Soares recently outlined four data governance best practices that can be used by utility companies to better capitalize on their smart meter data. Soares states, “Over the past five years, utilities have been early drivers of big data analytics, largely through regional smart meter projects where it’s been proven that sensors…

Financial Reference Data in a Poor State

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by Angela Guess A new global survey has revealed, “Poor quality of reference data continues to create major problems for financial institutions. The survey was jointly conducted by iGATE Patni, the integrated technology and operations brand providing Business Outcomes-based solutions, in conjunction with Inside Reference Data magazine.” The article notes, “The survey had responses from…

Is February a Sports Data Wasteland?

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by Glenn J. Thomas With the passing of Super Bowl XLVI into the record books (Congratulations to the New York Giants in their win over the New England Patriots, 21-17) and discussions about the ads limited since most have been leaked on the web over the past few weeks, we enter a period of seemingly…

Finding Value in Messy, Unstructured Data

by Angela Guess A recent interview with Alyona Medelyan and Anna Divoli of Pingar takes a look at why unstructured data is worth the effort it takes to analyze it. Divoli stated, “Every single organization in every vertical deals with unstructured data. Tons of text is produced daily — emails, reports, proposals, patents, literature, etc.…

Wolfram Alpha Brings Data Analysis to the Masses

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by Angela Guess Wolfram Alpha is doing their part to democratize data. Tomorrow the company  is releasing “a new, Pro option to its already existing services. Priced at a very reasonable $4.99 a month ($2.99 for students), the new services includes the ability to use images, files, and even your own data as inputs instead…

IBM Names Profitero Global Entrepreneur of the Year

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by Angela Guess IBM has named Profitero the Global Entrepreneur of the Year and the winner of its SmartCamp competition: “Profitero analyzes competitor pricing data, offering retailers new levels of insight to help them maximize profits by adjusting pricing and merchandising strategies. IBM is working with entrepreneurs around the world to uncover and bring to market…

The Learning Curve of Big Data

by Angela Guess A new article comments on the complexity of Big Data and the limited view that many companies still have regarding Big Data’s potential. It states, “More than structured information stored neatly in rows and columns, Big Data actually comes in complex, unstructured formats, everything from web sites, social media and email, to…