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  • Ask the Expert: Three Big Dilemmas of BI
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    Most business intelligence (BI) systems were initially designed to support managed forms of reporting and simple analytics. Reports in these BI systems needed to be auditable, governable, tested, required high data quality, and so on. Now, however, organizations want to do more with their BI systems than reporting. more

  • Ask the Expert: Ask the Expert on Data Maturity
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    An increase in data maturity correlates to an increase in business success. Yet though organizations gladly allocate budget to business projects, they neglect data maturity—even to the point of allowing it to deteriorate. more

  • Architecting a Hybrid Data Ecosystem: Achieving Technical Cohesion and Business Value in a Multi-platform Environment

    One of the strongest trends in data management today and into the future is the development of complex, multi-platform architectures that generate and integrate an eclectic mix of old and new data, in every structure imaginable, traveling in time frames from batch to real time. The data comes from legacy, mainstream enterprise, Web, and third-party systems, which may be home grown, vendor built, open source, or a mix of these. More sources are coming online from machines, social media, and the Internet of Things. These data environments are hybrid and diverse in the extreme, hence the name hybrid data ecosystems (HDEs). more

  • Ask the Expert: Should You Learn MapReduce or Spark?
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    Want to become a data engineer but aren’t sure which technologies are the right fit for the job? People switching into big data are faced with a difficult decision—should you learn MapReduce or Spark? The answer seems simple, but requires more information and insight. Answering this and other questions correctly places you on the path to becoming a data engineer. more

  • Ask the Expert: Organizational Risk Factors for Achieving Data-Driven Success
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    Modern organizations spend significant time and effort working to transform their operations into a data-driven culture enabled by big data and analytics. The true value offered from analytics should be measured by observed upticks in targeted and desired business outcomes. more

  • Data Management for Big Data, Hadoop, and Data Lakes

    A perfect storm of data management trends is converging. First, organizations across many industries are experiencing the big data phenomenon, which forces them to capture and leverage data from new sources, in structures and velocities that are new to them, in unprecedented volumes. Second, technical users are scrambling to learn new data platforms like Hadoop and their evolving best practices. Third, the data lake arose suddenly in 2016 as the preferred approach to managing very large repositories of raw source data. Fourth, business managers have attained a new level of sophistication in their use big data for business value and organizational advantage. more

  • Between a Rock and a Hard Place: How to Modernize Legacy Middleware for an Evolving, Data-driven World

    In support of daily operations, many organizations depend heavily on systems for enterprise application integration (EAI), enterprise service bus (ESB), and other approaches to middleware. Yet, these infrastructures are today legacy technologies that predate the rise of big data and unstructured data, as well as modern sources and targets for integration, such machines, devices, clouds, social media, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Furthermore, many middleware vendor tools are still optimized for the on-premises ERP-dominated applications world of twenty years ago; others are in legacy mode, with no future upgrades coming. more

  • Ask the Expert about Data Warehouse Modernization
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    Despite their ongoing evolution, data warehouses (DWs) are more relevant than ever, as they support operationalized analytics and wring business value from machine data and other new forms of big data. Hence, it’s important to modernize an existing DW environment, to keep it competitive and aligned with business goals, as well as to grow into new data-driven practices and technologies, while also keeping and improving the old ones. more

  • Maximizing the Value of Your IoT Data: How to Utilize Data Virtualization to Provide Value and Context to Your Sensor Data

    Sensor data from Internet of Things (IoT) devices is becoming more pervasive throughout the world of data management, but it can be both an opportunity and a challenge to existing platforms, integration, and best practices. Your organization needs to understand how its existing integration and data management tools can help with the introduction of sensor data, as well as how business stakeholders, in particular from operations teams, will be using that data to impact revenue and costs. In addition, your organization must enable the speed of performance required in operational and analytics use cases, including productivity to improve organizational performance, process efficiency to streamline company activities, new product development to better meet customer expectations and experiences, new business models for revenue generation and supply chain monitoring, and inventory and cost reduction. more

  • Emerging Best Practices for Data Lakes

    It’s no surprise that data warehouse professionals are quickly adopting Hadoop. According to a recent TDWI survey, the number of deployed Hadoop clusters is up 60% over two years. While Hadoop is an effective design pattern for capturing and quickly ingesting a wide range of raw data types, there have been a number of challenges organizations have faced in realizing the true business value from their Hadoop-based data lakes. more

  • SQL for Hadoop: When to Use Which Approach

    In a 2015 survey by TDWI, 69% of respondents identified SQL on Hadoop as a must-have for making Hadoop ready for enterprise use. This is not surprising because both technical and business users know and love SQL, plus have portfolios of tools that rely on it. The catch is that early versions of Hadoop were devoid of ANSI-standard SQL. more

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