When data becomes the business

kevinspaceyThe speaker roaster for IBM Insight 2014 looks impressive, and very “big data” oriented: Terry Jones – founder of Travelocity.com & Kayak.com and ex-CIO of Sabre, Netflix’ big data production House of Cards’s Frank Underwood – I mean, Kevin Spacey – and these are only the keynote speakers. Too bad I am not in Vegas this week… IBM always puts together a very good quality event.

I am however able to grab some sound bites from the event, thanks to the best friend of wannabe conference attendees in the 2010 decade: Twitter. With so many people I follow in attendance, it’s a bit hard to filter the signal from the noise, but I found some interesting thoughts to chew on. Continue reading

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Big data: a means or an end?

plastic_bottlesIf we had to pick one technology that has been capturing the attention of everyone lately, I think Big Data would qualify. But what is big data, and more importantly, why do we care so much about big data?

A lot of focus today is placed on the data itself, and on the tool chain that enables big data (the cost-effective and innovative thing). One can’t help but wonder: is big data an end in itself? Sure, Hadoop is cool, but what is it really used for? At the end of the day, why are we collecting, storing, processing, analyzing all this data? Have we become data collectors? Continue reading

The perfect storm

perfect-stormI started toying with the perfect storm idea and how it applies to our space, back at the end of 2013 when I was working on a time-honored exercise: predictions for the coming year (see this article in IT Briefcase: The Perfect Data Storm, Fueled by Big Data & Hybrid Cloud, Looms for 2014).

It takes a blockbuster movie to explain a scientific concept to the public (I’ll probably talk some day about Moneyball). But the meteorological phenomenon known as the perfect storm was revealed by the namesake movie featuring George Clooney. Then a Bostonian, I knew a thing or two about nor’easters, so the movie struck a cord. Continue reading

Turning a page

Page turnAt the end of October, I will be leaving Talend, after more than 7 years leading its marketing charge. It has been quite a ride – thrilling, high octane, wearing at times, but how rewarding.

And indeed, how rewarding it is to have witnessed both the drastic change of open source over the years, and the rise of a true alternative response to integration challenges. Continue reading