Posts from Lou Jordano

Chief Data Officers and the Challenges of Big Data

Once Chief Data Officers have identified, confronted, and hopefully overcome the challenges at the bottom and in the middle of the Big Data stack, what’s next?

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Chief Data Officers and the Challenges of Big Data

In my last post, I wrote about what Chief Data Officers tell us are the most pressing challenges they face at the bottom of the Big Data stack —mainly creating a hybrid data architecture that can accommodate modern and legacy data sources. Once that architecture is in place and we move up the stack, CDOs encounter another set of challenges.

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Chief Data Officers and the Challenges of Big Data

Writing on the O’Reilly.com site back in August, CEO Jessie Anderson of Smoking Hand, a training company for Big Data technologies, commented on the overall complexity of Big Data, NoSQL technologies, and the distributed systems that deploy them.

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Chief Data Officers and Data Democracy: The Difference Between Theory and Practice

Chief Data Officers have a lot of things on their plates. And one of those things is giving users freer access to the data they need. This is what we call "data democracy." Most CDOs like the idea of data democracy in theory. But in practice, the CDOs we talk to find that efforts to create a data democracy face at least four common barriers:

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Double the Searchable Document Volume of Your Legacy Google Search Appliances

Search professionals from across the nation are gathering in Washington DC this week for the Enterprise Search and Discovery Summit at KMWorld. For some, the looming abandonment of Google’s Search Appliance (GSA) solution will be a topic of discussion.

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Forrester Wave Evaluates BI on Hadoop

Forrester just released its latest Wave report. Unlike many on more mature technologies, this report on native Hadoop BI platforms included only six vendors, of which Attivio was one. In Forrester's estimation, there are no leaders in the market, just contenders and strong performers.

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The Future of Business Intelligence is in Data Prep

As Dan Woods points out in a recent article for Forbes, technology marketplaces cycle through predictable stages as they mature. He applies this insight to the component versus platform decision that organizations face when adopting new technologies.

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How a Semantic Data Catalog Increases Agility and Improves Decision-making

This week we announced that Global Partners LP, a Fortune 500 midstream logistics and marketing company is using Attivio’s semantic data catalog to unify and better analyze data across their company. 

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Boston's First CDO Can Set Example for City Governments

At the end of May, the city of Boston named Andrew Therriault as its first CDO—chief data officer. Therriault, former Director of Data Science for the Democratic National Committee, comes with an impressive background. He has a B.A., M.A. and PhD. in politics from NYU. Before joining the DNC, he served as senior data scientist with Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, whose client list includes global companies, advocacy groups, and political organizations as well as former presidents. So, he's certainly qualified.

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CDOs Clear Path to Big Data Competency

As the Big Data and analytics parade marches on, I often find that the people we're talking to in large enterprises carry the title chief data officer or CDO. Industry analysts back this up. A 2015 report by PwC found there were 100 CDOs in large enterprises in 2013, more than double the number in 2012. Gartner's most recent tally pegs the number at 950.

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