Monthly Archives: August 2013

Measuring the True Value of Big Data

Measuring the True Value of Big Data

Martin Fleming, Vice President, Business Performance Services, Chief Economist, IBM By Martin Fleming In a recent New York Times article , reporter James Glanz asks: “Is Big Data an Economic Dud?” Mr. Glanz seems to answer his own question skeptically. The “data era,” he suggests, will not match the […]

Getting manufacturing data into splunk

Getting manufacturing data into splunk

Quality, Quality, Quality Because of quality-related product defects, three world-wide recalls by Toyota during late 2009 and early 2010 cost the company billions of dollars and decreased sales. “Toyota has, for the past few years, been expanding its business rapidly. Quite frankly, I fear the pace at which we […]

DataWeek's 2013 Award Winners for Analytics and Big Data Strategies

DataWeek’s 2013 Award Winners for Analytics and Big Data Strategies

Where data is big, there are innovative companies and products trying to make analysis of such data a small and easy task. And some are making a splash here, according to a new set of awards in big data announced this month. DataWeek has released its 2013 award winners […]

Beat the odds in the big data productivity battle

Beat the odds in the big data productivity battle

Gartner published in July 2013 its revised hype cycle on big data . This is a timeline that predicts the phases that companies will go through as they try to make their big data work for them. In the Gartner model, businesses will first enter a stage where they […]

To Go From Big Data to Big Insight, Start With a Visual

To Go From Big Data to Big Insight, Start With a Visual

by Sinan Aral. Visualization by Nikolaos Hanselmann  |   8:00 AM August 27, 2013 Although data visualization has produced some of the most captivating artistic displays in recent memory, some of which have found their way into exhibits at the New York Museum of Modern Art and countless art installations around […]

Hadoop’s part in a Modern Data Architecture

Hadoop’s part in a Modern Data Architecture

The shift to a data-oriented business is happening. The inherent value in established and emerging big datasets is becoming clear. Enterprises are building big data strategies to take advantage of these new opportunities and Hadoop is the platform to realize those strategies. Hadoop is enabling a modern data architecture […]

Tomorrow's cities: How big data is changing the world

Tomorrow’s cities: How big data is changing the world

You may not be that bothered about the idea of living in a smart city but I bet you’d love to live in one that was happy. The data to measure the happiness of a city is already all around us, in the tweets we send on an hourly […]

Big Data Republic

Data Quality – Culture’s Cornerstone

A recent survey by International Data Quality Management , 2012, found that 41 percent of organizations don’t have a data quality management (DQM) strategy while 66 percent stated that the quality of data was very important within their organizations. Not surprisingly, there is a gap between the importance of […]

Presenting Conformance Statistics

Presenting Conformance Statistics

A client came to me with some conformance data. She was having a hard time making sense of it in a spreadsheet. I had a look at a couple of ways of presenting it that would bring out the important points. The data came as a spreadsheet with multiple […]

Fantastic presentations from R using slidify and rCharts

Fantastic presentations from R using slidify and rCharts

Dr. Ramnath Vaidyanathan of McGill University gave an excellent presentation at a joint  Data Visualization DC / Statistical Programming DC event on Monday, August 19 a t nclud , on two R projects he leads — slidify  and rCharts. After the evening, all I can say is, Wow!! It’s […]