Gartner has just released its annual “Magic Quadrant for Master Data Management of Customer Data Solution”.
It’s no secret that big data is engulfing society at large. A recent survey of senior level IT professionals by CIO Insight, found that 90% of respondents said their organizations were investing in big data and analytics. So, what do these results really mean? It means that companies in all sectors are finding value in being data-driven.
They say the world used to run on oil, then it ran on data, and today it runs on fast data. For data-driven businesses it’s no longer enough just to have the right information, they need the right information, right now.
In order to become data-driven, organizations need to be able to understand the “what?”, the “why?” and the “what if?” using not only their enterprise data (myopic view), but also the Big Data surrounding them (geolocation, social, and sensor data). This is the only way to gain a 360-degree view of their customers, business and market, and what it means in terms of business challenges and opportunities.
We recently completed a survey uncovering some of the new opportunities and challenges facing online retailers. You can read the highlights in the press release here: http://www.talend.com/about-us/press-releases/real-time-big-data-key-to-... . As you’ll see, one of the focus areas of the survey is around the challenge of shopping -cart abandonment, which costs the retail industry hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars a year.
I used to watch the TV show Zorro as a kid - fantastic stuff. While it never put me off watching, I do distinctly recall thinking how absolutely ludicrous it was that nobody could figure out that Zorro was actually nobleman, Don Diego de la Vega. Come on people, they have the same moustache for Pete’s sake!
But here’s the thing, Zorro had that mask, a simple but apparently effective disguise that obscured him just enough to fool almost everyone in the village – even if it didn’t manage to dupe five-year-old me.
I had the chance to attend Apache Spark Summit last week in Amsterdam and was lucky enough to meet Matei Zaharia in person (he is my MIT Big Data online course assistant professor). Matei is indeed a modern rock star for being part of the Spark inception team. It was his experience trying to solve machine learning problems with Hadoop that led him and his teammates to create Spark.
Today we launched a new real-time big data Sandbox. This is a super quick and painless way for you to gain first-hand experience with one of the latest big-data innovations, Apache Spark. For those of you not familiar with a Sandbox, we’re basically talking about a virtual development environment.
In my IT career I have had the opportunity to work on many great Data Management projects, ranging from simple extract, transform and load (ETL) assignments that support operational systems like CRM, SFA, and ERP, to simple Data Warehouses. I have been on some very impressive Master Data Management (MDM) and Data Quality projects for som
For the last few years we’ve been hearing about the benefits of the cloud. And at this point, many of us agree the benefits are sizable and beneficial. So, let’s say you’ve finally agreed that it’s time to move to the cloud – what’s next?