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Content tagged with Big Data posted in November 2012
SAS Acquires rPath Assets To Boost Cloud Services
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
Analytic vendor SAS buys automation technologies, hires key staff to bolster its rapidly scalable cloud delivery capabilities.
Hire A Data Science Team, Not A Data Scientist
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
Assembling a group of talented people with diverse skills is the best way to meet your data science needs, says Deloitte director.
Big Data And Analytics Expertise: Beg, Borrow Or Steal?
Commentary  |  11/29/2012  | 
Demand for big data and analytics experts is on the rise, but it will take years for the supply to catch up. Here's how to cope.
Semantic Databases: Destiny Or Distraction?
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Here's how to decide where flexible semantic technologies can replace more rigid relational systems.
Researchers Steal Cloud Computing Power Via Browsers
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
Security researchers demonstrate that cloud computing can be taken at no cost, if you know where to find the processing cycles.
Amazon Debuts Low-Cost, Big Data Warehousing
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
Amazon Redshift service promises ten times faster query performance than conventional on-premises data warehouses, at one-tenth the price.
Dell's Quest: Bring Business Insights To Email Data
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
Quest Software's first 'big data play,' MessageStats 7.0, adds email mining and analytics tools for business-side users.
What GE's $15 Trillion Industrial Internet Needs
Commentary  |  11/27/2012  | 
GE makes the case that a more business-oriented 'Internet of things' will spur a productivity boom. Not so fast.
10 Cities Raise Tech IQs In IBM Challenge
Slideshows  |  11/26/2012  | 
IBM's Smarter Cities Challenge helps 100 cities around the globe improve education, infrastructure, public safety and economic development. Look how 10 winning cities are tackling tough problems.
Big Data + Semantic Web: Love At First Terabyte?
News  |  11/26/2012  | 
The "Web of Data" remains an intriguing concept rather than the next big thing in digital information. But big data could help change that.
Microsoft's New Data Center: The Straight Poop
News  |  11/26/2012  | 
Microsoft plans zero-carbon data center in Wyoming that will use biogas from an adjacent wastewater treatment plant as its power supply.
Autonomy Search Tech Viable For HP, Analyst Says
News  |  11/21/2012  | 
Autonomy's IDOL search and data analysis software can still help HP, analyst says. But HP needs to make it easier for customers to implement.
A Proposal For IT: Set Just One Goal For 2013
Commentary  |  11/20/2012  | 
Be measurably more relevant to your customers.
YARN: Answer To Hadoop's Shortcomings?
News  |  11/20/2012  | 
YARN framework may not be ready for prime time, but it could bring Hadoop to the next level, says Pervasive Software's chief technologist.
Big Data Classes For CXOs
News  |  11/19/2012  | 
Teaching C-suite executives the fundamentals of big data, a topic once confined to the rarefied world of computer scientists, is becoming a growth industry.
Big Data Debate: End Near For Data Warehousing?
News  |  11/19/2012  | 
Some Hadoop advocates say this new platform will unseat the relational data warehouse from its dominant role in BI. Database champions say 'not so fast!' Share your opinion.
Marketing Analytics: How To Start Without Data Scientists
News  |  11/19/2012  | 
You don't need a team of highly paid math whizzes to get started with data analytics, says one marketing analytics expert.
Meet The Elusive Data Scientist
News  |  11/16/2012  | 
Data scientists in Chicago share a glimpse at their everyday problems: organizational process, enterprise fiefdoms -- and yes, a big data talent shortage.
Oracle Spotlights Its Database Memory Gap
Commentary  |  11/16/2012  | 
Oracle takes Microsoft to task for its SQL Server Project Hekaton announcement, but in doing so it underscores what's missing from Oracle DB and Exadata.
Analytics Gets More Accurate, More Accessible
News  |  11/15/2012  | 
Advanced analytics' predictive capabilities combined with big data are driving a new age of experimentation.
Cisco Brings Location-Based Big Data To Shopping
News  |  11/15/2012  | 
Cisco touts its analytics technology, teamed with users' cellphones, as perfect for helping brick-and-mortar retailers track consumer behavior and provide personalized advertising.
Social Analytics Isn't Just For Social Networks
Commentary  |  11/15/2012  | 
Broadly applied across all company functions, social analytics can focus attention on the most pressing internal performance issues.
Big Data Education: 3 Steps Universities Must Take
Commentary  |  11/14/2012  | 
How can universities help meet the growing demand for data scientists? Consider this advice from a professor working in the trenches with tomorrow's analytics pros.
Monster Chooses Splunk For Big Data Security
News  |  11/14/2012  | 
Popular job search website looks to Splunk, rising big data star, to meet its online security and compliance goals.
Sears Hadoop Plans: Check Out Data Warehousing's Future
Commentary  |  11/14/2012  | 
Will Hadoop become the new enterprise data warehouse? Sears' CTO is not alone in seeing a shift in how we'll use relational databases.
Election 2012 Polling Lesson: Internet In, Telephone Out?
News  |  11/13/2012  | 
Online polling is ready for prime time but Internet voting isn't, says Survey Monkey's chief methodologist.
Hurricane Sandy: Big Data Predicted Big Power Outages
Commentary  |  11/12/2012  | 
What can be learned for future weather events? For starters, simulations must happen quickly and no single forecasting model will do.
Wanted: Qualified Data Scientists, People Skills A Plus
News  |  11/12/2012  | 
A good data scientist is hard enough to find; try finding one who can effectively communicate data-driven insights to non-technical folk.
Google, Tableau Team On Big Data
News  |  11/11/2012  | 
Google BigQuery lets data analysts do fast, SQL-style querying. Tableau Software brings data visualization power to let business users in on the big data platform.
Big Data Meets Texas Smart Energy Grid
News  |  11/10/2012  | 
Ambitious big data project cuts power usage and lowers storage costs, say IBM and Oncor, Texas' largest electric distribution company.
Nate Silver's Big Data Lessons For The Enterprise
Commentary  |  11/8/2012  | 
Big data analytics have proven their mettle in predicting baseball and election success. How can you make them work for your business?
Small Data Beat Big Data In Election 2012
Commentary  |  11/7/2012  | 
The Obama re-election machine was really about small data--and enterprises can learn from that.
Microsoft In-Memory Move Challenges SAP, Oracle
News  |  11/7/2012  | 
Microsoft SQL Server "Project Hekaton" promises in-memory transactional processing that will stack up against SAP Hana and Oracle Exadata.
Big Data And Gamification: Good Partners?
News  |  11/6/2012  | 
Gamification offers a practical way to take advantage of big data, Badgeville CEO says.
7 Master Data Management Project Best Practices
News  |  11/5/2012  | 
Mobile, the cloud, and the constant flow of information make managing the 'building blocks of content' within the enterprise more challenging than ever. Here's how to stay in control of your data.
M2M In The Enterprise: Still 'The First Inning'
News  |  11/5/2012  | 
Enterprises are interested in machine-to-machine data with CRM/ERP systems, but not yet ready to implement, survey says.
Data Governance: No Single Solution
Commentary  |  11/5/2012  | 
The problem isn't a shortage of products. It's a shortage of clarity and vision.
Big Data Supports Superstorm Sandy Relief Efforts
News  |  11/5/2012  | 
Data integration, visualization and analysis tools help get medical help to people devastated by natural disasters like Sandy or Haiti's earthquake.
Big Data Education: When Should It Start?
Commentary  |  11/2/2012  | 
When elementary school students find data that interests them, they're ready to learn basic statistics concepts. The key: make data analysis relevant to young learners.
Big Data Analytics: Where's The ROI?
Commentary  |  11/1/2012  | 
Not everyone is impressed with the latest health IT megatrend. At least one prominent critic says payment reform should take precedence.
What's Next For 4G: Data Analysis
News  |  11/1/2012  | 
4G World award finalists for emerging products and services say the technology means faster mobile Web browsing -- and an opportunity to mine data.

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