Category Archives: Steven Lawton

Securing Hadoop the Easy Way with Teradata SQL-H

Sunday May 11th, 2014

It is well documented that security for Hadoop has its shortcomings. Hadoop can run in either ‘non-secure’ mode in which no authentication is required or ‘secure’ mode in which authentication is required. The problem with secure mode is that this involves setting up Kerberos authentication. Kerberos is complicated and difficult to setup and finding a… Read More »

What You Need to Know About the Teradata Hadoop Solution

Thursday March 13th, 2014

The recently announced Forrester Wave: Big Data Hadoop Solutions Q1 2014 has Teradata positioned as a leader. This recognises Teradata as a vendor providing a clear Hadoop strategy with the Teradata Portfolio for Hadoop. What sets the Teradata offering apart from the rest is the ability to not only store your Big Data in a… Read More »

Choosing the Right Approach for your Big Data Analytics Journey

Monday August 19th, 2013

A few weeks ago I attended the Teradata Summit in Melbourne and I listened to a great presentation given by Venugopal Adooparambil (Venu) Director of BI Consulting – Big Data at UnitedHealth Group. Venu discussed how his organisation engaged with Teradata Aster to enable its data analysts to exploit Big Data analytics. He discussed how they… Read More »

Live Blog – Mark Fazackerley of MicroStrategy Presentation – A Platform to Support Big Data

Tuesday May 7th, 2013

Mark Fazackerley, the MicroStrategy VP of Australia and New Zealand is presenting at the Teradata Big Data Summit 2013 at Crown in Melbourne. Mark is presenting on the MicroStrategy Platform to Support Big Data. Mark is covering Big Data and the use of MicroStrategy to meet these demands with a specific example of the use… Read More »

The Big Data Privacy Debate

Tuesday December 18th, 2012

After the recent Barack Obama victory in the 2012 US Election there were many articles discussing the Obama campaign team and its use of data analysis. The goal of the team was to measure “every single thing in this campaign” which resulted in an analytics department five times the size of the one in the… Read More »

Big Brother and Big Data

Thursday July 5th, 2012

I read recently that US chain Wal-Mart bought the startup Social Calendar, a popular Facebook calendar app which allows users to record special events and birthdays etc. Who would have thought that listing to friends your birthday or holiday details would end up being cross-referenced by Wal-Mart with its own data to generate a more… Read More »