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New Report on Shoring Up Data Governance

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by Angela Guess Michael Shashoua of Waters Technology recently wrote, “Data governance efforts can backslide into becoming more about documentation and cost savings, but to be effective, they must be firmly anchored in communication between the business and technology departments of firms trying to implement them, as participants in the Virtual Roundtable and Q&A features…

Who is Collecting and Marketing Your Personal Data?

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by Cathy Nolan The Wall Street Journal conducted a study that found that the nation’s 50 top websites installed, on average, 64 pieces of tracking technology onto the computers of visitors, usually with no warning. A dozen sites each installed more than a hundred. Tracking isn’t new, but the technology is growing so powerful and…

Big Data is a Double-Edged Sword

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by Angela Guess Daniel Riedel of Wired recently discussed the potential good and the potential harm that can be accomplished via Big Data. He writes, “The issue is that big data is a double-edged sword, and it’s razor sharp on both sides. Although it has amazing potential to improve our world, it can easily be…

Surveying the Current State of Enterprise Search

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by Angela Guess Martin White of CMS Wire recently wrote, “We’ve reached an understanding over the last few years around issues related to the low level of enterprise search implementations and the lack of user confidence in search results. A number of surveys published in 2014 have investigated how search is being implemented and some…

Why the Weather Channel Switched to NoSQL

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by Angela Guess Joab Jackson of PC World recently wrote, “Changing databases is not a move to be taken lightly, especially when the switch is to a relatively new kind of database. The Weather Channel, however, found that it had to switch to a NoSQL MongoDB data store in order to more quickly develop apps…

Simplifying Predictive Analytics

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by Jelani Harper Predictive analytics represents the culmination of technology initially pioneered in Business Intelligence tools, especially when one considers their prescriptive capabilities that not only determine the likelihood of future events, but also prescribe the most viable courses of action to deal with them. When combined with sets of Big Data—which are constantly updating…

How Much is Big Data Worth?

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by Angela Guess Vipal Monga of The Wall Street Journal recently wrote, “What groceries you buy, what Facebook posts you ‘like’ and how you use GPS in your car: Companies are building their entire businesses around the collection and sale of such data. The problem is that no one really knows what all that information…

Salesforce Delivers Wave, the Salesforce Analytics Cloud

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by Angela Guess A new article out of the company reports, “Salesforce, the Customer Success Platform and world’s #1 CRM, today announced Wave, the Salesforce Analytics Cloud. Wave is the first cloud analytics platform designed for every business user, making it easier than ever for anyone to explore data, uncover new insights and take action…

MapR Announces Initiative for Integration between Apache Drill and Apache Spark

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by Angela Guess According to a new article out of the company, “MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the top-ranked distribution for Apache Hadoop, today announced an initiative to integrate Apache Drill, which provides instant, self-service data exploration across multiple data sources, with Apache Spark, the in-memory processing framework that provides speed, programming ease and real-time…

Are You Making this Costly Database Mistake?

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by Thomas LaRock Imagine the beginning of a typical office worker’s day: After getting a cup of coffee and logging in on their computer, they’ll most likely open up whatever applications they use throughout the work day—email, chat, internal CRM systems and maybe the company intranet. This time, however, one or more of the applications…