Posts by Michael Goldberg:


Focus On: Hadoop

by   |   February 3, 2014   |   Leave a comment

You can’t track the evolution of big data analytics without paying attention to the rise and spread of Hadoop. An open source project of the Apache Software Foundation, Hadoop was developed as a framework to perform computations on large datasets Read More…


Raymie Stata’s Voyage: AltaVista, Yahoo, and Now a Hadoop Service

by   |   January 31, 2014   |   Leave a comment

As Hadoop continues to develop so too does the industry that is growing up around it. On this episode of the Data Informed podcast, Hadoop pioneer Raymie Stata, the founder and CEO of Altiscale, talks about his work building a Read More…


Focus On: Marketing Analytics

by   |   January 28, 2014   |   Leave a comment

Listen to Dennis Dunlap, the outgoing CEO of the American Marketing Association, list key developments affecting CMOs and their teams in recent years, and notice how many involve data: “The rise of digital marketing. The integration of social media channels. Read More…


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3 Steps to Building a Holiday Big Data Retail Program

by   |   January 27, 2014   |   2 Comments

Retailers who didn’t invest in big data capabilities missed out on understanding a lot about their customers. Those who want to make good in time for next Black Friday should adopt a three-pronged approach to building a strategy, writes Joshua Siegel of EMC. Read More…


George Mason University Updates Master’s Program for Data Science

by   |   January 24, 2014   |   1 Comment

Computational scientists, physicists, astronomers and other researchers at George Mason University have been analyzing large datasets for two decades—long before “data scientist” became the sexiest job title in business. Still, with rising demand for expertise in business-oriented analytics skills, George Read More…


How a Simple Data Visualization Can Set the Table for Deeper Analysis

by   |   January 23, 2014   |   2 Comments

Extracting and formatting data from a government report on Obamacare enrollments and creating a map visualization provides a clear opportunity to see how such a project can launch analysts and other users on a quest to learn more. Read More…


Focus On: Analytics in the Cloud

by   |   January 20, 2014   |   Leave a comment

The growth of cloud computing has broad implications for the world of analytics. As more companies look to cut IT costs by offloading system management expenses to third-parties—Gartner projects that close to half of large enterprises will deploy hybrid cloud Read More…


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Podcast : How Analytics Can Help Retailers Put Goods Where Buyers Want

by   |   January 17, 2014   |   1 Comment

Retailers have long worked to gain insights from the large volumes of data they collect. On this episode of the Data Informed podcast, we’re taking a conceptual trip to the grocery store to delve into the specific data management challenges Read More…


The Disruptive Potential of Artificial Intelligence Applications

by   |   January 16, 2014   |   Leave a comment

Applications like vertical search and virtual assistants illustrate technologies already enabled by artificial intelligence—and business leaders across industries should take note of the opportunities the technologies present to differentiate in a mobile and digital world, writes Lars Hård of Expertmaker. Read More…


How Automated Financials Can Add Insight and Prevent Losses in Retail

by   |   January 15, 2014   |   Leave a comment

While many big retailers have systems in place to reconcile accounts, others rely on manual processes that expose them to risk. Automating financial processes can help managers access crucial data such as credit card discrepancies and better manage risks, writes Brad Alexander of Trintech. Read More…