Starbucks has launched a project to enable customers buying goods using their smartphones using the Square payer application. Photo via Starbucks video.

A Potential Feast for Customer Analytics, Digital Wallets Face Challenges to Widespread Adoption

by   |    September 5, 2012

Payments made from digital wallets carry a rich electronic signature: who you are, where you are, when you are making a transaction, and more promising rich analytics opportunities to connect retailers and consumers. But as a growing list of players—Starbucks, PayPal, Google, Discover, Wal-Mart—strive to make smartphones as good as cash, experts say there are several challenges industry must overcome to make digital wallets work. Read More…

How a Small Data Error Becomes a Big Data Quality Problem

by   |    September 3, 2012

Data quality problems often begin with a tiny mistake in one part of the organization, but the butterfly effect can produce disastrous results, making its way through CRM, ERP, billing, data warehouse and other enterprise systems, writes Steve Sarsfield of Talend in this opinion article. Trustworthy data motivates people to harness the information in new ways, giving rise to fresh ideas. Read More…

Podcast: Datameer CEO Stefan Groschupf on Hadoop’s Pros and Cons

by   |    August 27, 2012

Hadoop isn’t a silver bullet. It is not the best option for processing online transactions, for example. But Hadoop’s storage and compute framework is excellent for analytics, argues Datameer CEO Stefan Groschupf. In this podcast, Groschupf discusses how Hadoop can work in the cloud.
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Podcast: Datameer CEO Stefan Groschupf on What Hadoop Is and Isn’t

by   |    August 20, 2012

The Hadoop hype cycle has begun to spin out of control. That doesn’t mean that Hadoop isn’t an extremely powerful storage and compute platform that will transform business, but there are things the software does well and things that it doesn’t, according Read More…