Big Data – The New Information Before asking the crystal ball what can Big Data do for you, sit back and think about these four questions: Where’s the new information? Where could it be? If it was in the right place, what could happen? (Challenges of the main industries) What are the (more...)
Coming back from the EMC World conference in Las Vegas I was looking at the people playing on the slots and making ridiculous bets at Craps and wondering 'don't these people know anything about statistics?'. Lets be clear I get the idea of it being fun, but when you (more...)
Check out my RittmanMead BI Forum 2013, Day Two Notes Adam Seed & Charles Elliot – Oracle Endeca looking beyond the general demos Oracle Endeca 3.0 Difficult to install into Weblogic Endeca Portal – repository Endeca Server Endeca Provisioning for uploading Excelsheet Endeca Integrator – client Collaboration of Software (more...)
There is something that is beginning to irritate me, ok something else. Its mobile applications that don't cache. I'm fed up of travelling on a train or being on a plane and the end result being that my iPad or iPhone app doesn't work because I'm in an area that (more...)
Hello readers of my infrequent blog posts! I have started a new job, working on documentation for Cloudera, specifically for the Impala project, which is bringing fast interactive SQL to the Hadoop ecosystem. Read the Impala documentation. Download the Impala software. Get the QuickStart VM to play around with a (more...)
In all of my career to date in IT there really has been three clear worlds in IT, the software development guys who are the bespoke tailors, the package guys who deliver off the shelf and the BI guys.
I'm going to admit a prejudice here. Until a couple of (more...)
I guess it’s a British thing to not blow our own trumpet (does that translate the same over in the US?), but something I’m particularly proud about with the upcoming Rittman Mead BI Forum 2013 events is our Oracle Data Integration Masterclass, running on the Wednesday before each event (more...)
Oh the chanting is out, Big Data, Fast Data, the three 'V's and of course the ubiquitous elephant are roaming across the IT landscape as the next great hype monster. Its going the same way as pretty much every IT hype exercise. Yes this links to the hype cycle but the (more...)
My take is that application developers have belatedly but correctly concluded that an RDBMS is not the best tool for every application. For example, relational algebra, relational calculus, and SQL are not the best tools for graph problems. As another example, weblogs are non-transactional and don’t benefit from the ACID (more...)
A few years ago I wrote an article about "When Big Data is a Big Con" which talked about some of the hype issues around Big Data. One of the key points I raised was about how many folks were just slapping on Big Data badges to the same old (more...)
“It’s the analytics stupid!” Obviously the offense is not intended at the dear reader. It’s a wake up call for all the people excited with Hadoop and lack BI vision. The BI people that lack infrastructure vision are also to blame. Blame for what? We’ll see later in this (more...)
Since I joined a Big Data Event : Frankfurter Datenbanktage 2013 - I started to take also a look to non-relational technics too. The RDBMS is not for every asepct the correct and fitting and fulfilling answer to all data related IT challenges.
Frequently I wondered about how facebook (more...)
What’s all the fuss about Big Data?
Big Data is the collective term for very large and potentially complex data sets that are deemed to be so large that it’s difficult to handle the data using traditional tools and applications such as Relational Database Management Systems. Scientists in the fields of physics, genetics and meteorology were previous examples of those that encountered Big Data.
Right now in the UK there are hundreds if not thousands of trains around the UK, all moving at different speeds and going on various routes across millions of rails, switches, points and other things. This gives billions of pieces of information.
But right here, right now I just want (more...)
Research: the heart that pumps data If you talk to any kid in school about how he acquires knowledge, he would say that is through studying. The study uses books, classes, internet resources, and all the classic means of knowledge gathering. The further school gets into science the more important it gets to gather knowledge [...]
Well, it's been a really busy past few months, and I hate to admit it, but I've been neglecting this space more than anything. Despite having many different posts in the works, nothing is quite finished yet. I do have a little time to mention a few of my upcoming speaking events, though.
First, I'll be in Denver for the Rocky Mountain Oracle Users Group Training Days 2013, February 11-13. Enkitec has more than a few sessions during the conference, ranging from Exadata to Big Data to APEX. Check out the agenda for a full list. Also, we'll have an (more...)
The question is not anymore if you have a Big Data strategy, the challenge is how are you going to roll it out. What layers of your Information Systems will change? And most importantly: level up the expectations at all levels of the enterprise. Big Data at the Enterprise it’s not about hype and I [...]
Just in time. The National Football League is holding its conference championship games this weekend, and Scott M. Sawyer has a lot of obscure data about how one team might win over another.
During the day, Sawyer is on staff at MIT’s computing and analytics group. His research areas include (more...)
Reblogged from What's The Big Data?: Summary of the presentation by Ben Rooney here Update: Ben Rooney interviews DJ Patil Read more… 6 more words, 1 more video Once again DJ Patil nailed it.
Back in March 2012 I experienced an air milage overflow: almost straight from Madrid I’ve picked a flight to Israel to speak at a Big Data conference, only to be back in Lisbon and fly again to Johannesburg in South Africa to meet several customers in the retail and manufacturing area. Back to Lisbon I packed again to London [...]