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Featured Blog Posts – October 2014 Archive (7)

Do we really have a data obesity problem?

There has been a few people questioning the value of big data recently, and predicting that big data is going to get smaller in the future. While most of these would-be oracles are traditional statisticians working on small data and worried about their career, or practitioners in small countries (Canada and France in particular) who do not have access to big data, I was surprised to see Mike Jordan - a famous machine learning professor at Berkeley - …


Added by Vincent Granville on October 31, 2014 at 11:32pm — 1 Comment

Data Skeletons in Silos

Don’t let data skeletons in silos ruin your Halloween – or the rest of your year.  Make a commitment to a formal data governance program to take the scare out of your data integration and management initiatives. 

Source: Tech-Tonics

Possessiveness and politics are among the “usual suspects” for killing data governance best practices.  Isn’t it funny how…


Added by Gabriel Lowy on October 30, 2014 at 10:49am — No Comments

Getting Real About Big Data: From ROI to Insights, What Can It Offer Your Company?

There’s no escaping big data.


In the last week alone, it helped fight the Ebola epidemic, fought…


Added by Kalie Moore on October 30, 2014 at 1:00am — No Comments

A Comprehensive List of Big Data Statistics

This article was originally posted on Wikibon. Here I selected a few out of the dozens statistics. Enjoy the reading, and visit the original article: it also features a nice infographic on big data. It would be interesting to add stats about sensor data, or data used in engineering (NASA etc.) For instance, how many data points are used to make weather forecasts? How many synthetic molecules are simulated each…


Added by Vincent Granville on October 21, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

SOS - Stamp Out Spreadsheets

Many organizations contain thousands and in some cases hundreds of thousands of spreadsheets. In one organization we counted more than 100,000 spreadsheets, many were being used day-to-day to operate the business. 

With all the databases and data warehouses and business intelligence software why do many organizations still require spreadsheets?    Few organizations have any policies of governance over the use of spreadsheets. There is a lack of data quality or analytical…


Added by Richard Ordowich on October 20, 2014 at 9:11am — No Comments

Defining Big Data

Defining big data is now a hot topic. Berkeley University posted 40 very short definitions by thought leaders (including me). Here our goal is to offer a very detailed, comprehensive definition that (hopefully) suits everyone.

First, there are three…


Added by Vincent Granville on October 8, 2014 at 8:52am — No Comments

Pursuing DevOps ROI

Pursuing DevOps ROI (return on investment) is compelling for organizations that adopt this approach to agile development practices.  With the evolution toward cloud and mobile apps that run on converged infrastructures companies that implement DevOps processes can realize significant benefits in the three components of ROI.  These include reduced costs, enhanced productivity and faster time to revenue.  DevOps can also help mitigate risks, such as customer loss due to poor user experience,…


Added by Gabriel Lowy on October 5, 2014 at 3:08pm — No Comments

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