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Cassandra Summit debrief: data modeling is hard

October 2015

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to represent K2View at the Cassandra Summit, organized by DataStax. It was an amazing experience; I usually try to stay away from the word amazing as it is

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A Case for actually using Distributed Data

September 2015

I’m a nerd. I spent my weekends in high school programming my TI-85 and setting up LAN parties. I’ve always liked theoretical tinkering with complex systems, with no direct interaction

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The Bank/Customer Power Shift: The Rise of Self Service Banking.Part One

August 2015

Customer and banking behaviors have changed dramatically as a result of the financial crisis. Accenture research, based on analyzing 1,200 banking customer across Europe, has identified a “power

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You can’t solve Big Data with a Band-Aid

July 2015

In 2013 the Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year (most used) was “selfie”, last year it was “vape”…. Quartz noted this and believed that the equivalent corporate overused term in 2013

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Responding to Jeff Goldberg’s Post: Future Proof Insurance for Big Data

July 2015

In his recent blog, “An Honest Look at the State of Big Data in Insurance”, Jeff Goldberg examines why insurance companies are not making the most out of Big Data, essentially “allowing the

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Sink or Swim: Managing Big Data in an IoT world

June 2015

Coining the term “Internet of Things” in 1999, British technology pioneer and inventor, Kevin Ashton is known for his inspired vision of connectivity. Last century computers only

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Big Data: The Dawn of the Customer Service Nightmare

June 2015

In ancient Greek mythology the Hydra is a multi-headed serpent with poisonous breath. For every head that was cut off, two more would grow in its place. Now is that really how an organization wants

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The Death of Data Archiving for Finance

June 2015

It took well over a decade of collecting all available data to grasp that we had clearly underestimated just how vast the amount of data to be managed was. It happened around about the time when

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Why are Databases So Dumb?

May 2015

The problem is they’ve had it easy for far too long. Traditionally we just haven’t expected too much from them. Keeping it really simple with requests for data such as “What is this customer

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SQL: The "Cement" of the Technology World

April 2015

Many observers credit the Roman’s popularization of cement as their most lasting contribution to civilization. In many ways, it is hard to argue. Cement as a substance, and the associated

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Why N-tier architecture will become extinct

April 2015

We’ve come a long way since the first relational databases of the 1970’s – flat data with their own proprietary formats and access patterns. Already by the end of the decade Structured

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Apple and FoundationDB – Caveat Emptor

March 2015

So now the Blogosphere is awash with talk about the Apple acquisition of FoundationDB and their subsequent decision to shutter the project. In searching for a word to describe the situation, it

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The Bridge to Big Data – Nice work if you can get it!

March 2015

The Internet makes knowledge available to everyone, everywhere. Unfortunately, it makes it all too easy for everyone and every organization to become “Digital pack rats”. The world at large is

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