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By | October 20th, 2015 | Analytics, Big Data, Business Intelligence, Hadoop

Hitting a Big Data Wall? How to Improve Hadoop ROI

With the adoption of any new technology, businesses are tasked with measuring success and demonstrating value to the organization — Big Data is not any different. As interest in Big Data grows, the value of the technology platform that delivers it must be accurately calculated and demonstrated to the rest of the organization. Hadoop is increasingly the platform of choice for Big Data, and there is a common misconception that predicting and deriving ROI from Hadoop deployments is too challenging. According to a recent Gartner research report, 24 percent of organizations are not measuring the ROI of Big Data at all.

By | December 11th, 2014 | Analytics, Big Data, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Hadoop

From Data to Revenue: Business Models for Data-Driven Organizations

Exploiting big data is both a technical and managerial challenge. There are many resources for learning about the technical side of this challenge (including this blog!). But there are fewer resources out there that talk about the challenges of weaving a big data mindset into your day-to-day business operations. Established businesses have methods and procedures in place that are often resistant to change. Start-ups have fewer impediments to change, so researchers at the University of Cambridge have turned to startups as the ideal candidates for studying how businesses can exploit big data, with an eye towards generating insights useful for established firms.

By | June 14th, 2014 | Big Data, Business Intelligence, Hadoop

Sellpoints Selects Altiscale’s Hadoop as a Service as the Foundation for its Sales Analytics Platform

Sellpoints’ customer base of leading manufacturers and retailers, such as Panasonic, Canon, and others, rely on its Omni solution to provide market intelligence and insights that maximize sales. After evaluating several Hadoop as a Service alternatives, Sellpoints selected Altiscale’s Data Cloud. The Altiscale team gave it the operational support to keep Hadoop always available and its jobs tuned without requiring Sellpoints to hire additional administrators to manage this infrastructure. Sellpoints was also aware of the dynamic nature of the market and the operational burden of keeping up-to-date with the latest Hadoop software implementations. Sellpoints recognized that Altiscale could keep them on the cutting edge of Hadoop and associated tools, which is critical for maintaining the business’ competitive differentiation.

By | May 30th, 2014 | Big Data, Business Intelligence, Hadoop

White House Report on Big Data and Privacy Part 2: Provenance

The White House Report on Big Data and Privacy raises several issues around big data, particularly concerns about privacy protections for individuals. One such concern is the ability of individuals to correct erroneous information in their data profiles. This raises a question for data practitioners: how to ensure or at least assess the quality and veracity of the data we collect? Maintaining data provenance is an essential part of the solution.

By | April 28th, 2014 | Big Data, Business Intelligence, Hadoop

Integrating Hadoop with your BI Environment

Many enterprises that are deploying Hadoop and related big data analytics tools probably already have business intelligence (BI) platforms in place. An obvious question facing these organizations is how to integrate their existing BI infrastructure with a Hadoop-centric big data platform. There are at least two broad approaches to the integration issue.