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Is It Time for CDOs (Chief Data Officers)?

Tweet Share Share +1 EmailShares 0Michael Vizard explains that current IT culture is used to giving people access to only a finite amount of data. But new data management frameworks such as MapReduce and Hadoop make it possible to cost-effectively analyze large amounts of data. Many IT organizations don’t have the skills in place to […]

5 Misconceptions About Visualization

Tweet Share Share +1 EmailShares 0Nathan Yau, the force behind the visual data site, wants data flow to be understandable for non-experts. He recently advised departments at the Census Bureau on how to visualize their data.  While some people “got it,” others were laboring under some common misconceptions about effective presentation, software tools, layering of […]

In-Memory Analytics to Completely Disrupt Data Warehousing

Tweet Share Share +1 EmailShares 0Timo Elliot of SAP’s Business Objects team puts forward an entertaining and persuasive argument that in-memory analytics, along with massively parallel hardware, column stores, and in-database analytics, are the same kind of disruptive innovation for traditional data warehouses as digital photography was to film cameras. Digital photography transformed an industry […]

Whitepaper: Building Data Science Teams

Tweet Share Share +1 EmailShares 0How do you build a ‘data driven’ organization?  How can existing firms be transformed into data driven juggernauts? DJ Patil, former Head of Analytics and Data Teams at LinkedIN and currently a Data Science in Residence at Greylock Partners, has written a white paper outlining how analytics operations are designed, […]

10 Essential Elements of Data Mining

Tweet Share Share +1 EmailShares 0Is Data Mining simply another name for Statistics, Business Intelligence, or Business Analytics?  Not according to Keith McCormick, an independent Data Mining consultant and trainer.  Data Mining has its own unique characteristics and McCormick comes up with a list of 10 elements that differentiate Data Mining from other strategies. Data […]

Inside BigData: Sports Roundup By the Numbers

Tweet Share Share +1 EmailShares 0Here at inside-BigData, we’re not that different from everyone else: We like our sports. But we are a little geekish (no surprise there), so we enjoy exploring the numbers behind the sports. We’ve got three articles to share: “Big Data Analytics Versus Your Own Lying Eyes” discusses how analytics has […]

SAS Analytics Drives Kelly Blue Book In New Direction

Tweet Share Share +1 EmailShares 0SAS Analytics software has given Kelly Blue Book the resources to transform Big Data into unrivaled insights for the automotive marketplace. The premier source of new- and used-car information created an enterprise analytic center of excellence – expanding from one employee to 23 in just three years – that improved […]

Can Big Data Bring Business and IT Together?

Tweet Share Share +1 EmailShares 0Gary Cokins wonders if the analytics trend could remove the traditional corporate wall between “The Business” and the IT organization. Referencing a provocative article by Jim Harris, Cokins argues that the more the business side relies on data analytics the more collaborative the relationship with IT must be. Today’s flood […]

Data Management at Zynga

Tweet Share Share +1 EmailShares 0Curt Monash recently attended a “bit of a bash” with, among others, Ken Rudin of Zynga, the social gaming company. Of particular interest was Zynga’s approach to analytic database design: Data is divided into two parts. One part has a pretty ordinary schema; the other is just stored as a huge […]

Video: Stephen Gold of IBM Talks Up Careers in Predictive Analytics

Tweet Share Share +1 EmailShares 0 This pep talk by IBM’s Stephen Gold, business line executive in charge of the company’s SPSS unit, is required back to school viewing for anyone who is considering a career in predictive analytics. He discusses the value of having skills in predictive analytics and the increased demand for such […]