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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…
Data Centers Are Up To Big Data's Power Challenge

Data Centers Are Up To Big Data’s Power Challenge

If you look at today’s typical data center with its racks of blade servers, SANs, network switches, UPSs, and more humming away, crunching gigabytes, terabytes, even petabytes of data,…
Strategic Weapon: Unstructured Data Delivers Battlefield Edge

Strategic Weapon: Unstructured Data Delivers Battlefield Edge

Predictive analytics has moved into dangerous terrain. It’s now able to forecast battles in a war zone. Using vast amounts of unstructured data from a massive dump of e-mail published by…