Svetlana Sicular

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How Many Degrees Are in the 360° View of the Customer?

by Svetlana Sicular  |  March 18, 2014  |  2 Comments

I’ve been watching the CRM space since the term CRM was coined. The view of the customer remained at invariable 360° while new ideas, methods and companies kept adding degree by degree to the full view.  Back in 2009, a CRM icon Tom Siebel was attacked by a charging elephant during an African safari. Ominously, [...]

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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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The Charging Elephant — Pivotal

by Svetlana Sicular  |  August 30, 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. Today, I publish responses from Susheel Kaushik, Chief Architect of Pivotal Data Fabrics. 1. How [...]

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The Charging Elephant — MapR

by Svetlana Sicular  |  August 26, 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. Today, I publish responses from Jack Norris, Chief Marketing Officer at MapR.   1. How [...]

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The Illusions of Big Data

by Svetlana Sicular  |  July 24, 2013  |  1 Comment

I’m afraid that more data and more analytics will create an illusion of solutions while the problems still persist. Many problems are intrinsically not possible to solve. Thousands of years of philosophy testify to that.  Philosophy aside, people cannot agree on elementary things: some of us have firm reasons to vote for democrats, some of [...]

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The Top Mistake in Evaluating Big Data Initiatives

by Svetlana Sicular  |  May 27, 2013  |  Comments Off

People starting a big data initiative feel like adventurers entering Terra Incognita. The mere fact of breaking into the big data space is often enough for them to lose ground because everything seems new and mysterious.  To a certain extent, it is true.  But just to an extent.  The spirit of big data adventure distracts [...]

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California Legislature Begets Data Scientists

by Svetlana Sicular  |  March 4, 2013  |  Comments Off

The most re-tweeted phrase at the SAS analyst conference (#sassb) today is “A data scientist is a business analyst that lives in California.” Every joke has a bit of truth behind it. Here is a paradox: some simple but essential things slip our attention. What is the last name of Queen Elizabeth II? When did [...]

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Data Revolution, Part 2: Is it Industrial or Proletarian?

by Svetlana Sicular  |  March 1, 2013  |  Comments Off

I have a multiple choice question: What kind of data revolution are we in? Industrial Proletarian Social All of the above The industrial revolution of 18-19th century transitioned the world from hand production methods to machines.  The ability to affordably analyze data is similar: first-generation Internet companies, Amazons and Googles, publically performed data alchemy – [...]

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Data Revolution, Part 1: Is It a Revolution?

by Svetlana Sicular  |  February 12, 2013  |  1 Comment

Like Lilliputians from Gulliver’s Travels, divided over which end of a boiled egg to crack, modern technologists are debating whether big data is a revolution or an evolution.  Roughly 60% of the delegates at the last week’s Gartner BI Summit in Europe voted on evolution.  It looks more like an evolution to these BI and [...]

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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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