Svetlana Sicular

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5+ Big Data Companies to Watch

by Svetlana Sicular  |  June 17, 2014  |  6 Comments

People often ask me if there is a magic quadrant for big data. There isn’t. What we have is a Hype Cycle for Big Data with abundance of big data technologies, some of which are just nascent, some are on the plateau of productivity, and some, like Hadoop distributions, are in the unrightfully dreaded and [...]

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The Era of Data

by Svetlana Sicular  |  June 3, 2014  |  Comments Off

In 2009, a CRM icon Tom Siebel was attacked by a charging elephant during an African safari. Ominously, this was exactly the time of changing epochs signified by another elephant, Hadoop. It was not obvious back in 2009 that the era of CRM came to the end and the era of data began. This very year of 2009, [...]

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

by Svetlana Sicular  |  March 18, 2014  |  3 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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