Enterprise Information Management

Minimizing the Risks of Data Loss

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by David Logue Esq. This post is a continuation of the series on Solid State Drives (SSDs) and their role in enterprise storage.  In the first post, I discussed the differences between traditional HDDs and SSDs.  In the second post, I looked at the challenges associated with data destruction and asset disposal.  In this post,…

Why We Need Even Bigger Data

by Angela Guess Dr. Michael Wu recently shared his argument in Tech Crunch as to why companies and researchers need to start collecting even bigger data. He writes, “The value of any data is only as valuable as the information and insights we can extract from it. It is the information and insights that will…

Three Free Data Visualization Tools for Data Professionals

by Paul Williams Data analysis remains a vital part of the Data Management industry. Being able to actually see the data helps the human mind understand its underlying meaning. Data visualization tools provide this functionality in many forms – from the graphing tool inside Excel to the embedded visualizer in the Graph database, InfiniteGraph. Three…

MDM Is Growing Up

by Angela Guess Andy Hayler of CIO UK recently shared his insights regarding the continually developing Master Data Management sector. He writes, “The master data management (MDM) industry has now been around for about a decade: it does not have an obvious date to put on its birth certificate but the term started to be…

The Key to Data Science: Asking the Right Questions

by Angela Guess Gil Press of Forbes reports, “In a week when tech vendors traditionally go on a news hiatus, the people who actually do big data came to the fore. InformationWeek reported on the gathering of nearly three dozen data scientists from academia and business at the Chief Data Scientist Summit in Chicago.  The sexiest part of performing…

When MDM Projects Fail

by Angela Guess Steve Sarsfield of Computer World UK recently discussed why some Master Data Management projects fail. He writes, “If we take the key goal as being the creation a consolidated accurate view of enterprise data and using that to drive enhanced business decision-making, leading to improved business performance and increased business agility, then…

Aetna Using Big Data to Improve Health

by Angela Guess Stacey Higginbotham of GigaOM reports, “Aetna, the insurance company that currently serves 18.2 million members, has a lot of data on its customers in the form of conditions treated (or billed for), prescriptions filled and the types of treatments doctors prescribe, and now it’s using that data to improve patient care. This…

Microsoft Plans Zero-Electricity Data Center

by Angela Guess Heather Clancy of ZDnet recently asked the question, “Is it possible to run data centers entirely off the traditional electrical grid? Starting in March 2013, Microsoft plans to test its “Data Plant” concept with a small modular demonstration installation in Cheyenne, Wyoming, that will get its power from biogas created at a local wastewater…

Increasing Investor Interest in Big Data

by Angela Guess Justin Menza of CNBC reports, “Many big software stalwarts like SAP, Oracle, IBM  and Teradata  have been busy investing in their own big data solutions. SAP told CNBC last month that the three emerging technologies of cloud computing, mobility and big data are all growing triple digits. Adobe Systems  is even looking to become the big data company for digital…

MDM Evolving to Suit NoSQL

by Angela Guess Loraine Lawson of IT Business Edge recently discussed the overlap between MDM and NoSQL. She writes, “Master data management is an established industry, but there’s still a lot of movement and innovation, which continues to surprise me. Just last month, for instance, Informatica arranged a stock buyout of the Germany-based Heiler Software MDM.…