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I have always been fond of two things: cooking and analytics. Believe it or not, there are many correlations between cooking your perfect recipe and getting that perfect analytical dataset that drives actions. Yes, we know that when in doubt, follow your heart, or so they say. And when it comes to your enterprise, the parallel should be that whether in doubt or not, always follow the data. Data is the driving force, the fuel…

There are two words that that data industry loves to use today: complexity and simplification. The latter is obviously intended to counter the former… and the ultimate objective is the Holy Grail of Data Nirvana (HGDN) i.e. a so-called ‘single source’ of data where firms can look at every aspect of their business on one software platform. This is the rationale that SAP is currently keeping at front of mind as it develops what it…

The global data lake market was valued at $7.6 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow more than 20.6% from 2020 to 2027. These powerful, cloud-based platforms offer a holistic view of marketing initiatives. They also aid exploration and research by utilizing advanced analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to comb through large amounts of information. But before brands, agencies, and publishers dive in, they need to understand the risks and rewards data lakes inherently bring. …

The organic food and beverage market is expected to hit a mouth-watering $320 billion by 2025—more than four times the value of just a few years ago. For Santiveri, a Spanish company that’s been producing and selling organic products since 1885, that’s validation of its strategy. But it’s also an invitation for ever-rising competition, forcing Santiveri to defend its share against big brands eyeing this surging market. Santiveri sells a huge array of products you can…

Both the data lake and the data warehouse within the cloud have their benefits. While data lakes consist of unorganised lagoons without categories, they are great for data scientists to analyse different kinds of data at once. The two kinds of data storage also differ in the tools that can be accessed. “In general, for the likes of Redshift, Snowflake, Azure, SQL Data Warehouse, one of the most important things when you talk about a…

Jim Czuprynski, an experienced database architect and published author on database troubleshooting, has spent a month hammering on the Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse. His insights are worth noting, not only because Oracle Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison has called the new “self-driving” technology one of the “most important things we’ve ever done,” but also because the leap to autonomous computing has many DBAs worried about losing their jobs. Czuprynski’s three-word summary of the new…

Gigamon, a company that provides network traffic intelligence to security tools, that I’ve profiled before, announced the acquisition of ICEBRG, a Seattle-based security startup. Now, I receive press releases about acquisitions and mergers all the time, but I took particular notice of this one because it suggests that a theory of mine is beginning to be born out in reality. Over the past few years, both in my Forbes columns and on my research site,…

Snowflake Computing Inc., a San Mateo-based company, announced the availability of its data warehousing platform on Microsoft Azure. The evolution of the public cloud has disrupted the traditional software industry. During the last decade, almost every mainstream enterprise software platform became available in the cloud. This paradigm shift created new opportunities for the independent software vendors to build born-in-the-cloud applications and platforms that challenge the incumbents. Snowflake Computing is one of the first few companies to…

Over 25 years ago, the average business was just becoming acquainted with how to effectively capture and store its data. Back then, data was used to help retail companies manage their inventories, enable commercial airlines to effectively maintain their flight schedules, and allow service-oriented businesses to capture and store their customer contact information. The pace was slower, and the information systems used to compute silo data queries were capable of delivering on time and on-premise.…

We all have a friend who’s bragged about getting the greatest deal ever on a used car, right up until they’re calling us from the side of the highway because their new hot rod doesn’t work quite as well as advertised. Some of us, too, have been that unlucky buyer, watching the smoke curl from our engine and wondering where we went wrong.  Making a decision on a big purchase is tough. Apart from trying…