Thor Olavsrud

About the Author Thor Olavsrud


3 keys to keep your data lake from becoming a data swamp

For years, buoyed by technologies like Apache Hadoop, organizations have been seeking to build data lakes — enterprise-wide data management platforms that allow them to store all of their data in their native format. Data lakes promise to break down information silos by providing a single data repository the entire organization can use for everything from business analytics to data mining. Raw and ungoverned, data lakes have been pitched as a big data catch-all and cure-all.

But Avi Perez, CTO of business intelligence (BI) software specialist Pyramid Analytics says he sees many customers and prospects whose data lakes are deteriorating into data swamps — massive repositories of data that are completely inaccessible to end users.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Read more 0 Comments

3 keys to keeping your data lake from becoming a data swamp

For years, buoyed by technologies like Apache Hadoop, organizations have been seeking to build data lakes — enterprise-wide data management platforms that allow them to store all of their data in their native format. Data lakes promise to break down information silos by providing a single data repository the entire organization can use for everything from business analytics to data mining. Raw and ungoverned, data lakes have been pitched as a big data catch-all and cure-all.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

(Insider Story)

Read more 0 Comments

DataStax sets sights on customer experience

Enterprises are increasingly seeing the need for their data to generate real-time, contextually aware insights in milliseconds or even microseconds — providing personalized responsiveness every time a customer taps a screen, changes lanes in a car and so on.

Responding to this need to support what it describes as the “right-now economy,” DataStax, a specialist in database software for cloud applications built on the open source foundations of Apache Cassandra and Apache TinkerPop, last week announced its adoption of a comprehensive strategy to help enterprises design and implement Customer Experience (CX) applications.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Read more 0 Comments

MapR helps developers leverage analytics with microservices

With an eye toward helping developers operationalize analytics through converged data applications, MapR Technologies today announced support for event-driven microservices on its Converged Data Platform at Strata + Hadoop World in New York City. For administrators, the company is also rolling out comprehensive monitoring with a cluster-wide view of microservices.

“Microservices is basically a way to drive agility and a way for developers to address the integration of operations and analytics — real-time analytics,” says Jack Norris, senior vice president of Data and Applications at MapR.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Read more 0 Comments

Teradata Accelerators help put IoT on the fast track

For years, analytics specialist Teradata has been helping companies like Union Pacific Railroad make sense of sensor data and to integrate that data with its business processes. But that was just the tip of the iceberg. Chad Meley, vice president of Marketing at Teradata, says today’s internet of things (IoT) innovations are poised to rewrite the playbook in manufacturing, transportation, mining, energy and utilities.

“We really see IoT being at a tipping point,” Meley says.

And Teradata plans to leverage its experience with companies like Union Pacific to help others make the leap. The company today announced four new services — combinations of technology-agnostic intellectual property and professional consulting services — aimed squarely at helping organizations transform sensor data streams into revenue streams.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Read more 0 Comments

Teradata Accelerators help put IoT on the fast track

For years, analytics specialist Teradata has been helping companies like Union Pacific Railroad make sense of sensor data and to integrate that data with its business processes. But that was just the tip of the iceberg. Chad Meley, vice president of Marketing at Teradata, says today’s internet of things (IoT) innovations are poised to rewrite the playbook in manufacturing, transportation, mining, energy and utilities.

“We really see IoT being at a tipping point,” Meley says.

And Teradata plans to leverage its experience with companies like Union Pacific to help others make the leap. The company today announced four new services — combinations of technology-agnostic intellectual property and professional consulting services — aimed squarely at helping organizations transform sensor data streams into revenue streams.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Read more 0 Comments

How a medical device maker took control of its sales data

For medical diagnostic equipment maker Alere, master data management was the key to unlocking its digital transformation.”In hindsight, we carried our legacy process for years and years,” says Jason Jarrett, senior director of business intelligence and solutions at Alere. “If I could do it again, I would have done this sooner. You’re skeptical about disruption, but it would have been better to go ahead, bit the bullet and implement.”

As a medical device company with annual revenue of about $3 billion, Alere uses third-party distributors to sell its products to hospitals and doctors’ offices. To process incentive compensation for its sales force, it purchases data from those third-party distributors to evaluate sales performance and changes in market share. But getting the information on time and processing data from disparate sources — each distributor uses a different reporting method — became a significant challenge.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Read more 0 Comments