Big Data
Key Learns from Big Data Week Belfast 2015
Thursday 23rd April marked the return of Big Data Week Belfast’s 2015 conference. It was an opportunity for data experts and technologists to meet, discuss and explore all things analytics. The stellar line-up including HP, Amazon Web Services and Skyscanner to name a few ensured the day was filled with thought-provoking sessions and insights into…
Five Sins of a Big Data Architect
As a Big Data Architect you are responsible for the successful implementation of next-generation analytics platforms.  You must oversee the integration of these platforms into existing technology estates. Below are five of the common pitfalls that you should avoid. 1. Making Hadoop an Either/Or Decision “Should we go for Teradata or Hadoop?” – if you find…
QlikView – Dynamic Data Discovery in 15 Minutes
QikView is a popular modern business intelligence (BI) tool that provides a simple and intuitive way to build interactive dashboards that can be shared with others. By searching through these interactive dashboards users can get an understanding of the performance of their organisation and investigate the reasons behind this performance. Unlike other BI products, QlikView…
Data Science
In this post, I’m turning my attention to the often misunderstood term “Data Science” and what it actually means to businesses today in a practical sense. I would argue that a clear understanding of the business applications of advanced analytical techniques is one of the biggest gaps currently facing their widespread adoption. From a delivery perspective there is the need for data…
Weather, Driving, and Dynamic Search Dashboards
It’s no secret, my life revolves around cars, technology and the opportunity to combine them. So what happens when you realise you have just purchased a second hand car that tracks your driving style, travel times and efficiency? Well you analyse it. Just don’t go sharing it with your significant other. So, what’s in the…
Ten Takeaways from Strata + Hadoop World
Manhattan was overrun with almost 6000 big data and analytics enthusiasts last week.  The Strata + Hadoop conference was hosted as part of NYC Data week and myself and Thomas Swann represented Kainos.  The enthusiasm and excitement from the attendees was palpable, with the realisation that our industry is now in the midst of a genuine revolution.  Below are ten…
Big Data – Security and Compliance
In recent years Hadoop has proven to be a disruptive technology in the world of data storage and processing. It’s rise to prominence as an open source platform for performing “big data” analytics has shaken up how many companies think about the ways in which they can transform and derive value from their most important data assets….
The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be
Predictions “Our clients want us to help them predict the future” was a statement made to me during a recent chat with a customer. Now, you may think my initial reaction was to laugh or to await a punch line, but my response was, perhaps unpredictably, “Well, if you don’t help them, someone else will”,…
Introduction to Big Data
We’ve been revisiting the talks from April’s Belfast Technology Conference (BelTech 2014), held over three days. Belfast’s premier high tech event of 2014; the event was curated by digital technology solutions company, Kainos, and delivered speakers from across the world, including technology experts and politicians. This session features Alex Bartfeld of Cloudera. Cloudera’s ‘Big Data’ technology…