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Data quality on trial with Pistorius

A side effect of the well publicised Oscar Pistorius murder trial has been an inside view of how a criminal trial really works. Law and Order fans may be disappointed for, rather than sudden and brilliant insight, the case is built through a methodical analysis of the data (evidence) available. The quality of the data…

Enable big data by putting data quality first

Big data, quality matters!

Recent “Big Data” surveys on both sides of the Atlantic show very different levels of adoption of big data analytics A Forbes report on the 2012/2013 NewVantage Partners big data survey, of Fortune 1000 companies, shows that over 68% of respondents are investing more than 1 million dollars in big data this year, while 91%…

How big is BIG data?

I recently had a client complaining that he was struggling with a reporting requirement because his technology platform could not cope with “Big Data”. Upon investigation I found he was dealing with approximately 20million rows from a relatively small (ten columns) table – not what I would have considered to be Big Data at all.…

Data. Business enabler or business nightmare?

The Ernst & Young survey, The DNA of the CIO,, highlighted that many CIO’s struggle to be taken seriously by their C-level  colleagues . In many cases this is due to a “business as usual” perception of IT, rather than a “business enabler”  perception. The CIO is regarded as doing a good enough job as…

Big Data, Little Data

 “Big data” was one of 2012’s buzzwords – spawning a host of new technologies and comment. One of the challenges for implementers is that there are conflicting views as to what big data is. Everyone agrees that big data is about volume. The principal focus of most commentators, and most technology solutions, is related to…