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How to Lie with Data

How to Lie with Data

Back in the early Nineties, I was working on a Ph.D applying a tool called a Geographic Information System (GIS) to the challenge of modelling archaeological deposits under cities. For those of us worrying about these things, Mark Monmonier‘s then-newly published first edition of How to Lie with Maps was required reading. It wasn’t so much a handbook...
Private cloud silliness

Private cloud silliness

Private clouds are real. It’s well past time to grow up and accept this. Not every IT workload is most logically run in a cloud, now or in the future. But, for those workloads where cloud is advantageous, it seems likely that public cloud will eventually supplant both private cloud and hybrid cloud deployments. Public...
Infochimps CEO Jim Kaskade talks about acquisition and the big data opportunity

Infochimps CEO Jim Kaskade talks about acquisition and the big data opportunity

I first came across Infochimps as they set about building one of the early Data Market offerings. I recorded a couple of podcasts with CTO and co-founder Flip Kromer over the years, in 2009 and 2012, tracking some of the ways in which the company and the market were evolving. Since then the company has...
Joining the dots with travel data

Joining the dots with travel data

The travel industry has much to gain — and much to offer us, its customers — through smarter use of the data it already collects. This shouldn’t, as I’ve argued before, be a substitute for employing, training and empowering good people. But as an adjunct to what they can do, it has the potential to deliver experiences that...
Microsoft Corporate Vice President Quentin Clark discusses data, data platforms, and more

Microsoft Corporate Vice President Quentin Clark discusses data, data platforms, and more

The Data Platform Group at Microsoft does a lot, from SQL Server and their Hadoopey HDInsight offering through to Business Intelligence and analytics capabilities which sit in or on top of the humble Excel spreadsheet. I’ve touched upon pieces of this whole before, in a 2009 podcast on Azure with Amitabh Srivastava (then Corporate VP...
Acknowledgement matters

Acknowledgement matters

In face to face interactions we are programmed to recognise the importance of feedback. As we move many previously physical interactions online, are we in danger of forgetting just how important it is? When you walk into a shop and buy something, a plethora of tangible and intangible signals reassure you that all is proceeding...
Teradata Labs President Scott Gnau discusses the evolving data analytics market

Teradata Labs President Scott Gnau discusses the evolving data analytics market

With all the noise around newer technologies such as Hadoop, it would be easy to assume that the data analytics space is new — and totally dominated by the NewSQL/ NoSQL tools pouring out of the world’s startups. It would be easy. But it would also be wrong. Data analytics, business intelligence, and related ideas are not new....
Adaptive Computing CEO Robert Clyde talks about Big Data, and lessons from the world of High Performance Computing

Adaptive Computing CEO Robert Clyde talks about Big Data, and lessons from the world of High Performance Computing

It’s sometimes easy to assume that the large clusters of commodity servers commonly associated with open source big data and NoSQL approaches like Hadoop have made supercomputers and eye-wateringly expensive high performance computing (HPC) installations a thing of the past. But Adaptive Computing CEO Robert Clyde argues that the world of HPC has evolved, and...
Infer CEO Vik Singh talks about predictive analytics and lead scoring

Infer CEO Vik Singh talks about predictive analytics and lead scoring

As data volumes increase and marketing channels proliferate, corporate sales teams  struggle to efficiently identify the real prospects worth an investment of their time. At Infer, a team experienced in applying predictive analytics to the web-scale problems faced by companies like Google and Yahoo! thinks they have a solution. By combining data from internal customer...
MapR CEO John Schroeder discusses the market for Hadoop

MapR CEO John Schroeder discusses the market for Hadoop

Big Data is undeniably hot right now, and to many Hadoop is inextricably linked to the broader Big Data conversation. And yet, Hadoop has a reputation for being complex, and unpolished, and difficult, and ‘technical,’ and a host of other less-than-glowing attributes which might cause potential users to pause and take stock. Some of that reputation...
KPMG Capital CEO Mark Toon discusses corporate perspectives on big data

KPMG Capital CEO Mark Toon discusses corporate perspectives on big data

That global accountancy giant KPMG should be interested in data is not, perhaps, surprising. That KPMG would use its own money to “invest in, partner with and acquire organisations that specialise in data and analytics tools and assets” was less immediately obvious to me. But that, according to KPMG global lead for data and analytics Mark...
orchestrate.io CEO Antony Falco dissects the database industry

orchestrate.io CEO Antony Falco dissects the database industry

Portland-based Orchestrate (orchestrate.io) rolls out its commercial NoSQL offering today, claiming to significantly decrease the time, cost and complexity of putting cloud-based data to work. I took the chance to speak with co-founder and CEO (and former Basho co-founder) Antony Falco, to learn more about the company and the problems it’s seeking to address. Our...