Topic: Big Data

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Ask the Architect Evangelist: 5 Predictions for the Future of Big Data in the Cloud

5 Predictions for the Future of Big Data in the Cloud It’s always risky to make predictions about the future of information technology. You can either come off as wildly optimistic or frighteningly stuck in your ways. You’re betting that … Read more…

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Watch Your Step! Avoiding the Pitfalls of Dark Data

No one likes to be kept in the dark. Every successful corporate strategy is built upon comprehensive data analysis. By capturing all the facts – and later analyzing and categorizing these points – executives can make the best informed decisions. … Read more…

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Improving Data Security through Big Data Analytics

Anyone working in IT knows the headlines that security breaches create. The cost is measured in money, of course, but also in a commodity that is harder to recover once it’s lost: Trust. Brands can suffer tremendous blows when they … Read more…

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ThinkGig Readers Weigh In: In Data We Trust

Noted American engineer and Professor W. Edwards Deming one said: “In God we trust…All others must bring data”. Never before has this statement been more accurate – especially as global industries enter an unprecedented “Digital Transformation”, all based on the … Read more…

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Ask the Architect Evangelist: Use Cases for Big Data in the Cloud

People ask me, “Hey, why should I use the cloud to predict market direction or analyze customer churn? I’m already doing it on-premises. What’s so special about the cloud?” In that narrow context, they may be right. If you’re simply … Read more…

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Data Lakes: Hadoop Vs. In-Memory Databases

I am getting asked with increasing frequency, “What do you think is better for a data lake: Hadoop or an in-memory database?” Given the amount of FUD and novelty in data analytics, it’s a simple question but one with some … Read more…

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eCommerce 2016: Looking Beyond the Numbers

It’s hard to argue with the numbers. Online sales hit record levels this holiday season, as consumers flocked to the Web and capitalized on big bargains. With such positive results, it would appear retailers were fully prepared – building eCommerce … Read more…

Ask the Architect Evangelist: Big Data Security and Compliance Issues in the Cloud

As an Architect Evangelist, I sometimes find myself advising people to stop and remember to breathe. Keep calm. It’s all going to be okay. This sometimes comes up when the subject of discussion is big data security. And, while I … Read more…