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Wayne Eckerson

Welcome to Wayne's World, my blog that illuminates the latest thinking about how to deliver insights from business data and celebrates out-of-the-box thinkers and doers in the business intelligence (BI), performance management and data warehousing (DW) fields. Tune in here if you want to keep abreast of the latest trends, techniques, and technologies in this dynamic industry.

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Wayne has been a thought leader in the business intelligence field since the early 1990s. He has conducted numerous research studies and is a noted speaker, blogger, and consultant. He is the author of two widely read books: Performance Dashboards: Measuring, Monitoring, and Managing Your Business (2005, 2010) and The Secrets of Analytical Leaders: Insights from Information Insiders (2012).

Wayne is founder and principal consultant at Eckerson Group,a research and consulting company focused on business intelligence, analytics and big data.

Big data, by itself, is useless. Think about it. Data is simply a stream of 1s and 0s. It's not until you analyze data or use it to support or automate a business function that you gain any value.

To date, the big data movement has focused on technology and components and how to make them easy to use. The big software and systems providers--IBM, Oracle, SAP, Pivotal (EMC/VMWare), Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, and Teradata--have all recognized the changing tide and raced to acquire, assemble, and integrate various big data technology and components. But the next wave of competition is delivering real business value with these newly architected big data platforms.

One small company that aims to leapfrog the competition in this way is Infochimps, a big data startup which last summer was acquired by CSC and is now part of its 1,000-person "Big Data and Analytics" business unit run by veteran Andy Walker. CSC is betting on the Infochimp Big Data platform to help it deliver faster, better, cheaper big data solutions to its clients.

Given that strategy, CSC has repositioned Infochimps as a cloud service that offers three independent yet integrated services: 1) real-time streaming for integration and analytics applications 2) a NoSQL service for ad hoc analytics and 3) a Hadoop service for batch analytics--all of which will operate on public, private, and virtual private clouds.

In addition, CSC Infochimps is applying CSC's domain knowledge to create packaged applications running on Infochimps for media, retail, manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, and telecommunications. The cloud interface hides the complexity of all the open source (e.g. Storm, Kafka, Hbase, ElasticSearch, impala, Stinger, NoSQL, Hadoop, Hive, etc.) and commercial components required to deliver a complete solution.

So the little startup with the funny name could make a splash if CSC can turn it into a packaged solution rather than simply a tool for selling complex and costly consulting services. Stay tuned!

For more information, see www.infochimps.com.

Posted January 22, 2014 1:33 PM
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