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It’s Your Life, Starring Your Data

At a recent EPIC Champions of Freedom privacy event, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook finger-wagged some of his Silicon Valley neighbors—without mentioning names Facebook and Google—on how they were using their users’ data. “They’re gobbling up everything they...

Posted July 27, 2015    

Is Privacy Dead? And the Survey Says

Last month, I ran an informal poll and asked the question: Which statement most closely represents your response to: "Is privacy dead?" Here are the options I offered up:Who cares if it’s dead or not? I have nothing to hide.Absolutely! It’s been...

Posted July 8, 2015    

The Data Lake: A More Balanced Perspective

The recent data lake debate with my colleague, Anne Buff, may be over, but the discussion in many organizations is just getting started. What we learned during the debate—and you may be discovering in your own organization—is that it forces the...

Posted June 17, 2015    

Will You Always Save Money with Hadoop?

If you answered “yes” to the question posed in the title, you’re right. Because if you’re talking about the open source Apache Hadoop project (and any related open source project) , you can download the software for free, take advantage of the free...

Posted May 27, 2015    

A Big Data Cheat Sheet: What Executives Want to Know

In April, I was given the opportunity to present An Executive’s Cheat Sheet on Hadoop, the Enterprise Data Warehouse and the Data Lake at the SAS Global Forum Executive Conference in Dallas. During this standing-room only session, I addressed these...

Posted May 21, 2015    

What’s Up with Big Data? Let’s Look at the Trends

While there’s no question that the buzz of “big data” is still going strong, how well is big data actually catching on? To answer this question, we’ll review some of the recent research to see what’s trending in the world of big data.To summarize,...

Posted May 13, 2015    

The Data Lake Debate: Pro Delivers Final Rebuttal and Summary

Okay, this is where the rubber meets the road. I have three minutes (or ~450 words) to respond to Anne’s final statement and summarize why I still believe a data lake is essential for any organization to take full advantage of its data. Let’s get...

Posted April 27, 2015    

The Data Lake Debate: Pro Delivers First Rebuttal

In keeping with the spirit of this Lincoln-Douglas debate format, it looks like I only have 4 minutes (or approximately 600 words) to rebut the anti-data lake arguments Anne presented in this post and this one. Let’s do it!Timer: START!One of the...

Posted April 10, 2015    

The Data Lake Debate: Pro Cross-Examines Con

As to be expected, Anne, your arguments against building a data lake are both persuasive and passionate. You’ve made some great points, my friend, but you’re making this way too easy for me. Before I jump into my rebuttal [my next post], I’d like to...

Posted April 6, 2015    

The Data Lake Debate: Pro is Up First

To data lake or not to data lake? That is the question du jour, precipitated by the big data tsunami that hit our enterprise shores a few years ago. Unfortunately, the answer to this question is not so cut-and-dried, as we can see by this small...

Posted March 20, 2015    

You May Not Be as Anonymous as You Think

Do you prefer watching Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy? For me, it depends on what kind of mood I’m in. If I’m in need of an ego boost, I go for Wheel of Fortune. But if I want to be challenged or I need a bite of Humble Pie, I tune into Jeopardy....

Posted March 11, 2015    

PII, Anonymized Data, and Big Data Privacy

Did you know that most Americans (87%) can be uniquely identified from just three pieces of personal data: a birth date, five-digit zip code and gender? Sort of disconcerting, right?This oft-quoted statistic was initially reported over 15 years ago...

Posted February 12, 2015