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Integrating Big Data Applications into Operational Environments 11/23/2015

Many IT enterprises have created big data applications to store and analyze massive amounts of historical data. Should these applications be installed in their own exclusive environment, or tightly integrated with current operational systems?

Big Data: Planning for Peak Season 10/13/2015

In its first phase of implementation, the big data application received and stored data from operational systems, allowing business analysts to use business analytics software to analyze the data for trends. Now we are in the next phase. Big data applications must now create value by feeding data back into operational systems. This becomes even more important during the busiest time of the year. What are the most important things for the IT staff to prepare?

Ensuring Data Availability in Critical Big Data Applications 09/17/2015

Big data applications store huge amounts of data in a massively-parallel storage array and use sophisticated analytical software to return solutions to SQL queries. With multiple applications accessing enterprise data, we now need mechanisms to guarantee that the data is easily available. Here, we discuss a few common techniques to ensure that a big data application does not cause bottlenecks in mission-critical processes.

Staffing Your IT Organization for Big Data 08/17/2015

Most large companies have one or more big data applications, which provide fast access to large stores of customer and sales data. As the IT organization grows new job categories and new tasks are added to the mix. These include big data hardware and software support, business analysts who use analytics to probe and explore the data, and managers who must supervise and prioritize job tasks.

Prepping Big Data for High Performance 07/16/2015

As the holiday season approaches, your organization can expect more BI activity as you take advantage of a significant increase in customer interactions. The smart IT organization should be proactive and prepare now for larger data volumes and more analytics activity by tuning their big data application for high performance.

Tricks for Integrating Big Data into Your Data Warehouse 06/18/2015

In many cases, the success of a big data application can be traced to how well it is integrated into your enterprise data warehouse. This article presents several ways to get this done quickly and efficiently from the beginning.

DBA Workloads Change as Big Data Solutions Mature 05/18/2015

Today, everyone realizes that in order to reach their full performance potential, Big Data applications require some tuning. The tuning isn't easy, it's not free, and responsibility for understanding requirements and implementing the appropriate tuning methodology falls squarely on the shoulders of the database administrator. Read on to learn more.

Disaster Recovery and Big Data 04/16/2015

Big data applications are not usually considered mission-critical: while they support sales and marketing decisions, they do not significantly affect core operations such as customer accounts, orders, inventory, and shipping. Why, then, are major IT organizations moving quickly to incorporating big data in their disaster recovery plans?

Exploding the Myths of Big Data 03/16/2015

As big data application success stories (and failures) have appeared in the news and technical publications, several myths have emerged about big data. This article explores a few of the more significant myths, and how they may negatively affect your own big data implementation.

Another Look at Tuning Big Data Queries 02/16/2015

Most large organizations have implemented one or more big data applications. As more data accumulates internal users and analysts execute more reports and forecasts, which leads to additional queries and analysis, and more reporting. The cycle continues: data growth leads to better analysis, which generates more reporting. Eventually the big data application swells with so much data and querying that performance suffers. How to avoid this?

Managing the Big Data Technical Staff 01/20/2015

Big data is everywhere, and most large IT enterprises have installed one or more big data applications. These applications provide fast access to large stores of data, usually customer or sales data. Your technical staff that supports these applications and the systems that analyze and consume the data didn't exist ten years ago. Who are these new IT professionals, and how should you manage them?

Big Data Holiday Planning! 12/15/2014

Your big data repository won't simply add another twelve months of data over the next year. More data is coming, more categories of data will be created, and your analytical environment must expand to fit future needs. But size alone won't be your only problem. In the rush to accumulate a sufficient amount of valuable data and implement a business analytics environment that can produce usable results, several items may have been ignored, postponed, or simply forgotten. These missing details can make or break your company in the future.

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