Tag: Big Data
Why we also feel Arcadia Data is very cool

Darragh McConville explains why we identified Arcadia Data as a unique Big Data Analytics platform

Why Workday’s acquisition of Platfora makes sense.

I’ve spoken to a few people this week who have expressed surprise at Workday’s acquisition of Platfora.  I wanted to pen this blog to explain why I feel it makes sense. What is Platfora? Platfora is an Hadoop-only, big data discovery platform that includes data preparation and visualisation.  Its goal is to empower business users to…

Big Data Belfast 2016 – What a difference a year makes

A couple of weeks ago I attended the Big Data Belfast 2016 conference in the spectacular Titanic building. I attended the same conference last year and have been to numerous meetups in the past 12 months. So this got me thinking about how far the data analytics space has come over the course of the…

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…

Strata and Hadoop World 2016

Strata and Hadoop World is the world’s biggest and best conference on all aspects of the data economy. I had the pleasure of attending this year’s event in San Jose, and below you can find my thoughts on the major conference themes. Hadoop continues to mature With each passing year, it becomes more difficult to pin down…

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…

NICS ICT 2015 Hackathon

Kainos sponsored the Hackathon at the Northern Ireland Civil Service ICT Conference 2015 where five teams had 24 hours solve a real-world problem faced by the public sector. Stephen Anderson, a Senior Software Engineer at Kainos, was one of the developers who took part in this inaugural event, and this is his story. The NICS…

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…

Apache Spark

  Apache Spark is one of the biggest reasons that data analytics is such an exciting area of work for technologists such as myself right now. It’s hugely popular, with the most active community of any open source big data project currently in development. So, this post is an overview of Spark, the problems that it solves…

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…

Data Science

In this post, I’m turning my attention to the often misunderstood term “Data Science” and what it actually means to businesses today in a practical sense. I would argue that a clear understanding of the business applications of advanced analytical techniques is one of the biggest gaps currently facing their widespread adoption. From a delivery perspective there is the need for data…

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…

Big Data – Security and Compliance

In recent years Hadoop has proven to be a disruptive technology in the world of data storage and processing. It’s rise to prominence as an open source platform for performing “big data” analytics has shaken up how many companies think about the ways in which they can transform and derive value from their most important data assets….

The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be

Predictions “Our clients want us to help them predict the future” was a statement made to me during a recent chat with a customer. Now, you may think my initial reaction was to laugh or to await a punch line, but my response was, perhaps unpredictably, “Well, if you don’t help them, someone else will”,…

Introduction to Big Data

We’ve been revisiting the talks from April’s Belfast Technology Conference (BelTech 2014), held over three days. Belfast’s premier high tech event of 2014; the event was curated by digital technology solutions company, Kainos, and delivered speakers from across the world, including technology experts and politicians. This session features Alex Bartfeld of Cloudera. Cloudera’s ‘Big Data’ technology…