Top 10 information management stories of 2014

How SAP’s technology helped Germany win the football World Cup was 2014’s top information management story

How SAP’s analytics technology played its part in Germany’s World Cup victory in Brazil was 2014’s top story in purely traffic terms. But how to architect enterprise data information systems was the underlying top theme. What is the role of the traditional data warehouse in the supposedly new world of big data? How do NoSQL databases come into play, and how does the Hadoop stack fit in? These questions are obviously still exercising Computer Weekly readers who are focused on the information management arena.

1. SAP helps Germany lift the World Cup

Germany-based software company SAP played its part in the victory of the national team over Argentina in the football World Cup in Brazil. Much was said in the summer about the precision engineering and intelligent design of Germany’s football, which eventually overcame the boys from the barrios. But enterprise software played a part, too, in the form of big data analytics.

2. Cloudera versus Hortonworks: Hadoop to complement or replace data warehouse?

As the market for enterprise Hadoop has heated up this year, the battle lines between two suppliers – Cloudera and Hortonworks – became more clearly defined. The most significant point of disagreement between Cloudera and Hortonworks lies in their answers to a single question – and the one that, arguably, matters most to enterprise customers: should Hadoop complement or replace traditional enterprise data warehouse investments? Jessica Twentyman analysed the state of play.

3. Microsoft SQL Server data profiling tool put to work

Andy Hogg demonstrated how to clean up dirty data with the data profiling tool that comes with Microsoft SQL Server. This was his second delve into data cleanliness (read the first, How clean is your data?, here).

4. Using NoSQL databases to gain competitive advantage

Under the big data banner marches a mass of acronyms. NoSQL is attracting growing interest from businesses struggling to cope with exploding volumes and types of data – Amadeus, i2O and Temetra are among them, Lindsay Clark reported.

5. How big data, mobile and cloud are fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone

Computer Weekly’s networking editor Alex Scroxton wrote on how IBM pressed data analytics, mobility and cloud computing technology into service to bring the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone under control.

6. Case study: WPP uses DataSift to evolve its data strategy

The WPP group has begun a partnership with text data filtering and aggregation company DataSift. The deal means WPP companies – such as GroupM, Wunderman, Kantar, JWT and Cohn & Wolfe – gain common social data access from digital platforms that include Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook. The partnership is organised through a central WPP unit dubbed Data Alliance.

7. HP Autonomy executive: big data transcends analytics

Robert Youngjohns is an executive vice-president at HP and was heading the supplier’s Autonomy business in the earlier part of 2014. He spoke to Computer Weekly about why big data does not reduce to analytics.

8. Cloudera CTO: enterprise ‘data hub’ is smartphone to data warehouse SLR

Amr Awadallah is the chief technology officer and a co-founder at Hadoop distributor Cloudera. Here, he briefs Computer Weekly on how the supplier is advocating the concept of an enterprise data hub.

9. Sweden’s Klarna and Spotify design big data architectures to aid business growth

There is lot of talk about big data, but many organisations still don't know how to capitalise on it. Swedish companies Klarna and Spotify are among those making use of its possibilities, reported Jenny Stadigs.

10. Wearable technology will up the game for sports data analytics

Wearable technology is a big industry thanks to the "quantified self" movement. It is now giving a boost to professional sports data analytics professionals. This is one of a trio of sports data analytics articles by Simon Creasey.

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