Analytics

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

Big Data & Analytics Heroes: Steven P. Pratt

October 14, 2014
CenterPoint Energy can analyze 2.3 million smart meters at any point in time every day using InfoSphere Streams. Dr. Steven P. Pratt, corporate technology officer at  Centerpoint Energy and this week’s Big Data & Analytics Hero, shares that “ultimately what we want to be able to do is recognize issues in our system before power outages occur.” Read More

Discrimination drives the need for ethics in big data

October 13, 2014
Big data and analytics are profoundly affecting the world around us. One of the focal points of my postings has been how big data and analytics affects, specifically, our personal privacy. An old and perhaps far too familiar twist on this has risen to the forefront of discussion and that is the issue of whether big data and analytics will be used to discriminate against the less fortunate (or perhaps even “the one percent”). Read More

Distributing data science brainpower more equitably among the haves and have-nots

October 9, 2014
Data scientists, like anybody else, tend to gravitate to where the jobs are, especially those that fetch higher salaries, offer the resources needed to achieve their dreams and promise more rewarding career paths. For that reason, larger employers with well-established, amply funded big data initiatives tend to have an advantage over smaller organizations when it comes to recruiting the best and brightest data scientists. In order to more equitably distribute data scientist expertise among the haves and have-nots, the requisite skills, tools and platforms need to become more widely available at low or no cost. Read More

IBM Big Data & Analytics Heroes: Menka Uttamchandani

October 7, 2014
Many businesses are exploring the competitive advantages that data gives their customer experience and their bottom line. Menka Uttamchandani, VP of business intelligence at Denihan Hospitality Group and this week's Big Data & Analytics Hero, shares that “once we understand attitudes, we can reverse engineer our marketing message to reach our high potential guest as well as guests that look like them, that are not yet our guest.”  Read More

Who is the chief data officer?

Getting to know today’s hero of data and analytics

October 3, 2014
Chief data officers are leading the charge to transform their organizations to be data-driven and capitalize on the tremendous opportunities data and analytics are creating for data leaders. Hailing from a variety of technical and analytical backgrounds, CDOs have the unique opportunity to shape their new emerging role. Read More

Big Data & Analytics Heroes: Ashok Srivastava

September 30, 2014
Ashok Srivastava, chief data scientist at Verizon and this week’s Big Data and Analytics Hero, shares some of the challenges of deploying big data and his role in bridging the gap to “understand where the market is and how data can be used to support that market.” Read More

Why is big data talked about so much?

September 29, 2014
Big data presents a tremendous opportunity to alter the ways we think and do business. Hadoop, analytics and other technologies will be front and center at this year’s Strata/Hadoop World event in NYC on October 15 through 17 and we will be there to discuss text analytics, Hadoop use cases, SQL-on-Hadoop, machine learning and much more. Will you join us? Read More

Declaring data independence

September 26, 2014
Before business users can start to analyze data and consider the next best actions to improve results, it is typically required to submit a request for the data. Depending on the backlog of requests to IT, the business user might have to wait days, weeks or more before moving ahead with analysis and action. How do you overcome this constraint? Read More

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