Big Data. It’s been the subject on businesses’ lips for some time now due to its potential to improve performance across the board, delivering better results and increasing revenues. This is an unprecedented opportunity in today’s tough economic times, so why haven’t we seen more businesses shouting about the benefits they’ve seen on their Big Data journeys? Oracle's Director Big Data in EMEA, Mike Connaughton, looks at the reasons behind this and what needs to be done to get the Big Data juggernaut rolling.
Big data isn’t just for those who can wrangle Hadoop or wrestle with R. Service interfaces (APIs) make it easy for even the relative novice explorer some creative solutions. Working for an innovation centre I often find the need to quickly glue together service APIs to gain some insight from the data flowing around our sector. More often than not I turn to Google Sheets (Spreadsheets) and Google Apps Script to rapidly develop dashboards I can share with colleagues. It’s reassuring to see I’m not the only one who uses this approach.
Big Data Week is pleased to announce new dates for the 2013 week long festival. We’ll be kicking off on the 22nd April 2013 and running until the 28th April with a mixture of meetups, network events, hackathons and other fun data stuff. This year Big Data Week has partnered with media140 Worldwide, the hugely successful digital and social media community platform, to produce and co-ordinate the weeklong series of activities and events.
This is a interview with Andy Kirk from Visualisingdata.com, as part of the Big Data Week Interview series. For many, what is known as “data visualisation” is a relatively new phenomenon. Deriving from a virtuous circle of the familiarity of Excel and the ability to create sophisticated graphics from a mass-market computer, the concept is becoming increasingly engrained into popular culture. Where visualsing data was once the domain of the Open University after midnight on BBC2, it's now prevalent across newspapers (often in double-page spreads) and, of course, in the hyper-realism of television news.
“It's all about Big Data” we promised, and for one week in April, that was certainly the case. From almost any angle of computing – technical, managerial, theoretical, artistic – data has never enjoyed so much attention. With attention comes caution - “How do we manage so much stuff?” - and, thankfully, Big Data Week kept one eye on these pressing, contemporary issues as well as the other firmly focussed on the future.