Contrary to Wikipedia and My Own Fascination, I think I Actually Coined the Phrase “Data Lake.” Well, Sort of…

Back in 2014, I was sitting in a meeting room in Las Vegas at EMC World on a grueling schedule of back to back meetings. As part of the patter, the temptation was to talk about "their today" and "our collective" future. I specifically recall talking about the phrase David Goulden coined called the "sea [...]

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November 2nd, 2017|Business|0 Comments

What Gordon Ramsey’s Top 10 Tips for Starting a Restaurant Have to do with Deploying a Big Data Real-Time Analytics Application

To be clear, I’m a foodie, not a food snob. They're often blurred, but in my case, I warm to good food and shy away from shi shi happening joints. That said if a restaurant hits all the marks and it's a special occasion, then I am all in as long as the bang for [...]

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October 25th, 2017|Business|0 Comments

Transcending Customer Pain Points by Delivering Applications…Starting with Payment Fraud Prevention

I recall reading an article claiming 70% of Hadoop deployments will fail to deliver in 2017. This seemed pretty high but the fact is that Hadoop, Big Data, real-time analytics, AI, ML etc. are tricky to code and even harder to stand up 7/24 "lights out" style. At DataTorrent, we pride ourselves on creating Apache [...]

Guy Churchward | 
August 28th, 2017|Business|0 Comments

Angels and Demons But Which One’s Which? The Exploitation of Omni-channel

We embarked recently in producing a retail fraud prevention solution where it was key we had to enrich and cycle data through "account takeover," "card payments," and "chargeback" assets to assert a "faster than fraudsters" approach to keeping the barbarians at the gates. With the fast pace of evolving technology in retail and their voracious [...]

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August 16th, 2017|Business|0 Comments

The Dance Courting Investors: Demonstrating Why a Noisy Market is Preferred

About three times a week I meet with venture fund companies and walk through an orchestrated dance which goes something like this: They take immediate control and explain who they are. They move onto their company and the size of their fund. They show they have interest in my company’s specific space with relevant examples, [...]

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August 7th, 2017|Business|0 Comments

Keep Calm & Instrument: An Idiot’s Guide to Identifying Themes in Every New President or CEO Job

I got asked yesterday what it’s like getting airdropped into a job with little visibility. The funny thing is, I can’t really remember when the last time I wasn't in such a maneuver. It doesn't matter what the company’s size is or your responsibilities in the company -- it’s very rare to have the full [...]

Guy Churchward | 
July 24th, 2017|Business|0 Comments

Gladwell’s 10,000-hours, Real-time Streaming Style

This weekend wifey and I spent time cleaning a bookcase. Yup, I know it's not the most exciting task but some things just need to be done. Amongst the books on bee keeping, chicken breeding, and idiots guide to raising Bulldogs were a bunch of business related books. Now, I am not a big subscriber [...]

Guy Churchward | 
July 12th, 2017|Business|0 Comments

Learn, Teach, Replicate, Free Yourself, Rinse and Repeat

Some number of years ago, I got caught by my boss cramming on a technical topic. He asked me what I was doing, and I responded in a rather smug way that I was learning something, so I knew it better than anyone else; therefore, I was invaluable and indispensable. He remarked that I had [...]

Guy Churchward | 
June 20th, 2017|Business|0 Comments

Shift Happens

A client conversation & subsequent LinkedIn post below got me tapping at my iPad again... What triggered this exchange was me asking, "How much time is there between data created and insight garnered?" His response "approximately 60ms" totally confused me! I quizzed him on the data pipeline. He said they use Kafka to Apex to [...]

Guy Churchward | 
June 5th, 2017|Business|0 Comments

Shifting Left is Easier than Shooting Fish in a Barrel

Most companies use an Extract, Transform, Load (ETL) model for analytics that was likely implemented a good handful of years back with the "then" established technologies. Throwing everything blindly into a data lake and poking at the data and calling this a sorted answer is analogous to doing the robot dance at a family gathering [...]

Guy Churchward | 
May 22nd, 2017|Business|1 Comment