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Fast Walking Wins the Big Data Race

We all know the saying: “learn to walk before you run,” as it’s applicable to so many things in everyday life. This sage advice is equally relevant in the business world. Over the years, I’ve been in countless meetings where the project lead advises this approach when rolling … READ MORE

Joanna Schloss June 7, 2016

In Search of Data Détente

Earlier this month, I was at Gartner’s Business Intelligence & Analytics Summit, which gave me a chance to talk with customers about how they’re empowering their end-users to access, integrate, prepare and provision data. Most interesting is the growing numbers of “citizen analysts,” “citizen data scientists” and even … READ MORE

Joanna Schloss April 7, 2016

Collective Resourcing Unlocks Universal Truths

One of the things I like most about Dell’s Toad community is how millions of professionals from all types of businesses and industries come together to solve database management problems. There is a common purpose that often goes a step or two beyond typical collaboration to unlock universal … READ MORE

Joanna Schloss March 3, 2016

2016: The Yin and Yang Year of Data Management

In Chinese philosophy, Yin and Yang describe how opposing yet complementary forces are interrelated—one cannot exist without the other. If Yin represents a contracting force, Yang balances it with expanding energy. Two halves that complete each other yet change continuously to seek a new balance. When I forecasted … READ MORE

Joanna Schloss February 8, 2016

The Quest for Data Management Middle Ground

Over the past couple of months, I’ve been on a data management road tour of sorts, starting with Cassandra Summit in mid-September, then on to the Gartner BI & Analytics Summit, Dell World, and Oracle OpenWorld, before concluding things at the Hadoop World in Singapore. At each stop, … READ MORE

Joanna Schloss December 14, 2015

Living on the Edge: How to Ease into IoT Analytics

At the recent IoT Evolution Conference & Expo, I experienced a few deja vu moments that returned me to my early days with data analytics. A decade ago, companies often struggled with a lack of data, so they were forced to make decisions less on data-driven insights and … READ MORE

Joanna Schloss September 16, 2015

Parlez-vous Polyglot Data Persistence?

Tackling the New Reality of Multiple Database Management Systems In today’s global economy, companies must be multilingual to be successful. The same holds true in the world of big data, as analysts and developers increasingly need to speak or write multiple languages to effectively address complex data problems. … READ MORE

Joanna Schloss July 7, 2015

Manufacturers and Big Data Analytics: Strange Bedfellows?

During the Super Bowl XLIX telecast earlier this month, I was captivated by a commercial from MacNeil Automotive Products, not because I’m in the market for new car accessories. Rather, I was blown away that the little-known maker of WeatherTech all-weather floor mats and cargo liners would pay … READ MORE

Joanna Schloss February 26, 2015
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