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When a report on how many hours have been worked in your company over the last month takes 19 hours to run, it's reasonable to assume something has gone wrong. But how do you find the cause?


While much focus and discussion of the so-called "Big Data revolution" has been on the data itself and the exciting new applications it is enabling -- from Google's self-driving cars through to CSIRO and University of Tasmania's better information systems for oyster farmers -- less focus has been on the underpinning technologies and the talent driving these technologies. At the heart of the Big Data movement is a range of next generation database technologies that enable data to be amassed and analysed on a scale and speed hitherto unseen.