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Big Data Anonymous: Ask Data Experts Your Burning Data Questions

April 27, 2015 by MJ Wesner

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We'd like to alert the Smart Data Collective community to a unique opportunity: the chance to ask a panel of internationally renowned data experts all your burning data questions. It's a part of the The Social Shake-Up, which we're hosting in Atlanta this June.[read more]


The Data Lake Debate: Pro Delivers Final Rebuttal and Summary

April 27, 2015 by Tamara Dull

Okay, this is where the rubber meets the road. I have three minutes (or ~450 words) to respond to Anne’s final statement and summarize why I still believe a data lake is essential for any organization to take full advantage of its data. Let’s get started![read more]


The True Cost of Unused Software in Business [INFOGRAPHIC]

April 26, 2015 by Sophie Davidson

Cost of unused software.

A recent study shows that businesses are spending excessive amounts of mony on software that is never being used! Just over 25% of software bought my companies remains dormant, what has resulted in the loss of around 3.5M in the UK alone.[read more]

Taming Big Data

April 25, 2015 by Martyn Jones

Taming big data.

Simply stated, the best application of Big Data is in systems and methods that will significantly reduce the data footprint. Why would we want to reduce the data footprint? Years of knowledge and experience in information management strongly suggests that more data does not necessarily lead to better data.[read more]


5 Tips for Streamlining the Supply Chain

April 24, 2015 by Glenn Johnson

Supply chain.

Supply chain efficiency helps an organization reduce costs and speed time-to-market. Fifteen years into the new millennium, it is clear to see that advances in technology, increasing globalization and rising customer expectations have made streamlining the supply chain more important than ever.[read more]

Who’s Hot in Analytics and Business Intelligence

April 24, 2015 by Tony Cosentino

Analytics and BI.

The Value Index analysis uncovered notable differences in how well products satisfy the business intelligence needs of employees working in a range of IT and business roles. Our analysis also found substantial variation in how products provide development, security and collaboration capabilities and role-based support for users. Thus, we caution that similar vendor scores should not be taken to imply that the packages evaluated are functionally identical or equally well suited for use by every organization or for a specific process.[read more]

Global Market Growth Shows the Value of Web Conferencing

April 24, 2015 by Peter Davidson

Web conferencing.

The global market for web conferencing shows impressive growth, with some service providers indicating as much as a 30% growth in the use of their products. Much of the current demand for audio, video, and web-based communication seems to have exploded within the last few years, and sources indicate that the field will only continue to grow as the services evolve to meet the changing needs of business owners.[read more]


Learn from Carnegie Mellon’s School of Data Management Hard Knocks

April 23, 2015 by Jeff Brown

Big data error.

The school mistakenly sent acceptance emails to hundreds of hopefuls who applied to Carnegie Mellon’s prestigious Master of Science in Computer Science program. A few hours later, an email with a much different tone arrived in their inboxes. A school statement read: “This error was the result of serious mistakes in our process for generating acceptance letters.”[read more]

How Each Game of Thrones House Would Approach Corporate IT [INFOGRAPHIC]

April 23, 2015 by Matthew Zajechowski

IT Game of Thrones.

Are you a Game of Thrones fan? If so, you understand the all-encompassing fandom and how absolutely everything can be related to Game of Thrones. We feel the same way- and that’s why Adeptia decided to imagine how each Game of Thrones house would approach corporate IT.[read more]

The Data Behind Democracy: Analytics and the 2015 UK General Election

April 23, 2015 by Richard Thelwell

UK general election.

The upcoming General Election is being lauded as the United Kingdom’s first truly data-driven vote, with the major political parties all using analytics to gain a strategic advantage over the opposition. But how will analytics affect the result come May 7th? How does a party go from Data, to Downing Street?[read more]


The Data Lake Debate: The Final Word from Negative

April 22, 2015 by Anne Buff

The Data Lake Debate.

Well, it seems you took the gloves off this time, Tamara. I appreciate the valiant effort and your passionate belief in the Hadoop ecosystem. However, given your revisit to the definition of the data lake and clarifications about Hadoop, I find it important to repeat the resolution we are debating: “a data lake is essential for any organization to take full advantage of its data”. We are not debating whether a data ecosystem is essential – just the data lake.[read more]

IT Security: The Good, the Bad & The Ugly [INFOGRAPHIC]

April 22, 2015 by Kyle Cebull

IT security.

When it comes to IT security and risk, we've seen some pretty interesting things. The crazy part is that these things are very common among SMBs who either don't have budget allocated or don't place an importance on risk management. We want to offer you some statistics that will uncover the good things, the bad things and the downright ugly statistics that come with IT security for small business.[read more]

SAP Embraces Hadoop in the Enterprise

April 22, 2015 by Timo Elliott

SAP embraces Hadoop.

Irfan Khan, CTO for SAP Global Customer Operations, opened his keynote by emphasizing SAP’s open-source credentials, including contributions to over 100 different projects. For example, SAP has 50+ committers in the Eclipse community and has contributed more than 4.6 million lines of code.[read more]


Big Data: How Netflix Uses It to Drive Business Success

April 21, 2015 by Bernard Marr

The Big Brand Guru.

Legendary Hollywood screenwriter William Goldman said “Nobody, nobody – not now, not ever – knows the least goddam thing about what is or isn’t going to work at the box office.” He was speaking before the arrival of the internet and Big Data, and since then, the streaming movie and TV service Netflix has based its business model on attempting to prove him wrong.[read more]


A Better Way to Model Data

April 21, 2015 by Mark Hargraves

Data modeling.

Over 8 years ago, the Spider Schema Data Model was created to provide an easier way to model OLTP data into a supported OLAP data model with the advantages of the OLTP data model. Over the last 8 years this data model has been proven out and is: faster at data processing, uses less storage space, is more flexible, and provides full support for not only OLAP, but OLTP, and Big Data.[read more]


The Road to (Customer) Success: The First Three Months

April 21, 2015 by Don MacLennan

Road to success.

Get started on the right foot! Though it is somewhat cliche, you should definitely keep this in mind when working with a new customer. The end of a positive sales campaign doesn’t mean the journey has ended; it simply marks the beginning of a new road, one that when approached correctly, will lead to customer success. An impactful road to customer success should follow these steps in the first three months.[read more]

Want 60 Million Customers? Here’s How Netflix Does It

April 20, 2015 by Robert Passikoff


Netflix posted a 24% sales gain with a subscriber base of over 60 million users Wednesday, with attendant revenue growth just shy of last quarter’s 26%. Some of that -2% has to do with “currency-related transactional losses with the strength of the U.S. dollar affecting international revenue.[read more]

In the Digital Economy, the Customer Experience Is Critical

April 20, 2015 by Richard Snow

Customer service.

Advertising and marketers tell us we now live in a “digital economy.” That implies the economy is based on and depends on digital technologies. It certainly is true that many consumers, especially younger ones, have changed the ways they interact with each other and businesses; they are now more likely to use digital channels of communication, particularly email, websites, text messaging, instant messaging and social media. In this digital world, where customers can search globally for products and services and change suppliers instantly, it is critical for companies to focus on the customer experience.[read more]