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.
27 Mar 2014 Apache Spark steps up, offers Hadoop 2 a new take on processing (SearchDataManagement.com)
Apache Spark is moving up a notch in the Apache stable; Embarcadero gets set to buy ERwin; and JSR-107 crosses finish line.
25 Mar 2014 Clear thinking, business focus needed on big data software purchases (SearchDataManagement.com)
Organizations shouldn't lock themselves into using Hadoop or other big data technologies before making sure they've found the best business fit.
21 Mar 2014 London data science summer school approaches PhD grads (ComputerWeekly.com)
A summer school aimed at turning quantitative PhD graduates, from the UK and other European countries, into data scientists is being held in London this summer, at the University of Westminster
20 Mar 2014 £42m Alan Turing Institute for Data Science follows royal pardon (ComputerWeekly.com)
The government is following up the Christmas Eve royal pardon granted to Alan Turing for his 1952 homosexuality conviction with a £42m investment in a new ‘data science’ research institute
19 Mar 2014 McKnight: In-memory technology finds lane in database mainstream (SearchDataManagement.com)
In a Q&A, consultant William McKnight discusses the potential benefits of in-memory processing and its recent inroads with top relational databases.
The R programming language is becoming more popular in commercial settings, but users have to make sure it fits their needs.
Customer relationship analysis holds the key to improved marketing and customer engagement. But it starts with having the right tools and skills.
Strata big data conference sees tools edging toward chasm (SearchDataManagement.com)
At the Strata big data conference, Geoffrey Moore looked to apply Chasm Theory to Hadoop and the like, as described in our podcast.
17 Mar 2014 SAS opens analytics R&D centre in Glasgow, trained on combatting fraud (ComputerWeekly.com)
SAS has opened a research and development (R&D) centre in Glasgow, focused on combatting fraud and financial crimes
Professional teams are moving quickly to adopt sports analytics. But not everyone is sold on the benefits of data analysis.
13 Mar 2014 Hadoop 2 query: Less talk, more action with new Hadoop version? (SearchDataManagement.com)
For all the hype about Hadoop, adoption remains relatively low. But the Hadoop 2 release could give prospective users more reasons to move forward.
Businesses need to know how big data tools will fit into their larger business goals before adopting them, says a BI manager at Time Warner Cable.
Visualizing data makes it easier to grasp. But there's more to selecting and deploying data visualization software than creating catchy graphics.
Data visualization tools are becoming more and more common in organizations. But it's easy to go awry on visualization efforts if you aren't careful.
Hadoop YARN adds more application threads for big data users (SearchDataManagement.com)
Hadoop 2's new YARN resource manager ends the distributed processing framework's marriage to MapReduce. And that broadens what Hadoop systems can do.
Seeking Hadoop best practices for production (SearchDataManagement.com)
Panelists at last month's Strata event viewed Hadoop best practices for production as part of a journey from proof of concept to operations workhorse.
The world of sports is rapidly embracing data analytics techniques. Businesses have a lot to learn from professional teams' experiences.
There are risks to be aware of when business users take responsibility for self-service business intelligence, but there are ways to mitigate them.
28 Feb 2014 A never-ending story: Improving data quality and integration for BI (SearchDataManagement.com)
Data quality and integration need continual attention in business intelligence systems. But be sure you can avoid setbacks and keep moving forward.
Just collecting pools of big data won't get you very far with business execs. Don't go into a big data project without a plan for analyzing that data.
Big data software finds common ground with EDWs, governance programs (SearchDataManagement.com)
In many companies with big data projects, Hadoop clusters are moving toward peaceful coexistence with data warehouses and data governance efforts.
Finding the right big data tools often a multiple-choice question (SearchDataManagement.com)
Big data applications add a variety of technology options to consider. And for many companies, one big data horse won't be enough to carry the load.
Data discovery tools are a high priority for businesses, but vendor products can be lacking, the latest Gartner Magic Quadrants say.
Separating resource and application management in Hadoop 2 improves the framework's ability to support data analytics, says consultant David Loshin.
In search of IBM Watson technology: Cognitive computing goes to market (SearchDataManagement.com)
What happens to IBM's Watson computer after "Jeopardy!"? In this edition of the Talking Data podcast, our reporters consider the brainy matter.
26 Feb 2014 Market data firm eXelate opts for Aerospike in-memory store (SearchDataManagement.com)
A digital marketer finds an Aerospike in-memory store can drive near-real-time marketing decisions; and a look at cloud data and new big data measures.
21 Feb 2014 Cloud business intelligence market will be worth $4bn by 2017 (ComputerWeekly.com)
Cloud business intelligence (BI) is still a small part of the market but growing at an impressive rate, contends analyst Tom Pringle
20 Feb 2014 Case study: WPP uses DataSift to evolve its data strategy (ComputerWeekly.com)
The WPP group has begun a partnership with text data filtering and aggregation company DataSift
Uppsala Ambulance, Dagens Nyheter favour Swedish-born QlikView for BI (ComputerWeekly.com)
Sweden has played a big part in data visualisation tools. QlikTech, NComVA and Tibco Spotfire have roots there. Uppsala Ambulance and the Dagens Nyheter newspaper are QlikView users
18 Feb 2014 Advanced data visualisation tools transcend traditional bean counting (ComputerWeekly.com)
Advanced data visualisation tools take Muddy Boots and Volvo beyond conventional business intelligence
Most analytics systems fall into either the data visualization or big data category. But there are offerings in between.
Revolution Analytics brings the R programming language to the cloud, while SAS readies a new in-memory analytics platform to run on Hadoop.
13 Feb 2014 Challenges remain for mining healthcare big data to patient benefits (SearchHealthIT.com)
Healthcare big data could address many of the industry's problems -- if we could only agree on its definition.
Uplift modeling programs can be labor-intensive and tricky without the expertise of an experienced marketing team.
06 Feb 2014 Access vs. privacy: Information ethics issues confront data pros (SearchDataManagement.com)
Questions about data ethics have come more to the fore for frontline practitioners in the wake of the NSA data-collection revelations and other news.
03 Feb 2014 Hadoop 2 FAQ: Upgrade spins new YARN, breaks MapReduce bonds (SearchDataManagement.com)
Hadoop 2 is a big step forward for the distributed processing framework, now freed from its reliance on MapReduce. Get details on its key features.
31 Jan 2014 Manufacturer scores win with in-memory analytics
Once reserved for only the most tech-savvy, in-memory analytics applications are making their way to more mainstream companies.
Take enterprise data quality for granted -- at your peril (SearchDataManagement.com)
It might be tempting to assume that you don't have to worry about the quality of your data. But blind trust of that sort can get companies in trouble.
29 Jan 2014 Case study: Scottish Fire and Rescue advances national BI strategy with QlikView (ComputerWeekly.com)
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is using QlikView business intelligence software to bring together its data streams for external reporting and operational intelligence
Businesses can lose a lot of money to employee theft, but some retailers have begun mining big data to see how to stop it.
Many companies are looking to expand their big data architecture, but they may not realize they may have all the data they need.
Mark your calendars for a tweet jam on big data best practices and business value, led by Forrester's Boris Evelson and TechTarget's Wayne Eckerson.
Terhilda Garrido is at the head of a heightened effort by health system Kaiser Permanente to use analytics to improve its patient care delivery.
21 Jan 2014 Cloudera Impala bests 'DBMS-Y' analytical engine in benchmark bake-off, more (SearchDataManagement.com)
Cloudera Impala brings fast SQL analytics to the Hadoop platform. Also discussed: Watson cognitive computing and NuoDB 2.0.2.
Analyzing location data can help boost revenues and cut costs. But getting to where you want to go with location intelligence requires some effort.
16 Jan 2014 In managing a data governance policy, change is always at hand (SearchDataManagement.com)
Data governance isn't as static as it might seem at first glance. Be sure your organization is ready to keep up with its evolving governance needs.
14 Jan 2014 Marketing company applies SQL to MongoDB to uncover social media trends (SearchDataManagement.com)
Marketing analytics firm SumAll adopted SQL-enabled Data Warehouse as a Service tools to analyze social media data stored in a MongoDB NoSQL database.
10 Jan 2014 For IBM Watson, no easy answers on commercial cognitive computing (SearchDataManagement.com)
When IBM's Watson analytics system bested 'Jeopardy!' champs in 2011, the world cheered. Now IBM must up its game to make Watson a commercial success.
31 Dec 2013 Reader survey shows big data projects heading toward mainstream (SearchDataManagement.com)
Big data is making new types of data management and analytics applications possible -- and our survey results show that adoption plans are increasing.