EMC and Big Data- Observations from EMC World 2011

I attended EMC’s User Conference last week in Las Vegas. The theme of the event was Big Data meets the Cloud. So, what’s going on with Big Data and EMC? Does this new strategy make sense? EMC acquired Greenplum in 2010. At the time EMC described Greenplum as a “shared nothing, massively parallel processing (MPP) … Continue reading EMC and Big Data- Observations from EMC World 2011

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Analyzing Big Data

The term “Big Data” has gained popularity over the past 12-24 months as a) amounts of data available to companies continually increase and b) technologies have emerged to more effectively manage this data. Of course, large volumes of data have been around for a long time. For example, I worked in the telecommunications industry for … Continue reading Analyzing Big Data

Five requirements for Advanced Analytics

The other day I was looking at the analytics discussion board that I moderate on the Information Management site. I had posted a topic entitled “the value of advanced analytics.” I noticed that the number of views on this topic was at least 3 times as many as on other topics that had been posted … Continue reading Five requirements for Advanced Analytics

Can You Increase Your Website Rank?

No one really knows Google’s page ranking algorithm.  However, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) companies try hard to get you to spend money with them in order to increase your page rank and results within a search engine (Search Engine Results Page or SERP).  I had a very interesting conversation with Shawn Bishop, CEO of RankPay … Continue reading Can You Increase Your Website Rank?

Social Network Analysis: What is it and why should we care?

When most people think of social networks they think of Facebook and Twitter, but social network analysis has its roots in psychology, sociology, anthropology and math (see Scott, John Social Network Analysis for more details). The phrase has a number of different definitions, depending on the discipline you’re interested in, but for the purposes of … Continue reading Social Network Analysis: What is it and why should we care?

The Importance of multi-language support in advanced search and text analytics

I had an interesting briefing with the Basis Technology team the other week.  They updated me on the latest release of their technology called Rosette 7.   In case you’re not familiar with Basis Technology it is the multilingual engine that is embedded in some of the biggest Internet search engines out there – including Google, … Continue reading The Importance of multi-language support in advanced search and text analytics

My Take on the SAS Analyst Conference

I just got back from the SAS analyst event that was held in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.   It was a great meeting.  Here are some of the themes I heard over the few days I was there: SAS is a unique place to work. Consider the following:  SAS revenue per employee is somewhat lower than the … Continue reading My Take on the SAS Analyst Conference

Five Predictions for Advanced Analytics in 2010

With 2010 now upon us, I wanted to take the opportunity to talk about five advanced analytics technology trends that will take flight this year.  Some of these are up in the clouds, some down to earth. Text Analytics:  Analyzing unstructured text will continue to be a hot area for companies. Vendors in this space … Continue reading Five Predictions for Advanced Analytics in 2010

Top of Mind – Data in the Cloud

I attended Cloud Camp Boston yesterday. It was a great meeting with some good discussions.  Several hundred people attended.  What struck me about the general session (when all attendees were present) was that there was a lot of interest around data in the cloud.  For example, during the “unpanel” (where people become panelists in real … Continue reading Top of Mind – Data in the Cloud

Operationalizing Predictive Analytics

There has been a lot of excitement in the market recently around business analytics in general and specifically around predictive analytics. The promise of moving away from the typical rear view mirror approach to a predictive, anticipatory approach is a very compelling value proposition.  But, just how can this be done?  Predictive models are complex.  … Continue reading Operationalizing Predictive Analytics