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Less Dogma Equals Better Decision Making

August 17, 2015 by Paul Barsch

Some of the biggest breakthroughs come as a result of challenging assumptions; especially those that are commonly accepted. But first you'll need to put processes, systems and people in place to continually overcome preconceived notions.[read more]


As the Internet of Things Mobilizes, Safeguarding the Cloud Is Our Prerogative

August 6, 2015 by Daniel Matthews

Where we drive with big data now will determine our destination on the Internet of Things superhighway. Securing data on the cloud is imperative--here is a rundown on doing just that.[read more]

Open Data: Why the U.S. Needs Federal Legislation to Unlock the Secret Dealings of Shell Companies

July 23, 2015 by Joshua New

Just as Congress recognizes open data as a valuable tool for investigating fraud and providing oversight in government, it is time policymakers create better open data on shell corporations to achieve the same in the private sector.[read more]

EU Regulators Misunderstand Big Data

July 17, 2015 by Joshua New

Some European Union regulators reportedly are concerned that major Internet companies such as Google and Facebook gain an unfair competitive advantage from the detailed consumer data they hold, since other companies can never hope to amass anywhere near as much of it. In addition, some regulators worry that with less competition, these data-rich companies will disregard their customers’ privacy preferences and become more invasive.[read more]

The Internet of Ordinary Things Is Still Extraordinary

July 9, 2015 by Joshua New

Should the public sector view the Internet of Things as a practical tool that can develop incrementally, rather than a collection of futuristic gadgets, it is more likely to embrace the Internet of Things as an early adopter and start enjoying its benefits.[read more]


The Data Lake Debate: Conclusion (With Apologies to the Rolling Stones)

April 30, 2015 by Jill Dyché

The Data Lake Debate.

In an homage to the Rolling Stones, I blithely suggested that if you try sometimes, you get what you need—be it more funding, access to third-party data, a more effective executive sponsor, or a Hadoop distribution provider. It’s not an easy decision, but I’d call the data lake debate a draw. After all, when it comes to the verdict on whether or not a data lake is a worthwhile investment, the success stories will start to emerge. In the meantime, I’m happy to watch those stories unfold. Time, after all, is on my side. Yes it is.[read more]


The Data Lake Debate: The Final Word from Negative

April 22, 2015 by Anne Buff

The Data Lake Debate.

Well, it seems you took the gloves off this time, Tamara. I appreciate the valiant effort and your passionate belief in the Hadoop ecosystem. However, given your revisit to the definition of the data lake and clarifications about Hadoop, I find it important to repeat the resolution we are debating: “a data lake is essential for any organization to take full advantage of its data”. We are not debating whether a data ecosystem is essential – just the data lake.[read more]


The Data Lake Debate: Pro Delivers First Rebuttal

April 10, 2015 by Tamara Dull

Data Lake Debate.

In my opening argument, I defined the data lake as a storage repository that holds a vast amount of raw data in its native format, including structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data. I also mentioned that a data lake can take on different shapes and sizes, and provided these examples: A single data lake; or a data lake with multiple data ponds—similar in concept to a data warehouse/data mart model; or multiple, decentralized data lakes; or a virtual data lake to reduce data movement.[read more]

A Lot of Private-Sector Data Is Also Used for Public Good

April 3, 2015 by Joshua New

Private data.

These beneficial uses of private-sector data are not just one-off, isolated occurrences — just this past month two major tech companies have offered to put valuable and even potentially life-saving data to good use for the public. Facebook will now start matching users’ location data to Amber Alerts to rapidly spread awareness about missing children, and Uber will be donating its anonymized transportation data to city governments to help reduce congestion and enable better city planning.[read more]


The Data Lake Debate: Negative Puts a Stake in the Ground

April 1, 2015 by Anne Buff

The Data Lake Debate.

While the idea of a data lake sounds like fun, don’t go jumping in just yet. There are critical factors to consider before taking the plunge and saying that A data lake is essential for any organization to take full advantage of its data. Not only is a data lake not essential for any organization, a data lake may in fact be detrimental for those who do so prematurely.[read more]


The Data Lake Debate: Questioning the Pro

March 27, 2015 by Anne Buff

The Data Lake Debate.

Technology is not the answer for every big data issue (well any data for that matter). I get it - Hadoop and the concept of data lakes are hot topics. However, just because they are trending in the world of technology does not mean that they will solve critical business issues such as taking full advantage of an organization’s data. I stand firm that data storage, data lake or any other type, is not the essential element for an organization to take full advantage of its data.[read more]


Hygienic Hadoop Data Lakes Not Just Happenstance

February 23, 2015 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

If you work with Hadoop on a daily basis you already know that data cannot simply be dumped into Hadoop’s file system and be of high value to rank and file business users. To be sure, data management is crucial if you’re planning on Hadoop serving as a true lake or “hub” for all your organization’s data.[read more]


Big Data and the Internet of Things: Two Sides of the Same Coin?

December 10, 2014 by Tamara Dull

The Big Data MOPS Series.

What is the relationship between big data and the Internet of Things? There is clearly a relationship between big data and IoT. The Mauritius conference helps confirm that. In fact, I would propose that big data is a subset of the IoT discussion.[read more]

Data Innovation in Africa

December 6, 2014 by Travis Korte


While many commentators have focused on data-driven innovation in the United States and Western Europe, developing regions, such as Africa, also offer important opportunities to use data to improve economic conditions and quality of life. Three major areas where data can help are improving health care, protecting the environment, and reducing crime and corruption.[read more]

Healthcare Insurance Regs Must Keep Up with Tech Advances

November 26, 2014 by Joshua New

health tech / shutterstock

The promise of Apple's HealthKit: as adoption of wearables increases and health insurers rely more heavily on biometric data, consumers and industry alike will benefit from better healthcare outcomes and lower costs. However, this healthcare advance won’t happen unless insurance regulations keep up with the technology.[read more]