6 Ways to Find out if there is any Science in your Analytics

Posted on: March 29th, 2015 by Clement Fredembach 1 Comment

 

“All Science Analyses Data but not all Data Analysis is Science” We are currently blessed with more data than ever before. Yet, most of the conversations are volume, speed, or technology oriented. Big data is an evolution of data, but there is no such thing as big science. Only Science. Does Science matter? Yes, absolutely,         Read More…

Aster AppCenter – Sharable, Repeatable Big Data Analytics

Posted on: March 26th, 2015 by Ross Farrelly No Comments

 

I recently spent a week at the headquarters of Teradata Aster in Silicon Valley working on the recently announced Aster AppCenter. The basic idea of the AppCenter is to democratise access to so called big data analyses. The AppCenter allows a user to pre-package SQL, SQL-Map Reduce and SQL-Graph code into a one-click App which can then         Read More…

The Role of Domain Experts in Data Science

Posted on: March 23rd, 2015 by Bhavani Raskutti 1 Comment

 

During my 30 years of analytics career, prospective employers and clients have often asked me: ‘How can you help us with data-driven insights when you have not worked in this industry before? ‘. Clearly, the description of data scientist as the mythical unicorn who has computer science skills, statistical knowledge and domain expertise (Figure 1)         Read More…

5 Steps for Making Data Pay Dividends for Utilities

Posted on: March 18th, 2015 by David Socha 1 Comment

 

I worked at a major utility business for 17 years. After that, I spent time at a systems integrator and consultancy, working with other utilities. Now, I lead Teradata’s International utilities practice. I won’t claim to be a guru or an expert or any of those things. But I do know how utilities work. And         Read More…

Changing your Behaviour, Not the Data

Posted on: March 15th, 2015 by Ben Davis 2 Comments

 

I was recently helping someone buy a new laptop. Their specifications were pretty light on as they really only needed something to browse the web, type up the odd word document and check emails. The core buying decision was that it had to be small and light. What struck me during our shopping was a         Read More…

Should Your Organisation Reach for the Cloud?

Posted on: March 2nd, 2015 by Greg Taranto No Comments

 

In the recent O’Reilly paper by Mark Barlow studying the industry trends in Migrating Big Data Analytics to the Cloud , the survey data reveals some fascinating trends. Some of these are logical and/or marry up with understanding of anecdotes. However 1 or 2 findings are a little surprising. One of the findings derived from         Read More…

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…