Chris J Powell

Big Data for the Little Guy

The turning of the calendar to a new year has had me thinking long and hard about the direction of Krispy’s Bytes.  Within the world of Technology there are 3 core areas that always seem to get my attention: Open Source (Linux and GNU Software) Big Data Risk Management So as I sat back over the past few weeks and looked to what Krispy’s Bytes would become in 2015 I thought…why not focus on these three topics exclusively (with the addition of adding in the wonders of This Day in Tech History). I really want to focus on the low or no budget concept of dealing with technology challenges because having been a Small Business Owner myself…I know how tough it is to actually stretch a dollar. The Primary focus over the next several weeks will be to use a recently decommissioned computer to become a full fledged Big Data Machine, using nothing but free and open source tools.  I will be doing this for practical purposes and documenting the successes and failures as I go along. One thing that … Read more

Big Data and Small Business

A funny thing happened to me the other day as I was trudging through my new job as a Small Business Consultant and trying to find some relevancy between what I have been doing for the past several years and the reality that I am facing today as a “Sales Guy”.  It is hard to be a Technical Sales Professional when the product that you are working with is the most un-technical out there and its purchase is based entirely on the hopes and dreams of a Small Business Owner and then I stumbled across some material that hit home. The world of Big Data may seem daunting and at times overwhelming but it affects nearly every business out there and an effective plan can definitely improve the ability and capability of a business to be successful.  The danger as usual when dealing with technology that is out of the comfort zone of a business is overextending the look down the Rabbit Hole. In a 2011 Report  titled “Big Data: Harnessing a Game Changing Asset” SAS builds a great back … Read more