Posts by Cindy Waxer:


Hadoop Security Tools Start to Step Up

by   |   April 3, 2013   |   Leave a comment

Buzzwords like “high performance,” “enhanced scalability,” and “real-time analysis” have always accompanied talk of Hadoop and its countless benefits. But the word “security” is fast finding a place in the Hadoop lexicon as more and more businesses awaken to its Read More…


4 Points HR Needs to Know About Employment Law, Data Privacy and Security

by   |   March 25, 2013   |   1 Comment

These days, human resources departments are collecting and storing vast amounts of employee-related data. From turnover rates and workforce characteristics to payroll and employment history, never before have HR professionals had such unfettered access to personal information. But while these Read More…


Data, Pucks and Money: Analytics Applied to the National Hockey League

by   |   March 22, 2013   |   Leave a comment

With National Hockey League ticket revenue of $1.2 billion in 2011, teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins see analytics as a way to move beyond the “gut feelings” that once guided draft picks and trades. Data analytics can project how combinations of players will perform together on the ice. Read More…


Hadoop Sandboxes Provide Low-Risk Entry for New Programmers

by   |   March 19, 2013   |   1 Comment

With Gartner reporting that 65 percent of packaged analytic applications will be embedded with Hadoop by 2015, developers can no longer afford to ignore this increasingly prevalent open-source programming framework. At the same time, working with Hadoop requires specialized skills, Read More…


HR Executives: Analytics Role Needs Higher Profile

by   |   March 13, 2013   |   Leave a comment

HR leaders often grumble about the challenges of building HR analytics capabilities. But when Christopher Collins, a professor and director of Cornell University’s Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies, sat down with nine executives from organizations including AstraZeneca, BAE Systems Read More…


Hadoop Meetups a Prime Spot for Developers to Recruit, Trade Technical Tips with Peers

by   |   March 7, 2013   |   Leave a comment

Far from the big industry convention halls, grassroots Hadoop user group meetings are now a place where developers can openly swap trade secrets with competitors, land a job without a resume and listen to top companies confess their open source failures. Read More…


The Challenge of Aligning HR Surveys and Data with Business Value

by   |   March 5, 2013   |   Leave a comment

Employee surveys can help HR managers identify skills gaps, establish important performance benchmarks and gauge workforce morale. But not everyone is convinced that HR professionals are putting the data they’re collecting from these lengthy questionnaires to good use. Read More…


Concurrent’s Lingual Designed to Let SQL Developers Run Big Data Applications on Hadoop

by   |   February 27, 2013   |   Leave a comment

If Chris Wensel, founder and CTO of big data application platform provider Concurrent, gets his way, developers won’t have to take a crash course in MapReduce, toss aside their SQL skills or write endless Java script in order to run big data applications on Apache Hadoop. Read More…


Five Workforce Analytics Questions HR Leaders Should Ask During a Merger

by   |   February 20, 2013   |   Leave a comment

The right merger or acquisition can help a company discover new revenue streams, enhance its talent pool and tackle new geographic territories. But with more and more companies adopting workforce analytics tools, M&A moves also have implications for HR. Human Read More…


Developers Target Hadoop Performance Lags in Quest for Real-Time Analytics

by   |   February 12, 2013   |   Leave a comment

A complaint about Hadoop is that it processes data in batches, rather than a steady stream. Now a growing number of vendors are offering tools to address Hadoop’s batch-by-batch approach to data processing, including Cloudera’s Impala, the open source project Storm and Metamarkets’ Druid-based data engine. Read More…