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IBM Updates Big Data Analytics Offers with Skills and Trust in Mind

by   |   November 6, 2013   |   Leave a comment

LAS VEGAS – It takes a mix of information technology, corporate strategy, a data-driven culture, and people with the right skills to implement big data analytics that generate business value. And IBM spent this year’s Information on Demand conference here Read More…


Hadoop Use Cases Grow with Added Security for Open Source System

by   |   November 5, 2013   |   Leave a comment

The use of Hadoop is growing, but security concerns have hindered its spread into new cases especially in industries like health care and financial services that require strict regulation of data access. On this episode of the Data Informed podcast, Read More…


How Measuring Price Elasticity Eliminates the Guesswork in B2B Pricing

by   |   October 31, 2013   |   Leave a comment

Pricing optimization depends on measuring the elasticity of demand, and many B2B companies wrongly assume they lack the data to do it right, writes Barrett Thompson of Zilliant in this opinion article. Carefully analyzing transaction data of different customer segments can move businesses from uncovering mistakes in the past to more predictive pricing models. Read More…


What Hadoop Version 2 Means for Business

by   |   October 25, 2013   |   Leave a comment

Hadoop is maturing.  On October 15, the Apache Software Foundation released Version 2 of the open source Java-based framework. This release comes with support for YARN, a kind of operating system for Hadoop that allows for new kinds of data Read More…


SAS Partners with SAP to Build In-Memory Analytics for HANA Platform

by   |   October 24, 2013   |   Leave a comment

Analytics industry mainstays SAP and SAS took a page from business books about the concept of “co-opetition,” announcing an alliance the companies said would bring high-performance analytics from SAS to SAP’s HANA in-memory computing platform. “Aren’t SAP and SAS competitors?” Read More…


Fractal CEO on Tailoring Analytics to Mesh with Corporate Culture

by   |   October 22, 2013   |   Leave a comment

To make a positive impact with analytics requires much more than expertise in statistics and experience managing data and IT systems. It also calls for embedding the results of analytics systems into business processes managed and used by people—including many Read More…


The Data Quality Problem That’s Plaguing IT Procurement

by   |   October 16, 2013   |   1 Comment

The complexity inherent in technology procurement makes errors almost inevitable, writes Mahesh Kumar of BDNA in this opinion article. He recommends a list of best practices for addressing what he suggests are widespread data quality problems. Read More…


IBM’s Data Science Project to Build Analytics to Predict Heart Failure

by   |   October 15, 2013   |   Leave a comment

Heart disease is the biggest and most costly health care challenge in the United States. Heart failure is the primary cause of more than 55,000 deaths per year, according to data cited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Read More…


A Business Case for Mastering Master Data Management (MDM)

by   |   October 14, 2013   |   Leave a comment

In a world of rapidly-changing technologies and huge data growth, master data management enables an enterprise to create order from data held in multiple, disparate IT systems—and set the stage for useful analysis of business operations, writes Sakari Jorma of Software AG in this opinion piece.
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How Lambda Architecture Can Analyze Big Data Batches in Near Real-Time

by   |   October 8, 2013   |   3 Comments

The two requirements of big data projects–real-time information from a continuous flow of data and the analysis of immense data volumes–are generally at odds, writes Rajat Jain of Qubole. In this opinion article, he asserts that the Lambda Architecture, coined by Nathan Marz, represents a two-layered processing approach to address this problem. Read More…