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Cloudera and Hortonworks merge – good news for customers

Late last year, Cloudera and Hortonworks announced plans to merge the two companies – a move that came into play early this year. According to Tendü Yoğurtçu, CTO of our partner, Syncsort, the two companies have emerged as clear winners in the data space and gained momentum. “But each has had its own unique strengths,…

2018 – the year of the plastic whale

As the year winds down I thought it would be interesting to have a look at the data around one of the stand-out events of this year. A dead whale that washed ashore in eastern Indonesia was found to have over 1000 pieces of plastic in its stomach – and drew global attention to the…

Machine learning depends on quality data

Machine learning and artificial intelligence are the new hot topics in data analytics. These topics define subsets of data science that are primarily characterized by mathematical and statistical processes applied to data. In machine learning, algorithms replace humans in interpreting data. The expectation is that the machine will make purely data-driven ( better ) decisions…

How healthy is data driven healthcare

Over the past few years, the ethics of data use, particularly when related to big data analytics, has been a recurring theme. Most recently, I had a look at the cost of the Facebook data scandal. In this post, I moved away from a purely ethics driven argument to also look at the commercial impact…