GOVERNMENT: Why Big Data Needs a Soul. “Data is a story with soul,” said Dr. Kristen Honey, a policy advisor in the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy. Honey, who appeared with a number of other experts on an April 22 AFFIRM panel on taming the explosion of government data, was quoting author and storyteller Brene Brown. But she and other panelists said much the same thing, stressing that the most effective tool for dealing with the oceans of data generated by federal agencies isn’t technological, but human. Read more

ENTERPRISE: Flexing the Muscles of Big Data. When the term ‘big data’ gets mentioned, what springs to mind? Massive databases? Hadoop clusters? Business analytics engines? How about data aggregation systems, filters, metadata creation systems, indexers, results renderers and reporting systems? All of these should be part of a big data strategy and require different resources at different times. Read the rest

MICROSOFT: Integrating Big Data and SQL Server 2016. Many Big Data projects are implemented using systems like Microsoft’s HDInsight or Hadoop. That said, these Big Data systems usually need to be integrated with existing data from relational databases or data warehouses. That’s where SQL Server 2016’s PolyBase feature comes into play. Find out more

FORRESTER: Start One Of These Two Big Data Businesses. Big data has gotten a lot of attention from the media and investors, but the segment is broad and complicated. If someone is interested in starting a big data business, where should they focus their efforts? Forrester Research principal analyst Mike Gualtieri offered CRNtv two tips on what’s growing in the big data market today. Read more


NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems March 2016

IT SECURITY SUPPORT: Blue Mountain Data Systems is actively involved in implementing FISMA and NIST standards with Federal Civilian Agencies. Due to our extensive experience in this area, Blue Mountain has developed processes and organizational techniques to help ensure security deliverables are completed on time, and performed in the most efficient manner possible. We ensure that NIST-800-53 control requirements are treated consistently during definition, analysis, implementation, auditing, and reporting phases of a system. Find out more about Blue Mountain Data Systems IT Security Support Services. Call us at 703-502-3416.

BLUE MOUNTAIN DATA SYSTEMS HAS THE EXPERIENCE: 1994 to Present – U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration. Responsible to the Office of Technology and Information Systems for information systems architecture, planning, applications development, networking, administration and IT security, supporting the enforcement of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act — ERISA. Within the EBSA, Blue Mountain is responsible for design, development and support for its various enforcement database management systems, as well as all case tracking and customer service inquiry systems. Blue Mountain also provides IT security services to the EBSA, in the form of FISMA Assessment and Authorization, System Security Plans, Risk and vulnerability assessments, monitoring and investigation support. Read more.


Big Data – Daily Tech Update – April 25, 2016

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