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SAS Adds Hadoop to List of Supported Data Sources

by Angela Guess A new article reports, “Analytics vendor SAS on Tuesday announced a SAS Enterprise Data Integration Server update that adds Apache Hadoop to its long list of supported data sources. But that’s just the start of a comprehensive approach SAS has in the works for big data analysis. Where many vendors treat Hadoop…

Surveying the Top Data Markets

by Angela Guess Edd Dumbill recently analysed the data market offerings of four top providers. He begins, “The web has facilitated a blossoming of information providers. As the ability to discover and exchange data improves, the need to rely on aggregators such as Bloomberg or Thomson Reuters is declining. This is a good thing: the…

Data Isn’t Knowledge

by Angela Guess Joe Brockmeier reported that an audience of data scientists recently “narrowly agreed that their arsenal of tools and algorithms trumped the knowledge and experience of the meteorologists, financiers, and retailers to whose domains data scientists are increasingly turning.” Paul Miller counters, “This is an extremely worrying attitude, and I can only hope that those who…

Twitter Sells Old Tweets to DataSift for Analysis

by Angela Guess Todd Wasserman reports, “Twitter has sold a bunch of old tweets to a firm called DataSift, which will analyze them for marketing purposes. The Mail Online reports that DataSift is the first such company to get access to the tweets, which go back two years. Another 1,000-plus companies are on DataSift’s waiting list. DataSift…

Analyzing the Twitterverse to Find the Oscar Fan-Favorites

by Angela Guess IBM recently teamed up with the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab and the LA Times to once again put there Senti-meter to work. This time the partnership used the tool to discover who the fan favorites were for the Oscars. According to the post, “The Oscar Senti-meter is a tool developed by the…

Revolutionizing The Information Supply Chain – Components (Part Two)

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by Jay Zaidi In the earlier post titled “Revolutionizing The Information Supply Chain – The Apple Story” we reviewed the benefits of developing a highly optimized Information Supply Chain (ISC).  In this post, I will share a graphical representation of an ISC and highlight its components. Rather than re-invent the wheel,  I decided to use a diagram that…

Breaking Down Big Data

by Angela Guess Brian Proffitt has written a thorough breakdown of current Big Data tools and vendors. He prefaces his article thus: “The focus on big data is amusing to many veterans of data storage systems. While big data systems offer flexibilities of scale at far more affordable prices than ever before, long-time data experts…

Big Data’s Mysteries

by Angela Guess John Thielens recently commented that businesses should be wary of Big Data. He explains, “There’s been a lot of hype lately around the concept of big data, with the lion’s share of that hype related to things like analytics, data management and data storage technologies (like NoSQL). That’s all well and good. But…

Downsizing the Top PC Text-based Baseball Game to fit on the iPhone

by Paul Williams Even with the overwhelming popularity of fantasy baseball, there still remains enough of a niche for its more esoteric older brother, the text-based baseball simulation.  From the paper-and-pencil days of Strat-O-Matic Baseball to the current computer-based versions, many armchair General Managers have proved time and time again that they could do a…

Data Virtualization in the Enterprise

by Angela Guess In a recent interview Suresh Chandrasekaran, SVP of Denodo discussed data virtualization and its various use cases. He stated, “Data virtualization is both a data integration approach and a technology that provides unified data access across disparate data sources to multiple business applications and users, delivered on demand. I emphasize a few things:…