Microsoft Build was organized once again a couple of weeks back. Read our thoughts about the event, and how we agree with Microsoft's vision of the future.
BIGDATAPUMP has been awarded the Microsoft Gold Partner status with Cloud Platform competency.
BIGDATAPUMP has now landed in Sweden and is ready to innovate in this new market with new customers. Here are some of my thoughts on how the big data and analytics landscape has changed since we started in 2012 to this day and beyond.
We wanted to study the applicabity of Microsoft Cognitive Services in designing an app that would come up with a set of whisky recommendations based on spoken preferences.
BIGDATAPUMP has been awarded Microsoft Data Analytics competency for continuosly delivering, deploying and supporting Microsoft Business Intelligence and Data Analytics solutions.
Good news continue on Microsoft Azure front! BIGDATAPUMP has now joined the Microsoft's Business Intelligence Partner Program.
SQL Server Reporting Services will have the capability of hosting Power BI reports shortly, but in the meantime I had to find a workaround to execute a Power BI demo on an on-premise environment.
So far, we have succeeded in growing our company substantially year after year, as well as in creating a loyal customer base and a highly committed internal team innovating with us in big data analytics. But how to keep the company on the success path in the future?
BIGDATAPUMP has been awarded Microsoft Silver Cloud Platform competency for continuosly delivering IoT and Data Platform solutions to customers seeking to differentiate their business.
This blog post is intended for readers who already have some experience on building Data Warehouses with earlier versions of SQL Server (2008 or 2012) and are looking for updating their knowledge on how to do it today on SQL Server 2016 and/or on Azure. In addition, I included some insight on the technology trends on the matter.
Couple days ago The Economist published an article titled "Linux and AWS: Cloud chronicles". The article stressed the undeniable importance of Linux and Amazon Web Services (AWS) in the upsurge of cloud computing and went on to explain how network effects have helped both grow in popularity. Despite similar paths, article predicted that their future will diverge and Linux will "happily plod along" whereas "AWS could end up dominating the IT industry just as IBM’s System/360, a family of mainframe computers, did until the 1980s".
Cloud analytics have changed the world big time. BIGDATAPUMP is an independent and objective solution provider using always the best fit technology for each purpose. Personally I have not written earlier about any specific analytics technology but this time I decided to make an exception. Microsoft and Azure deserve a special focus.
tl;dr: Gartner's Magic Quadrant for advanced analytics doesn't do a good job in helping to decide which analytics tool(s) to acquire. It also misses the point that open source projects are the real leaders in advanced analytics. Vendors that position themselves to complement open source projects rather than competing against them will be ones to watch.
Online advertisement is sold more and more through ad exchanges and auctions in particular. Ad auctions are an efficient way of buying and selling ad space and they will get more popular simply because they are better for everyone. In theory, auctions are "strategy proof" and hence you can't game them.
In BIGDATAPUMP, we have had two main BI visualization tool families in most active use in our customer projects: Qlik products and Tableau. However, also Microsoft’s Power BI started to look really promising, and in February it ranked really well in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms.
Last year Microsoft acquired Revolution Analytics which provided open and enterprise distributions of hugely popular statistical computing language R. Earlier this year, Microsoft launched Microsoft R open and Microsoft R Server which are built upon Revolution Analytics software.
Predictive analytics and machine learning are the hot topics in advanced analytics at the moment, but sometimes predicting how the KPIs on your dashboard look next week isn't enough. You might want to know how they look if you run a new marketing campaign or what is driving the new trend.
BIGDATAPUMP has been operating soon for four years. Over these years, the company has grown from “one man and a laptop” company to an organization employing 25 highly qualified data and analytics professionals and having an enthusiastic and highly loyal customer base.
Many people have a biased view of what econometrics really is and how it can be applied to business problems. In the following posts I will introduce some methods from applied econometrics, structural modelling and panel data/time series tools and show how they can be used to solve problems where standard statistical and machine learning tools do not work.
Many of the Cloud Solutions today are based on the use of Virtual Machines as a part of the Solution. Implementations vary, but as Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) offering is growing rapidly, the need for using Virtual Machines for the same purposes, is declining.
A solution implementation architect’s workflow nowadays might look like magic for an outsider. Not only can you ramp up components of your architecture with few clicks of a mouse but you can conjure whole multi-machine-solution infrastructures in a neatly organized, modular, portable and repeatable way.
The new EU General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR") is expected to enter into force in April - May 2016. During the transition period the companies must adopt and implement the new data processing rules and practices of the GDPR.
Machine learning and “data science” have been popular topics in the tech circles for years now but their usage hasn’t followed the buzz in the more traditional industries. Companies have largely recognized the potential of data driven decision making, yet the wide spread adoption is still on the way.
2016 will be the year of the Data and Analytics - Top trends based on our field experience!
Marketing automation is about data driven customer experience, not about "one more tool"
Last week I had a chance to attend Tableau conference with almost 10 000 data enthusiast in Las Vegas! There were many different tracks to choose from. As there is data everywhere, Tableau presents its powerful influence in many areas.
It is happening now, it has already happened. Analytics has gone cloud. Cloud computing has reached the maturity of business as usual to offer superior and amazing capabilities for BI and analytics. There will be no other way in the future, actually there is no other way today.
In our earlier blog we discussed the use of personal data in regards of privacy in the European Union area, and continue now to look at the changes brought by the planned EU Data Protection reform.
There were really lots of things to see and experience at the 2015 AWS re:Invent Conference in Las Vegas! Amazon Web Services (AWS) again introduced many new services that will make it easier and faster to implement powerful solutions with emphasis on data and analytics.
Last week we heard back from a key client of ours, a listed company – they were happy to confirm that their 50,000€ investment in pricing analytics had already generated 2 MEUR increase in revenue in the matter of months.