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NFL Nerds 2013 : Week 3

speedy & elusive. credit: tim hawk/south jersey times

speedy & elusive. credit: tim hawk/south jersey times

My imagination as to how a weekly tracking of the course of the 2013 NFL (American football) season, in graphics, analytics, and R code, might look — in my imaginary copious spare time. The data is stored in one or more simple Oracle database tables. New visualizations will be added as the season progresses.     Continue…

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NFL Nerds 2013 : Week 2

inverted td catch - credit: anthony souffle / chicago tribune

inverted td catch! check out the right hand of #15.          credit: anthony souffle / chicago tribune

My imagination as to how a weekly tracking of the course of the 2013 NFL (American football) season, in graphics, analytics, and R code, might look — in my imaginary copious spare time. The data is stored in one or more simple Oracle database tables. New visualizations will be added as the season progresses.     Continue…

NFL Nerds 2013 : Week 1

credit: tim rasmussen/the denver post

credit: tim rasmussen/the denver post. click me!

My imagination as to how a weekly tracking of the course of the 2013 NFL (American football) season, in graphics, analytics, and R code, might look — in my imaginary copious spare time. The data is stored in one or more simple Oracle database tables. New visualizations will be added as the season progresses.     Continue…

12c Marketing Slideshows

CaptureCapture4These gallery images are taken from a series of seven slide shows accompanying the recent Oracle IOUG marketing tour introducing the design intentions for the new 12c database release. The slideshows are viewable as PDFs below; the seven topics are as follows:     Continue…

12c Debut Impressions

12c dog & pony show freebie

12c dog & pony show freebie

June 25 was the official first availability day for Oracle’s new multi-tenant release of it’s database. The slogan for this release is “Plug into the Cloud”. The companion enterprise manager, EM 12c, became available one week later. Oracle is conducting a multicity user group tour of one day marketing shows to unveil 12c consisting of a half dozen or so slick slide presentations given mostly by longtime Oracle hands. I attended the recent one in Ottawa and this post details some of my impressions.     Continue…

Probing Oracle’s NoSQL Agenda

mariadb logomysql logoThere’s been media noise of late around the question of Oracle’s intentions (some would say laziness) concerning keeping it’s acquired MySQL database product relevant within the BD website backend niche. Two topics of conversation arise: the contest between MySQL and newcomer MariaDB in this arena, and the re-positioning going on concerning Oracle’s own flagship database regarding NoSQL and Big Data.     Continue…

Will the real Data Scientist please stand up?

guess my bi job

guess my bi job

When fresh buzz is still shaking out around a trend in IT, e.g. now, things like job descriptions and resumes and internal hot project hype can distort to the max. Roles and expectations are well solidified for something like an operational grid DBA, but during this wild and woolly shakeout period for dataists, everyone has their own shtick approach.     Continue…

Medical Advances via the Semantic Web

images of human chromosome pairs

images of human chromosome pairs

I attended a product demo given by IO Informatics, the semantic health care analytics company, last month. The most intriguing service showcased was their Sentient Server and Knowledge Explorer tool. It can integrate with Oracle 11g (and other databases such as MySQL) as the backend data warehouse supporting typically billions of medical assertions.     Continue…

Business BD vs. Science BD

jaron lanier, 2013

jaron lanier, 2013

I’m a Jaron Lanier fan — may as well get that stated up front. As a thinker, innovator, and trenchant inside commentator upon technology, the culture, and the web, he uniquely blends a scientist’s depth, a nerd’s enthusiasm, and a philosopher’s searching grasp of the Zeitgeist. His influential earlier book laid out the landscape concerning Lanier’s view of inadvertant financial and livelihood fallout brought on by certain structural biases built in to the Web.     Continue…

Has v.3 Exadata Turned the Corner?

X3 evolution

X3 evolution

Oracle’s Exa-line of database machines have taken their share of lumps in the press since their splashy debut several years ago. Might this be the year during which version 3 of the high capacity high price high ad-hype box either catches on or fizzles out? There have been well publicized flame wars between Oracle and IBM, and Oracle and SAP within this database-in-memory niche. Whenever the arguing has gotten more technically explicit, predictably, Oracle, IBM and SAP guys came out in favor of their home teams with their reasoned stats.     Continue…