Svetlana Sicular

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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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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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Wall Street is Hiring for Big Data

by Svetlana Sicular  |  April 28, 2014  |  1 Comment

Big data finally reached Wall Street. Not for small science experiments, but seriously, in grand style, with exorbitant salaries, for production and DevOps. A couple of years ago, Silicon Valley companies were bragging to each other about hiring Wall Street quants for data scientists. Now Wall Street is happy to grab  — whom? No, not data scientists [...]

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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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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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Word of the Next Year

by Svetlana Sicular  |  December 27, 2013  |  Comments Off

Selfie is the word of 2013. Or maybe, it isn’t. There are other winners: (data) science, privacy and geek.  The latter wins for acquiring a more positive image, together with hacker, I assume. These words signify growing people centricity as a result of convergence of four powerful forces — big data, mobility, cloud and social computing [...]

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