Farrah Bostic, presenting a message encouraging both skepticism and genuine intimacy, was one of the most provocative speakers at Strata 2014 in Santa Clara earlier this year. As founder of The Difference Engine, a Brooklyn, NY-based agency that helps companies with research and digital and product strategy, Bostic warns her clients away from research that         Read More…

 

The best Strata session that I attended was the overview Kurt Brown gave of the Netflix data platform, which contained hype-deflating lessons and many chestnuts of tech advice straight from one of the most intense computing environments on the planet. Brown, who as a director leads the design and implementation of the data platform, had a         Read More…

 

Teradata has unveiled new certified solutions that dramatically enhance backup, recovery and DR capabilities for Teradata Database users.  The new certifications are with EMC’s latest industry-leading Data Domain deduplication storage systems and Teradata’s latest Data Stream Architecture (DSA), delivering new data protection options through Teradata’s Backup Archive and Recovery (BAR) solution for its database customers.         Read More…

 

In years past, Strata has celebrated the power of raw technology, so it was interesting to note how much the keynotes on Wednesday focused on applications, models, and how to learn and change rather than on speeds and feeds. After attending the keynotes and some fascinating sessions, it seems clear that the blinders are off.         Read More…

Data-Driven Business and the Need for Speed

Posted on: February 14th, 2014 by Guest Blogger No Comments

 

What stands in the way of effective use of data? Let’s face it: it’s people as much as technology. Silos of data and expertise cause friction in many companies. To create a winning strategy for data-driven business, you need fast, effective collaboration between teams, something much more like a pit crew than an org chart.         Read More…

Open Your Mind to all the Data

Posted on: February 14th, 2014 by Guest Blogger No Comments

 

In technology discussions, we often forget who the big winners are. When you look at almost any technology market, if a vendor makes a certain amount, the systems integrator may make 4 or 5 times that amount selling services to configure and adapt the solution. Of course, the biggest winner is the company using the         Read More…

 

In the Star Trek movies, “the Borg” refers to an alien race that conquers all planets, absorbing the people, technology, and resources into the Borg collective. Even Captain Picard becomes a Borg and chants “We are the Borg. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.” It strikes me that the relational database has behaved similarly         Read More…

Evaluating and Planning for the Real Costs of Big Data

Posted on: January 16th, 2014 by Dan Graham No Comments

 

In a blog I posted in early December, I talked about the total cost of big data. That post, and today’s follow-up post, stem from a webinar that I moderated between Richard Winter, President of Wintercorp, specializing in massive databases, and Bob Page, VP of Products at Hortonworks. During the webinar we discussed how to         Read More…

 

The recent webinar by Richard Winter and Bob Page hammered home key lessons about the cost of workloads running on Hadoop and data warehouses.  Richard runs WinterCorp — a consulting company that has been implementing huge data warehouses for 20+ years.   Bob Page is Vice President of Products for Hortonworks, and before that he was         Read More…

Big Apple Hosts the Final Big Analytics Roadshow of the Year

Posted on: November 26th, 2013 by Teradata Aster No Comments

 

Speaking of ending things on a high note, New York City on December 6th will play host to the final event in the Big Analytics 2013 Roadshow series. Big Analytics 2013 New York is taking place at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers in the heart of Midtown on bustling 7th Avenue. As we         Read More…