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  • Join us for the Tableau 8.0 Roadshow

    Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 12:00
    Inquidia is happy to sponsor the Tableau 8.0 Roadshow. Tableau Software is taking Tableau 8.0 on tour to introduce the newest release. Learn what’s new, attend breakout sessions, get hands-on training, hear customer stories, network with other Tableau customers in your area and meet the Tableau team. 8 Reasons to be excited about Tableau 8: 1. Deeper web analytics with Google Analytics connector 2. Analyze your sales with Connector 3. Extending your analysis with... [more]
  • From Strata, the New Big Data on the Block

    Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 12:30
    I was a bit apprehensive with my decision to attend Tuesday’s Strata tutorial “An Introduction to the Berkeley Data Analytics Stack (BDAS) Featuring Spark, Spark Streaming, and Shark.” I’m more a stats guy than computer scientist and generally shy away from conference presentations by “vendors.” But I’ve had great experience with U.C. Berkeley open source software over the years, working extensively with Berkeley Unix, Ingres and PostgreSQL. And I’m glad I participated. Berkeley professor and... [more]
  • Cloudera, Hortonworks, MapR and now Intel and Greenplum?

    Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 10:00
    The Strata Conference always brings a lot of press releases and big news about new distributions of software. Some of the most talked about but unsurprising announcements today are that Greenplum and Intel are both releasing their own Hadoop distributions. I think these are only the first of what will soon be many additional distributions of Hadoop; everyone is trying to get their own slice of the Big Data pie. The important question is: What... [more]
  • Video: Pentaho MapReduce

    Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 10:15
    Watch our video showcasing how Pentaho MapReduce improves productivity and decreases technical barriers for developers. Pentaho MapReduce provides an integrated programming platform, accessible map reduce development and rich visual programming environment. [more]
  • Are You Looking at Long Data?

    Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 22:00
    I was recently turned on to two interesting Wired opinion articles from one of my LinkedIn groups. I’ll share thoughts on the first today and the second a few weeks out. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that Samuel Arbesman, author of “Stop Hyping Big Data and Start Paying Attention to ‘Long Data,” is a fellow at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard. I’ve mentioned the IQSS as a breeding ground for data... [more]
  • 5 Cool Advances in Pentaho Kettle 5.0

    Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 12:15
    In the coming months Pentaho will be releasing Pentaho Kettle 5.0. I thought I would download the community edition from their continuous integration server and see what Kettle 5.0 is all about. Obviously, Pentaho will be the arbiters of what features are stable and will be available, and some of the features that are being worked on below may not be in the GA version when it is released in the coming months. 1. Continuous... [more]
  • Cold Enough for You? Visualization and Predictive Modeling of Weather

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 20:30
    For the first three weeks of January, I thought Chicagoland was certain to get a second straight reprieve from harsh winter. Every day, we were setting a record for the number of consecutive days without an inch or more of snow. And the temperatures hovered in the 20s, 30s and 40s – seemingly far warmer than historical Januarys. Alas, winter has returned to the area with a vengeance over the last three weeks. While spared... [more]
  • Web Seminar: Big Data’s Analytical Challenge

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 10:30
    Listen to Steve Miller and Kevin Haas of Inquidia in an online discussion of how companies are using data analytics to deal with the informational challenges posed by all this data. [more]
  • Podcast: It’s Not Rocket Science; It’s Data Science!

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 10:15
    DM Radio Broadcast: It’s Not Rocket Science; It’s Data Science! Tune into this episode of DM Radio to learn how to spot a good data scientist, or how to become one! Hosts Eric Kavanagh and Steve Miller of Inquidia will interview Scott Lee of EMC Consulting, David Smith of Revolution Analytics and Malene Haxholdt of SAS. [more]
  • Google News as an Analytic Database

    Monday, February 11, 2013 - 14:15
    I was browsing the L.A. Times digital newspaper recently and came across an interesting article entitled “Mexico, before and after Calderon’s drug war.” The horrific toll of Mexico’s war on drugs – over 50,000 deaths in the last six years alone – is well documented and much-attributed to then-President Felipe Calderón’s initiative launched in late 2006. The article cites a report “Drug Violence in Mexico” by The Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego,... [more]


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