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3 Big Data Milestones

If you were asked to name the top three events in the history of the IT industry, which ones would you choose? Here’s my list:June 30, 1945: John Von Neumann published the First Draft of a Report on the EDVAC, the first documented discussion of...

Posted May 21, 2013    

The Big Data Debate: Correlation vs. Causation

In the first quarter of 2013, the stock of big data has experienced sudden declines followed by sporadic bouts of enthusiasm. The volatility—a new big data “V”—continues and Ted Cuzzillo summed up the recent negative sentiment in “Big data, big hype...

Posted May 2, 2013    

Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier, authors of the just-published Big Data: A Revolution that Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think, reacted sharply when I asked them if they are cheerleaders for big data, as one reviewer implied...

Posted March 19, 2013    

Revolution Analytics CEO: Big Data Is a New Management Discipline

Dave Rich has an interesting theory explaining the rapidly growing interest and investment in big data and specifically, in predictive analytics, over the last few years. “When the 2008 recession hit,” he told me recently, “the question was how come...

Posted March 1, 2013    

The First Data Scientist on the Evolution of Data Science

Norman Nie was not surprised by the accurate predictions of the presidential election results from Nate Silver and others. “A lot of it,” he told me recently, “is good statistics and good science and good statistical programming packages.” The...

Posted February 18, 2013    

Mok Oh's New Big Data Venture

Where’s the value in big data? Marcel Proust believed he could regain time lost through his writing, using art to overcome the corroding power of time. Mok Oh believes he can find the ultimate value of big data by preserving our memories...

Posted February 10, 2013    

Embracing Chaos: Big Data Could Define A New Steady State for IT

In his new book, Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the bestselling author of The Black Swan, calls “antifragile” things that not only gain from chaos but need it in order to survive and flourish.Taleb,...

Posted December 6, 2012    

Infochimps' New CEO on What's Next in Big Data

Jim Kaskade’s crystal ball shared with him recently a list of upcoming big data acquisitions: EMC will buy MapR, Oracle will buy Cloudera, and Teradata will buy Hortonworks. Kaskade, the newly-appointed CEO of ...

Posted September 21, 2012    

The Big Data Meme: 5 Scenarios for IT

In the New York Times, Steve Lohr surveys the rise of big data as a term and as a marketing tool, from "the confines of technology" to the mainstream. “The Big Data story is the making of a meme,” says Lohr, “and two vital ingredients seem to...

Posted August 13, 2012    

The Big Data Interview: Sanjay Mirchandani, CIO

Sanjay Mirchandani believes IT has to take the lead in adding value to the business in the form of big data “addictive analytics.” Mirchandani is Chief Information Officer and COO, Global Centers of Excellence, at EMC Corporation. He has been...

Posted July 31, 2012    

The Future of Big Data: Good, Bad or Ugly?

The Pew Internet Project, in collaboration with Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center, recently published a report on the future of big data, based on a “non-random online sample of 1,021 Internet experts and other Internet users.”Fifty-...

Posted July 30, 2012    

The Data Scientist is the New Product Manager

Boston’s new data science-related meetup, The Data Scientist, got off to a great start yesterday with a presentation titled “The Scientist, The Team and The Purpose,” entertainingly delivered by Mingsheng Hong, Chief Data Scientist at...

Posted July 12, 2012