Svetlana Sicular

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Big Data Is Entering the Age of Aquarius

by Svetlana Sicular  |  October 23, 2014  |  2 Comments

Suddenly, I realized: fluids are in, animals are out. The big data ecosystem has given up on its elephants, impalas and pigs in favor of aquatics.  Perhaps, the shift started with “data lakes,” or, perhaps, data lakes just reflected the state of big data (pun intended). Or maybe, Cascading was the one that signified the […]

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Where Art Thou Hadoop?

by Svetlana Sicular  |  October 14, 2014  |  1 Comment

The Hadoop ecosystem is like a kaleidoscope, where particles keep colliding, tumbling and forming mesmerizing patterns created by the reflections. My research note What Matters When Comparing Hadoop Distributions is finally out. I’ve been writing it for four months. As soon as I felt it was ready, there were some principle points that I had […]

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Gartner’s Big Data Definition Plays Out in Sports

by Svetlana Sicular  |  August 28, 2014  |  3 Comments

As a Gartner analyst, I am fortunate to frequently meet amazing people. Qaizar Hassonjee from Adidas is not only one of them, but one of the most memorable ones among the amazing people. He is at the heart of miCoach, including miCoach Elite, the system developed in partnerships with the top soccer players, coaches and teams of the […]

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Big Botched Data

by Svetlana Sicular  |  July 29, 2014  |  7 Comments

Everybody talks about successes in big data. And everybody is curious about failures.  Today, I want to illustrate some typical causes of big data project failures with real-life examples, no company logos to show, sorry.  I’ll give not necessarily “fail fast” scenarios, but also the uneventful and painful “fail slow.” Let’s start with the amazing […]

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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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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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Big Data Analytics is a Rocket Ship Fueled by Social, Mobile and Cloud

by Svetlana Sicular  |  March 7, 2014  |  3 Comments

The rocket ship of big data analytics is launched and on its way to orbit.  Data and analytics are gaining importance with a cosmic speed.  The rocket ship is fueled by cloud, mobile and social forces. Information is a single force that gets to the foreground over time while cloud and mobility, once implemented, become less […]

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Гений толпы

by Svetlana Sicular  |  February 5, 2014  |  1 Comment

If Russian is Greek to you, use translation tools such as Google Translate or Translate.com — they will express the gist of my text. But if you want nuances, crowdsourced translation could be a better solution.  Learn more about crowdsourcing in my webinar Crowd Sorcery for Turning Data into Information on Thursday, 6 February. Любимая […]

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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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