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Best of TDWI’s Data Digest

Interesting articles we found on the Web focus on data mashups, streaming analytics, predictive modeling, and securing Hadoop.

Get the Most Information with Data Mashups
(Source: Tech Target)

The more data you have, the sharper your image of the data will be. This truth has led to enterprises beginning to mashup data from many sources in order to paint the clearest picture of BI. This article explains what enterprises have done for data mashups and some tools to get yours started -- as well as some things to watch out for when mashing up data.

The Basics of Streaming Analytics
(Source: O’Reilly Radar)

The ability to stream data and obtain real-time analytics is a crucial talent. This article is the first in a two-part series and covers the basics of streaming data, from the terminology to the capabilities of streaming data analytics.

Business Value over Fame: Creating Predictive Models
(Source: Tech Target)

Creatinga predictive model that accurately produces results can get its maker acclaim, but the real value of a great predictive model is the business value it provides. This article discusses certain aspects that modelers must pay attention to when building their models -- and when to know their model has “expired.”

Accurately Modeling Data with and without Bias
(Source: Datanami)

Data modeling is an important piece of predictive analytics. However, making a great predictive model requires weeding out biases and making sure you model something close to reality. This article explains everything you need to pay attention to when modeling predictive data.

Secure Hadoop Data Using these 5 Steps
(Source: Data Center Knowledge)

Hadoop is an incredibly useful tool for business analytics but it is a headache for security because it lacks programmed security layers. The five steps the article offers for putting data at the center of your Hadoop defenses will best protect your insights.

Quint Turner is an editorial intern at TDWI and an undergraduate English student at Skidmore College. Follow his blog at

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