Svetlana Sicular

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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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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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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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Cassandra for Greeks or for Geeks?

by Svetlana Sicular  |  August 11, 2012  |  2 Comments

Technology robs words of their intrinsic meaning: what happened to “like” and “friend”? Is it true that Facebook patented “face”? What is “oracle”? Who is Cassandra — a NoSQL database or a Trojan princess, who had a gift of prophecy and whom Apollo cursed never to be believed? At this week’s Cassandra Summit, I learned [...]

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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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