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What the Chief Data Officer is Doing for Customization

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by Angela Guess Bob Renner of Yahoo! Small Business Advisor writes, “As data has become multifaceted, the need for more analysis, management and integration has led companies to look for new solutions that can meet all of their needs. In fact, analyst firm IDC predicts the global big data technology and services market will reach $23.8 billion by…

Bob Wiederhold’s Take on Making NoSQL Mission-Critical

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by Angela Guess Database Trends and Applications recently interviewed Couchbase CEO Bob Wiederhold about the future of NoSQL. Asked about how NoSQL has changed over the last three years, Wiederhold commented, “There has been a massive change. The first phase of the NoSQL industry I think was really characterized by grass roots developer adoption. Developers would…

Traditional IT is Dead. Long Live DevOps

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by Angela Guess Matt Asay of ReadWrite recently wrote, “If Gartner’s recent poll of NoSQL database adopters is any indication, traditional IT is dead. Not just a little bit dead. Dead dead. According to the Gartner poll, a scant 5.5% of NoSQL users identified themselves as DBAs that run their businesses operating on those storage systems. The survey was…

A Grand Unified Theory of Metadata

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by Ian Rowlands There’s a wonderful idea in particle physics called a “Grand Unified Theory.” These theories unite the interaction of forces – and if ever one can be proved to be true then all these basic physical forces will be aspects of the same force. (OK, yes physic geeks, I’ve really over-simplified it, please…

What Big Data Venture Capitalists are Looking For

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by Angela Guess Jordan Novet of Venture Beat reports, “Sprinkling some big-data sauce on sales or marketing software won’t get a dime out of these moneybags. Four prominent venture capitalists who have funded big-data companies dished about what they’ve gotten tired of — and what they might actually like to fund — at O’Reilly Media’s Strata…

Make Money Selling Your Personal Data?

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by Angela Guess Fox Van Allen of Techlicious reports, “A new startup called Datacoup is making headlines for its radical business model: The company will pay you up to $8 per month for anonymized access to your financial data and social media accounts. Datacoup customers are asked to sign over access to their Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other social…

Optum is Using Big Data to Answer Healthcare’s Toughest Questions

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by Angela Guess Stephanie Baum of MedCityNews recently wrote, “One year after UnitedHealth Group  and subsidiary Optum opened Optum Labs as a collaborative research and development organization across life science and healthcare to improve patient care, it has added seven collaboration partners who will tap resources like a database of claims and electronic health record data from founding partner…