The Smart Data Blog

[Slideshare] Anzo Smart Data Lake 4.0 - a Data Lake Platform for the Enterprise Information Fabric

Posted by Kirk Newell on Oct 20, 2017 6:09:00 PM

Only with a rich and interactive semantic layer can the data and analytics stack deliver true on-demand access to data, answers and insights - weaving data together from across the enterprise into an information fabric. By developing Anzo Smart Data Lake on knowledge graphs, Cambridge Semantics has built the foundation for a truly disruptive Semantic Layer.

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Topics: Big Data, Spark, Data Lake, Graph, Analytics, Smart Data Lake

Creating Semantic Layers to Realize Information Fabrics

Posted by Sam Chance on Oct 5, 2017 4:25:00 PM

I recall a senior executive of one of the world’s largest consumers of data proudly proclaiming in a much-celebrated announcement that went something like this: “We’ve made the bold decision to migrate our data to the cloud. This move will dramatically improve our information sharing because the contributing data will be stored in a common environment.” That was in about 2012, a long time ago in IT years! No one seemed to notice, however, that it’s not the physical location of data that enables “information sharing.” What happened is that multiple “data clouds” stood up, and data within each of these clouds was still isolated. That is, myriad data collections resided in the cloud(s), but were not related; they remained disconnected. One could say “data islands in the ocean called the cloud.”

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Topics: Metadata, Semantics, Big Data, Semantic Web

Kudos to the Cambridge Team for Recent Industry Awards!

Posted by Kirk Newell on Sep 28, 2017 4:40:00 PM

We have been humbled by the number of industry awards Cambridge Semantics has garnered in recent weeks. We know they can only be the result of the hard work and ingenuity of the Cambridge team.

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Topics: Big Data, Anzo

Amazon and Whole Foods – Big Data Comes to Retail

Posted by Kirk Newell on Jul 9, 2017 2:02:00 PM

Many retail industry observers are asking why e-commerce giant Amazon purchased the brick & mortar grocery chain Whole Foods. The unanimous answer is: access to real-world customer data that is richer and more robust that what Amazon can acquire from online purchases.

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Topics: Big Data, Retail

Adaptive Technology for Complex Organizations

Posted by Sam Chance on May 17, 2017 4:38:00 PM

One can aptly describe many of today’s organizations as complex adaptive systems. Dynamic interaction patterns and emergent relationships characterize their complexity, while their ability to change and self-organize capture their adaptiveness. To survive, traditional mechanistic, highly structured organizations characterized by rigid, vertical communications have transformed to organic, rapidly changing organizations that exhibit nearly amorphous communication patterns. Organizations that learn to adapt usually survive or even thrive; conversely, those that don’t adapt, either dissolve or become insignificant.

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Topics: Data Management, Big Data, Data Governance, Anzo, Graph, Analytics, Smart Data Lake

No Decisions Until It's Time

Posted by Sam Chance on Apr 27, 2017 7:53:00 AM

Superior decision making is an essential aspect of life, whether it be in business, national security, health, environment, and every other aspect of human existence. Look no further than geopolitical affairs, such as North Korean or Iranian relations, to understand the importance and impact of decisions on human life, indeed the entire planet. This is not an exaggeration. From an Information Technology point of view, the goal is to provide complete and accurate information on demand to support decision making.

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Topics: Smart Data, Semantics, Big Data, Data Lake, Graph, Smart Data Lake

2017 Update: The First 100 Days of Big Data

Posted by Kirk Newell on Apr 10, 2017 5:02:00 PM

Today marks the 100th day of the New Year, and we’d like to take a moment to reflect on a few of the more interesting developments we’ve seen thus far in the fast-moving big data analytics arena.

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Topics: Big Data, Financial Services, Analytics, Healthcare, Insurance, Government, Competitive Intelligence

Riding The Competitive Intelligence Automation Wave - Part 2

Posted by Partha Sarathi Bhattacharjee on Mar 25, 2017 1:44:00 PM

"The legal and ethical collection and analysis of information regarding the capabilities, vulnerabilities, and intentions of business competitors" - Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals

This is how Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP), the most well-known global body on Competitive Intelligence (CI), defines the concept of CI. For the uninitiated, the page on the organization's Code of Ethics for CI professionals sheds lights on the innards of the practice. One does not have to belabor the importance of the practice in the context of successfully operating a business. It is in the operational details, as is the case with most details, that the devil lies.

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Topics: Data Management, Big Data, Analytics, Competitive Intelligence

[Slideshare] Applying Data Engineering and Semantic Standards to Tame the "Perfect Storm" of Data Management

Posted by Kirk Newell on Mar 9, 2017 4:23:00 PM

The financial industry is facing a perfect storm of disruptive drivers for data management. While regulators seek accuracy and transparency, institutions are struggling with fragmented data and IT infrastructures. The path forward is “data engineering” – applying consistent semantics with scalable infrastructure to harmonize data and enable traceable and dynamic analytics.

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Topics: Smart Data, Semantics, Data Management, Big Data, Financial Services, FIBO

Five Big Data Industry Predictions for 2017 from Our CEO

Posted by Kirk Newell on Dec 30, 2016 2:51:07 PM

As we approach the end of 2016, we sat down with our CEO, Chuck Pieper, to discuss the future of big data and get his predictions for 2017. Here are his thoughts.

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Topics: Big Data, Graph, Analytics, Unstructured Data