Big Data

Tools and techniques related to managing and understanding ever-larger amounts of data

Are Database Administrators Doomed?

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Just about everyone agrees these days that there is more data to manage than ever. The topic on which nobody seems to agree is who needs to manage it, or to what degree it might actually need to be managed. Traditionally, database administrators (also known as DBAs) have been at the center of the data-management universe: There was always a need to have someone optimize the performance of applications by making sure data was well structured. But with the rise… continue…

The Key Skills Needed by Big Data Engineers

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A mix between data scientist and engineer, Big Data engineers are a new breed in the technology community. Do you have what it takes to be a pioneer? The skills required for Big Data engineering roles aren’t necessarily new things, but they do require a certain level of understanding in a few particular areas for candidates to be successful. Those particular areas? Math and scientific analysis. If you’ve been successful in engineering roles with those skills in the past, even… continue…

More Workers Willing to Share Personal Data With Employers

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Another sign that the type of data profiling used by retailers and advertisers could soon become commonplace in the workplace: A significant number of employees aren’t really worried about it, according to a report by accounting and consulting firm PwC. The report—The future of work: A journey to 2022—says that nearly a third of people would be “happy” for their employer to have access to personal data such as social media profiles. The assumption seems to be that the information… continue…

Despite Apps, Much of Data Analytics Still Drudgery

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So-called “Big Data” has never been more popular among organizations, and those with the ability to analyze vast amounts of data find themselves much in demand. That demand, in turn, could drive more graduates to embrace analytics as a career. But for anyone contemplating such a move, be warned: Data scientists within even the most dynamic company face a whole lot of drudgery as part of their daily routine. A new study by The New York Times estimates that data… continue…

Facebook’s New Privacy Issue Highlights Need for Transparency

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Anyone signing up for Facebook must agree to the social network’s Terms of Use, which opens user-generated data to everything from data analytics to product testing. The majority of the time, Facebook keeps its capitalization (some might call it exploitation) of user data firmly in the background; your postings might end up used in a system-wide test, but you’ll never know about it. So it was surprising when, over the weekend, news leaked that Facebook had manipulated the news feeds… continue…

Brainstorming and Mind Mapping for Business Analysis

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There is no more need to have long and boring meetings with analysts and stakeholders to encourage them to come up with new ideas and strategies—at least not if you can make your meetings more engaging, interactive and, dare we say it, fun. For this, you might want to consider brainstorming as a way to bring in a breath of fresh air. Click here to see business analysis jobs. What Is Brainstorming? I’ve seen brainstorming described as a “process for generating… continue…

HP’s The Machine Could Crush Big Data Problems

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Big Data is only getting bigger: Over the next several years, it’s probable—if not outright inevitable—that businesses will find themselves faced with the need to crunch billions (maybe even trillions) of records, analyze increasingly massive datasets (often in a matter of seconds or minutes) and transmit that data around the world. Tech firms are already working on solutions to address Bigger Data: SAP, IBM and Oracle, for example, have all announced in-memory technology designed to greatly speed up analytics. The… continue…

How to Apply BA Skills to Business Process Management

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If you’re a business analyst with experience in variations of process improvements, you might want to consider a changeover to business process management. Working in BPM provides you with a deeper understanding of business domains and can be viewed as a solid background for development into a department or operations leader, or an executive or consultant. Let’s look at the roles of BA and BPM, compare and contrast them, and highlight how a BA can enter the field of process… continue…

Analytics-Driven Cities: Hype, or the Future?

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Can you make a city smarter? Despite the hype attached to so-called “Big Data,” many cities haven’t yet rushed to embrace the idea of analyzing massive data sets to holistically improve city services. But change on that front could be underway, with Minneapolis, Minn., and Montpellier, France, working with IBM on analytics platforms capable of boosting efficiencies in transportation, water management and emergency services. Click here to find analytics jobs. Minneapolis is using cloud-based pattern discovery to better track metrics… continue…

Banks Scramble to Find Big Data, Security Talent

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Banks are hot to hire IT professionals with Big Data skills, reports Bank Systems & Technology. “The big deal is Big Data. If you can harness it, you can benefit, so financial firms are funding those initiatives right now and hiring individuals with that background,” John Reed, senior executive director for Robert Half Technology, told the magazine. Especially needed are people who can help keep data secure, “as well as anyone who can assist them with their mobile banking efforts,”… continue…