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Business analysts want access to advanced analytics

By Ben Lorica
January 29, 2014

I talk with many new companies who build tools for business analysts and other non-technical users. These new tools streamline and simplify important data tasks including interactive analysis (e.g., pivot tables and cohort analysis), interactive visual analysis (as popularized by …

Strata Week: Investors embrace Hadoop BI startups

By Jenn Webb
November 16, 2012

Here are a few stories from the data space that caught my attention this week. Two Hadoop BI startups secure funding There were a couple notable pieces of investment news this week. Platfora, a startup looking to democratize Hadoop as …

Strata Week: Data mining for votes

By Jenn Webb
October 19, 2012

Here are a few stories from the data space that caught my attention this week. Presidential candidates are mining your data Data is playing an unprecedented role in the US presidential election this year. The two presidential campaigns have access …

Three kinds of big data

By Alistair Croll
August 21, 2012

In the past couple of years, marketers and pundits have spent a lot of time labeling everything ”big data.” The reasoning goes something like this: Everything is on the Internet. The Internet has a lot of data. Therefore, everything is big …


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