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Jan 9 2012   9:08AM GMT

Are your big data analytics ready for 2012?

Wendy Schuchart Wendy Schuchart Profile: Wendy Schuchart

Welcome to Q1 and the year of big data. Now that you’re back in the saddle after a rousing holiday season, we’ve primed the well with our weekly dose of news from around the blogosphere, including the scoop on new releases of Linux and Hadoop, who exactly is still using Internet Explorer 6.0, and opinions on whether big data analytics give you the biggest bang for your strategy buck.

  • Before you stress too much about your big data analytics strategy, take heart: Bain says maybe big data is not so big.
  • If you’re going to the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), swing by the Microsoft booth for old time’s sake. This show will be the industry giant’s last CES, leaving the IT world wondering if CES has become irrelevant.
  • Looking to ditch the ubiquitous laptop messenger bag? Think about going Inspector Gadget with a technophile’s trench coat.
  • Speaking of Redmond, fewer than 1% of U.S. Web browsers are using Internet Explorer 6.0 as the entire country leans toward the light. China, however, still sees one in four users still surfing the old beast. Just remember, gentle readers: Friends don’t let friends use the Exploder.
  • Just about every blogger has decreed that 2012 will be the year of big data analytics, and just in time, we finally get a buh-bye to beta with the Hadoop 1.0 release.
  • Not sure how to conceptualize all of your social media efforts? The Twitterize Yourself app from uses big data analytics to help you visualize your Twitter posts.
  • Looking to avoid an Olympic-sized Twittergate, the London Olympic Games have banned its volunteers from discussing the games over social media platforms. Now that’s a buttoned-up social media policy!
  • Customers of the so-called freemium model are more demanding than paying customers, according to developer Tyler Nichols, who found that his freemium-model customers were making him question whether his free service was even worth it.
  • Attention Linux lovers! Linux 3.2 has been released, according to Sir Torvalds himself.

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