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Playing Music with Big Data

Microsoft Broadens Its Analytics Options

Tailoring Business Content with Data

Playing Music with Big Data

by Jelani Harper Sri Raghavan recently wrote, “How do music lovers get the right recommendations based on their evolving tastes?…

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September 8 Data-Ed Webinar: Data Quality Success Stories

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DATE: September 8, 2015 TIME: 2 PM Eastern / 11 AM Pacific PRICE: Free to all attendees About the Webinar Organizations must realize what it means to utilize data quality management in support of business strategy. This webinar will illustrate how organizations with chronic business challenges often can trace the root of the problem to…

Sep 15 DAMA Webinar: Data Governance for End-User Computing

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DATE: September 15, 2015 TIME: 2 PM Eastern / 11 AM Pacific PRICE: Free to all attendees   About the Webinar End-User Computing (EUC) is the realm of spreadsheets, word processing, presentations, email, stand-alone users, individual devices, and file sharing applications like Dropbox.  It is fair to say that EUC is not a traditional focus of…

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Social Business Intelligence

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by Jelani Harper One of the most salient trends to emerge in Business Intelligence (BI) is social BI, which focuses on social media analytics and presents results in easily consumable ways to create action. There are many different aspects of social media, analytics, and marketing that social BI both encompasses and improves. Certain irrevocable changes…

Revamping Master Data Management with Graphs

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by Jelani Harper One can speak volumes about the impact of graph databases on Master Data Management (MDM) systems. Nonetheless, Franz CEO Jans Aasman has summed up the advantages of a Semantics approach to Big Data that is visually represented in MDM via graphs in a single word. “It’s about the complexity in your data,”…

Integrating Big Data the Right Way

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by Jelani Harper The true value in incorporating a Big Data initiative into an overall Enterprise Data Management scheme comes from integrating, and in some cases aggregating, external Big Data with more conventional sources of data. Doing so correctly involves accounting for issues of Data Governance, Metadata Management, traceability, and Semantic consistency that frequently require…

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September DATAVERSITY Letter from the Editor

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We have recently returned from our San Jose events: NoSQL Now! 2015 Conference and Expo and Smart Data 2015 Conference and Expo. We also hosted a Neo4j GraphDay event for the first time while we were there which was very exciting. We had a lot going on that week! Every year at our San Jose…

Primary Key and Foreign Key Errors to Avoid

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by Michael Blaha Few IT applications are truly grass roots. Rather most new applications are intended to replace or complement existing applications. As a result, we often find ourselves working with legacy databases. This article is based on 50 legacy databases that we’ve studied over the years. In our experience about 20% of database designs…

Key Trends Driving Local to Global Data Consolidation Challenges

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by Anand Krishnan Today’s businesses are shifting their organizational structures and making significant changes to how IT operates in a global setting. In particular, it is important to consider how to efficiently transition data from a local view to be a global business function for better business efficiency and IT data management. While it’s easy to…

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Machine Learning Enhances Recommendations

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by Jelani Harper A recent press release unveiled that, “LiftIgniter, the leading machine learning personalization company, today announces it’s now enabling billions of recommendations a month — just over a year after graduating Y Combinator and raising a significant funding round. Working with publisher and e-commerce websites, LiftIgniter dramatically increases website visitors’ click through rates…

Samsung Adds to Smart Home Market

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by Jelani Harper An article from Mikael Ricknas states, “Samsung-owned SmartThings has finally launched its new home hub along with new sensors and a new video monitoring capability. The Samsung SmartThings Hub is available now in the U.S. and on Sept. 10 in the U.K. The hub costs $99 with sensors ranging from $30 to…

Artificial Intelligence Boosts Video Games

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by Jelani Harper The Georgia Institute of Technology announced, “Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have developed a new artificially intelligent system that crowdsources plots for interactive stories, which are popular in video games and let players choose different branching story options. With potentially limitless crowdsourced plot points, the system could allow for more creative stories…

Data Governance & Data Quality News, Articles, & Education

Tailoring Business Content with Data

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by Jelani Harper John Rampton reported on Forbes that, “Data has officially become the most important marketing tool, and it has never been easier to gain access to it. Just by knowing who your customers are on a personal level, you will gain insight into their activities, find out more about your product from the…

Balancing Agility and Bureaucracy with Data Governance

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by Angela Guess Writing for SiliconAngle, Terry Fields reports, “The current data management industry is being disrupted as a result of governance and compliance, according to Rob Karel, VP of Product Strategy at Informatica Corp. ‘Both bureaucracy and agility play a significant role when it comes to targeting contextual value within the customer’s data,’ Karel…

Forrester Report Shows Companies with CDOs Fair Better

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by Angela Guess Thomas Claburn reports for InformationWeek, “Companies with strong revenue growth are more likely to have a chief data officer (CDO) than organizations with less impressive financial performance. According to a report from research firm Forrester, 54% of companies with 10% year-over-year revenue growth or more have CDOs, while 33% of companies with…

Big Data News, Articles, & Education

Salesforce Embraces The Cloud and Healthcare

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by Jelani Harper An article from PC World indicates that, “Sales and marketing have long been Salesforce’s proverbial bread and butter, but on Wednesday the CRM giant branched out in a new direction with a cloud platform tailored specifically for healthcare providers and patient data. Aiming to help healthcare organizations manage their relationships with patients,…

Why and How Your HR Department Should Be Using Big Data

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by Angela Guess Scott Beagrie recently wrote for HR Magazine, “Just like any other function in the organisation, HR is finding itself increasingly under pressure to make use of big data and analytics. A 2015 research report from Bersin by Deloitte says that HR needs to harness what it calls ‘out-of-the-box’ predictive analytics technologies to…

Revamping Master Data Management with Graphs

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by Jelani Harper One can speak volumes about the impact of graph databases on Master Data Management (MDM) systems. Nonetheless, Franz CEO Jans Aasman has summed up the advantages of a Semantics approach to Big Data that is visually represented in MDM via graphs in a single word. “It’s about the complexity in your data,”…

Enterprise Information Management News, Articles, & Education

Tailoring Business Content with Data

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by Jelani Harper John Rampton reported on Forbes that, “Data has officially become the most important marketing tool, and it has never been easier to gain access to it. Just by knowing who your customers are on a personal level, you will gain insight into their activities, find out more about your product from the…

The Value of Structuring Our Data

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by Angela Guess Claire Topalian recently wrote for the Huffington Post, “The mess of unstructured data is one issue worth resolving, but there’s another side to the information mess that is worth talking about: the opportunities we leave behind when we avoid structuring our data. For companies in particular, the growth potential that lies within…

Revamping Master Data Management with Graphs

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by Jelani Harper One can speak volumes about the impact of graph databases on Master Data Management (MDM) systems. Nonetheless, Franz CEO Jans Aasman has summed up the advantages of a Semantics approach to Big Data that is visually represented in MDM via graphs in a single word. “It’s about the complexity in your data,”…

Data Modeling News, Articles, & Education

Primary Key and Foreign Key Errors to Avoid

Michael Blaha

by Michael Blaha Few IT applications are truly grass roots. Rather most new applications are intended to replace or complement existing applications. As a result, we often find ourselves working with legacy databases. This article is based on 50 legacy databases that we’ve studied over the years. In our experience about 20% of database designs…

A Closer Look at Multiple Regression Modeling

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by Angela Guess Joseph Trevaskis recently wrote for iCrunch Data News, “As a little food for thought, here are a few potential uses of Multiple Regression Models, especially Step-wise Models. Remember that it might be virtually impossible to generate an adequate solution if you are attempting to generate a single stage Multiple Regression Model that…

Data-Ed Webinar: Trends in Data Modeling

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To view just the slides from this presentation, click HERE>> About the Webinar Businesses cannot compete without data. Every organization produces and consumes it. Data trends are hitting the mainstream and businesses are adopting buzzwords such as Big Data, data vault, data scientist, etc., to seek solutions for their fundamental data issues. Few realize that…

NoSQL News, Articles, & Education

Basho and Cisco Get Riak Running on Apache Mesos

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by Angela Guess Alex Woodie reports for Datanami, “At the MesosCon conference this week, Basho Technologies and Cisco are demonstrating the Riak key-value store database running atop Apache Mesos, the next-gen cluster manager developed by UC Berkeley’s AMPLab. As Basho CEO Adam Wray tells Datanami, it’s all about making data delivery more scalable. Basho develops…

EnterpriseDB to Add Auto-Sharding to Postgres

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by Angela Guess Paul Krill reports for InfoWorld, “EnterpriseDB will make its open source PostgreSQL relational database more attuned to a NoSQL world, with plans to add auto-sharding capabilities. Speaking at this week’s NoSQL Now conference in San Jose, Calif., Bruce Momjian, senior database architect at EnterpriseDB, talked about plans for the database, also known…

RethinkDB Adds Automatics Failover to NoSQL Solution

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by Angela Guess Chris Preimesberger reports for eWeek, “RethinkDB, a scalable NoSQL database that uses intelligence and automation to keep its data content up to date and available at all times, on Aug. 17 released a new version of its product that features automatic failover in case of a power failure or other unplanned outage.…

Business Intelligence News, Articles, and Education

Playing Music with Big Data

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by Jelani Harper Sri Raghavan recently wrote, “How do music lovers get the right recommendations based on their evolving tastes? Second, how do record companies make smart decisions about what music to offer and which artists to sign to keep up their revenue streams?  Companies like Next Big Sound provide niche services for the music…

Microsoft Broadens Its Analytics Options

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by Jelani Harper Blair Frank recently posted on PCWorld that, “Microsoft announced Thursday that it will be acquiring VoloMetrix, a Seattle-based company that provides analytics to help businesses better understand how their organization works. According to a blog post by Rajesh Jha, Microsoft’s corporate vice president in charge of Outlook and Office 365, the deal…

Tailoring Business Content with Data

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by Jelani Harper John Rampton reported on Forbes that, “Data has officially become the most important marketing tool, and it has never been easier to gain access to it. Just by knowing who your customers are on a personal level, you will gain insight into their activities, find out more about your product from the…