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  • Big Data Lake Governance

    Barry Devlin - 9sight Consulting 18 Sep 2014
  • Doing big data governance can save you from drowning in the Data Lake. How do you design and build a lake? You don’t. That’s nature’s job. So, how do you design and build a reservoir? ...

  • Data Virtualization vs. Data Lake

    Barry Devlin - 9sight Consulting 11 Sep 2014
  • With Cisco’s Data Virtualization Day, where I’m a panelist along with Rick van der Lans, coming up fast on 1 Oct in New York, it’s a good moment to revisit the topic. Data virtualization has come ...

  • Big Data and the Return of the Data Marts

    Barry Devlin - 9sight Consulting 18 Aug 2014
  • Datameer demonstrates Hadoop-based data mart. Stefan Groschupf, CEO of @Datameer (from the German Sea of Data), has a great way with one-liners. At the #BBBT last Friday, he suggested that doing ...

  • Data… Network… Action!

    Barry Devlin - 9sight Consulting 06 Aug 2014
  • Cisco’s acquisition of Composite Software begins to bear fruit. Last Friday, the Cisco / Composite crowd turned up at the #BBBT. And I do mean crowd; seven participants from Cisco were present, ...

  • Big data management

    Barry Devlin - 9sight Consulting 22 Jul 2014
  • Data management is back on the agenda, finally with a big data flavor. I’d like to think that Teradata was driven by my blog of 10 July, “So, how do you eat a Hadoop Elephant?” in the acquisitions ...

  • Big data: necessary but insufficient for analytics

    Barry Devlin - 9sight Consulting 17 Jul 2014
  • As the big data market matures, the focus shifts from the new data itself to its use in concert with traditional operational business data. For the business analyst, big data can be very seductive. ...

  • So, how do you eat a Hadoop Elephant?

    Barry Devlin - 9sight Consulting 10 Jul 2014
  • With MapR’s recent announcement of $110 million in funding, following on from Hortonwork’s $100 million and Cloudera’s $900 million, both in March, debate is rife about their different approaches ...

  • The Ethics of Big Data… Again

    Barry Devlin - 9sight Consulting 30 Jun 2014
  • Outrage about Facebook’s psychological experiment is misplaced. The past weekend saw another outpouring of outrage about Facebook’s abuse of personal data. An article in the scientific journal ...

  • Hadoop: the Third Wave Breaks

    Barry Devlin - 9sight Consulting 26 Jun 2014
  • Although the yellow elephant continues to trample all over the world of Information Management, it is becoming increasingly difficult to say where more traditional technologies end and Hadoop ...

  • Analytics, Big Data and Protecting Privacy

    Barry Devlin - 9sight Consulting 18 Jun 2014
  • In the year since Edward Snowden spoke out on governmental spying, much has been written about privacy but little enough done to protect personal information, either from governments or from big ...