June 30, 2014 06:11 AM EDT
Back in the early Nineties, I was working on a Ph.D applying a tool called a
Geographic Information System (GIS) to the challenge of modelling
archaeological deposits under cities. For those of us worrying about these
things, Mark Monmonier‘s then-newly published first edition of... (more)
May 22, 2014 06:13 AM EDT
Private clouds are real. It’s well past time to grow up and accept this.
Not every IT workload is most logically run in a cloud, now or in the future.
But, for those workloads where cloud is advantageous, it seems likely that
public cloud will eventually supplant both private clo... (more)
April 9, 2014 01:41 PM EDT
I first came across Infochimps as they set about building one of the early
Data Market offerings. I recorded a couple of podcasts with CTO and
co-founder Flip Kromer over the years, in 2009 and 2012, tracking some of the
ways in which the company and the market were evolving.
April 7, 2014 07:59 AM EDT
The travel industry has much to gain — and much to offer us, its
customers — through smarter use of the data it already collects. This
shouldn’t, as I’ve argued before, be a substitute for employing, training
and empowering good people. But as an adjunct to what they can do, it h... (more)
April 1, 2014 10:22 AM EDT
The Data Platform Group at Microsoft does a lot, from SQL Server and their
Hadoopey HDInsight offering through to Business Intelligence and analytics
capabilities which sit in or on top of the humble Excel spreadsheet. I’ve
touched upon pieces of this whole before, in a 2009 podc... (more)
March 28, 2014 07:18 AM EDT
In face to face interactions we are programmed to recognise the importance of
feedback. As we move many previously physical interactions online, are we in
danger of forgetting just how important it is?
When you walk into a shop and buy something, a plethora of tangible and
March 4, 2014 05:22 AM EST
With all the noise around newer technologies such as Hadoop, it would be easy
to assume that the data analytics space is new — and totally dominated by
the NewSQL/ NoSQL tools pouring out of the world’s startups. It would be
easy. But it would also be wrong. Data analytics, busin... (more)
February 25, 2014 08:00 AM EST
It’s sometimes easy to assume that the large clusters of commodity servers
commonly associated with open source big data and NoSQL approaches like
Hadoop have made supercomputers and eye-wateringly expensive high performance
computing (HPC) installations a thing of the past.
February 13, 2014 11:09 AM EST
As data volumes increase and marketing channels proliferate, corporate sales
teams struggle to efficiently identify the real prospects worth an
investment of their time.
At Infer, a team experienced in applying predictive analytics to the
web-scale problems faced by companies l... (more)
February 11, 2014 11:02 AM EST
Big Data is undeniably hot right now, and to many Hadoop is inextricably
linked to the broader Big Data conversation.
And yet, Hadoop has a reputation for being complex, and unpolished, and
difficult, and ‘technical,’ and a host of other less-than-glowing
attributes which might... (more)
February 6, 2014 11:09 AM EST
That global accountancy giant KPMG should be interested in data is not,
perhaps, surprising. That KPMG would use its own money to “invest in,
partner with and acquire organisations that specialise in data and analytics
tools and assets” was less immediately obvious to me. But tha... (more)
February 4, 2014 10:00 AM EST
Portland-based Orchestrate (orchestrate.io) rolls out its commercial NoSQL
offering today, claiming to significantly decrease the time, cost and
complexity of putting cloud-based data to work.
I took the chance to speak with co-founder and CEO (and former Basho
co-founder) Anton... (more)
January 28, 2014 10:37 AM EST
People in this business get quite worked up about the conflicts of interest
faced by ‘influencers’; analysts, prominent bloggers, and the rest.
That concern is understandable and reasonable. We do need to know when the
advice, guidance and opinion we’re being given is influenced b... (more)
January 27, 2014 11:52 AM EST
I used to podcast pretty regularly, on this site and elsewhere. Then other
things got in the way and, before I knew it, almost two years had passed
since my last podcast here.
Well, it’s time to put that right. I’m podcasting again, and I’ve got a
nice pipeline of guests lined u... (more)
January 15, 2014 12:30 PM EST
The ‘platform’ tier in the middle of cloud computing’s architecture is
being squeezed, folded and reshaped beyond recognition. Even with continued
investment, can it survive the transformative pressures forcing down upon it
from the software/application layer above, or the appare... (more)
January 8, 2014 09:00 AM EST
Cloud computing is great, right? As a way to get something up and running
quickly, affordably, and with a minimum of fuss, it can rarely be beaten.
But some of the most compelling attributes of the public cloud are best
suited to ephemeral or (relatively!) short-term use cases. Yo... (more)
November 6, 2013 11:09 AM EST
Survey results, like infographics, make up a depressingly large part of the
delay email deluge. And, like almost every infographic ever made, most of
these surveys are a complete waste of time. They’re blatantly self-serving,
and based upon laughably small sample sizes. Every now... (more)
July 8, 2013 10:06 AM EDT
Unusually for me, I’ve found myself at reasonably local events over the
past few days. Leeds last Wednesday to hear people discuss big data, York
last Friday to talk about open data, and Hull today to check out the city’s
impressive new work space.
It’s easy to look beyond the l... (more)
June 7, 2013 09:44 AM EDT
I wasn’t going to talk about the current fuss around PRISM, but the speed
with which conjecture, rumour and some (good) newspaper investigative work
has turned into ‘fact’ and ‘truth’ online makes this worth
The conjecture may be correct. The NSA, the FBI, TLA and ET... (more)
May 23, 2013 06:14 AM EDT
Image © BBC 2013
I recently set up a new Tumblr site, in addition to my main blog here at
cloudofdata.com. It’s been running for a few days now, and I’m
deliberately posting just one entry each day to explore a topical news item,
issue, or trend.
We are all inundated by a const... (more)