Posts by Michael Nadeau:


5 Key Considerations When Choosing Open Source Statistics Software

by   |   August 22, 2013   |   1 Comment

Type “free statistical software” into Google, and it’s not difficult to discover websites listing free and open source statistics packages available at zero cost. Just download them, and run. Granted, the price tag is attractive. But should you use them Read More…


What Design Thinking Can Teach Analytics Professionals

by   |   August 21, 2013   |   Leave a comment

Successful analytics, to me, is that analytic projects get built, used and have an impact on decisions within an organization. This definition does not require that a group is doing the most advanced analytics possible, but rather that it is Read More…


Brinqa: We’re the Facebook of Machine Data for Risk, Security Analytics

by   |   July 17, 2013   |   Leave a comment

Data, like people, has relationships. Each data point that your systems collect and store has its own context, which could include where it is stored, its source, the applications or tasks it is associated with, and its relevancy to other Read More…


For Sports Venues, Analytics Improve Fan Experiences, and Revenues

by   |   July 11, 2013   |   1 Comment

To entice more fans to their events, sports teams and stadium executives should be thinking beyond player and team statistics and employing analytics that converge customer sentiment data and stadium-experience data with what they already know about their consumer base, write Scott H. Schlesinger and Dorman Bazzell of Capgemini. Read More…


SAP Offers Real-Time Fraud Detection for Its HANA Platform

by   |   March 21, 2013   |   Leave a comment

Analytics have long been a big part of efforts to stem losses from fraud. Unfortunately, the time needed to compute the results often limited the benefits. With an estimated $3.5 trillion dollars expected to be lost this year due to Read More…


SanDisk Addresses Data Access Latency with Solid State Drive Cache

by   |   December 19, 2012   |   Leave a comment

Data access rates for flash-based solid-state drives (SSDs) can be as much as 30 times faster than rotating media, so why bother to use an SSD cache? The answer is latency, which exists in all storage media, and for applications Read More…


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Web Service Down? Track It Fast with Outage Analyzer

by   |   October 19, 2012   |   Leave a comment

As a leading vendor of cloud-based application performance management (APM), Compuware Corp. has its fingers on the pulse of global web services. Its Gomez Network SaaS platform monitors and collects data from more than 150,000 customer locations, more than 8 Read More…


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Cirro Provides Single Access Point to Distributed Data via Excel

by   |   October 17, 2012   |   Leave a comment

Distributed data presents challenges when it comes to access. How do you run queries across multiple data sources that return the right results at reasonable performance levels and without requiring a lot of technical skill on the part of the Read More…


Security Pros Analyze Data Stores to Thwart Malicious Intruders

by   |   September 17, 2012   |   Leave a comment

Computer security pros are learning about the benefits of big data that their peers in marketing, science, and medical research already know. In a recent report from the Information Security Forum (ISF), an international association of organizations concerned about information Read More…


Important Topics vs. Topics Not Understood. Lesser understood topics ranked lowest in interest among respondents.

New Data Informed Survey Shows Greater Interest, Awareness of Big Data Topics Among Business Professionals

by   |   August 7, 2012   |   Leave a comment

In June, Data Informed invited business and IT professionals to answer questions about their needs, knowledge, and plans regarding analytics and big data in their organizations. Nearly 250 responded representing 23 industries. Our goal was simple: to gauge the level Read More…