Big Data
Why we also feel Arcadia Data is very cool
Darragh McConville explains why we identified Arcadia Data as a unique Big Data Analytics platform
Why Workday’s acquisition of Platfora makes sense.
I’ve spoken to a few people this week who have expressed surprise at Workday’s acquisition of Platfora.  I wanted to pen this blog to explain why I feel it makes sense. What is Platfora? Platfora is an Hadoop-only, big data discovery platform that includes data preparation and visualisation.  Its goal is to empower business users to…
Big Data Belfast 2016 – What a difference a year makes
A couple of weeks ago I attended the Big Data Belfast 2016 conference in the spectacular Titanic building. I attended the same conference last year and have been to numerous meetups in the past 12 months. So this got me thinking about how far the data analytics space has come over the course of the…
Getting Started with Big Data & Analytics (2/4)
This post picks up where my previous Focus post left off. Build The Build phase will see you create the right capability and construct the minimum viable platform and pipeline to deliver insight quickly. 4. Develop skills In order to succeed, your foray into analytics will require new skills and expertise. You will need a mix of technologists and business experts who…
Strata and Hadoop World 2016
Strata and Hadoop World is the world’s biggest and best conference on all aspects of the data economy. I had the pleasure of attending this year’s event in San Jose, and below you can find my thoughts on the major conference themes. Hadoop continues to mature With each passing year, it becomes more difficult to pin down…
Big Data Analytics – A question of ethics
Having been a part of Kainos’ Big data & analytics practice for almost a year and a half now has raised many questions in my head. Not least because it is an emerging area of technology, growing so rapidly that there are new programming models, frameworks and data stores seemingly every other week! With these rapidly…
NICS ICT 2015 Hackathon
Kainos sponsored the Hackathon at the Northern Ireland Civil Service ICT Conference 2015 where five teams had 24 hours solve a real-world problem faced by the public sector. Stephen Anderson, a Senior Software Engineer at Kainos, was one of the developers who took part in this inaugural event, and this is his story. The NICS…
Getting Started with Big Data & Analytics (1/4)
I’m often asked on by clients on the best approach to starting on their big data journey. I prefer to describe it as an analytics journey, or adventure, if you will.  I would like to discuss the ten steps I see as being crucial to establishing a foundation for organisation-wide success. I see these ten steps falling nicely…
Our Urban Data Hackathon
Bright and early on Saturday 27th June saw Kainos’s Big Data & Analytics team land at Belfast City Hall armed with post-its, sharpies and a multitude of interesting data sets. After months of planning, Northern Ireland’s first pure-play data hackathon was born – the Urban Data Hack was underway! Making Belfast Better The Urban Data Hack…
Apache Spark
  Apache Spark is one of the biggest reasons that data analytics is such an exciting area of work for technologists such as myself right now. It’s hugely popular, with the most active community of any open source big data project currently in development. So, this post is an overview of Spark, the problems that it solves…