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Privacy and Big Data: Speaking at Strata East (NYC), Book Update, and Upcoming O’Reilly Webcast

By Mary Ludloff

There are times when Terence and I look at each other and say, “What on earth were we thinking?” And this is one of those times! PatternBuilders is crazy busy right now putting out release 3.0 of our Analytics Platform (the secret sauce for our analytics applications that we like to call data-science-in-a-box), ramping up on a funding round, working with partners on a University of Sydney research project on the impact of social media on a company’s stock price (a really fun project and a post about it is in the works), and, of course, supporting customers and prospects on their big data initiatives. So… since we did not have enough to do (sarcasm on), we decided it was time to update our book, participate in a pre-Strata East webcast, speak at the Strata Conference and the MongoDB User Group (that is collocated with Strata) in New York City! In the words of the immortal Bette Davis in All About Eve (and ever so slightly revised):

“Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy night ride!”

Really, what were we thinking????? (more…)

September 20, 2012 at 5:49 pm Leave a comment

See You at Strata West—Don’t Miss Our Panel on Big Data and Supply Chain Management!

By Mary Ludloff

While Terence and I and the rest of the PatternBuilders team (and they are all a wee bit tired) have been busy working on the launch of our new financial services application, FinancePBI, I had to take a break to talk about our upcoming Strata Conference panel. No, the panel is not about privacy and big data (good guess though and a golden opportunity for me to plug happily away). Instead, we decided to take a look at big data and supply chain management.

Did you know that manufacturers store more data than any other sector? That would be almost 2 exabytes in 2010. And that the data comes from all kinds of systems? Including process control, CAD, CAE, supply chain management, and all the way through the global supply chain to systems that monitor and capture data about the performance of products that have already been sold. Did you know that a Boeing 737 generates 240 terabytes of data on ONE cross-country flight? And all of this data is expected to grow exponentially. Take RFID for example: McKinsey predicts that the number of RFID tags will increase from 12 million in 2011 to 209 billion in 2021. (All stats courtesy of my dear friends at McKinsey in their report, “Big data: The next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity” but there are also two great videos on this topic at The Tribulations of an Analytical Mind.) Yes folks, welcome to the big data world of SCM! (more…)

February 22, 2012 at 1:24 pm 1 comment

Reflections on pii2011 and MongoSF and a Shout Out to Rackspace for Great Customer Service

By Terence Craig

Regular readers may have noticed I have been a bit quiet on the blog front lately – but as Mary mentioned, things got very hectic here in PatternBuilders land over the last couple of weeks.  In the midst of all the business-related activities, I was also invited to speak at two great conferences—pii2011 and MongoSF 2011. 

pii2011 is one of the premier events on digital privacy and included smart people from the entire spectrum of the privacy debate.  The speakers and the audience were very diverse but included: technologists, analysts, journalists, folks living off the grid, consumer advocates, chief privacy officers, privacy related startups, lawyers, executives from the large Internet properties, including Facebook and Google,  large data collection services (including Acxiom, and Intelius) and even a few folks from the government (but as one of the speakers pointed out, not nearly as many as you would hope for such an important issue).  (more…)

May 26, 2011 at 12:06 pm 3 comments

Big Data is the New Black… And it’s Here to Stay

By Terence Craig

Some impressions from O’Reilly’s Strata Conference 2011.

We had a great time at Strata 2011.  The O’Reilly folks did a great job of organizing a really well run show – hat tip to JB Wheatley for making life as easy as possible for speakers.

As a member of a company that has been carrying the big data, big analytics flag for a while, it was great to see a sold out show dedicated to the area that will provide one of the biggest challenges, if not the biggest challenge, for 21st century computing.   Our presentation seemed to go well – we had a good crowd and a bunch of folks came up to us during the rest of the week to discuss/argue some of the points we raised.  My statement about traditional databases/data warehouses not being up to the task definitely annoyed some people, but everybody that approached us was polite and thoughtful and we had some good discussions. (more…)

February 9, 2011 at 7:50 pm Leave a comment

On Data Privacy—Where Do You Fall on the Tolerance Scale?

By Mary Ludloff

While all the keynotes at Strata were interesting, one stood out in particular: Scott Yara’s “Your Data Rules the World.” For those of you not in the big data space, Scott’s take on the amount of data being churned out by the government, internet, phone and tv, as well as the financial, medical, and retail industries and what is, and should be, done with it is well worth its 15 minute runtime.

But what fascinated me was how Scott started his session. He talked about himself from the viewpoint of the Internet. He showed where he lived (via Google Maps), showed a small section of his college transcript, showed how you could find out what he paid for his house, showed what his house was currently worth, showed the property taxes pending, and finally, showed a snapshot (from a website) of him running a red light that resulted in a traffic ticket. Now, if you read a previous post of mine about how much information is publicly available about you, you’re not surprised by this. Neither was I. (more…)

February 8, 2011 at 6:05 pm 2 comments

Strata Sneak Peek: Why Nobody Does It Better Than Wal-Mart

One of the first big data big analytics chasm crossers.

By Mary Ludloff

This has been a long couple of weeks at PatternBuilders. We’ve been working on our latest analytics platform release (sleep deprived engineers translates into “fun” for the entire team) and putting the finishing touches on our Strata Conference session presentation, “Retail: Lessons Learned from the Original Data-Driven Business and Future Directions.”

Now I don’t want to steal any thunder from the actual session, but as is the case with most big data and analytics discussions, there is simply too much great material (no pun attended) and too little time to go over it all.  So, I decided to blog about some of the material that got cut out. (more…)

January 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm 5 comments


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