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Bringing the Semantic Web and Linked Data to All

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by Jennifer Zaino The Semantic Web and Linked Data promise so much to so many in the world. They provide the foundation for identifying and classifying content, while exposing, sharing, and connecting pieces of data on the Web via the W3C’s Resource Description Framework (RDF) protocol. The vision revolves around increasing the Web’s usefulness and people’s access to…

Starting Small with Big Data

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by Jelani Harper The inhibitors of Big Data initiatives are abundant and include: Upfront capital: There is a general perception that the infrastructure to apply Big Data and options for advanced analytics are costly, and that such initiatives are widely reserved for large organizations instead of small- and mid-sized ones. Technological gaps: Costs notwithstanding, many…

Contemporary Trends in Master Data Management

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by Jelani Harper Master Data Management (MDM) is changing to reflect some of the more influential technologies in the Data Management space today, which includes Big Data, graph databases, Cloud Computing, social media, mobile, and others. Collectively, these technologies reflect the overall trend of MDM’s evolution from specific domains and lines of business, to enterprise…

Best Practices for Master Data Management

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by Jelani Harper There are a number of Master Data Management (MDM) solutions that cater to specific domains (customers or products), multiple domains or even certain industries. The deployment of these options; however, can frequently shift the burden of MDM to technology instead of holistically addressing the consensus required of workers across various departments regarding…

Graph Databases are in the Spotlight, and so is Neo4j

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by Jennifer Zaino Graph databases have had it pretty good the past year or so. Some highlights since the end of 2013 include: Gartner for the first time allowed graph databases to be included in its 2014 Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management System (ODBMS). Graph database management systems saw a more than 250 percent…

Stop Data Misuse, Speed Data-Driven Innovation

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by Jennifer Zaino Like most companies, yours probably has in place information governance policies to govern the use of the data you collect to ensure compliance with internal and external privacy, and security requirements. Likewise, your business is apt to have a tool-belt of technologies on hand to monitor and log activity around that data,…

Real-Time Analysis for High-Scale Geospatial, Location Data

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by Jennifer Zaino Nearly a decade ago, there was a vision at Google that sprung from its work on BigTable, the storage system for managing structured data designed to scale to a very large size, and its efforts on Google Earth, the satellite imagery-based mapping service. The sparse, distributed, persistent multidimensional sorted map, which is…

Enhancing Big Data’s ROI

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by Jelani Harper The first wave of IT brought hardware improvements and spanned from the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, until the mid to late 1990’s. The second wave of IT heralded a shift from hardware to software; improved software programs became the principle point of distinction between competitors. Perhaps the most compelling example of…

2015 Trends in Cloud Computing: The Mobile Paradigm

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by Jelani Harper Those still unconvinced of the utility of Cloud Computing and its vitality to Data Management should know three key facts: IDC projected spending on public and private clouds to exceed $100 billion in 2015. The Cloud has long operated as the point of integration (an enabler) between the most salient Data Management…