Top 5 Data-to-Decisions News Trends of 2015

Apache Spark, real-time, cloud BI & analytics, IoT, and self-service where the trends to watch in 2015, and they’ll continue to make waves into 2016. It’s that time of year again. Here’s a look back on the big stories of 2015 and a look forward on the trends that will carry on into 2016. 1. […]

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Informatica Takes Comprehensive Approach To Big Data Management

Informatica addresses big-data integration, governance and security through a subscription-based portfolio. But will big data remain a separate world? One irrefutable trend in 2015 has been growing enterprise adoption of big data platforms including Hadoop and NoSQL databases. Yet as companies move beyond big data pilot projects and try to do more with their deployments, many […]

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SAP TechEd: Inside Cloud For Analytics

SAP’s new platform for BI, planning and predictive analytics promises simplicity and consistency, but it will require a fresh start for BusinessObjects or Lumira customers looking to move to this new cloud. SAP can point to many benefits in building Cloud for Analytics, it’s new cloud-based BI, analytics and planning platform, from scratch, but one drawback is […]

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Strata + Hadoop World Report: Spark, Real-Time In the Spotlight

MapR, Pivotal and Teradata were among the who’s who of big data vendors making announcements at Strata + Hadoop World 2015. Here’s a quick analysis. If Strata + Hadoop World 2014 seemed to be all about Hadoop, Hadoop, Hadoop, the 2015 buzzword was Spark, Spark, Spark. Initial impressions aside, there was more going on than […]

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Looking for Innovators and Disruptors!

Constellation Research has extended the deadline for the annual SuperNova Awards! The new deadline for awards is August 14, 2015. We’re looking for innovators in eight categories, but as the chair of judges in the “Data to Decisions” area, I’m most looking forward to reading about innovators who are using data to make informed business decisions or to create […]

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Apply For A SuperNova Award – Recognizing Leaders In Digital Business

Every year the Constellation SuperNova Awards recognize eight individuals for their leadership in digital business. Nominate yourself or someone you know by August 7, 2015. The SuperNova Awards honor leaders who demonstrate excellence in the application and adoption of new and emerging technologies. We’re searching for leaders and teams who have innovatively brought disruptive technolgies to their business models as […]

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Salesforce Sales Wave Analytics: Full Menu or À La Carte?

News Analysis: Salesforce offers the Salesforce Wave, the platform, and Sales Wave Analytics, the first of multiple apps to come. Should you choose focused apps, the all-purpose platform, or both? As always, cost and functionality should be your guide. Salesforce last week announced Sales Wave Analytics, the first of several Wave Analytics Apps the vendor […]

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Salesforce Starts Wave For Big Data

Salesforce announced a good starting point for big data analysis Thursday with the introduction of Salesforce Wave For Big Data, but it’s just that: a starting point. Stay tuned for more partners, more big data plumbing and, most importantly for customers and proven-and-repeatable use cases. This week’s announcement was all about big data access, with free […]

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Informatica Sets New Goals For Its Growing Data Platform

Informatica World 2015 Event Report. Last year at Informatica World 2014, this $1-billion-annual-revenue data-integration company introduced the Intelligent Data Platform (IDP). The goal, in part, was to unifying its various products for on-premises and cloud data integration, data cleansing, master data management and so on. The company promised the platform would delve more deeply into big data while also extending into data […]

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Bits from the Data Store

Semi-regular field notes from the world of data: Michael Jordan (“ask me anything”): The distinguished machine learning and Bayesian researcher from UC Berkeley’s AMPLab has an interesting perspective on machine learning and statistics. … while I do think of neural networks as one important tool in the toolbox, I find myself surprisingly rarely going to […]

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