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Speaker Spotlight Column: An Interview with Anne Marie Smith

by Charles Roe In an effort to leverage the knowledge of several of the top minds in the Data Management industry, DATAVERSITY™ has been conducting a series of interviews on some of the most relevant topics in the field today. Recently, we interviewed Anne Marie Smith, Principal Consultant, Alabama Yankee Systems, LLC. Anne Marie will…

Netflix, Big Data, and Art (or a Lack Thereof)

by Angela Guess Andrew Leonard of Salon recently voiced his concerns regarding Netflix’s use of Big Data to track user data, viewing habits, and even figure out what new shows “should” be made. Leonard writes, “I hit the pause button roughly one-third of the way through the first episode of “House of Cards,” the political…

A Business Case for Big Data Analytics in Health Care

by Angela Guess David Linthicum of Health Data Management reports, “The hype around the use of Big Data analytics would lead many to believe that we should be able to understand all things about anything, within any business, as deep or as shallow as we want to go. The reality is that most health care…

Determining Data Governance Maturity

by Angela Guess Rob Karel of Informatica recently wrote, “No organization begins to implement a data governance program from an entirely blank slate; every organization likely has some capabilities to leverage. Determining an organization’s current level of data governance maturity is a useful and necessary first step in developing a customized plan that is both…

Lewis Carroll and Data Governance

Ian Rowlands

by Ian Rowlands Alice laughed. ‘There’s no use trying,’ she said ‘one can’t believe impossible things.’ ‘I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. – The White Queen,…

The Dangers of Big Data Silos

by Angela Guess Brian McKenna of Computer Weekly reports, “Gartner is warning organisations against treating big data as a unique species. The analyst firm also sees risk in neglecting what is special about mobile as against desktop computing and sees genuine chances for businesses to convert their data into cash. Speaking ahead of next week’s…

IBM Acquires Star Analytics

by Angela Guess According to IBM, the company has agreed to buy Star Analytics, a privately held business analytics company based in Redwood City, CA. The announcement states, “The combination of IBM and Star Analytics software will further advance IBM’s business analytics initiatives, allowing organizations to gain faster access and real-time insight into specialized data…

Bringing “Big Testing” to the Marketing Department

by Angela Guess Scott Brinker of Search Engine Land recently argued that in order to fully take advantage of Big Data, the CMO must shift marketing culture toward “big testing.” He writes, ” For years, testing and optimization have been niche practices in the marketing department. A/B testing with a few direct mail pieces in…

Catalyst Releases OnRamp 2013

by Angela Guess According to a recent article of Catalyst Repository Systems, the company has announced “the release of OnRamp 2013, its behind-the-firewall enterprise data integration tool. OnRamp 2013 helps corporations automatically collect and load data directly into Catalyst’s secure enterprise cloud repository. Catalyst is showcasing OnRamp 2013 at LegalTech, Booth #2401-2403. Free and easy…

Adaptive Computing Leads Field in Supercomputing

by Angela Guess Adaptive Computing has announced “two significant awards recently presented to Adaptive customers. Titan, the supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), was declared the world’s fastest in the latest semiannualTOP500 list, securing the No. 1 position. In addition, the Beacon system at the University of Tennessee National Institute for Computational Sciences was…