02 Apr Ride the Big Data Wave

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Have you ever looked up at the sky on a clear, starry night? Looking at all those specs of light billions of light years away? There are actually more existing pieces of digital information than stars in the universe. The statistics on big data and its rapid accumulation are staggering (see infographic below). 2.5 quintillion…

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31 Mar Hadoop Sqoop JDBC to SQL Server via AD Windows Authentication from Linux

For “big data” connectivity, I see a very high percentage of projects delivering business value from big data initiatives that require data connectivity from DataDirect.  This was specifically around providing Universal data connectivity to Hadoop Hive and related low latency interfaces (Impala, Hawq, Drill, Stinger, etc). From recent active projects, we’re connecting systems in the…

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28 Mar Programming Languages and the Importance of ODBC

A few weeks back a colleague and I were driving through Seattle, and we began to debate the reach of ODBC as a key data standard.  His perspective was that ODBC was really a C/C++ technology, and that as people have largely moved to other programming languages, the importance of ODBC has declined as well. …

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26 Mar Are You Making the Most of Your Customer Data?

An interesting read from Reuters last week has me thinking about how critical it is for businesses to take advantage of customer data. James Kelleher reported that Caterpillar, an Illinois-based manufacturer of construction and mining equipment,  “believes its distributors are missing out on somewhere between $9 billion and $18 billion in easy-to-capture revenue each year…

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18 Mar Teach Your “Old” App New Tricks

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Whether you’re an application developer, a product manager, or simply an application user, you’ve probably run into this – you need to access a new data source! Take the case of an application like Adobe’s ColdFusion. An application (or more specifically, a web application development platform) that has quite a loyal following. Some versions of…

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05 Mar Data Management in the Cloud: Do More With Less

Occasionally, new technologies are introduced that have a profound impact on the way we live or work. Sometimes these technologies are slow to materialize, while other times, they have an immediate impact. The rapid adoption of cloud computing is an example of these rapidly embraced technologies. Whether it’s a small start-up or a large enterprise,…

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04 Mar InfoSphere DataStage to Salesforce, Eloqua, Marketo and other SaaS via ODBC

Infosphere DataStage is one of the top data integration platforms from a data connectivity perspective since most sources and targets are fueled by DataDirect ODBC connectivity.  This includes our streaming bulk load (without landing flat files) functionality for faster loads into popular RDBMS such as SQL Server from Unix/Linux. I have been working with an…

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25 Feb Webinar: Turn Complex Data Into Actionable Insight

We’ve heard it all before – more and more data is generated every day. Twitter users average over 100,000 per minute tweets. Facebook users post 684,478 pieces of content. Crazier still, online shoppers spend an average of $272,070 every minute.  All of this data is fine and dandy, but that’s all it is – just data….

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14 Feb JDBC ODBC over HTTPS to on premise RDBMS | User Tested, CIO Approved

From working on data connectivity projects for a decade, I can say with certainty that hybrid cloud / on-premise environments have become the norm.  And I’m hearing requirements for secure data connectivity to data stores that reside on-premise behind a fire wall; or in a public cloud server running on Amazon.  Rather than open a database port, VPN,…

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12 Feb The Age Of Quantum Data

What if your retail store could simultaneously reach every potential buyer on the planet through totally personalized marketing offers based on location, buyer behavior, buyer history, social media, global economic conditions, and world events? The possibilities are endless with “quantum data” and computing. Is quantum data the next big thing? A recent article in Time…

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