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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Make Your Web Site ‘Groovy’

If you want to get CTOs in a lather, ask them which programming language they recommend to build an advanced Web site. Jon Williams, CTO of Flat World Knowledge, recently spawned a red-hot thread on the New York CTO Club list by asking this very question. If you want to get CTOs in a lather, […]

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The Application Incompleteness Theorem

When it was revealed in 1931, the world of mathematics and logic was shocked by Kurt Godels’ Incompleteness Theorem, which holds that there are certain statements in every axiomatic system that are neither true nor false. When it was revealed in 1931, the world of mathematics and logic was shocked by Kurt Godels’ Incompleteness Theorem, […]

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Research Note: Actian’s Strategy for Distributed Big Data

Actian CEO Steve Shine drives company growth to meet big data challenges. Under the leadership of CEO Steve Shine, Actian has become an aggressive acquirer of technology for data management, processing, analysis, and application development. Actian Acquires Versant, Pervasive Software and ParAccel In 2008 Actian bought the core code that became the Vectorwise high-performance database. […]

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