A Polyglot Life

The XCiPi lifecycle has four collections of processes, Capture, Sort, Visualise and Share. Within each one are independent processes. Capture allows data to be sorted as it is brought in, it can be sorted by source, type, data, location and so on. The capture process also allows additional meta data to be added, in the … 


 

Childs play

Now we have come to a stage of knowing what our future users want to use our application for, yes we asked them, we have moved onto the stage of deciding how to give them a way of using the application; in other words the interface and how the application appears on screen, be that desktop, laptop, mobile or tablet. … 


 

Data Soup 1

In her valentine to us on the IBM Big Data Hub Blog Lillian Pierson explains the top five reasons that she loves big data and analytics: “In the absence of analytics, people mostly operated in the dark. Old fashioned decision making processes typically involved a lot of gut feel intuition and trial and error exploration. … 


 

Some Survey Data

I thought it was about time to share some data with you. We have been running a number of surveys recently. The first results to come in where run across two groups, general population and Small To Medium Enterprises(SME’s). We were looking to see how the two populations viewed data and how they would like … 


 

Big Guns

When it comes to the data stores and the cloud who are the big guns (the list is not complete nor is it exclusive); Google, Amazon, well yes these spring to mind as does IBM and Oracle (or is it Sun, Java, MySql or … well never mind) and many things within the Apache project. … 


 

Inside Out or Outside In

  “We do no market research. We don’t hire consultants. We just want to make great products.”* “It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”* There are two ways of deciding how to design  a product; Inside Out … 


 

Dangerous data

A belt and braces way of avoiding danger When building an application it is wise to ask the users what they want, and surveys are a useful tool to do this. However before we utilise and share survey result we spent some quite time talking to users of data face to face; carrying out qualitative research. …