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A BPM Prediction For 2012: Connecting The Dots

Forrester December 31, 2011
Reading the recent Harvard Business Review article from Tom Davenport et al., it occurred to me that next best offer (NBO) is actually a subset of what my colleague Jim Kobielus calls “next best action” (NBA). And when you couple that predictive thinking with advances in process mining (see Wil van der Aalst’s post and […]
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The Year Ahead In Advanced Analytics? Advances on All Fronts!

Forrester December 20, 2011
Advanced analytics was the hot new frontier of business intelligence (BI) in 2011. The growing vogue for “data science” stemmed in part from many users’ desire to take their BI investments to the next level of sophistication, leveraging multivariate statistical analysis, data mining, and predictive modeling into powerful new applications for customer relationship management (CRM) […]
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The Year Ahead In Big Data? Big, Cool, New Stuff Looms Large!

Forrester December 19, 2011
Big data was inescapable in 2011. Without a doubt, it was the paramount banner story in data management, advanced analytics, and business intelligence (BI). The hype has been relentless, but it’s been driven by substantial innovations on many fronts. The big data mania will intensify even further in the coming year. Here are some of the […]
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Data Scientist: Do You Truly Need Big Data?

Forrester November 18, 2011
Data science has historically had to content itself with mere samples. Few data scientists have had the luxury of being able amass petabytes of data on every relevant variable of every entity in the population under study. The big data revolution is making that constraint a thing of the past. Think of this new paradigm […]
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Top 10 Business Intelligence Predictions For 2012

Boris Evelson November 15, 2011
Demands by users of business intelligence (BI) applications to "just get it done" are turning typical BI relationships, such as business/IT alignment and the roles that traditional and next-generation BI technologies play, upside down. As business users demand more control over BI applications, IT is losing its once-exclusive control over BI platforms, tools, and applications. […]
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Big Data, Brewer, And A Couple Of Webinars

Brian Hopkins August 29, 2011
Whenever I think about big data, I can't help but think of beer – I have Dr. Eric Brewer to thank for that. Let me explain. I've been doing a lot of big data inquiries and advisory consulting recently. For the most part, folks are just trying to figure out what it is. As I […]
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Can You Hear Us? Where Are You?

Forrester June 27, 2011
So, I just got back from Forrester’s Customer Experience Forum in New York. This year, it was at the Marriott Marquis, right in the heart of Times Square. Now, if you’re like me and have lived in a rural (ok, backwoods) town for the past 10 years, Times Square can be pretty overwhelming. You feel like […]
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Hadoop: Future Of Enterprise Data Warehousing? Are You Kidding?

Forrester June 8, 2011
I kid you not. What’s clear is that Hadoop has already proven its initial footprint in the enterprise data warehousing (EDW) arena: as a petabyte-scalable staging cloud for unstructured content and embedded execution of advanced analytics. As noted in a recent blog post, this is in fact the dominant use case for which Hadoop has […]
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Hadoop: What Are These Big Bad Insights That Need All This Nouveau Stuff?

Forrester June 7, 2011
Problems don’t care how you solve them. The only thing that matters is that you do indeed solve them, using any tools or approaches at your disposal. When people speak of “Big Data,” they’re referring to problems that can best be addressed by amassing massive data sets and using advanced analytics to produce “Eureka!” moments. […]
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Hadoop: What Is It Good For? Absolutely . . . Something

Forrester June 6, 2011
Enterprises have options. One of the questions I asked the firms I interviewed as Hadoop case studies for my upcoming Forrester report is whether they considered using the tried and true approach of a petabyte-scale enterprise data warehouse (EDW). It’s not a stretch, unless you are a Hadoop bigot and have willfully ignored the commercial […]
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Hadoop: Is It Soup Yet?

Forrester June 3, 2011
Most Hadoop-related inquiries from Forrester clients come to me. These have moved well beyond the “What exactly is Hadoop?” phase to the stage where the dominant query is “Which vendors offer robust Hadoop solutions?” What I tell Forrester clients is that, yes, Hadoop is real, but that it’s still quite immature. On the “real” side, […]
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Canonical Information Modeling – A Best Practice For SOA?

Mike Gilpin May 27, 2011
I recently attended the second annual “Canonical Model Management Forum” at the Washington Plaza Hotel in Washington, DC . Enterprise or information architects from a number of government agencies as well as several of the major banks, insurance companies, retailers, credit-card operators, and other private-sector firms attended the meeting. There was one vendor sponsor (DigitalML, […]
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Big Data Survey

Boris Evelson May 18, 2011
Forrester is in the middle of a major research effort on various Big Data-related topics. As part of this research, we’ll be kicking off a client survey shortly. I’d like to solicit everyone’s input on the survey questions and answer options. Here’s the first draft. What am I missing? Scope. What is the scope of your Big […]
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“Big Data” Technology: Getting Hotter, But Still Too Hard For Most Developers

Forrester May 16, 2011
“Big Data” is coming up more often on the agendas of key vendors as well as some of the more-advanced users of information management technology. Although some of this increased activity reflects PR calendars – companies promote new offerings in the Spring – there’s more than that going on. The range of design patterns that […]
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Blogging From the IBM Big Data Symposium – Big Is More Than Just Big

Brian Hopkins May 13, 2011
Just attended a Big Data symposium courtesy of IBM and thought I’d share a few insights, as probably many of you have heard the term but are not sure what it means to you. No. 1: Big Data is about looking out of the front window when you drive, not the rearview mirror. What do […]
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Efficiency Requires A Different Way Of Managing Your Storage Environment

Forrester January 24, 2011
This past week, EMC had a record-breaking event in NYC, where they announced a number of new products and features. The announcements focused mainly around VNX and VNXe, as well as Symmetrix. However, the company also went into detail as to how some of the newer acquisitions would fit into their overall portfolio. The company’s […]
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Finally Settling Into The World Of Storage

James Staten December 15, 2010
I recently joined the Forrester Infrastructure and Operations team, and I'm excited to be working the team to further explore the changing world of storage.  I know… many said "Storage? How boring." But in fact, there have been some very exciting changes in storage that have emerged as the result of many other transformations happening […]
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