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Posts tagged "Big Data"
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...
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...
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...
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...
This is the news... today

This is the news… today

I recently set up a new Tumblr site, in addition to my main blog here at cloudofdata.com. It’s been running for a few days now, and I’m deliberately posting just one entry each day to explore a topical news item, issue, or trend. We are all inundated by a constant stream of press releases, tweets,...
Seeking Simplicity's Sweet Spot

Seeking Simplicity’s Sweet Spot

Albert Einstein, you may have heard, was a clever man. He scribbled equations on blackboards, thought big thoughts, and all of that. But, allegedly, he also said Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. These words have resonated with me recently, as I’ve heard pitches from one company after another, all...
Visualisation - the key that unlocks data's value?

Visualisation – the key that unlocks data’s value?

As the Big Data hype machine continues its relentless attempt to gobble everything in its path, new business units and entire new domains buying into the promise find themselves faced with unanticipated data volume and complexity. They see the potential for data-based decision making, but still face (short-term?) challenges in actually managing, analysing or interpreting...
Doing the DataBeat

Doing the DataBeat

For the past two years, Ben Kepes and I have helped the team at VentureBeat assemble the programme for their annual Cloud Computing event, CloudBeat. It looks as though we may end up doing something similar with them this year, as CloudBeat moves from Redwood City to downtown San Francisco, and from November to September....
Big Data as Core, Big Data as Context, and Big Data as Buzzword Bingo

Big Data as Core, Big Data as Context, and Big Data as Buzzword Bingo

It’s neither particularly newsworthy nor insightful to suggest that ‘Big Data’ gets everywhere these days, but two recent items reminded me of the gulf between credible execution of a big data play and the more questionable tacking of the big data meme onto an otherwise useful product. Christmas is coming. Which means skating, and pantomimes...
O'Reilly's Strata comes to Europe, with a very British opening

O’Reilly’s Strata comes to Europe, with a very British opening

O’Reilly’s Big Data extravaganza, Strata, left its native U.S. for the first time this week, coming to London for two days of data; the big, the open, the structured, the unstructured, and the undecided. Whilst many of the companies and issues are the same, whether you’re in London, California or New York City, there are...
The next big thing: WeeData

The next big thing: WeeData

‘Big Data’ has a problem, and that problem is its name. Dig deep into the big data ecosystem, or spend any time at all talking with its practitioners, and you should quickly start hitting the Vs. Initially Volume, Velocity and Variety, the Vs rapidly bred like rabbits. Now we have a plethora of new V-words,...