Apr
2

Innovator’s Dilemma for Established Analytics Vendors

Posted on April 2, 2013 by Ron Bodkin

Until recently, large scale data processing, analysis and computational statistics meant working with companies like SAS, Informatica, Teradata, SPSS, and Oracle. Today, those companies face an “innovator’s dilemma.” Do they keep their prices high to maintain revenue and risk losing customers to new Big Data and Analytics vendors, or embrace the new, lower-cost computing options…

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Mar
28

Programming Trends to Watch: Logic and Probabilistic Programming

Posted on March 28, 2013 by Dean Wampler

I’ve made the argument (PDF) that Functional Programming (FP) is the best way to approach data problems. Why? Because our work with data is essentially Mathematics and FP is inspired by the same, so it emphasizes the abstractions that are most appropriate for data analysis. Object-oriented Programming, on the other hand, doesn’t promote the same useful abstractions, which is…

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Mar
25

Op-Ed: Cracks in the Oracle Empire

Posted on March 25, 2013 by Ron Bodkin

Will March 2013 be the turning point where Big Data begins to noticeably eat away at the database establishment? In “Cracks in the Oracle Empire,” Wall Street Journal writer Steve Rosenbush reported Oracle Corporation executives blaming the sales force for “a disappointing quarter.” In fact, this is Oracle’s third miss in the last eight quarters,…

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