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Why Would I Use NoSQL?

In any job, it helps when you use the right tool for the job. In the Big Data universe there can be many different kinds of data. Structured data in tables. Text from email, tweets, facebook, or other sources. Log … Continue reading

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Managing a Flood of Data

Managing a Flood of Data With increasing connectedness of devices and people, the data just keeps coming. What to do with all that data is becoming an increasing problem, or opportunity if you have the right mindset. In general there … Continue reading

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Information Extraction- Ready for Prime Time?

Oren Etzioini of the University of Washington held a talk at Adobe in March, and gave a rundown on the current state of the art in IE.  We’ll get to that in a minute, but what is IE?  Information Extraction … Continue reading

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“Active Flash” for Big Data Analytics on SSD-based Systems

FAST13 USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies February 12–15, 2013 in San Jose, CA If you’re not familiar with the geekfest called USENIX and their file and storage technology conference, it is a very scholarly affair. Papers are submitted on … Continue reading

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Marketing Generalizations Based on Academic Research

The basis for this blog is a book from a UCLA professor, Dominique Hanssens, “Empirical Generalizations about Marketing Impact”. The current big data analytics is focused on discovering trends from massive amounts of data. I believe that combining big data … Continue reading

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Marketing Analytics Beyond the Clickstream

Big Data and analytics are closely related.  What good is Big Data if not as a better basis for analysis?  Indeed it is commonly said that more data trumps better algorithms.  One area that is very popular, particularly with retail … Continue reading

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The Power of Good Questions

Kaushik Das of Greenplum, at a recent Big Data Cloud meetup spoke about Big Data as an enabler of 21st Century storytelling.  One of the comments made was about the Chompsky vs Norvig argument regarding patterns that can be found … Continue reading

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Parallel File Systems for Big Data at SNW

SNW, formerly known as Storage Network World, is a cooperative effort between SNIA and Computerworld.  Interesting SNW observations: Lots of flash storage, some for block architectures, some NAS, some cards, quite a variety of Flash memory solutions.  The reason for … Continue reading

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Extremely Large Database Conference

SLAC/Stanford Extremely Large Database Conference (XLDB)September 2012 The XLDB conference is targeted at highly sophisticated end users working on large commercial, scientific and government projects.  Companies included Ebay, Zynga, Google, Comcast, Sears, Facebook, Cloudera, AMD, HP, 10Gen, NTT, Teradata, EMC, … Continue reading

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Flash Memory in a Big Data World

The Flash Memory Summit just concluded in Silicon Valley.  The vendors and attendees were legion and the excitement level was high.  Several vendors were fishing for employees and the industry definitely felt like it was on the growth path.  One … Continue reading

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