Here’s a thought… A Date with Codd

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Carmarthen 18th March 2017

This is a second collection of snippets; ideas and occurrences that are aimed to provoke critical thought and engagement.

As I stated in the first of these articles, “Most people who know me, at least in a professional capacity, will know that I am no unconditional supporter of Data Warehousing, never mind the more plague ridden swamps inhabited by Big Data, Data Lakes, Travelling IoT, Dodgy Data Science, Instant Data Scientists (just add water) and New-Age Machine Learning. So, many will not be surprised by this heterogeneous post-modern pastiche of ideas, impressions and bagatelles.”

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Contextual Aptitude: The Next Great Thing… Again

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Martyn Jones

Birmingham 15th March 2017

What is Contextual Aptitude (also known as End User Intelligence)?

For starters, it’s a rubbish term for an extra-crucial business-centric concept of gravity-defying, cosmos-rallying, mega-mega importance.

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Data Mart in a Box: The Next Great Thing – Placeholder only

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Please note that this is a placeholder for a piece that is currently being reviewed by an architectural and IP team. Don’t want to give away too many secrets.

Martyn Jones

Carmarthenshire 16th March 2017

What is a Data Mart in a Box?

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Here’s a thought… a mere data bagatelle

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A field of dreams

Most people who know me, at least in a professional capacity, will know that I am no unconditional supporter of Data Warehousing, never mind the more plague ridden swamps inhabited by Big Data, Data Lakes, Travelling IoT, Dodgy Data Science, Instant Data Scientists (just add water) and New-Age Machine Learning. So, many will not be surprised by this heterogeneous post-modern pastiche of ideas, impressions and bagatelles.

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Post-truth, Fake-news and Big Data

Martyn Richard Jones

Lora del Rio, 2nd February 2017

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post-truth – ADJECTIVE – Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.

fake news – a type of hoax or deliberate spread of misinformation in social media or traditional news media with the intent to mislead in order to gain financially or politically.

Big data – a term for data sets that are so large or complex that traditional data processing applications are inadequate to deal with them.

If we believe the presses, and who wouldn’t, we are living in an age of post-truth, fake-news and Big Data.

Actually, none of this is new, not even the amazing volumes, varieties and velocities of boloney that surrounds the Big Data bandwagon. In fact, the big porky technique (a.k.a. the big lie) was invented when Anglo-Saxon cynicism was in its infancy.

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Data Supply Framework 3.0 – ETL Patterns

Martyn Richard Jones

Mountain View, 22nd January 2015

image3This article is the first in a series of articles that discuss aspects of the use of architectural patterns in the Cambriano Information Supply Framework 3.0

The term architectural pattern may sound grand, misleading or daunting, but it’s really quite a simple concept. It’s like writing a function in a programming language to log in to a database, check that the connection is alive and working and report back the success of the connection request. If that function can be reused either in the same application development, in the same IT shop or in IT in general (e.g. Java code to connect and test the connection to SQL Server) then it’s well on its way to becoming an architectural pattern. Of course, there are much more sophisticated architectural patterns. But generally a pattern is a simplified and generic template for address a generally occurring problem. But as with much in architecture, less usually turns out to be more.

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Big Data is Bullshit – 2017

Marty Richard Jones

Mountain View, 19th January 2017

“I’ve been accused of vulgarity. I say that’s bullshit.” – Mel Brooks

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Why I Really Like LinkedIn

It’s not something I have thought about a lot. But, apropos of nothing, a question came to mind. That question, as if you couldn’t guess by now, was “why do I like LinkedIn?”

Well, here is my first attempt at addressing this question.

I really like LinkedIn because:

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Sunny, Guadalajara

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What Every CEO Needs to Know About Big Data

Martyn Richard Jones

New York City, 18th January 2017

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Blue sky for professional data architecture and management

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I’ll make this short, sweetish and to the point.

These are the arguments that CEOs need to know about Big Data.

It was written for CEOs and those who provide independent advice to CEOs.

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Big Data Predictions for 2017

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Prologue

You want Big Data predictions for 2017?

You’ve got ’em!

These are my Big Data, Data Warehousing and Analytics extrapolations for 2017. They are based on extensive, exhaustive and enigmatic work carried out by top-notch researcher gurus at Cambriano Energy, between December 2015 and December 2016.

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