Big Data Update for the week of March 12

The Strata Conference just finished in Santa Clara last week, and we were reminded once again that Big Data is here, and it changes everything.

From mobile to cloud and beyond, powerful and readily available computing resources are fueling an explosion in our ability to create, consume, process, and package information. New techniques in data processing enable us to transform and analyze at scale, and with unprecedented agility. The intersection of technology, math, and entertainment gives us new ways to visualize, experience, and interact with a world of information.

Take a look at the following blog posts, and learn why the Strata Conference, and big data, is generating so much buzz in the blogosphere:

Big Data: Does It Make Sense To Hope For An Integrated Development Environment, Or Am I Just Whistling In The Wind?

Is big data just more marketecture? Or does the term refer to a set of approaches that are converging toward a common architecture that might evolve into a well-defined data analytics market segment?

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Strata Conference: The Continuing Story of Hadoop

You know a technology is headed to the mainstream when the two “Elite” sponsors of the premier event designed to showcase that technology are Microsoft and EMC. Neither company is known for adopting and promoting emerging open source technologies, to put it mildly. But there they both were at Strata Conference, the event dedicated to open source Big Data approaches like Hadoop and NoSQL, topping the list of event sponsors. They were followed not far behind by fellow IT giants and Strata “Impact” sponsors IBM and Oracle.

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How Twitter is doing its part to democratize big data

Twitter has been on a tear lately when it comes to open sourcing big-data tools. The latest two are Cassie — a Scala client for managing Twitter’s 1,000-plus-node Cassandra cluster — and Scalding — a MapReduce framework for simplifying the creation of Hadoop jobs. If you think big data will be black magic forever, think again.

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A new IDC study says the market for big data technology and services will grow from $3.2 billion in 2010 to $16.9 billion in 2015.

Big data is a new frontier in IT where data sets can grow so large that they become awkward to work with using traditional database management tools. Thus, the need for new and more tools, frameworks, hardware, software and services to handle this emerging issue represents a huge market opportunity. Read more about the growth of big data, here:

Impressions from Strata Conference

This posting by TalenD touches on some impressions at the recent Strata Conference; including how Talend announced both Talend Open Studio for Big Data, and a strategic partnership with Hortonworks at the conference. TalenD also goes on to mention how online activity was overwhelming , and that Keynotes were streamed live, allowing people all over the world to join.
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A Big Data Imperative: Driving Big Action

The big data we are dealing with today puts the 2007 picture to shame. We have even more types of data, becoming ever more complex, distributed across multiple existences, and we are left with the task of parsing out terabytes of noise to get to a megabyte of signal.
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Big Data-in-Motion Solution

Here’s a fascinating read by IBM Champion Alex Philp on the real-time challenges and applications of big data within the defense and intelligence communities. You may think your business problems are big, but do you have to protect a nation’s infrastructure, computer networks and personnel from potential attacks that may come from the air, land, sea or ether?

Big Data’s Grass-Roots Revolution

In his blog, Hardy makes a case for renaming “Big Data” to “Big Analysis,” and he does so through several short examples of how enterprising companies and individuals are collecting and using data. Did you know a guy in New York installed sensors in the city’s water pipes and uses them to predict if a toilet is at risk of backing up?

The next big UI challenge is making big data human

“Most times in a business setting,” Higginbotham writes, “charts or spreadsheets aren’t the right way to spark an action… the power of suggestion is made via voice,” such as that from IBM’s Watson, the computer that made history by defeating grand champions on Jeopardy! In the not-so-distant future, data-crunching machines will gently guide us in decision making.

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