Tag Archives: Teradata Aster

What is the difference between a tractor and a Ferrari?

Tuesday May 10th, 2016

It’s a personal comparison that I give when asked about the difference between Hadoop and Teradata Aster. On the surface they are machines you can drive, but are they the same? Both, Hadoop and Teradata Aster, can store and analyse data, but are they therefore the same? Not quite. The tractor is designed to plough the fields,… Read More »

Aster AppCenter – Sharable, Repeatable Big Data Analytics

Thursday March 26th, 2015

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

Monday March 23rd, 2015

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 »

The Art of Data Science

Wednesday August 6th, 2014

I recently had the pleasure of reading “Surely You’re Joking Mr Feynman” aloud to my two children. It’s a very funny book about Richard Feynman, the legendary nobel prize winning physicist who, as well as being a brilliant scientist was also an amateur safe cracker, bongo drummer and artist. Feynman had a famous problem solving… Read More »