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July 2014 DATAVERSITY Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

Unbelievably we are half way through 2014. For Americans, this means the celebration of the country’s birthday with barbeque, music, and fireworks. I was no exception in this and partook in all three traditions. And as we were sitting at the very long table with family and friends, the subject of data came up. It’s…

Hadoop or Relational – Wrong Question

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by Gil Allouche Big data is on the rise. It’s being implemented by more businesses than ever, and it’s becoming even more available because of big data in the cloud which gives affordable, quality access to businesses of all sizes. The increasing popularity and accessibility make big data extremely attractive to many different businesses, which…

Why Isn’t Data Governance Viewed More Strategically?

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by Ian Rowlands Yes, I know I’ve been quiet recently. Three separate things have slowed my blogging down. One is that work has been really busy. That’s a good thing, of course, but it limits time for thinking and writing!  The second thing is that I’ve actually taken some vacation and I just didn’t have…

NoSQL != NoDataModeling

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by Karen Lopez This week I again came across a few articles on the Internet (they must be true!) that insist NoSQL means people get data faster, with none of that nasty business of data modeling or analysis. While it’s wonderful to hear about advances in data science, I’m still not convinced that these sentiments…

Data Governance – The CSA Approach

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by Janine Joseph It’s springtime here in the north land and those of us who garden are being bombarded with seed catalogs coming in the mail. Nothing makes a northern gardener feel better than thinking about digging into warm soil; soil that was recently frozen solid. And those of us that enjoy gardening and Data…

Why the Analytics vs. Intuition Debate Misses the Mark

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by Gil Allouche As big data technology continues to evolve, improve and expand, it’s reaching more and more people and industries than ever before — from sports to health care. Data and information are becoming highly sought after, and many people feel like this all-consuming pursuit of data is reducing the importance of human intuition…

June 2014 DATAVERSITY Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

It’s been a great year for me to satisfy my inner geek (IG). As mentioned at Enterprise Data World 2014 Conference and Expo (#EDW14) last month, we had Peter Olson from Marvel Entertainment give a Keynote followed by Philip Sheppard from the Royal Academy of Music, both of whom blew us all away with their…

Practical Data Science and the Tricky Business of A/B Testing

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by James Kobielus Increasingly, the best websites aren’t so much designed as calculated. And that calculation, more often than not, rides on a never-ending campaign of A/B testing. And the A/B testing, in turn, is under the constant supervision of data scientists running one real world experiment after another. The calculations for modern website optimization…