In last week's ZDNet "Great Debate," Robin Harris and I faced off on the question of whether "we need data scientists to make sense of this tidal wave of information." I think data scientists are important, but they're not the solution. What follows is my argument, in essay form.
Big on Data
Veteran data geek Andrew Brust covers Big Data technologies including Hadoop, NoSQL, Data Warehousing, BI and Predictive Analytics.
Andrew Brust has worked in the software industry for 25 years as a developer, consultant, entrepreneur and CTO, specializing in application development, databases and business intelligence technology. He has been a developer magazine columnist and conference speaker since the mid-90s, and a technology book writer and blogger since 2005. Andrew serves as Senior Director, Technical Product Marketing and Evangelism at Datameer, a big data analytics company.
SiSense announces a new version of its data visualization and BI database engine suite, along with major performance increases.
Data discovery rock star Tableau goes public on the NYSE, with ticker symbol "DATA." But will Tableau now grow or plateau?
Dell Software's SharePlex replication tool for Oracle now works with Hadoop, or anything else that can talk to a JMS queue.
With its 1.1 release, the "NewSQL" player strikes at the Microsoft ecosystem with ADO.NET, LINQ, and Entity Framework providers ... and a migration tool to poach databases from SQL Server.
Teradata Intelligent Memory combines RAM and disk for high-performance big data without the extreme requirement of exclusive in-memory operation.
Talend's open source data integration platform is available in a new release, sporting native MapReduce, a graphical mapper, and new NoSQL connectors.
A new version of the ubiquitous Lucene/Solr open-source search project is available now.
MapR optimizes HBase and starts distributing Lucene-powered search. SaaS data discovery provider 1010data ships new version.
Impala 1.0, Splunk App for Enterprise Security v2.4, MongoDB Backup Service and Riak service on Softlayer all announced today.
Fresh off its acquisition of Pervasive Software completed two weeks ago, CA spin-off Actian acquires MPP Data Warehouse player ParAccel, whose technology powers Amazon Redshift.
NewSQL vendor NuoDB says it can run 7,200 active databases on one HP Moonshot system. Add in temporarily dormant databases, and the density increases significantly.
At the PASS Business Analytics Conference in Chicago, Microsoft announces a public preview of GeoFlow and pumps Excel as the hub for data discovery.
IBM Introduces its new BLU architecture, continuing the convergence of relational, columnar, distributed, and variant schema database approaches.
Data exploration and visualization darling Tableau has filed for initial public offering