Author: Todd Schick

The Challenge of Mixing Structured and Unstructured Data

For an organization to reach its greatest potential for success—whether that’s through increased revenue, decreased expenses, a better company culture, or some combination of other factors—data is necessary to provide informational insights that support the achievement of business goals. However, the road between Point A, where companies sit on significant amounts of unused, inaccessible data, and Point B, where that data has been scrubbed and consolidated to provide the information to generate company insights, can seem daunting and long. We’ve discussed as much in recent weeks by reviewing steps to ensure that high-quality, accurate insights emerge from your current...

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Microsoft Azure Care and Feeding

Companies are moving data centers to the cloud at an ever-increasing rate, often attracted to the pay-as-you-go cloud computing model. It’s been found that traditional enterprise data center servers only deliver, on average, between 5 and 15 percent of their maximum computing output over the course of a year. So rather than spend money on new hardware and a brick-and-mortar infrastructure – a capital expense for computing power that is under-utilized – a very attractive proposition is to instead rent compute and storage resources. As a new-generation of (cloud) data centers are built out, and enterprise applications along with their supporting SDLC environments...

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Feeding Data-Hungry Analytics Solutions

As with any cloud-hosted system where data analytics is a major focus, one of the questions that arises early on is “how do I effectively get this massive amount of data to the cloud”? – after all it is Big Data that we’re talking about! Collectively, this “cloud data ingestion” often includes real time data, such as with IoT systems, and batch data bound for a Data Lake or other storage target. Real time data is all about getting essential data elements to the cloud as fast as possible for real time analytics and reporting operations. Consider that potentially...

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