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Beyond Big: Integration Possibilities for Big Data

by Jelani Harper The increasing prevalence of Big Data in today’s business climate is indisputable, yet there are still several issues related to its integration with the enterprise that are preventing organizations from adopting it on a wider scale. The speed, size, and variety of Big Data present challenges to a number of conventional processes…

Data Virtualization and Real-time Data

by Ezekiel James In today’s fast-paced Data Management landscape, latency is not an option. Data must be captured and processed in real time. In other words, Business Intelligence (BI) is virtually useless if captured and analyzed too late. The enterprise is in a situation where all BI must be captured, understood, and put to use…

Analyzing Big Data: Lavastorm Analytics Engine

by Jelani Harper Any quick search indicates that there’s no shortage of analytics technologies to extract meaning from Big Data. Yet, a review of the recent activity of Lavastorm Analytics reveals that its Lavastorm Analytics Engine may be one of the more viable. At the end of April 2013, the company partnered with Datawatch Corporation…

A Closer Look at the MongoDB Document Database

by Paul Williams The document database, MongoDB, is currently one of the most prevalent NoSQL databases on the market. MongoDB offers both open-source and enterprise versions with the complete support of its developers 10gen. It provides an innovative tool for an individual developer experimenting with the freely available community edition and more robust functionality for…

Enterprise Data World 2013 Conference Overview

by Jelani Harper Numbers don’t lie: 800 attendees. 27 different countries. 7 continents. 12 individual tracks (plus combinations). 5 days and one idyllic location. Representing a range of industries from financial to education, media to healthcare, and attended by professionals from franchises such as Walmart, Bank of America, and McDonald’s, the event was truly a…

Notes from the World of Data Science – April 2013

by Paul Williams This article takes a glance at some stories in the last few weeks emerging from the growing world of Data Science. Included are news about a Data Science Consortium taking shape in North Carolina, a new tool for yet another “as a Service” acronym (DSaaS), and a look at Software Defined Networking…

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…