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What Is Interactive Analytics Anyway? The information technology sphere undergoes what we like to call a paradigm shift, sea change or plain old ‘upheaval' roughly every five years or so. Don't ask anybody why this half decade cyclicality exists; it just has to be so. Accept that reinvention happens constantly and that major seismic shifts are tangibly felt by us human beings roughly every 1826.21 days... and we can move on. Behavioral shifts These major swings bring us to a new point of realization in terms of the way we work with technology in the enterprise space (and in the consumer space too for that matter) today. The firm that used to deny the importance of the Internet has gone online. The firm that used to center itself around a single operational hub and premises has gone mobile. The firm that used to decry, belittle and disparage the use of social media ... (more)

Planet @Hadoop By @ABridgwater | @BigDataExpo [#BigData]

What Kinds of People Live on Planet Hadoop? Labor market analytics firm Wanted Analytics recently assessed the market for technology professionals and found that demand for people with proficient levels of Hadoop expertise had skyrocketed by around 33% since last year - it is true, Hadoop is hard technology to master and the labor market is not exactly flooded with an over-abundance of skilled practitioners. Hadoop has been called a foundational technology, rather than ‘just' a database by some commentators - this almost pushes it towards being an ‘environment' rather than it bei... (more)

Database Revolutions, Reloaded By @ABridgwater | @BigDataExpo [#BigData]

Database Revolutions, Reloaded The evolution of the database is under constant upheaval, discussion, debate and (if you will excuse the expression) 'analysis.' This basic truth is now more relevant, pertinent and pressing than ever due to the prevalence of Big Data (and the need to impose analytics of insight upon it) driven by social, mobile, cloud and of course the Internet of (Every) Things. Today then, as a staple of our IT infrastructure, databases have been around for over 50 years now with first references of the term dating back to the very early 1960s. Given that half c... (more)

The Chief Analytics Officer’s Nightmare By @ABridgwater | @BigDataExpo [#BigData]

The Chief Analytics Officer’s Nightmare Scene scenario: 10 am in a boardroom somewhere, second round of coffees served, Danish and donuts untouched, a quiet hush settles. "Well you know what guys? (and, by the use of the term guys I mean to include both sexes here assembled) - the trouble that we have as a company is that we are, to put it bluntly, just a little analytics-poor," said the newly appointed Chief Analytics Officer. That we should consider a firm to be analytically deficient or poor is a profound comment on our modern age. Does such a term even exist? It is very likel... (more)

OpenStack Deployment Practicality By @ABridgwater | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Goodness there is a lot of talk about cloud computing. This ‘talk and chatter' is part of the problem, i.e., we look at it, we prod it and we might even test it out - but do we get down to practical implementation, deployment and (if you happen to be a fan of the term) actual cloud ‘rollout' today? Cloud offers the promise of a new era they say - and a new style of IT at that. But this again is the problem and we know that cloud can only deliver on the promises it makes if it is part of a well-coordinated effort that brings together both existing IT infrastructure and these new se... (more)