Svetlana Sicular

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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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Now Open

by Svetlana Sicular  |  June 11, 2013  |  Comments Off

The main obstacle to big data adoption is not technology but understanding how to seize opportunities from big data.  There is a lot to a movie other than the movie itself:  cut episodes, its creators, stories around the film and many more.  Here are the “cut episodes” from my recent research on big data opportunities. [...]

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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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Gartner’s Big Data Definition Consists of Three Parts, Not to Be Confused with Three “V”s

by Svetlana Sicular  |  April 2, 2013  |  Comments Off

This is my article, published in Forbes last week. Volume, velocity and variety characteristics of information assets are not three parts of Gartner’s definition of big data, it is part one, and oftentimes, misunderstood. Most people only retain about one-third of what they read —  that explains the truncation. However, to get to the essence [...]

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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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The Sex Appeal of Math to Data Science

by Svetlana Sicular  |  December 18, 2012  |  Comments Off

  “Data scientist is the sexiest job of the 21st century” (Harvard Business Review) “Cybernetics is a whore of imperialism” (Stalin, 20th century) I cannot quite catch an association between these two sentences. Maybe it’s in the transitions: from a whore —  to the sexiest job, from East — to West, from socialism — to capitalism, from [...]

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What Is True In-Memory?

by Svetlana Sicular  |  November 26, 2012  |  Comments Off

Database benchmarks early this millennium were secretly prophetic. Everybody who could read beyond a first paragraph of any benchmark’s write-up was chuckling :  “They ran it in memory,” as if database vendors were cheating. And maybe, they were.  All of them. So when everybody is cheating – it is not cheating, it is a game [...]

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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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Data Governance Is the New Black

by Svetlana Sicular  |  September 7, 2012  |  Comments Off

I cover big data and data governance.  Both are equally challenging and both promise to save the world.  Until recently, I had a false idea, that one of these topics is mainstream and another one is on sidelines for everyone other than me and a dozen people like Andrew White or Joe Bugajski. The latter is [...]

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