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Putting the DATA Act to Good Use

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by Angela Guess Jennifer Belissent of Forrester Research recently wrote for NextGov, “The full promise of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act Act — DATA Act for short — won’t be realized anytime soon. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Many agencies are in no position to comply just yet. According to a recent…

Why Your Organization Needs a Chief Data Officer

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by Angela Guess Thornton May of Forbes recently wrote, “Organizational theorists posit that modern enterprises can be viewed as a portfolio of projects.  Each of those projects uses data.  A key reason many organizations need a Chief Data Officer is that how data is treated and the data management tools used on these projects can…

How Highly Should Employers Value IT Certifications?

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by Angela Guess Lizetta Staplefoote of PC World recently wrote, “Innovations in business technology are driving demand for IT professionals with certifications that prove an area of expertise. Certifications cover specific knowledge around a technology unlike computer science degrees, often criticized as too general and impractical. Meanwhile, evolving technologies like cloud, big data, mobile and…

Google Expands Cloud Presence by Acquiring Firebase

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by Angela Guess Thomas Claburn of InformationWeek reports, “In an effort to expand the capabilities of its Cloud Platform, Google has acquired Firebase, a service that helps developers create mobile and web apps that store and sync data in real-time. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Google product management director Greg DeMichillie said…

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache Tajo v0.9

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by Angela Guess A new article out of the Apache Software Foundation has announced “the availability of Apache™ Tajo™ v0.9, the advanced Open Source data warehousing system in Apache Hadoop™. ‘With Apache Tajo v0.9, our goal of bringing traditional SQL performance to massive data is a step closer,’ said Hyunsik Choi, Vice President of Apache…

Cognitive Scale Tackles Big Data’s Rising Failure Rate with the First Industry Specific Cognitive Cloud Platform

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by Angela Guess A new article out of Cognitive Scale reports, “After 18 months focused on product and technology development, Cognitive Scale today emerged from stealth with the industry’s first technology independent cognitive cloud platform, four vertical industry applications, new customers, partnerships with technology titans, and 22 patents filed. The company is on track to…

What Zulily is Doing with Big Data

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by Angela Guess Jennifer Alsever of Fortune Magazine recently wrote, “Each day, 9,000 new products are added to [Zulily]’s website to be sold in flash sales. Each day, Zulily staff takes thousands of photographs of those products—everything from canvas shoes and leather boots to jewelry and plastic doll houses. Upstairs, engineering director Mike Errecart has…

How to Effectively Kick-Off a Data Governance Program

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by Angela Guess Janani Dumbleton of Computing recently wrote, “Data governance – the process of planning, monitoring and enforcing the management of data assets – is a key component of long-term data quality (and, therefore, long-term organisational success). It helps to ensure that data is captured accurately and that this accuracy is maintained, no matter…