The Smart Data Blog

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

Allow Us to Introduce Ourselves

Posted by Kirk Newell on Dec 27, 2016 8:25:00 PM

In September 2016 Cambridge Semantics attended Strata+Hadoop World 2016 in New York, NY. While we were there, Marty Loughlin, our VP of Financial Services, spoke to a gathering of attendees about who we are and what our platform does. Here is his presentation.

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Topics: Smart Data, Data Integration, Big Data, Anzo, Graph, Smart Data Lake, Unstructured Data

Cambridge Semantics Shatters Previous Record of Loading and Querying ‘Trillion Triples’ by 100X - So What?

Posted by Marty Loughlin on Dec 20, 2016 4:37:00 PM

"So what?" you might say. Another hyperbole-fueled headline in tech is hardly a notable event. To answer, let's start with what we did.

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Topics: Big Data, Anzo

What Is a Data Mart?

Posted by Kirk Newell on Nov 25, 2016 2:13:40 PM

A data mart is a simple form of a data warehouse that is focused on a single subject or functional area. It draws data from a limited number of sources such as sales, finance or marketing, and is often created and controlled by a single department within an organization. Like data warehouses, data marts implement the characteristics of governed, non-volatile, and integrated data, although the static model known to be the “truth” at the time is of a smaller scope than the enterprise scope used in a data warehouse.

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Topics: Data Management, Big Data, Smart Data Lake, Data Warehouse, Data Mart

The Rising Strategic Value of the Chief Data Officer

Posted by Kirk Newell on Sep 30, 2016 4:08:00 PM

As organizations recognize the positive impact that big data has on a company’s performance and innovation, the position of Chief Data Officer (CDO) continues to grow in prominence across numerous industries.

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Topics: Data Management, Big Data, Data Governance, CDO