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Will You Always Save Money with Hadoop?

May 27, 2015 by Tamara Dull

The Big Data MOPS Series.

If you answered “yes” to the question posed in the title, you’re right. Because if you’re talking about the open source Apache Hadoop project (and any related open source project) , you can download the software for free, take advantage of the free licensing, and run it on low-cost commodity hardware.[read more]

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Why Returning $1 Trillion to Shareholders is a Bad Idea

May 4, 2015 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

With creaking IT infrastructures and under-investment in other areas such as plants, equipment, employee training and more, excessive share buybacks aren't just a flawed strategy; they are a dangerous one for the future health of companies across the globe.[read more]

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The Data Lake Debate: The Final Word from Negative

April 22, 2015 by Anne Buff
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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]

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The Data Lake Debate: Pro Delivers First Rebuttal

April 10, 2015 by Tamara Dull

Data Lake Debate.

In my opening argument, I defined the data lake as a storage repository that holds a vast amount of raw data in its native format, including structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data. I also mentioned that a data lake can take on different shapes and sizes, and provided these examples: A single data lake; or a data lake with multiple data ponds—similar in concept to a data warehouse/data mart model; or multiple, decentralized data lakes; or a virtual data lake to reduce data movement.[read more]

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The Data Lake Debate: Pro Cross-Examines Con

April 6, 2015 by Tamara Dull

The Data Lake Debate.

As to be expected, Anne, your arguments against building a data lake are both persuasive and passionate. You’ve made some great points, my friend, but you’re making this way too easy for me. Before I jump into my rebuttal [my next post], I’d like to clarify a few things that you brought up. I’ve boiled it down to three questions. What say you?[read more]

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Data Lakes and Network Optimization: What’s Next for Telecommunications and Big Data

March 31, 2015 by Sameer Nori

Telecommunication. 

Relational data warehouses served communications service providers well in the past, but it’s time to start thinking beyond columns and rows. Unstructured data will be the fuel that powers risk management and decision-making in the near future. And to use all sorts of data to its fullest potential, we need new ways of storing, accessing and analyzing that data.[read more]

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Hygienic Hadoop Data Lakes Not Just Happenstance

February 23, 2015 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

If you work with Hadoop on a daily basis you already know that data cannot simply be dumped into Hadoop’s file system and be of high value to rank and file business users. To be sure, data management is crucial if you’re planning on Hadoop serving as a true lake or “hub” for all your organization’s data.[read more]

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Is Your IT Architecture Ready for Big Data?

January 6, 2015 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

Companies desperately need to assess their current situation and future business needs, and then design and deliver on a IT architecture that will deliver insights from all data types.[read more]

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5 Ways Hadoop Can Help Healthcare Organizations and You

November 23, 2014 by Sameer Nori

Hadoop and healthcare

There are many different use cases for Hadoop in healthcare. Some of them include helping doctors, patients, and healthcare organizations include personalized treatment planning, assisted diagnosis, fraud detection, and monitoring patient vital signs. Learn how Hadoop is being implemented in each of these use cases.[read more]

Spotlight on SiSense: BI Without the Bandwidth

October 9, 2014 by Shawn Gordon

Spotlight on SiSense.

I was at DataWeek/API World in mid-September 2014 (last week at the time of this writing) and saw some interesting things, almost entirely around Big Data. The two items that stood out for me, were the Graph DataBase system Neo4j (which I wish I had time and a reason to dig into more), and SiSense, who absolutely blew my mind.[read more]

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Fine-Tuning Manufacturing Operations with Big Data and Hadoop

October 6, 2014 by Sameer Nori

Manufacturing pperations and Hadoop.

Your organization is a lean, mean Six Sigma machine. The corporate culture is centered on continuous improvement, with everyone well versed in Kaizen. Your supply chain is well oiled, which should provide assurance about product quality. And yet you wonder: is it possible to improve operations even further?[read more]

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Hadoop in Advertising & Media: Is Data Analytics Making Old Media New?

October 2, 2014 by Sameer Nori
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Hadoop in advertising and media.

Imagine the chance to truly connect with a customer. Imagine if you knew what movies and television shows they watched, and not only when, but how often. Imagine knowing what screen they watched it on and how they shared it socially. Imagine knowing what they like, or dislike, and knowing it in real-time.[read more]

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5 Big Data Hadoop Use Cases for Retail

September 30, 2014 by Sameer Nori

Hadoop for retail.

How does Apache Hadoop help retailers? Apache Hadoop is not just a data storage and processing framework - it is an transformational platform, especially for retailers who want to analyze customer data and improve revenues and the general customer experience.[read more]

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Can Fossil Analysis Software Help Us Plan Curriculum?

August 20, 2014 by J. Kevin Byrne

Fossil analysis software.

Paleontologists use (free) software (known as PAST) for their statistical analysis. I bumped into it via key-word web-search to support academic planning I was doing. I offloaded it, took a close look, and I discovered I could use a specific menu within it (hierarchical analysis) to help reconceptualize curriculum at my design college.[read more]

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3 Organizations That Can See the Future with Predictive Analytics

July 26, 2014 by Michele Nemschoff

Predictive analytics.

The ability to foresee the future would certainly be the ultimate competitive advantage. In reality though, no business has a crystal ball for making critical decisions. That’s why all critical business decisions have always carried a certain amount of risk. This risk has always and will always be part of the competitive game.[read more]