Spark: All the Rage at Big Data-Themed Strata + Hadoop World

Spark: All the Rage at Big Data-Themed Strata + Hadoop World

Last week I got the chance to spend two days at Strata + Hadoop World 2015 at the Javits Center in New York. The event is one of the biggest of its kind, bringing together Big Data’s most influential business decision makers, strategists, architects, developers, and analysts, to share emerging techniques, technologies, and best practices in data science. The expo hall was one of the most vibrant and well-produced I have ever seen. Each vendor booth was more grandiose than the next and staffed by enthusiastic marketers, product managers, and engineers. Between the enticing bustle of the expo hall and the meetings with vendors, I didn’t get to attend all the keynotes and sessions I would have liked. From the programming guide, it’s clear that Spark, Apache’s ‘fast and general engine for large-scale data processing,’ has arrived on Big Data’s center stage. As Spark was featured heavily in nearly every one of my conversations with vendors, it is safe to say the framework will hold the spotlight for some time. Aberdeen will launch a new survey in Q4 to capture fresh perspectives on Spark, Hadoop, and various Big Data technologies. In the meantime, check out some of Aberdeen’s recent Hadoop research: Data Prep Tools: Goals, Benefits, and the Advantage of Hadoop Disruptive Technology in Analytics: Showcasing Hadoop Hadoop-Enabled Analytics: The Elephant Enlightens the Blind Men Here are a quick set of dispatches from each of the companies I got a chance to speak with: SAP shared several insights on how the enterprise data warehouse is expanding into the world of Hadoop and Spark. ThoughtSpot demoed their search-driven analytics products, which they propose will provide...
Seizing the Data at HP Big Data Conference 2015

Seizing the Data at HP Big Data Conference 2015

Last week I spent two days at the HP Big Data Conference 2015, right here in lovely Boston. VP of Marketing for HP Big Data Jeff Veis kicked things off and established the conference theme of “Seize the Data.” EVP of HP Software Robert Youngjohns was up next to share where Big Data fits within HP’s overall strategy. He conveyed HP’s vision of applying analytics in every corner of the business and supporting 100% of their clients’ data. Mr. Youngjohns also emphasized HP’s ethos that developers are the key to unlocking value, as well as the company’s commitment to embracing open source technologies and unleashing the full potential of Hadoop. Next up was Colin Mahony, SVP and GM of HP Big Data. Mr. Mahogany pointed out that business does not exist to drive data, but rather, data should drive business impact. He also equated statisticians with data scientists (which ruffled a few feathers in my section of the auditorium). Dr. Michael Stonebraker, CTO and co-founder of Tamr (and recent Turing award-winner, among many other things), joined Mr. Mahony on stage to offer his views on the current state of Big Data. Dr. Stonebraker encouraged organizations to get agile in their data integration, and encouraged information workers to retrain themselves and “get smart on data science.” He supported the open source spirit of the day by urging the audience to check out Kafka and Storm. See Aberdeen’s latest Hadoop research: Data Prep Tools: Goals, Benefits, and the Advantage of Hadoop Disruptive Technology in Analytics: Showcasing Hadoop Hadoop-Enabled Analytics: The Elephant Enlightens the Blind Men Dr. Stonebraker also compared data lakes...
HP: Bringing Technology to the Watch and Not a Watch to Technology

HP: Bringing Technology to the Watch and Not a Watch to Technology

There is finally a beautiful watch out there that is also a smartwatch, and no I’m not talking about the Apple Watch. HP has collaborated with Michael Bastian to create a truly attractive watch. Not only is this watch nice to look at, but it also meets the requirements at the top of my smartwatch list (that is if the promotional video is as accurate as I’m hoping). The watch works with both iPhones and Androids, has a battery that lasts up to 7 days and has the configurability to only alert its wearer to what they request alerts for. Then there is the way it looks, which put simply is beautiful and, importantly, it looks like many other watches someone might buy. Watches left the arena of truly necessary time pieces years ago when the cell phone was introduced and everyone had an extremely accurate and easily accessible time piece in their pocket that also made phone calls, accessed the internet, and took selfies. Watches are a part of fashion now, which is where HP gets it right, by collaborating with someone who designs watches that people currently wear, as opposed to the Apple and Google train of thought, which is to strap mini computers to all of our wrists. What may be the biggest differentiator for this watch is the battery life. Most people already worry about finding a charger towards the end of the day for their cell phone, adding another device to that mix is going to create twice the headaches. The HP and Michael Bastian watch lasts up to 7 days on a single charge, which...
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