Posts by Martin LaMonica:


Google’s Purchase of Nest Opens Home to New Analytics Use Cases

by   |   January 21, 2014   |   2 Comments

Google’s acquisition of Nest, a company known for its networked thermostats, shines a bright light on the potential of connected devices in the home and will likely catalyze new discussions about the appropriate use of personal data. The Web search Read More…


Domain Expertise Vital to Unlocking Value of Machine and Mobile Data

by   |   November 25, 2013   |   Leave a comment

The rise of big data analytics has set off a race to design more powerful tools to handle the demands of data-focused applications. But often the most innovative companies are those that marry data science to a specific business problem Read More…


Cloud Analytics Unlock Commercial Buildings’ Energy Efficiency

by   |   April 16, 2013   |   Leave a comment

Commercial buildings have long been able to provide information on what makes them tick, but it was often ignored. Now software companies are applying analytics to building data to improve efficiency and head off potential maintenance problems. It’s another example Read More…


Finding Analytics Value from Internet of Things Means Keeping Pace with Machine Data

by   |   February 21, 2013   |   1 Comment

The growing number of sensors on industrial equipment is creating what might be called “fast data,” a flow of information that needs to be analyzed, often on the fly. Companies on the forefront of the Industrial Internet say analytics systems can squeeze tangible benefits from a flow of machine data. Read More…


Data Warehousing Wafts Further into the Cloud

by   |   January 25, 2013   |   Leave a comment

Companies have been able to run data analytics applications in the cloud for some time, either by leasing dedicated space or using a utility-style rental model on shared equipment. Now, Internet companies and startups are building data warehousing offerings designed from the ground up to run on the cloud. Read More…


Utilities Relied on Data Visualizations to Update Customers on Hurricane Sandy Outages

by   |   January 2, 2013   |   Leave a comment

Data visualizations with real-time maps played a key role during Hurricane Sandy in connecting utilities with customers, particularly on mobile devices which were able to operate, even if temporarily, during prolonged outages. Read More…


Utilities Grappling to Deal with Smart Meter Data Deluge

by   |   November 20, 2012   |   Leave a comment

Utilities are at the forefront of a data analytics challenge many industries may soon face: making sense of data from millions of connected devices, such as connected smart meters, thermostats and sensors. Read More…


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Advice for Evaluating Alternatives to Your Relational Database

by   |   October 15, 2012   |   Leave a comment

Choosing an alternative to the traditional relational database can almost feel like ending a long relationship or choosing to root for the Yankees after growing up as a Red Sox fan. But businesses would do well to explore emerging database Read More…


The Database Resurgence Fueled by Big Data

by   |   September 28, 2012   |   Leave a comment

Thanks to big data, database architects are rock stars again. New databases are emerging from dozens of young companies created to push the limits of price and performance for big-data applications. For data analytics pros, this fertile period in database Read More…