Spark Summit East Report: Enterprise Appeal Grows

Spark adopters including Bloomberg, Comcast, Capital One and EBay share compelling use cases. Data processing, streaming and analytics use-case scenarios multiply. What’s the business case for Apache Spark? After the opening (general-session) day of Spark Summit East 2016 in New York, I was thinking that Spark promoter and Summit host Databricks needed to do a […]

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MapR Ambition: Next-Generation Application Platform

MapR promises a more scaleable, reliable, real-time-capable and converged alternative to Hadoop, NoSQL databases and Kafka combined. Are companies buying it? MapR is frequently mentioned in the same breath with Hadoop vendors Cloudera and Hortonworks, but maybe it’s time to stop thinking of them as competitors. Indeed, over the last eighteen months, MapR has added […]

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Salesforce Reboots Wave Analytics, Preps IoT Cloud

Salesforce Analyst Summit 2016 highlights Wave Analytics Cloud makeover and work in progress on the Internet of Things strategy and Salesforce Thunder. Salesforce has successfully rebooted its Wave Analytics Cloud. It’s also apparent that company is trying to avoid the sorts of missteps that plagued Wave as it prepares Salesforce Thunder and the Internet of […]

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Informatica Takes Comprehensive Approach To Big Data Management

Informatica addresses big-data integration, governance and security through a subscription-based portfolio. But will big data remain a separate world? One irrefutable trend in 2015 has been growing enterprise adoption of big data platforms including Hadoop and NoSQL databases. Yet as companies move beyond big data pilot projects and try to do more with their deployments, many […]

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Strata + Hadoop World Report: Spark, Real-Time In the Spotlight

MapR, Pivotal and Teradata were among the who’s who of big data vendors making announcements at Strata + Hadoop World 2015. Here’s a quick analysis. If Strata + Hadoop World 2014 seemed to be all about Hadoop, Hadoop, Hadoop, the 2015 buzzword was Spark, Spark, Spark. Initial impressions aside, there was more going on than […]

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Microsoft Steps Up To Cloud, IoT Expectations

Microsoft followed through with the general release of an important cloud service last week, laying the groundwork for real-time insight with Azure Stream Analytics. As the name suggests, Azure Stream Analytics (ASA) is about analyzing data in flight. Examples include data flowing from devices, sensors, web sites, apps, and infrastructure systems. Analysis is done with […]

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Hortonworks Connected Data Platforms: More Than Sum of Parts

Hortonworks integrates Hortonworks Data Platform (Hadoop) and Hortonworks DataFlow (streaming data) platforms to offer a cohesive approach to analyzing data in motion and data at rest. Here’s how they fit together. The “Connected Data Platforms” that Hortonworks introduced on March 1 are its well-known Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) Hadoop distribution and its Hortonworks DataFlow (HDF) platform aimed at […]

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