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Big Data & Analytics Heroes: David Vinson

November 18, 2014
David Vinson, business intelligence and analytics lead at Nike, believe that There’s a lot of new data out there—in fact, we now have access to data from the entire supply chain (from provisioning materials to build the shoe, to actually delivering the shoe on the dock, to selling the shoe). Read More

Chief data officer: My mixed and nuanced musings on the need for one

November 13, 2014
When people say that "data is the new oil," they're usually making a general statement on how deeply modern organizations depend on data to drive transactions, analytics and processes in general. It's in that context that many organizations decide to appoint something called a chief data officer (CDO) to oversee this precious resource. Personally, I'm not sure that the responsibilities of a CDO, as described in these sources and elsewhere, are all that different from the older concept of a chief information officer (CIO). Regardless of what we call this business-focused function (CDO, CIO or even chief analytics officer), it's important that there be a C-level executive who is responsible for overseeing governance of the organization's data resources, ensuring that they be applied effectively to achieve important business outcomes and transforming the organization into a more data-savvy culture. Read More

Get started with the Big Data for Social Good Challenge

November 13, 2014
Supporting the social initiatives important to IBM employees and their families and friends is important to IBM. Now, big data technology is giving IBM and its people another opportunity to serve our communities and the world.  Read More

IBM + Hadoop = Recipe for success

November 12, 2014
What a shame. Most businesses aren’t taking advantage of their data, leaving them hungry for success. According to Forrester Research analyst, Michele Goetz, only 12 percent of available data is used. If I am any good at math, that means there is a lot of data that is not being used.   Read More

Big Data & Analytics Heroes: Leonardo Nantes

November 11, 2014
This week’s Big Data &Analytics Hero, Leonardo Nantes, IT executive of Brazilian credit bureau Boa Vista Servicios, has faced numerous challenges since the merger of two companies took place a few years ago. Boa Vista now serves hundreds of thousands of clients nationwide and handles more than three million transactions per day. Since the business involves credit ratings and personal information, big data security and integrity are paramount. Read More

Bringing cloud-based modernization to data warehousing and analytics

October 28, 2014
IBM this week announced dashDB, which brings cloud-based modernization to data warehousing and analytics. dashDB helps customers to ensure that infrastructure doesn't stand in the way of them realizing fast value from an agile enterprise data warehouse. Many smaller and mid-sized users have little data-warehousing infrastructure to begin with, so a public cloud service such as dashDB might make perfect sense for them as an on-ramp. And many larger enterprises can benefit from dashDB as a robust cloud-based platform that supplements on-premises platforms within their multi-tier data-warehousing infrastructure. Read More

What’s the scoop on Hadoop?

October 23, 2014
“Hadoop is unstoppable as its open source roots grow wildly and deeply into enterprise data management architectures,” Forrester analysts Mike Gualtieri and Noel Yuhanna wrote recently in The Forres Read More

Big Data & Analytics Heroes: Addison Snell

October 21, 2014
Intersect360 Research studies the opportunities for high performance technologies, including high performance computing areas in science, engineering and business. CEO Addison Snell (this week’s IBM Big Data and Analytics Hero) shares his insights with us. Read More

UDF: Tiny acronym, big deal in big data

October 16, 2014
It’s easy to understand why big data is intimidating as the whole gang of JSON, SQL, YARN and UDFs (user-defined functions) invoke glazed eyes and thoughts of extraterrestrial technologies. So, even to the uninitiated, what is the big deal about UDFs? Read More

10 reasons to love IBM InfoSphere BigInsights for Hadoop

October 15, 2014
IBM InfoSphere BigInsights is an industry-standard Hadoop offering that combines the best of open source software with enterprise-grade features. Let’s talk about some key features of the distribution and the top ten reasons to love it— Read More

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