IPO Aside, Facebook’s Long-Term Prospects Depend on Mining Unstructured Data

by   |    May 24, 2012

Facebook’s stock slid after its initial public offering of $38 on May 18, closing at $32 on Wednesday. But the stock’s out-of-the-gate slide—and the onset of legal challenges that have hit the IPO process—are more of a reflection of Wall Street’s fixation on short-term gains and less a judgment on the long-term value of Facebook’s massive store of user-created unstructured data, according to veteran observers of technology IPOs. Read More…

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The Database Decision: A Guide

by   |    May 20, 2012

As your organization collects more data — and wants to make better use of the data it’s already acquiring — you now have options that stretch far beyond traditional databases. Your choice of database technology will be dictated by your project’s parameters: how much data, how fast it arrives, the analysis you’ll do and whether you’ll use that analysis operationally or for making strategic decisions. Here is a guide to help you evaluate your options. Read More…

Building Your Big Data Team

by   |    April 29, 2012

Chances are, if you’re staffing up now to meet the challenge of big data, you’re going to end up stealing talent from your competitors. But that will get you only so far. Demand for all manner of data experts is Read More…