Talking Data Podcast

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October 7, 2015  6:57 PM

How analytics powers the sharing economy

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns

There’s been a lot of noise coming from the popular media about how companies like Uber and Airbnb are revolutionizing commerce in the US. One thing that often gets overlooked is the degree to which data and analytics underpin what the companies are able to do. Take a listen to this edition of Talking Data to hear more about how analytics is a key factor in the growth of the sharing economy.

September 26, 2015  4:23 PM

Talking data this week: NoSQL Now, Madsen at TDWI Boston Chapter Meet

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Our latest podcast finds Jack Vaughan on the road, covering the NoSQL Now 2015 event in San Jose, Calif., and a Boston Chapter meeting of TDWI. At the latter confab he caught up with Mark Madsen, a noted figure among data industry followers. Madsen said the new architectures for analytics disrupt the basic database as we know it – splitting it into components. For background, these levels are: abstraction layer, data engine, Storage management and file system. Much of the rethinking in today’s Hadoop and Spark world revolves around this. Listen in!

August 27, 2015  4:27 PM

Gentlepeople, start your data preparation engines

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Data preparation is a technology somewhere between a sleepy backwater and an active no man’s land. As Hadoop and other odd new takes on data processing have come on line, as the data that the enterprise is dealing with has become more various and voluminous, data preparation methods have begun to change. Check out Ed Burns and Jack Vaughn for this edition of the Talking Data Podcast, which digs into Hadoop-on-SQL, data curation in the hands of Michael Stonebraker, and the effect of machine learning on the data preparation mileu.

July 29, 2015  8:20 PM

Summer of summits past

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Today we go back into the vaults to enjoy a Talking Data podcast of yesteryear. In the summer of 2013, our editors visited Information Builders’ Summit, GraphConnect, and RedHat Summit, and lived to tell the tale. Under discussion were multitenant data bases, HTML 5, and – can you believe it? – Hadoop!

July 24, 2015  1:24 AM

Microsoft Azure gains more data power – looks to meet Amazon head on

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

A fellow who used Front Page to build 5 fair-sized Web sites back in the mid-1990s can attest to Microsoft’s ability to bring better technology to the wider public. Front Page is often joked about now, but it was basically a $5000 (or more) 4GL tool that Microsoft bought (from Vermeer), in the process reducing the price to $99. We mention this because, in the Spring, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella talked about Microsoft’s enduring mission to make technology available to the masses. It is an assertion that has some grounding, but it is hard to speculate whether Microsoft can find that kind of magic again. This podcast is a recap of Ignite 2015 and Build 2015 SQL Server and Azure announcements that look to move the traditional mission forward. Can Microsoft steal a march on Amazon Web Services? Today, developers’ ability to whip out a credit card and build an app quickly on the cloud may be the closet analogy to the effect Microsoft had when its software crept into the organization without first going through IT, then known as the Glass House. But in the cloud, Amazon has the lead. – Jack Vaughan

June 30, 2015  5:28 PM

MongoDB World fever – catch it!

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

The long term prospects of MongoDB and other NoSQL databases will be judged by feature improvements for enterprises. We saw such updates when we visited this year’s MongoDB World convocation. A case study from ADP is discussed in the podcast.

June 26, 2015  6:10 PM

Apache Spark gets new cloud hosting options

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
Analytics, Apache Spark, Big Data, Databricks, IBM, Spark

At last week’s Spark Summit, both Databricks, whose founders gave the original Spark framework, and IBM introduced cloud-hosted versions of Spark. These announcements created quite a stir among data scientists who are hungry for the processing power of Spark, but who would rather not put in the time and effort of managing the clusters.

Take a listen to this edition of Talking Data to hear more about why users are so excited about the prospect of hosted Spark implementations and how it could change computing.

May 30, 2015  2:11 AM

The Talking Data podcast goes to a data journalism class

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Content strategist Diana Hwang joins the Talking Podcast crew to talk about data journalism. Hwang and editor Jack Vaughan took part in a data journalism workshop sponsored by the New England Science Writers group, and they outline their experiences with Python, CartoDB, GeoJSON … and this strange new software they’ve found called ‘Excel’!

May 20, 2015  3:12 PM

Implement data-driven management strategies with care

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
Big Data, Big Data analytics, Management

Everyone wants to be data-driven these days, including the management. While most of the time this is a positive trend, it can have a darker side. In this edition of Talking Data, we discuss some of the ways businesses are bringing analytics into their management strategies, how these initiatives can work and how they can disadvantage workers when done poorly.

April 30, 2015  7:35 PM

Will DevOps and Agile methods rescue troubled NoSQL modeling?

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

In the podcast, the editors discuss the NoSQL data modeling experiences and advice of users and consultants who took part in the recent Enterprise Data World 2015 conference in Washington D.C. What are the highlights? Use Agile practices – use DevOps – embrace your inner Google.

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