NIST seeks comments on draft big data framework

Last week, efforts to make big data analytics a less fragmented and more accessible discipline took a step forward with the publication of a first draft of the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST)'s Big Data Operability Framework. The set of documents comprises nine volumes on subjects ranging from definitions and taxonomies, through potential…

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The demise of shopping loyalty schemes?

There was an interesting article in the business section of the bbc website last week suggesting that shoppers are becoming less loyal and the potential demise in loyalty card schemes as a result. In my opinion this demise is certainly not imminent. The true value of the loyalty scheme is in the data collected or…

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SQL tools help boost enterprise Hadoop adoption

The use of Hadoop within the enterprise is showing strong growth as more businesses look to take advantage of big data analytics technology that can leverage the existing skills their IT staff possess, according to a new report from Barclays. In its 'Big Data Playbook' publication, the financial institution's equity research unit observed investors are…

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