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The Chief Data Architect

by Michael Brackett Over the years many titles have been proposed and used for primary data management positions, such as data administrator, data guardian, data czar, data custodian, and so on.  A recent title is data governor, presumably to manage the data governance function.  However, data cannot be governed—only people can be governed.[i]  Another recent…

Big Data Plus Data Virtualization Equals?

by Jelani Harper Organizations are becoming more data-driven in their operational and business processes, and it has become clear that Big Data is here to stay. International Data Corporation forecasts the Big Data’s services and technologies market to expand from $3.2 billion in 2010 to $16.9 billion in 2015 – a 40 percent annual growth…

Teradata Closes In On Unified Data Analytics

by Jelani Harper Teradata has long aspired to provide an environment in which it can readily analyze and integrate all forms of data for the enterprise. On April 15, 2013 it revealed a number of technologies that have made the dream a reality. The prominent data analytics solutions provider substantially bolstered its Unified Data Architecture…

Mobile Business Intelligence

by Jelani Harper Mobile Business Intelligence (BI) extends the decision-making and analytics capabilities of conventional BI beyond the office. The ubiquity of smartphones and tablet devices (such as iPads), in addition to a growing number of vendors, mobile platforms, and applications, has rendered this form of BI one of the most viable means of accessing…

What to Look for in a an Enterprise Cloud Provider

by Ezekiel James Cloud technology is being adopted on a large scale by all sorts of organizations and users, yet the technology itself is still quite new. As with any new-ish technology, there is always some level of reluctance when it comes to early or even on-time adoption. The reality is that the benefits of…

A Closer Look at Neo4j – the Graph Database

by Paul Williams The recent upward tick in the popularity of graph databases within the NoSQL movement reflects the trend of Big Data, partly generated by social data. Enterprises are turning to graph databases to figure out customer purchasing patterns, voting history, as well as that proverbial “needle in the haystack” bit of valuable information.…

Properly Managing Data Value Change

by Michael Brackett Data value change¹ is a major concern for public and private sector organizations.  It is constant and persistent.  At one extreme data value change can be completely ignored.  At the other extreme every data value change is documented.  Each organization must decide the extent to which their data value changes are documented. Properly…

Data Science Programs on the Increase at Universities

by Paul Williams The practice of Data Science is growing in importance; it is driven by the continuing increase in the volume and velocity of data, and the need for data scientists at the enterprise is being forced to keep up. Big Data needs to be properly managed and interpreted to provide value to the…

The SSD Datacenter

by Ezekiel James In a recent article on Ars Technica, Lee Hutchinson unpacks the SSD (solid-state drive) revolution in a rich and meaningful way. In a trip down memory lane he compares the world of flash storage to the world of 3D gaming, when GPUs merged the gamer with the game. His argument goes through…

2013 and the Rise of Big Data

by Matt Asay Big Data is about to get real. For years we’ve heard about the promise of putting data to work, gleaning “actionable insights” from mountains of data. But for most enterprises, most of the time, this translated into media hype, not business value. Recently, however, I had the chance to sit down with…