Svetlana Sicular

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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 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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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 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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Personal Analytics

by Svetlana Sicular  |  March 27, 2013  |  1 Comment

I always thought that if all the efforts, energy and money, spent on technology, were invested in studying humans, we would have been equally advanced through mastering our own  capabilities.  I realized just recently that maybe harnessing the incredible human potential is not a direct process, and technology is only a step of the journey [...]

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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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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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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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Pseudo-Tweets

by Svetlana Sicular  |  July 9, 2012  |  Comments Off

“Never odd or even”  —  palindromes draw respect when they carry at least some spark of meaning; you’ll even read them twice. Some time ago, a good friend of mine came up with the idea of pseudo-palindromes  (the same abrupt absurd and worthlessness), but you’ll read them twice anyway:  “Eat timely Nathan. Want tea? ” [...]

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Data Scientist – Mystified

by Svetlana Sicular  |  June 29, 2012  |  7 Comments

Companies are desperately seeking mysterious creatures — data scientists. Some people claim to have seen them in LinkedIn and Target. Perhaps, those were encounters with data scientists from LinkedIn that shop at Target? Or Target data scientists who search on LinkedIn for pregnant teens? Either way, the companies are desperate (except for LinkedIn and Target). [...]

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