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SAP HANA Brings ROI of More Than 500% for the University of Kentucky

SAP HANA is too often pigeonholed as expensive and only for extreme data needs.But more and more companies are crunching the numbers and realizing that in-memory processing is simply a cheaper, better way to do analytics.Dennis Howlett of...

Posted April 14, 2014    

No, Hadoop Is Not Going To Replace Your Data Warehouse

The data says that Hadoop isn’t going to replace your enterprise data warehouse.Hadoop Adds Rather Than SubtractsAccording to Gartner’s latest surveys, the number of CIOs that think that Hadoop will replace their existing analytics infrastructure...

Posted April 11, 2014    

What You Need to Know About Cloud Analytics

If you are an analytics professional, then cloud analytics is in your future — if you’re not already doing it.I’ve talked to lots of companies that claim that cloud analytics isn’t for them. But they’re wrong, not least because their marketing...

Posted April 3, 2014    

Thoughts on the Future of Hadoop in Enterprise Environments

Between answering questions this week at BI2014 in Orlando and preparing to ask some at Hadoop Summit in Amsterdam next week, here are some thoughts on where we are with Hadoop for the enterprise.The elephant in the room. It...

Posted March 29, 2014    

Top Trends in Cloud Innovation

At the upcoming SAP Innovation Forum in the UK, Sven Denecken, VP of Cloud Solutions Strategy will be presenting an update on SAP’s Cloud Solutions. I took the opportunity to catch up and ask about the latest trends in cloud...

Posted March 24, 2014    

Are You Making the Most of Your Dark Data?

My favorite definition of ‘Dark Data’ comes from Matt Aslett of 451 Research:“Data that was previously ignored because of technology limitations.”I’ve recently talked to several big, traditional organizations that are finding lots of dark data down...

Posted March 19, 2014    

Gartner BI and Collective Insight

Jason Rose, VP of BI and Advanced Analytics Marketing for SAP, will be presenting at Gartner BI this week in London, UK. I took the opportunity to find out what he is hoping to get out of the conference.First, what’s your background?I started my...

Posted March 10, 2014    

The Future of Customer Analytics [SLIDESHARE]

I presented a session on “The Future of Customer Analytics” at the Business Analytics For All Forum last week in Brussels, Belgium, along with two other presenters.Andrew Pease, the Global Practice Analytics Lead at SAS, presented some great case...

Posted February 8, 2014    

The Google Live Search Summary of Big Data

What do you get when you type “big data is” into Google Live Search? An interesting view into what people think about the term!Here’s a quick run down / explanation of each of the entries with some links:Big Data is Like Teenage SexThis saying is...

Posted February 3, 2014    

Interview: Big Data Into Big Insight

Database industry veteran Adrian Simpson will be presenting a session entitled Big Data Into Big Insight at the UK SAP Innovation Forum on March 11th in London. I took the opportunity to catch up with him and ask some questions on his session and...

Posted January 30, 2014    

Interview: The Need for Big Data Governance

First, what’s your background?I have worked in the BI and EIM world for about 22 years. There’s lots of talk these days about the role of data scientists – I actually started off my career as a scientist using data. Before I joined the IT industry...

Posted January 27, 2014    

SAP Big Data Chat: The Data Scientist [VIDEO]

Last month, I hosted a “Big Data Hangout” featuring SAP’s Shekhar Iyer, Global VP Analytics & Big Data and David Ginsberg, Chief Data Scientist.The hour-long discussion covered different topics about data science and data scientists, including...

Posted January 8, 2014