What’s on Informationist Minh Phan’s Desk?

For our Informationists, their tools of the trade are a critical yet often-overlooked part of the work they do every day for our clients. Each Informationist has his or her own favorite tools for specific types of work. From leading-edge gadgets to oldies-but-goodies, this blog series aims to demystify the tools our Informationists use, why they like to use them, and who makes them.

Following our post with George Pagoulatos, Business Analyst Minh Phan shares what’s on his desk in our Boston office: Continue reading What’s on Informationist Minh Phan’s Desk?

What Microsoft’s Acquisition of Revolution Analytics Means for Big Data

Last week Microsoft announced that it acquired Revolution Analytics to “help customers find big data value with advanced statistical analysis.”

In my view, this is an excellent move. R is one of the most popular software packages around. It’s very much a part of the Big Data phenomenon, used heavily for machine learning and predictive analyticsContinue reading What Microsoft’s Acquisition of Revolution Analytics Means for Big Data

Why You Should Offload Your Data Warehouse to Hadoop

Enterprise Data Warehousing (EDW) has been a mainstay of many major corporations for the last 20 years. However, with the tremendous growth of data (doubling every two years), the capacities of enterprise data warehouses are being exhausted. Load processing windows are similarly being maxed out, adversely affecting service and threatening the delivery of critical business insights. The need to store infrequently used, “just in case” data exacerbates this challenge by taking up (expensive) capacity.

So how can organizations tackle this challenge? The answer lies in Hadoop. Continue reading Why You Should Offload Your Data Warehouse to Hadoop

What’s on Informationist George Pagoulatos’ Desk?

For our Informationists, their tools of the trade are a critical yet often-overlooked part of the work they do every day for our clients. Each Informationist has his or her own favorite tools for specific types of work. From leading-edge gadgets to oldies-but-goodies, this blog series aims to demystify the tools our Informationists use, why they like to use them, and who makes them. Continue reading What’s on Informationist George Pagoulatos’ Desk?

Sam Lunny on How to Become a Business Analyst

Want to know what it takes to work in data and analytics? Every other Friday, our own Informationists will share their thoughts, experiences, and advice on what they do and what they did to get there. Expect to see a wide range of answers from individuals in the same lines of work; our Informationists come from all walks of life, which only shows that there’s more than one way to get on the right career track.

Following our post on George Pagoulatos, Business Analyst, this last post in the series features Samantha Lunny, Business Analyst. Sam earned her BS in Business Administration and BA in Economics from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She’s worked in New York City, New Jersey, Illinois, Philadelphia, and the greater Boston area in the financial services industry. Continue reading Sam Lunny on How to Become a Business Analyst

Knowledgent Implements First-of-Its-Kind Healthcare Enterprise Data Lake

Knowledgent today announced a first-of-its-kind data lake for a major healthcare enterprise. This data and analytics solution enables both business analysts and data scientists to access a wide variety of structured and unstructured datasets in a consolidated data management environment for agile, advanced analytics.

From the official release:

Knowledgent was engaged by this healthcare enterprise to develop and implement a data and analytics strategy that addressed the enterprise’s challenge around decentralized data management, which had led to a lack of governance and control, causing extensive resource misalignment. Knowledgent partnered with Hortonworks®, the contributor to and provider of enterprise Apache™ Hadoop®, for the implementation of a next-generation data warehouse and analytics environment, leveraging a Hadoop-based data lake. This engagement empowered business users and data scientists to rapidly access and analyze structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data for advanced analytics.

The case study for this engagement can be found here.

More information can be found in the press release on our website.