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Hey Salesforce, Hey Oracle, Can You Do This? SAP Infuses Big Data Insights into CRM Apps #strataconf

Now that Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and Salesforce boss Marc Benioff are bosom buddies again, they must have forgotten that they and their companies still have formidable competition.

But they’ll surely be reminded when they wake-up this morning and learn that SAP customers can now infuse big data insights from social apps like Facebook and Twitter into their daily operations, no manual intervention required. This not only promises to free data workers from worrying about things like data cleansing, because SAP’s data services handles that, but it also unlocks numerous data-driven opportunities.

Cloudera Changes the Data Game: 'Watch Us Become a Data Hub' #strataconf

Cloudera watchers would have to be blind to think that the company is only about Hadoop. After all, it not only has over 700 partners that add value to its software, but it has also leveraged a good number of Apache open source technologies to help its customers ask bigger questions and gain more value from their data.

Microsoft's Plan to Bring Big Data to a Billion Users #strataconf

When it comes to big data, Microsoft doesn’t think small. The company wants to bring big data insights to a billion users, said Eron Kelly, the general manager of product marketing for Microsoft’s Data Platform Group.

Needless to say, it’s a big goal, but there may be no company in a better position to achieve it. After all, Microsoft has a footprint of more than a billion Excel users and its Azure cloud service is enjoying triple digit revenue growth. Add red-hot Hadoop, big data and SQL Server to the mix and you’ve got the recipe for what could become a big data powerhouse.

How Marketers Can Capitalize on the Coming Internet of Things

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The so-called Internet of Things? Fugetaboutit ... at least for a while. The Internet of Things refers to a world where everyday physical objects are connected to the Internet and are able to identify themselves to other devices.

According to new research from Forrester, the concept is well developed, but the reality is  three to five years away. But the delay is a good thing:  it gives marketers a chance to optimize the Internet of Things for customer engagement.

Microsoft Officially Releases Its Hadoop Distro For The Cloud #strataconf

Microsoft has a dream — Big Data democratized through easy to use tools and a unified data platform. Quentin Clark, Microsoft’s corporate vice president, will be at Strata Conference + Hadoop World 2013 in New York City tomorrow to talk about the company’s vision. In the meantime, we’ll give you a sneak peak at the forthcoming news. We hope to have even more news to share later today or first thing tomorrow, even before Clark's speech.

EMC Isilon: Hadooping With Us Is Free #strataconf

Say you were a contestant on Jeopardy, and the answer Alex Trebek read was “EMC, Hadoop."  Chances are the question you’d buzz-in with would be "What is Pivotal?" — referring to the company EMC spun-off less than a year ago.

I suspect EMC would rather not have it this way. After all, big data is a huge component of the company’s strategy, and its Isilon division provides its own offering for deploying Hadoop and analytics. The trouble is not enough people know about it.

The Strata Conference, Big Data Myths and Customer Insight #strataconf

Human Face of Big Data.jpgThere are plenty of reasons to avoid talking about big data. It makes people anxious, confused and quizzical. Sometimes, two minutes into a conversation, you realize the person you're speaking with doesn't have a clue about big data. Other times, the conversation lapses into such elaborate technobabble that it's impossible for someone without an advanced degree in analytics to follow.

So why are so many people flocking to the O'Reilly Strata + Hadoop World 2013 big data conference in New York City this week?

MapR Wires Security Into Hadoop #strataconf

What keeps CIO’s up at night? The security of their data. And in the land of big data there are all kinds of dangers like user impersonation, rogue daemons, malicious remote procedure calls and more, according to MapR Technologies, a provider of Hadoop technology. This is a huge hurdle that suppliers of enterprise-grade Hadoop have to overcome to get potential customers started on big data projects — and a problem MapR is addressing with a new solution it announced today.

Cloudera, Partners Deliver Lightning Speed and Cloud to Hadoop #strataconf

256px-Lightning_NOAA.jpg Cloudera isn’t into chasing Hadoop tails. “We have consistently led the market,” said Matt Brandwein, the company's director of product marketing.

He may have an argument, given that Cloudera’s Chief Architect, Doug Cutting, is credited with the creation of Hadoop … that the company introduced Cloudera Search, the first fully integrated search engine for interactive exploration of data stored in the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) and Apache HBase … and that it has built technologies such as Open Source Sentry, which provides security for data stored in Hadoop.


SiSense 'Breaks the Rules of Physics' at Big Data Conference #strataconf

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A new big data solution promises to do more than help businesses analyze massive amounts information. It's actually "breaking the laws of physics," said Eldad Farkash, co-founder and chief technology officer at SiSense.

SiSense, a three-year-old developer of big data analytics software, announced patent-pending technology at the O'Reilly Strata + Hadoop World 2013 conference in New York City this morning.

Investments in Testing, Optimization Pays Off for Large E-Commerce Sites

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Large e-commerce sites have "deciphered some very successful formulas for giving users what they want," according to a new benchmark report from ClickTale, a provider of customer experience analytics and web analytics services.

Chalk it up to higher investments in testing and optimization -- and their abilities to attract higher shares of returning visitors.

Pivotal Releases Fill the Big Data Productivity Gap

Information Management, Pivotal Fills the Big Data Productivity Gap ... They've Only Just BegunLadies and gentlemen, write this date down because the show is about to begin. Almost exactly six months after Pivotal officially began operations, the EMC and VMWare spin-off headed by Paul Maritz is unveiling its first set of Pivotal-built products.

Hotter Than Hadoop - Introducing Hortonworks Data Platform 2.0

The boys at Hortonworks eat, sleep and live Hadoop, and there’s a feeling they’ll never be satisfied. Not because they, and other Apache Hadoop committers, think that the Open Source Big Data Framework isn't already amazing, but because it continues to offer so many possibilities. They see it fueling innovation, powering the next generation of companies, and being the catalyst that well established Enterprises use to reinvent themselves for the data-driven era.

Creating Value from Chaos: Defining and Encouraging Innovation

1375251_600129090029481_1666320026_n.jpg Think about a company like Apple and you probably think, accurately or not, about innovation. We're always waiting for the next big thing. The new. The unusual. The useful. The latest innovation.

"Innovation" is as big of a buzzword as "big data" -- and just as hard to define. Blame it on the very nature of innovation: to innovate means to create change, which, by necessity, implies breaking rules, making mistakes and upsetting the status quo. So how do you define change … and, more importantly, why should you bother?

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Top Task Analysis: Evidence Over Opinion

Sometimes the thing you think absolutely won’t work does work. You need to be able to accept evidence that goes against your opinion. 

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