Enterprise Information Management

IBM Partners with Oncor to Bring Smart Grid to Texas

by Angela Guess According to a new article out of the company, IBM has announced “a big data project with Oncor, the largest electric delivery company in Texas, that delivers an advanced power grid to help ensure efficient electricity delivery and enable more than 3 million Texas homes and businesses to play a more active…

The ‘Truthiness’ of MDM

by Angela Guess Loraine Lawson of IT Business Edge reports, “When it comes to master data management, it seems CIOs and IT leaders may be engaging in a bit of what Stephen Colbert calls ‘truthiness.’ Truthiness is when you just ‘know’ something is so, without regard to facts or logic. ‘Now, Loraine. That doesn’t sound…

Big Data Isn’t Just a Big Company Concern

by Angela Guess Ron Miller of O’Reilly Strata writes, “When you bandy about a term like ‘big data’ often enough, it tends to lose its meaning. But big data is much more than a marketing term, although it is that, too — it’s a means of trying to understand and control the sheer volume of…

Big Data is Really about Architecture

by Angela Guess Lori MacVittie of ZDnet opines, ” What’s missing from all the conversations about big data is a focus on the infrastructure necessary to support it — and in particular its use in real time. For many companies, big data means opening up access to the data warehouses they have always maintained. Data warehousing has…

IBM’s Big Data Bet

by Angela Guess Peter Cohan of Forbes reports, “International Business Machines (IBM) has three ways to profit from corporate and government spending on technology — services, hardware, and software. And thanks to Big Data, Big Blue is poised to use all three to add millions to its bottom line. As he explained in an October 26…

BloomReach and Big Data Applications (BDAs)

by Angela Guess Dave Feinleib of Forbes recently opined that BloomReach may be the next Omniture. He writes, ” Big Data Applications (BDAs) are the hot topic in Big Data and no category is hotter than Big Data Apps for Sales and Marketing. BloomReach, a provider of web site content optimization solutions based on Big Data, recently…

Public Sector Person Identifiers

by Michael Brackett Uniquely identifying people is not an easy task; but, it is far from impossible.  Uniquely identifying people is important in both private sector and public sector organizations.  However, it’s more important in public sector organizations due to the larger volume of data sharing between public sector organizations and the wider range of…

Why MDM Still Matters

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by Christine Denney With all the hype around new technologies, like Hadoop, it feels like the excitement of Master Data Management is disappearing like candy on Halloween.  Could it be that MDM is really yesterday’s news?  Something that was a passing fad and is no longer relevant?  Hardly.  The need for the discipline of managing…

Beyond Hadoop

by Angela Guess Jaikumar Vijayan of ComputerWorld reports, “Hadoop and MapReduce have long been mainstays of the big data movement, but some companies now need new and faster ways to extract business value from massive — and constantly growing — datasets. While many large organizations are still turning to the open source Hadoop big data…

Lack of Skills Hurting Potential Value of Big Data

by Angela Guess Camille Tuutti of FCW.com reports, “There are big opportunities in big data, but also big challenges for agencies hoping to get up to speed. In a recent poll of 151 federal IT professionals, MeriTalk found agencies have less than half of the storage, computing and manpower they would need to leverage big data…