Serious Fun With Big Data





Information is engulfing us at home and at work.


"Big Data" means fighting fire with fire - harnessing tech to manage tech for insight... wisdom... direction... solutions.


Here is a short interview by Digiday about how Brands are just starting to leverage data for smarter marketing campaigns.




This is serious stuff - but organizations like hack/reduce are getting people together (in Kendall Square and beyond) and having fun with it. Watch the below video about the big opportunity and the big attitude expressed in their tagline...




 


FOR MORE ON BIG DATA

Overview: An aggregation of blogs from company contributors focusing on Big Data topics.

1. Forrester Big Data Blog
About Forrester (from their site) – Forrester is a global research and advisory firm and serves professionals in 19 key roles across three distinct client groups. Their clients face progressively complex business and technology decisions every day. To help them understand, strategize, and act upon opportunities brought by change, Forrester provides proprietary research, consumer and business data, custom consulting, events and online communities, and peer-to-peer executive programs. Forrester guides leaders in IT, marketing and strategy, and the technology industry through independent fact-based insight, ensuring business success today and tomorrow. www.forrester.com
2. Smarter Computing Big Data Blog
Overview: A compilation of contributors blogging about Big Data and Cloud topics. Each week the top reads in BigData is posted, which lists and links back to top articles.
About Smarter Computing Blog (from their site) – The blog is intended to provide readers with thought-provoking content and a place to talk about the issues raised within the content. Smarter Computing Blog feels strongly that the blog is not going to deliver final answers to the issues raised, but will represent a starting point for conversation around the issues.
3. GigaOm
Overview:GigaOm features news articles about Big Data, Analytics and Mobile. It’s a great place to read recent tech news stories and updates on hot topics.
About GigaOm (from their site) – Founded in 2006, GigaOM is now the leading provider of online media, events and research for global technology innovators. The company is one of the most credible and insightful voices at the intersection of business and technology, with an online audience of more than 4.5 million monthly unique visitors; industry-leading events, including Structure, Mobilize, GigaOM RoadMap, and Structure: Data; and a pioneering market research service and digital community, GigaOM Pro, which provides expert analysis and research on emerging technology markets.
4. Greenplum.com
Overview: Greenplum provides a section within the site with aggregated blog posts and news focused on Analytics, Big Data, Data Scientists, Data Warehousing and Hadoop. It pulls information directly from ForbesThe New York TimesWall Street Journal, and Information Week.
About Greenplum (from their site) – Greenplum, a division of EMC (acquired by EMC in July 2010, becoming the foundation of EMC’s Big Data Division), is driving the future of Big Data analytics with breakthrough products that harness the skills of data science teams to help global organizations realize the full promise of business agility and become data-driven, predictive enterprises.
5. Data Stories
Overview: A bi-weekly podcast on data visualization with with Enrico Bertini and Moritz Stefaner (two Big Data industry influencers). Each podcast post provides a breakdown of the content by time and relevant resource links.
6. Data Round Table
Overview: A community of Big Data and data experts discussing data quality, data integration, MDM, data governance, and data migration. This is a nice compilation of various perspectives.
About Data RoundTable (from the site) – The Data Roundtable is a forum where industry thought leaders come together to share the spotlight and discuss data management topics. Each day you’ll find a new post about something relevant and thought-provoking, from news on federal regulations to pop-culture commentaries on how data management relates to Seinfeld. There’s no agenda – just ideas.
7. ZDNet
Overview: This blog features Andrew Brust discussing Big Data, Hadoop, NoSQL and the mystical discipline of data science.
8. The Data Warehouse Insider
Overview: Technical details, ideas and news on data warehousing and Big Data from the Oracle Team.
9. Planet BigData
Overview: Planet BigData is an aggregator of worldwide blogs about Big Data, Hadoop, and related topics.
10. Dataversity
Overview (from their site): DATAVERSITY™ provides resources for information technology (IT) professionals, executives and business managers to learn about the uses and management of Big Data.  The worldwide community of practitioners, advisers and customers participates in, and benefits from, DATAVERSITY’s educational conferences, discussions, articles, blogs, webinars, certification, news feeds and more.


A LITTLE MORE ON BIG DATA


SAP's Business innovation also wants to help you identify the latest trends, news and opinions of these Top 50 influencers in the field of Big Data....
@bigdata – Ben Lorica
Big Data, Analytics, Cloud Computing resources from Ben Lorica, Chief Data Scientist @OReillyMedia– San Francisco, CA · http://www.bglorica.com
Klout – 49
@BigDataAnalysis – John Akred
Big Data R&D Lead at Accenture Technology Labs, Musician, Engineer, Technologist, Analog Audio and Vacuum Tube lover, Provocateur. These thoughts are my own. – Chicago / San Jose ·http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-akred/1/b0a/320
Klout – 44
@imbigdata – Manish Bhatt
News and Updates about BigData, NoSQL, Hadoop, BI and other Big Data related technologies from BigData enthusiast Manish Bhatt
Klout – 24
@ibmbigdata – IBM Big Data
Talking about the challenges and approaches to handling Big Data. Primarily managed by @TheSocialPitt – http://www.ibm.com/bigdata · http://www.smartercomputingblog.com/category/big-data/
Klout – 37
@bobgourley – Bob Gourley
A CTO. Also find me @CTOvision and @CTOlist. National Security, Cyber Security, Enterprise IT and tech fun are key topics of interest.
Washington, DC · http://ctovision.com
Klout – 50
@klintron – Klint Finley
I write for SiliconAngle. I also run Technoccult and build strange soundscapes.
Portland, OR · http://klintfinley.com
Klout – 45
@KristenNicole2 – Kristen Nicole
News editor at SiliconANGLE, writer at Appolicious, recovering social media addict - http://kristennicole.com
Klout – 40
@dhinchcliffe – Dion Hinchcliffe
Business strategist, enterprise architect, keynote speaker, book author, blogger, & consultant on social business and next-gen enterprises. – Washington, D.C. · http://dachisgroup.com
Klout – 52
@dmkimball05 – Dan Kimball
CMO at Kontagent, helping companies interpret patterns in social & mobile data to optimize their customer economics – San Francisco, CA · http://www.linkedin.com/in/danielkimball
Klout – 18
@HadoopNews – John Ching
Latest news about Hadoop, NoSQL & BigData from John Ching, Big Data Guru, Consultant, and Evangelist for BI, Machine Learning, and Predictive Analytics
Klout – 44
@medriscoll – Michael E. Driscoll
CEO @Metamarkets. I ♥ Big Data, analytics, and visualization. – San Francisco, CA ·http://medriscoll.com/
Klout – 48
@peteskomoroch – Pete Skomoroch
My mission is to create intelligent systems that help people make better decisions. Principal Data Scientist @LinkedIn. Machine Learning, Hadoop, Big Data.
Silicon Valley · http://datawrangling.com
Klout – 56
@hmason – Hilary Mason
chief scientist @bitly. Machine learning; I ♥ data and cheeseburgers.
NYC · http://www.hilarymason.com
Klout – 56
@TimGasper – Tim Gasper
@Infochimps product manager, @Keepstream co-founder, techie, app addict, music writer/lover, #BigData, #Cloud – Austin, TX · http://timgasper.com
Klout – 43
@flowingdata – Nathan Yau
Data, visualization, and statistics. Author of ‘Visualize This.’ Background in eating. – California ·http://flowingdata.com
Klout – 58
@bradfordcross – Bradford Cross
design and data @prismatic – San Francisco · http://getprismatic.com/
Klout – 44
@CityAge – City Age
We amplify good ideas through unique dialogues and their associated campaigns. We’re now organizing The Data Effect, amid other projects. – Vancouver, BC · http://www.thedataeffect.org
Klout – 32
@BigDataExpo – Big Data Expo
Join 30,000+ Delegates in 2012 at World’s Largest #Cloud Events! New York [June 11-14] Silicon Valley [Nov 5-8] Register & Save! ▸ http://bit.ly/tucY2B – New York/Silicon Valley · http://BigDataExpo.net
Klout – 34
@acmurthy – Arun C Murthy
Founder & Architect, Hortonworks. VP, Apache Hadoop, Apache Software Foundation i.e. Chair, Hadoop PMC. Moving Hadoop forward since day one, since 2006. – online · http://people.apache.org/
Klout – 43
@infoarbitrage – Roger Ehrenberg
Big Data VC at IA Ventures. Data junkie. Quant dude. Baseball coach. – ÜT: 40.76136,-73.980129 ·http://www.iaventures.com
Klout – 56
@jeffreyfkelly - Jeff Kelly
I am an Industry Analyst covering Big Data and Business Analytics at The Wikibon Project and SiliconANGLE – Boston · http://wikibon.org
Klout – 45
@timoreilly - Tim O’Reilly
Founder and CEO, O’Reilly Media. Watching the alpha geeks, sharing their stories, helping the future unfold. – Sebastopol, CA · http://radar.oreilly.com
Klout – 69
@digiphile – Alex Howard
Gov 2.0 @Radar Correspondent, @OReillyMedia: alex@oreilly.com. Intrigued by technological change, taken with ideas, cooking, the outdoors, books, dogs and media – Washington, DC ·http://radar.oreilly.com/alexh
Klout – 74
@band – William L. Anderson
Sociotechnical systems developer, open access advocate, and editor at CODATA Data Science Journal – austin texas
Klout – N/A
@HenryR – Henry Robinson
Engineer @ Cloudera, Zookeeper committer / PMC member, professional dilettante – San Francisco, CA · http://the-paper-trail.org/
Klout – 43
@furrier – John Furrier
Silicon Valley entrepreneur Founder SiliconANGLE Network. Inventing New Things, Blogging, Tweeting Social Media – Palo Alto, California · http://SiliconAngle.com
Klout – 49
@mikeolson – Mike Olson
Cloudera CEO – Berkeley, California · http://www.cloudera.com/
Klout – 48
@davenielsen – Dave Nielsen
Co-founder of CloudCamp & Silicon Valley Cloud Center – Mountain View, Ca ·http://www.platformd.com
Klout – 44
@znmeb – M. Edward Borasky
Media Inactivist, Thought Follower, Sit-Down Comic, Former Boy Genius, Real-Time Data Journalism Researcher, Open Source Appliance Maker And Mathematician – Portland, OR ·http://j.mp/compjournoserver
Klout – N/A
@rizzn – Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins
I’m the editor in chief for SiliconANGLE and the purveyor of fine content at rizzn.com. · http://rizzn.com
Klout – N/A
@edd – Edd Dumbill
Telling the story of our future, where technology is headed, and what we need to know now. O’Reilly Strata and OSCON program chair. Incurably curious – California · http://eddology.com/
Klout – 57
@kellan – Kellan E
Technological solutions for social problems. CTO, Etsy. (if you follow me, consider introducing yourself with @kellan message) #47 – Brooklyn, NY · http://laughingmeme.org
Klout – 58
@mikeloukides - Mike Loukides
VP Content Strategy, O’Reilly Media, pianist, ham radio op usually in Connecticut
Klout – 54
@laurelatoreilly – Laurel Ruma
Director of Talent (speaker and author relations) at O’Reilly Media. Homebrewer, foodie, farmer in the city – Cambridge, MA · http://www.oreilly.com
Klout – 45
@neilraden - Neil Raden
VP/Principal Analyst,Constellation Research;Analytics, BigData, DecisionManagement. Author/Writer,Blogger,Speaker.Husband/(Grand)Father
Santa Fe, NM ·http://www.constellationrg.com/search/node/Neil%20Raden
Klout – 53
@greenplum – Greenplum
Greenplum, a division of EMC is driving the future of big data analytics.
San Mateo, California · http://www.greenplum.com/
Klout – 48
@squarecog – Dmitriy Ryaboy
Analytics Tech Lead at Twitter. Apache Pig committer.
San Francisco
Klout – 48
@BigData_paulz - Paul Zikopoulos
Director of Technical Professionals for IBM’s Information Management, BigData, and Competitive Database divisions. Published 15 books and over 350 articles.
Klout – 38
@moorejh – Jason H. Moore
Third century professor, Director of the Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Sciences at Dartmouth College, Editor-in-Chief of BioData Mining – Lebanon, NH, USA · http://www.epistasis.org
Klout – 47
@GilPress – Gil Press
I launched the #BigData conversation; Writing, research, marketing services;http://whatsthebigdata.com/ & http://infostory.wordpress.com/
Boston
Klout – 41
@ToddeNet – Todd E. Johnson PhD
Educational Access and Academic Sustainability • STEM •Data Informed Decisions (DID) • Always Dreaming and Learning(ADL)….Tweets here are my own!!
Olympia, WA · http://www.linkedin.com/in/toddenet
Klout – 27
@digimindci – Orlaith Finnegan
Provider of Competitive Intelligence & Market Intelligence Software. Online Reputation, Real-time Web Monitoring and Analysis, Social Media Monitoring.
Boston, Paris, Singapore · http://www.digimind.com
Klout – 36
@SmartDataCo – Smart Data Collective
Expert writers on analytics, BI and big data brought to you by the folks at Social Media Today.com ·http://smartdatacollective.com 
Klout – 42
@al3xandru – Alex Popescu
NOSQL Dreamer http://mynosql.tv, Software architect, Founder/CTO InfoQ.com, Web aficionado, Speaker, iPhone: 44.441881,26.139629 · http://mynosql.tv
Klout – 49
@marksmithvr – Mark Smith
CEO & Chief Research Officer at Ventana Research – http://www.ventanaresearch.com & follow
@ventanaresearch – San Ramon, CA · http://marksmith.ventanaresearch.com/
Klout – 51
@BernardMarr – Bernard Marr
Leading global authority and best-selling author on delivering, managing and measuring enterprise performance – London
Klout – 50
@johnlmyers44 – John L Myers
Senior Analyst for EMA Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing practice specializing in telecom analytics and business process management – Boulder, Colorado ·http://www.enterprisemanagement.com/about/team/John_Myers.php
Klout – 54
@leenarao – Leena Rao
Tech Writer (tech Crunch), dog-lover, foodie, quirky – Chicago
Klout – 68
@HKotadia – Harish Kotadia Ph.D
Big Data, Predictive Analytics, Social CRM and CRM. Work for Infosys (NASDAQ: INFY). Views and opinion expressed are my own. – Dallas, Texas, USA · http://HKotadia.com/
Klout – 42
@chuckhollis – Chuck Hollis
technologist, marketeer, blogger and musician working for EMC.
Holliston, MA · http://chucksblog.emc.com
Klout – 49