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Big Data May Ensure Sustainable Sushi

Big Data May Ensure Sustainable Sushi

Back in 1970, well before the eating of raw fish became so popular among global gourmands, bluefin tuna, the fish that becomes the delectable Maguro sushi and sashimi on our plates, sold for…
Northern Lights: Arctic Fiber Nets Open New Bandwidth Horizon

Northern Lights: Arctic Fiber Nets Open New Bandwidth Horizon

Big data is driving the need for big networks – networks that can shave milliseconds off transmission times. What would you pay to save 20 milliseconds? Two trans-oceanic projects are betting you’ll…
Dark Data Tells Many Tales

Dark Data Tells Many Tales

Every enterprise accumulates dark data. Companies don’t try to hoard this unanalyzed information, it just happens because it’s created almost everywhere. Servers in data centers generate an enormous trove of largely untapped…
Gartner Dead Wrong About Big Data Hype Cycle

Gartner Dead Wrong About Big Data Hype Cycle

Big data is just about to hit its “peak of inflated expectations”, according to Gartner’s 2012 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies. Me? Expectations aren’t inflated enough. Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2012
NFL Big Data Blitz: Don't Punt; Go For It!

NFL Big Data Blitz: Don’t Punt; Go For It!

American football can be perplexing to the uninitiated because of its complexity compared to the rest of the world’s true football. However, that complexity does have an upside. It creates plenty of opportunities to generate statistics with which to…
You Can Write, But You Can’t Hide. Big Data Knows Your Writing Quirks

You Can Write, But You Can’t Hide. Big Data Knows Your Writing Quirks

As I wrote recently, data scientists have been able to decode unstructured data to accurately predict where violence will occur in Afghanistan. Now, they can also mine unstructured data to determine the identity of a document’s writer. All…
Big Data Owes Big Debt To Open Source

Big Data Owes Big Debt To Open Source

Recently, I delivered a keynote at the annual Red Hat Summit and JBoss World conference, an event that drove home the importance of open source technology. Without…
Here And Now: The New Era of Real-Time Distributed Data Management

Here And Now: The New Era of Real-Time Distributed Data Management

The world’s vast troves of data are distributed. Increasingly, we need to access that information in real time. To get that real-time access, we must build advanced distributed data management systems – no simple task. But I assert that…
The Odds Favor a Career In Analytics

The Odds Favor a Career In Analytics

Serious students, particularly at the graduate level, don’t roll the dice with their futures. They consider the job landscape, potential pay, career growth and more when they decide what field to…
Big Data Startups Lure Investment Dollars

Big Data Startups Lure Investment Dollars

VCs invested $2.47B in big data-related startups in 2011 vs. $1.53B in 2010 Venture capitalists invested slightly less money last quarter than in the same period…