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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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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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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Guest Post: Big Data is Falling into the Trough of Disillusionment

by Svetlana Sicular  |  March 11, 2013  |  1 Comment

From my esteemed colleague Mark Beyer, the co-lead for Gartner big data research. The intent of Gartner’s advice is to restore order while we provide guidance to a panicking throng scrambling to buy limited edition big data toys. Gartner has advised caution to the market. But, panic in the streets and chaos often drowns out […]

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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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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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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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