Creating a Vascular System for External Big Data

Start planning for a world where signals are harvested from external repositories through APIs with built-in analytics. It is time for CIOs and CTOs to start planning for a world in which signals are harvested from external repositories through distributed APIs that have intelligence and analytics built in. So, today I’m starting a mission to […]

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How to Find and Use External Data

The first draft of a program for finding and making use of external data to improve business results. In the Forbes article “Do You Suffer From the ‘Data Not Invented Here’ Syndrome”, Dan Woods proposed that the data created and maintained outside of one’s company is becoming more important than the data that can be […]

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How Vertica Was the Star of the Obama Campaign, and Other Revelations

One of the most critical contributors to the Obama campaign’s success was the direct access it had to a massive database of voter data stored in Vertica. The 2012 Obama re-election campaign has important implications for organizations that want to make better use of big data. The hype about its use of data is certainly […]

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Cheezburger Avoids BI ‘Fails’ By Sipping Data Slowly

Getting value from big data is everyone’s problem, even LOLCats. If you think staring at LOLCats or the FAIL Blog is wasting time at work, try telling that to Notorious BIT—that’s the Business Intelligence Team, a three-person delta force in charge of analytics at Cheezburger, the online humor network. With more than 30,000 websites in […]

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Explaining Spark to Your CEO

There comes a time in the life of every important technology where the CEO gets interested and wants to know what the fuss is all about. That time has come for Spark. There comes a time in the life of every important technology where the CEO gets interested and wants to know what the fuss […]

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