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  • Supermarket co-op stocks up on big data platform to help spur sales

    Co-operative Allegiance Retail Services is deploying a cloud-based big data stack to replace a homegrown system that fell short on analytics power.

  • Undercover economist Tim Harford decries data visualisation dazzle

    The Undercover Economist author says 200 years of statistical science should not be cast aside for the blandishments of ‘big data’ propagandists

  • Think Big Analytics' Bodkin: Big data adoption means breaking silos

    Hadoop has the ability ultimately to break down siloed data stores, Ron Bodkin says in a Q&A.

  • NoSQL technologies take on rising tide of big data

    For decades, IT managers, developers and business executives had limited options when shopping for database technologies: Relational databases were universally built on top of the SQL programming language. It was SQL or nothing.

    Now, thanks to Internet giants Yahoo, Google, Facebook, and eBay and the need for massively scalable Web applications, a rivaling branch of products that avoid SQL development tenets and have more flexible designs has emerged: NoSQL. But it doesn't mean the curtains are closing on SQL. In this issue of Business Information, we drill down on the facts surrounding NoSQL databases, tapping into the experiences of savvy startups and other companies whose needs led them to NoSQL technologies. But is NoSQL right for your organization? IT consultant Joshua Greenbaum poses some no-nonsense questions for would-be shoppers.

    The April issue also has tips and insight on other trends sweeping the IT landscape. There's an examination of the Internet of Things, which, the hype holds, can connect everything you plug in and make work easier and cheaper. Technology journalist Stephanie Neil explores the rejuvenated industry and interest in cognitive computing. And we close with a rumination on the ethics of data mining, a topic that's sure to generate interest in the wake of news events such as the National Security Agency's snooping.

  • Cognitive computing for all? Think about it

    Machines like IBM's Watson are becoming as smart as we are. And soon the technology may become elementary to many more than just Big Blue.

  • NoSQL database software enjoys rarefied cloud air

    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

    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.

  • Selecting the right SQL-on-Hadoop engine to access big data

    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.

  • Enterprises take a long view on big data programs and purchases

    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.

  • McKnight: Building a big data ecosystem not a cookie-cutter concept

    Consultant William McKnight discusses the variable nature of information architectures in the big data era, and offers design and deployment tips.

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