Certain Uncertainties or Philosophy of Big Data

Posted on: February 23rd, 2015 by Ben Bor 1 Comment

 

What does philosophy have to do with Big Data, I hear you ask. Bear with me – all will be explained. Donald Rumsfeld famously said “There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But         Read More…

What is a “Data Lake” Anyway?

Posted on: February 23rd, 2015 by Martin Willcox No Comments

 

One of the consequences of the hype and exaggeration that surrounds Big Data is that the labels and definitions that we use to describe the field quickly become overloaded. One of the Big Data concepts that presently we risk over-loading to the point of complete abstraction is the “Data Lake”. Data Lake discussions are everywhere         Read More…

Why Digital Government Needs a Focus on Data & Analytics

Posted on: February 18th, 2015 by Monica Woolmer 1 Comment

 

There is definitely a move in Australia to a focus on Digital Government at both the State and Federal levels. At the Federal level the government has recently announced formation of the Digital Transformation Office (DTO). In the announcement, the Prime Minister and Minster for Communications stated, “The DTO will comprise of a small team         Read More…

Big Data in Utilities: Why You Shouldn’t Believe the Hype

Posted on: February 16th, 2015 by Iain Stewart 1 Comment

 

Twelve months ago, this is what a typical meeting would look like for me – I’d kick off with an introduction to the data that Utilities companies had at their fingertips, and explain what they could do with that goldmine of data. I would talk about the types of analytics that some early adopters in         Read More…

Going Beyond Hadoop So Where to Next?

Posted on: February 9th, 2015 by Ben Davis No Comments

 

In case you haven’t realised it yet, it’s 2015. The year ahead for technology promises yet more advances. We will see slimmer more vibrant TV’s, data sensors becoming inbuilt into everything that we use (cars, toothbrushes, homes etc) and I dare say a plethora of new smart phones that will be just that little bit         Read More…

4 Tips for Improving Customer Satisfaction with Data Analytics

Posted on: February 3rd, 2015 by Sundara Raman 4 Comments

 

Customer Experience Management (CEM) is a major talking point in a number of industries, including Telecommunications, Financial Services, Retail and even the Public Sector. While there is no homogeneous definition and processes associated with CEM, the industries seem to understand what CEM is meant to do for them, namely, drive a greater level of customer-focus         Read More…

Is a bestselling book the best read?

Posted on: December 16th, 2014 by Kevin Long No Comments

 

When buying a book, whether as a present or for a holiday read it’s tempting to use the bestseller lists as a guide as to what’s the best read. However buying just based on titles with highest unit sales doesn’t always provide the most enjoyable and entertaining read. The eBook has opened up a whole         Read More…

Get Cooking with Discovery Analytics

Posted on: December 10th, 2014 by Monica Woolmer No Comments

 

In my role as an Industry Consultant, I need to be able to represent the sometimes complex capabilities of our analytic solutions in a simple manner. In a recent conversation about the capabilities of the Teradata Aster Discovery Platform, I was asked how Teradata Aster is different from other big data analytics tools in the         Read More…

How Analytics is Leveling the Playing Field for the Consumer

Posted on: December 3rd, 2014 by Ross Farrelly No Comments

 

At a recent business breakfast I was discussing future trends in data analysis with a senior member of the analytics team in a major financial services institution.  The conversation turned to how companies can make their data “work harder”. My interlocutor mentioned that his wife spent (what appeared to him to be) an inordinate amount         Read More…

Breaking down Hadoop Lingo Part 2: PIG & Hive

Posted on: December 2nd, 2014 by Ben Davis No Comments

 

In my previous blog I introduced Part 1 of my blog series on Hadoop and covered the HDFS component. As the building block to the rest of Hadoop, HDFS plays an important role in the storage of data within Hadoop. In this blog I’m now going to cover the terms Pig and Hive. Whenever I         Read More…