24 Sep 2014 A view from the chief analytics officer
The chief analytics officer is the newest data-focused executive. One financial company's CAO sizes up the state of analytics.
Many organizations are setting their big data analytics efforts up for failure by plunging ahead without proper planning upfront, says book author Keith B. Carter.
All the excitement of analytics professionals today is attached to open source tools. Author Cory Isaacson explains why.
16 Sep 2014 MarkLogic NoSQL database evolves with the times (SearchDataManagement.com)
NoSQL stalwart MarkLogic's database has grown to include many SQL database-style features. Next up is JSON.
05 Sep 2014 X15 machine data platform takes off; Teradata buys Think Big Analytics (SearchDataManagement.com)
The field of log and machine data management gains a new player as the X15 Software platform for ingestion and queries. Also in the news, Teradata buys Think Big.
Reactions were mixed when Jawbone dropped published its data on how the California earthquake affected people's sleep. SAS also made news, announcing better integration with YARN.
28 Aug 2014 Do you need to fill the chief data officer role?
The chief data officer role is becoming more common. This tip shows how businesses can implement it successfully.
26 Aug 2014 Hadoop: Gauging the total cost of data (SearchDataManagement.com)
What does open-source Hadoop really cost? A look at total cost of data over the full life cycle helps dispel uncertainties about the data framework and reveal the answer, an expert says.
Before starting the analytical modeling process for big data analytics applications, organizations need to have the right skills in place -- and figure out how much data needs to be analyzed to...
15 Aug 2014 Data Management Maturity Model takes things up a level (SearchDataManagement.com)
A Carnegie Mellon University off-shoot applies maturity model techniques to big data. Cross-group communications are a key. The result is the Data Management Maturity Model.
The City of Palo Alto Utility has turned to customer behavior analytics to help smooth spikes in demand, helping to keep the city cool.
The Seattle Sounders fitness coach is taking sports analytics into uncharted territory and scoring some big wins along the way.
UCAS uses Splunk to get real-time data on A-level results day (ComputerWeekly.com)
The day when A-level results come out is a dramatic occasion for UCAS’s IT team, which uses Splunk to troubleshoot the network
07 Aug 2014 Data analytics adds science to the valuation of footballers (ComputerWeekly.com)
How do you decide the value of a footballer? The problem has been given added torque by the vogue for applying data science to sports
At the 2014 TDWI Executive Summit in Boston, consultant David Linthicum explained the importance of a well-planned cloud architecture for data analytics applications and offered tips on avoiding...
01 Aug 2014 Cameron announces £300m big data human genome database project (ComputerWeekly.com)
Prime Minister David Cameron has announced £300m government support for a big data human genome mapping project in England
Wearable technology will up the game for sports data analytics (ComputerWeekly.com)
Wearable technology is a big industry thanks to the ‘quantified self’ movement. It’s now giving a boost to professional sports data analytics professionals
Big data analytics programs need a strong analytical modeling foundation to deliver the business benefits that companies are looking for. And that starts with tight ties between analytics teams and...
Channel 4 Grand National app lets punters track horses (ComputerWeekly.com)
When Channel 4 won the rights to screen the Grand National it decided to use mobile to take the mystery out of the magnificent chaos of the event
Most people remember geography class as a liberal arts concentration. But John Crouse of Wendy's is showing that geographic knowledge can make for a valuable pairing with statistical analysis as part...
SAP real-time enterprise brings real-time problems (SearchSAP.com)
To adapt to the challenges of the SAP real-time enterprise, organizations have to shift from using 'after the fact' latency processes to address data quality to implementing those that take place at...
29 Jul 2014 Agile data warehousing casts business light on dark process (SearchDataManagement.com)
At the TDWI Executive Summit in Boston, users talked about the benefits and challenges of incorporating the Agile methodologies long practiced in development circles into data warehouse and business...
Location-based analytics may be overlooked right now, but users expect this mapping technology to play a huge role in the future of business.
Varied NoSQL technologies need careful weighing and sorting (SearchDataManagement.com)
The number of NoSQL database options is vast, and distinct product categories occupy separate niches. That makes it imperative to understand what works best for specific applications when evaluating...
25 Jul 2014 How to speed up analytics in healthcare
Attendees at the TDWI conference in Boston explain how they are speeding up analytics in healthcare.
22 Jul 2014 MongoDB founder on dynamic schemas and caching as a crutch (SearchDataManagement.com)
The train to NoSQL rode the rails of agility and scalability, according to Dwight Merriman, MongoDB co-founder.
GraphLab releases new analytics platform to take machine learning techniques to enterprise scale.
15 Jul 2014 Imperial College and KPMG join forces with £20m business analytics centre (ComputerWeekly.com)
KPMG and Imperial College London have combined to create a £20m ‘KPMG Centre for Advanced Business Analytics’
MemSQL targets cluster management; Syncsort puts big iron on EC2 (SearchDataManagement.com)
New high-performance data management systems are adding management traits, as a recent MemSQL release attests. Meanwhile, SyncSort shows a way to mainframe data on the cloud.
Cloud storage systems aren't necessarily at the top of every business list for analytic data stores, but one Japanese retailer has experienced success.
Consultant Rick van der Lans contends that data warehouses are inherently logical and don't need to be qualified as such. What really matters, he says, is that they present an integrated view of...
14 Jul 2014 Data mining evolves in the era of new data science (ComputerWeekly.com)
As more and more firms look to analyse ever larger datasets, so data mining technology is becoming increasingly critical to data scientists
SAP helps Germany lift the World Cup (ComputerWeekly.com)
Germany-based software company SAP played its part in the national football team's victory over Argentina in the World Cup final in Brazil
11 Jul 2014 Tibco upgrades LogLogic to support faster log data analytics (SearchDataManagement.com)
Tibco has updated its LogLogic software that's used to manage log data collected from operational applications, integrating the technology with its event processing and Spotfire analytics tools.
Consultant Wayne Eckerson says Hadoop 2, with its key YARN component, qualifies as a flexible big data operating system. And it could quickly take the open source framework into the IT mainstream, he...
Retailers need chief algorithm officers to make e-commerce pay (ComputerWeekly.com)
Michael Ross, chief scientific officer at eCommera, an ecommerce software and services company, calls for chief algorithm officers
08 Jul 2014 EMC upgrades Isilon NAS for file storage, Hadoop analytics (SearchStorage.com)
EMC spins out two new Isilon NAS models, including one for Hadoop analytics, and adds flash read cache.
07 Jul 2014 Spark is latest hyped-up big data framework
Spark has been getting a lot of attention lately, but is the big data framework ready for enterprise use?
04 Jul 2014 Analytics scours World Cups for greatest footballer of all time (ComputerWeekly.com)
Sports data company Opta’s analytics of every World Cup finals match ever played since 1966 adds to the debate on who is football’s greatest of all time
03 Jul 2014 Design agility marks MongoDB enterprise use cases (SearchDataManagement.com)
NoSQL database MongoDB supports flexible schemas and agile development, several enterprise IT leaders told recent conference attendees.
A number of vendors announced new Apache Spark integrations this week, and a report from Dresner Advisory Services explains how businesses are organizing their BI programs.
One community health center was not content with the quality of care it was delivering, so it decided to do something about it with help from health analytics.
Consultant Barry Devlin discusses how people misinterpret risks because of sloppy statistical data analysis and explains why business decisions shouldn't be wholly data-driven.
Completing a three-part series on his blue ocean strategy for decision visualization, Lee Feinberg explains how you can take decision making to the next level by giving more people access to business...
Analytics vendors like the commercial potential of R. Teradata is set to become the latest to make a play for users of this popular open-source tool.
Analytics in healthcare is a hot topic, but providers need to get their infrastructure on more solid footing before moving forward with adoption.
Consultant Rick van der Lans says data is now a competitive differentiator -- and companies looking for an edge need top management that understands big data technologies.
In building the big data future, architectural issues add up (SearchDataManagement.com)
Building a big data architecture is more complicated than setting up a data warehouse to support BI applications. But that creates new opportunities for data architects to shine.
Is a second machine age on the way, driven by big data? (SearchDataManagement.com)
MIT's Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee see elements that may betoken another machine age, including big data and advances in predictive analytics. And it might not be a mirage.
23 Jun 2014 AWS big data shops turn cloud infrastructure into insights (SearchAWS.com)
Companies such as Yelp, LexisNexis, Illumina and HubSpot use AWS big data services to cope with an avalanche of data.
Keep best practices in place for data-intensive cloud apps (SearchDataManagement.com)
Today's breed of NewSQL database can help master data-intensive cloud applications. But development processes should still adhere to best practices, said one CTO.
This news recap looks at survey data on top data mining tools and a report on the degree to which executives trust analytic findings.
18 Jun 2014 Apache Kafka committer Jay Kreps on the way of the log (SearchDataManagement.com)
To keep big data in motion, LinkedIn developers devised Apache Kafka, a publish-and-subscribe message dispatcher based on the concept of logs.
Data visualization tools can present information to business users in easy-to-grasp formats. But it isn't a pretty picture if you buy the wrong one.
11 Jun 2014 SQL-on-Hadoop brings open source framework into mainstream (SearchDataManagement.com)
Assorted SQL additions to Hadoop are getting attention of late. Users at the recent Hadoop Summit say these tools betoken better interactive queries.
The Flint River Partnership is testing technology that analyzes a variety of data to generate localized weather forecasts for farmers in Georgia.
Finding a mobile analytics tool that will properly serve all end users is nearly impossible, eBay's BI manager says.
In this news recap, we look at a major analytics data dump by the FDA and IBM's efforts to help colleges tackle the big data skills shortage.
04 Jun 2014 Apache Spark goes 1.0, looks to improve on MapReduce performance (SearchDataManagement.com)
The Apache Software Foundation released Version 1.0 of Spark, a processing framework aimed at outpacing MapReduce for machine learning and other uses.
30 May 2014 Conversation with Monash: On horses for courses and parallelism (SearchDataManagement.com)
Data industry viewer Curt Monash discusses parallelism and more as new databases gain attention. Part 1 in a series.
Big data analytics processes on data from sensors and log files can propel users to competitive advantages, but a lot of refining is required first.
29 May 2014 Internet of Things applications put varied machine data to work (SearchDataManagement.com)
The Internet of Things is proving to be a hotbed of diverse data and new applications fueled by information from sensors and other machine sources.
28 May 2014 Not enough focus on function? One BI expert reviews SAP Lumira (SearchSAP.com)
There's a lot to like in SAP Lumira, but there's still plenty of room for improvement, writes BI expert Ethan Jewett in this detailed product review.
27 May 2014 VoltDB 4.0 boosts query speeds, enables on-the-fly cluster scaling (SearchDataManagement.com)
The latest version of VoltDB's NewSQL database expands on its initial operational processing focus, enhancing query capabilities for analytics jobs.
In this news recap, federal agents use data mining techniques to stop fraud and IBM releases new self-service offerings.
22 May 2014 Former shadow IT worker helps bring analytics data into the light (SearchDataManagement.com)
Ryan Fenner worked in a shadow IT unit at Union Bank for years. Now he's helping lead an IT effort to better manage BI data created in those shadows.
20 May 2014 Podcast report covers recent Enterprise Data World event (SearchDataManagement.com)
This week's Talking Data podcast recaps Enterprise Data World and a mother lode of data quality information.
13 May 2014 Is data architecture comfortable in the cloud? (SearchDataManagement.com)
Data architecture and cloud were strangers at first, as security concerned IT. That will change, say reporters in the latest Talking Data podcast.
Claudia Imhoff and Colin White outline a business intelligence environment designed to accommodate existing data warehouses and new technologies.
The long-awaited report from the White House on big data and privacy finally dropped. This news recap also looks at the TIBCO acquisition of Jaspersoft.
08 May 2014 Big data charge could turn data management profession on its head (SearchDataManagement.com)
Discussed at DAMA's EDW 2014 were more flexible approaches to the data management profession. That's in response to growing mountains of diverse data.
A series of stories on big data privacy examined current laws and the ethics of data collection. In this podcast, TechTarget editors look deeper.
Big data analytics can pay big dividends. But its promise also comes with pitfalls, so make sure you're in the know on managing a big data project.
30 Apr 2014 In-memory database technology's moment -- or more -- in the DBMS sun (SearchDataManagement.com)
In-memory databases aren't the niche tools they used to be, thanks to recent product rollouts. But there are issues to keep in mind before buying.
29 Apr 2014 In-memory processing helps databases meet need for IT speed (SearchDataManagement.com)
Consultant David Loshin details how in-memory databases can boost transaction processing and analytics performance, and how to justify an investment.
28 Apr 2014 Big data cloud is changing familiar database tech tune (SearchDataManagement.com)
New cloud database applications that increasingly fall into the "big-data-intensive" category are shaking up the usual build-or-buy soliloquy.
The growing adoption of big data analytics applications is complicating data security challenges -- and creating a need for new security strategies.
Touched by analytics: Scenes from Gartner business intelligence event (SearchDataManagement.com)
In the latest Talking Data podcast, SearchCIO's Nicole Laskowski reports on doings at the recent Gartner business intelligence summit.
Wayne Eckerson examines the analytics roles of data warehouses and big data systems and says he's tired of data warehouse bashing by big data vendors.
Laws on data collection and use remain foggy, leaving businesses to feel their way through big data and privacy laws.
TechTarget's IT Priorities Survey shows that business intelligence, analytics and data warehousing projects are the top software priority this year.
The increasing emphasis on collecting and analyzing big data is driving a debate on whether tighter privacy rules are needed to protect customers.
Software budget spending is increasing more than in other areas such as hardware and cloud, according to TechTarget's 2014 IT Priorities Survey.
14 Apr 2014 Supermarket co-op stocks up on big data platform to help spur sales (SearchDataManagement.com)
Co-operative Allegiance Retail Services is deploying a cloud-based big data stack to replace a homegrown system that fell short on analytics power.
11 Apr 2014 Undercover economist Tim Harford decries data visualisation dazzle (ComputerWeekly.com)
The Undercover Economist author says 200 years of statistical science should not be cast aside for the blandishments of ‘big data’ propagandists
10 Apr 2014 Think Big Analytics' Bodkin: Big data adoption means breaking silos (SearchDataManagement.com)
Hadoop has the ability ultimately to break down siloed data stores, Ron Bodkin says in a Q&A.
07 Apr 2014 Bywaters waste management uses BI to improve customers’ recycling (ComputerWeekly.com)
Bywaters, a recycling and waste management company, has improved productivity by 4% using Pentaho data integration and business intelligence software
More affordable and easier-to-use software is enabling companies in various industries to embrace the power of business intelligence and analytics.
Teradata Database 15 adds JSON, addresses internet of things (ComputerWeekly.com)
Teradata has added JSON to its data warehouse. Teradata Database 15 is said to fill out the logical data warehouse, much vaunted in the industry in recent years
04 Apr 2014 NewSQL database sends NoSQL technology packing at logistics exchange (SearchDataManagement.com)
DropShip Commerce went from SQL to NoSQL to NewSQL software to run its B2B platform, settling on a NuoDB database to help support its business growth.
NoSQL database software enjoys rarefied cloud air (SearchDataManagement.com)
The sweet spot for NoSQL databases is running Web applications, especially in cloud computing environments that support easy upward scalability.
NoSQL databases dent relational software's data processing dominance (SearchDataManagement.com)
NoSQL software has broken the IT monopoly of relational databases, but it isn't likely to completely break the bonds between users and SQL technology.
03 Apr 2014 In-memory technology gets the relational treatment (SearchDataManagement.com)
Leading RDBMS makers are bringing in-memory traits to their flagship offerings. Faster analytics and operations are in the offing.
01 Apr 2014 Accenture’s UK analytics head sees clients reorganising for digital (ComputerWeekly.com)
Ray Eitel-Porter is managing director of analytics for Accenture UK & Ireland. He talks to Computer Weekly about how data management has assumed a more elevated strategic role as companies go digital
31 Mar 2014 Chief information architect: A compass for information management (SearchDataManagement.com)
In a Q&A, author William McKnight discusses the importance of building a robust information architecture -- and having the right person in the lead.
Creating an information management strategy for high ROI, low TCO (SearchDataManagement.com)
In a book excerpt, consultant William McKnight frames a plan for building and managing an effective information architecture to benefit the business.
Health system UPMC and financial services firm CIBC are taking big data projects from pilot mode to production in stages, buying tools as they go.
Analyzing feedback on customer experiences can help companies ensure they treat customers like royalty, said participants in a panel discussion.
Rick van der Lans explains why it's important to evaluate the differences in the technologies that make it possible to access Hadoop data using SQL.
David Loshin defines weighting factors and offers advice for beginning a decision-modeling effort that ultimately leads to the best business outcome.