Advanced Analytics
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…
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…
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…
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…
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