Analytics
Getting Started with Big Data & Analytics (2/4)
This post picks up where my previous Focus post left off. Build The Build phase will see you create the right capability and construct the minimum viable platform and pipeline to deliver insight quickly. 4. Develop skills In order to succeed, your foray into analytics will require new skills and expertise. You will need a mix of technologists and business experts who…
Big Data Analytics – A question of ethics
Having been a part of Kainos’ Big data & analytics practice for almost a year and a half now has raised many questions in my head. Not least because it is an emerging area of technology, growing so rapidly that there are new programming models, frameworks and data stores seemingly every other week! With these rapidly…
MySQL High Availability for Cloudera CDH installation
Big Data Infrastructure All today’s solutions (including almost all Hadoop stack services) use underlying databases for their speed, usefulness and ease of creation. One of the most widely used databases is MySQL. It’s Open Source, free for commercial use with decent performance. For these reasons all Hadoop stack services support MySQL as their databases, even…
Getting Started with Big Data & Analytics (1/4)
I’m often asked on by clients on the best approach to starting on their big data journey. I prefer to describe it as an analytics journey, or adventure, if you will.  I would like to discuss the ten steps I see as being crucial to establishing a foundation for organisation-wide success. I see these ten steps falling nicely…
Our Urban Data Hackathon
Bright and early on Saturday 27th June saw Kainos’s Big Data & Analytics team land at Belfast City Hall armed with post-its, sharpies and a multitude of interesting data sets. After months of planning, Northern Ireland’s first pure-play data hackathon was born – the Urban Data Hack was underway! Making Belfast Better The Urban Data Hack…
Key Learns from Big Data Week Belfast 2015
Thursday 23rd April marked the return of Big Data Week Belfast’s 2015 conference. It was an opportunity for data experts and technologists to meet, discuss and explore all things analytics. The stellar line-up including HP, Amazon Web Services and Skyscanner to name a few ensured the day was filled with thought-provoking sessions and insights into…
Five Sins of a Big Data Architect
As a Big Data Architect you are responsible for the successful implementation of next-generation analytics platforms.  You must oversee the integration of these platforms into existing technology estates. Below are five of the common pitfalls that you should avoid. 1. Making Hadoop an Either/Or Decision “Should we go for Teradata or Hadoop?” – if you find…
QlikView – Dynamic Data Discovery in 15 Minutes
QikView is a popular modern business intelligence (BI) tool that provides a simple and intuitive way to build interactive dashboards that can be shared with others. By searching through these interactive dashboards users can get an understanding of the performance of their organisation and investigate the reasons behind this performance. Unlike other BI products, QlikView…
Weather, Driving, and Dynamic Search Dashboards
It’s no secret, my life revolves around cars, technology and the opportunity to combine them. So what happens when you realise you have just purchased a second hand car that tracks your driving style, travel times and efficiency? Well you analyse it. Just don’t go sharing it with your significant other. So, what’s in the…
Ten Takeaways from Strata + Hadoop World
Manhattan was overrun with almost 6000 big data and analytics enthusiasts last week.  The Strata + Hadoop conference was hosted as part of NYC Data week and myself and Thomas Swann represented Kainos.  The enthusiasm and excitement from the attendees was palpable, with the realisation that our industry is now in the midst of a genuine revolution.  Below are ten…