Svetlana Sicular

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Big Data Quantity vs. Quality

by Svetlana Sicular  |  May 22, 2014  |  Comments Off

Increasing adoption of big data technologies brings about the big data dilemmas: Quality vs. quantity Truth vs. trust Correction vs. curation Ontology vs. anthology Data profiling, cleansing or matching in Hadoop or elsewhere are all good but they don’t resolve these dilemmas.  My favorite semantic site Twinword pictures what a dilemma is. You get the picture. New technologies promote sloppiness. […]

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BYO Big Data Quality

by Svetlana Sicular  |  May 16, 2014  |  2 Comments

In the absence of best practices for big data quality, individual companies are coming up with their own solutions. Of course, these organizations first have problems.  Let’s look at the example from Paytronix, a cool company providing loyalty management for restaurant chains including my favorite Panera Bread. Paytronix is converging social, mobile, cloud and big data […]

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Wall Street is Hiring for Big Data

by Svetlana Sicular  |  April 28, 2014  |  1 Comment

Big data finally reached Wall Street. Not for small science experiments, but seriously, in grand style, with exorbitant salaries, for production and DevOps. A couple of years ago, Silicon Valley companies were bragging to each other about hiring Wall Street quants for data scientists. Now Wall Street is happy to grab  — whom? No, not data scientists […]

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The Charging Elephant — IBM

by Svetlana Sicular  |  September 23, 2013  |  Comments Off

To allow our readers compare Hadoop distribution vendors side-by-side, I forwarded the same set of questions to the participants of the recent Hadoop panel at the Gartner Catalyst conference. The questions are coming from Catalyst attendees and from Gartner analysts. I have published the vendor responses in these blog posts: Cloudera, August 21, 2013 MapR, August […]

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Guest Post: Big Data is Falling into the Trough of Disillusionment

by Svetlana Sicular  |  March 11, 2013  |  1 Comment

From my esteemed colleague Mark Beyer, the co-lead for Gartner big data research. The intent of Gartner’s advice is to restore order while we provide guidance to a panicking throng scrambling to buy limited edition big data toys. Gartner has advised caution to the market. But, panic in the streets and chaos often drowns out […]

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Magic Realism of Big Data

by Svetlana Sicular  |  January 31, 2013  |  2 Comments

Big data is moving from closets full of hidden Hadoop clusters into corner offices, where CEOs and boards of directors issue orders to deliver “big data strategy,” whatever it means. This is called “Activity beyond early adopters” in Gartner’s Hype Cycle. Once in awhile, I get requests to help explain big data, so it would […]

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Big Data is Falling into the Trough of Disillusionment

by Svetlana Sicular  |  January 22, 2013  |  36 Comments

My presentation on big data for the upcoming BI Summit in Barcelona is obsolete. In this presentation, I use the Gartner Hype Cycle curve to show that big data is at the peak of inflated expectations.  And, as it happens with quickly developing technologies,  I am already behind and big data goes ahead. Last several […]

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Think Graph

by Svetlana Sicular  |  November 8, 2012  |  Comments Off

A graph states that something is related to something else: people to people, molecules to molecules, habits to habits. Graph traversals are about paths: of ideas, time or viruses. Russian for “graph” is “граф,” which also means “earl.” In my adolescence, I thought that graph theory is about nobility, and despite my math education, a […]

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The #GartnerCat’s Pajamas

by Svetlana Sicular  |  August 28, 2012  |  Comments Off

“Imagine a revolution from 80-character punch cards to 140-character tweets,” —  this Jack Santos punch line has been tweeted and re-tweeted on Day 1 of the Gartner Catalyst conference (#GartnerCat) last week. Coming back from Catalyst was like returning from a whitewater trip: the same sense of excitement and learning about yourself under extreme conditions. […]

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Haute Couture of Big Data

by Svetlana Sicular  |  July 19, 2012  |  2 Comments

Big data haute couture roughly illustrates the state of the market. The question is: does a big data market exist? “Good morning I’m the global waiter at IT infrastructure solutions I was following up on your attendance at the hi dude summit  that was held June 13 and fourteenth,” — I love my email for […]

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