Hadoop Hits the Wall of Reality

The big news in the big data ecosystem, as of late, is the recent merger between Cloudera and Hortonworks. As expected, there are many varied opinions on what the unification means for both the merged companies, as well as the future of Hadoop.

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The Price is Right: Four Steps for Better Pricing Decisions

When I give presentations I sometimes use the concept of a lemonade stand because I’ve found it to be an effective yet simple way to explore the challenges retailers face when executing pricing decisions, embracing price optimization and finding ways to make strategic pricing decisions profitable.

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Opportunities & Challenges in Demand Forecasting

George Santayana, the Spanish-American philosopher, famously mused, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”, but Mr. Santayana didn’t foresee the Era of Big Data.

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Best Practices in Data Visualization

Do you have a moment? Think about all the data your enterprise has - customer information data; website, transaction and buying pattern data; social media data. Now, imagine analyzing this data, and all of the other data you have, to identify patterns and trends, and glean meaningful insights for smarter business decision making.

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Big Data Streaming: An Evolutionary Leap in Advanced Analytics

There’s a common misconception that big data analysis is driven purely by the innovation of new data mining and machine learning algorithms. And although these are critical components of big data, they’re just one piece of big data analysis.

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