EDUCATION: ‘Big Data’ was Supposed to Fix Education. It Didn’t. It’s Time for ‘Small Data.’ For over a decade, “big data” and “analytics” have increasingly become a part of the education world. (Big data is a term used to describe data sets so large that they can only be analyzed by computers, and analytics is used to describe how the data is collected, analyzed and used.) Big data lovers believe the information can help policy-makers make systemic improvements in student outcomes — but, so far, that hasn’t happened. Here is a post about the problems with big data in education and about something new that could actually make a real difference: “small data.” What is it? Read the post by Pasi Sahlberg and Jonathan Hasak. Read more

ANALYTICS: How the Skills Shortage is Transforming Big Data. According to this Silicon Valley dean, “The profession is subdividing.” In the early days of computing, developers were often jacks of all trades, handling virtually any task needed for software to get made. As the field matured, jobs grew more specialized. Now we’re seeing a similar pattern in a brand-new domain: big data. That’s according to P.K. Agarwal, regional dean and CEO of Northeastern University’s recently formed Silicon Valley campus, who says big-data professionals so far have commonly handled everything from data cleaning to analytics, and from Hadoop to Apache Spark. Read the rest

DATABASES: HBase…The Database Big Data Left Behind. As the default database for Hadoop, you’d expect HBase to be more popular than it is, but its time may already have passed. Find out more

MORE ANALYTICS: 12 Inspiring Women In Data Science, Big Data. Women make up half the population, yet it’s been well documented that they don’t come close to parity in STEM fields. Could the rise of big data and data science offer women a clearer path to success in technology? Here’s a list of 12 inspiring women who work in big data and data science. Read more


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

BLUE MOUNTAIN DATA SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT: Find out more about Paul T. Vesely, Founder, President, CEO and Principal Architect of Blue Mountain Data Systems. Paul Vesely is a recognized leader in systems architecture, having designed and delivered many database and document processing systems ranging from work group LANs to enterprise-wide solutions. His goal is to minimize the impact of cultural change in organizations where myriad job functions of document management and workflow are affected. Read more about Paul Vesely’s experience.

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 – May 10, 2016

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