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Ron Bodkin founded Think Big Analytics to help organizations gain value from big data. Before that, he was vice president of engineering at Quantcast where he led the data science and engineering teams deploying Hadoop and NoSQL for batch and real-time decision making. In this interview, Bodkin who is CEO of Think Big, now a Teradata company, discusses the challenges organizations face in getting big data projects off the ground and what they need to consider when they embark on projects to leverage data from the Internet of Things and social media.

In what is being heralded as an epic change at Oracle, Larry Ellison, the charismatic CEO of Oracle, is stepping down and will be succeeded by Safra Catz and Mark Hurd who will share the CEO position. Despite the widespread pronouncements that this is the end of an era and that Ellison is relinquishing his membership in the exclusive club of rock-star tech leaders that has included Apple's Steve Jobs and Microsoft's Bill Gates, some industry insiders believe that is simply not the case. Ellison, they say, will remain a force to be reckoned with at Oracle.

In simpler times, businesses kept their data in one place. That made the data easy to access and control. Today, many large enterprises have a global component to daily business transactions, with customers, partners and employees located around the world. Given the distributed nature of an organization's users and increasing data location regulations, the traditional method of storing data on a central server to support worldwide stakeholders no longer meets business needs.

The expectations for technology in business have never been higher—thanks to the consumerization of IT, disruptions across the tech stack, and the emergence of new technology-based business models. And the pressures facing corporate IT departments been greater. So, how can business leaders and CIOs maximize the value of their technology investments to drive competitive business advantage? By tackling three important areas.

Many in the industry have begun to look to data lakes and Hadoop as the future for data storage. To help shed light on the data lake approach, the pros and cons of this data repository were considered in a recent Unisphere webcast presented by Peter Evans, BI and analytics product evangelist and product technologist consultant, Dell Software; and Elliot King, Unisphere Research analyst.

A new survey of data managers and professionals who are subscribers to DBTA finds that, over the next 10 years, about two-fifths of respondents expect to leave the field - with about half of those people retiring and the other half moving on to other jobs in management or self-employment.

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