1. What Can Big Data Cloud Do For You?
Whether you’re just coming into the area, or are already a seasoned professional with big data cloud solutions, “BigDataCloud – Today!” is the place to gain unique insight into how big data problems can be solved today, from both a technical and a business perspective. This will give you a competitive edge to accelerate bringing solutions to market and gain substantial in-depth expertise.
2. Meet with Big Data Cloud Experts
With over 250 individuals in attendance, all of them focused on creating and leveraging Big Data Cloud solution, the “BigDataCloud – Today!” event will be THE place to meet people and companies who share your interest in solving real-world business.
3. Don’t be Scared
Expand your knowledge base by jumping into technical deep dives with the most advanced big data cloud experts.
4. Discuss your ideas 1 to 1 with the Gurus
In-depth training classes are available in the early part of the event. Subjects covered range from MapReduce, Hadoop, Pig, Hive and others. The trainers are Gurus on their subjects and can provide real-life, in-depth information.
5. Expand your Professional Network:
This focused gathering of Big Data Cloud users, developers, industry experts, business leaders, entrepreneurs and innovative companies in leveraging “BigDataCloud – Today!” provides a unique opportunity to expand your professional network. The event is special structured to allow you plenty of opportunity to meet like minded individuals in a casual setting over snacks and wine.
6. Know the Future:
“BigDataCloud – Today!” is focused on real world solutions, and our industry experts on the panels will look into their crystal balls and forecast where the next big opportunities will lie in the future.
Ex-Googler Jake Quist is debuting a new stealthy startup, called Zillabyte, that aims to disrupt the data analysis space. Quist explains that while he and his co-founder were engineers at Google, they were able to access a number of internal, extremely in-depth data analysis tools. But aside from being powerful, these tools were convenient for Quist and other Googlers to use and made it easy to analyze data and make better decisions.
As Quist tells me, When we left Google, we realized that data analysis outside the Googleplex kind of sucks. Big time. The tools available are so niche that only big enterprise can purchase them. The alternatives suck too.
Quist and his co-founder saw an opportunity to create an application that analyzes big-data but that doesn’t require a PhD to use. Basically, Zillabyte allows users to focus on their analysis and takes are of all the ugly technical details. The value proposition, says Quist, is convenience and ease of use without having to sacrifice functionality.
We’re told the application allows business users to create and run high-end analyses in the cloud. Zillabyte will remove the pain of acquiring and cleaning data, managing resources, and implementing difficult algorithms. Zillabyte builds upon known paradigms, such as spreadsheets, and automatically scales resources to run the analysis. For example, a business user can run a sentiment algorithm on Twitter, correlate it with the stock market, and visualize the resulting pattern. Users only pay for resources consumed. Power users can extend this functionality further with custom code and build entire “big-data” apps against the Zillabyte infrastructure.
Zillabyte will also come with ready-to-use datasets. One of those datasets is a crawled copy of the web. (Yes, the entire web). Users can gain insights such as: “how many sites use Facebook Connect?” or “how many sites are translated into Japanese?”. The user doesn’t need to know anything about Hadoop, and only pays for the resources used.
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The email went to Eric14. His real name is Eric Baldeschwieler, but no one calls him that. At fourteen letters, Baldeschwieler is a mouthful, and he works in a world where a name takes a backseat to an online handle.
The sender was Rob Bearden, a serial entrepreneur from Atlanta, Georgia, famous for actually making money from open source software. He e-mailed Baldeschwieler because he was looking to build a new company around what is widely regarded as The Next Big Thing in corporate computing. The irony is that Baldeschwieler worked for an outfit few would associate with enterprise technology. And if you listen to the pundits, it wasn’t a technology company at all. He worked for Yahoo.
The two met for dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant in Palo Alto, California, just down the road from Yahoo’s Sunnyvale headquarters. By the end of the meal, they agreed that Yahoo — yes, Yahoo — held the seeds of a company that could reshape the way big businesses operate, and within six months, they convinced the Yahoo board to spin off Baldeschwieler and about 25 other engineers.
Dubbed Hortonworks, the new venture is by no means guaranteed success, but it certainly has its hands on the right technology. Much as the world can’t quite grasp Eric Baldeschwieler’s last name, the pundits are still struggling to wrap their heads around the fact that Yahoo bootstrapped one of the most influential software technologies of the last five years: Hadoop, an open source platform designed to crunch epic amounts of data using an army of dirt-cheap servers.
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Advancing technologies and their swift adoption are upending traditional business models. Senior executives need to think strategically about how to prepare their organizations for the challenging new environment.
Two-and-a-half years ago, we described eight technology-enabled business trends that were profoundly reshaping strategy across a wide swath of industries.1 We showed how the combined effects of emerging Internet technologies, increased computing power, and fast, pervasive digital communications were spawning new ways to manage talent and assets as well as new thinking about organizational structures.
Since then, the technology landscape has continued to evolve rapidly. Facebook, in just over two short years, has quintupled in size to a network that touches more than 500 million users. More than 4 billion people around the world now use cell phones, and for 450 million of those people the Web is a fully mobile experience. The ways information technologies are deployed are changing too, as new developments such as virtualization and cloud computing reallocate technology costs and usage patterns while creating new ways for individuals to consume goods and services and for entrepreneurs and enterprises to dream up viable business models. The dizzying pace of change has affected our original eight trends, which have continued to spread (though often at a more rapid pace than we anticipated), morph in unexpected ways, and grow in number to an even ten.
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Do IT managers and professionals view cloud computing as a threat or opportunity to their careers? Understandably, early on, there was fear that IT jobs within enterprises — already under threat from outsourcing — would be in more jeopardy as companies adopted pay-by-the-mile, on-demand solutions from outside providers, versus investing in their onsite IT resources.
Certainly, many cloud implementations began as workarounds to the restraints imposed by IT departments, as well as corporate finance overseers. It seems faster and cheaper (at least initially) to tap into Salesforce.com modules than wait for months for IT to design, create and test systems — assuming the budget was approved for the project.
But rather than replace IT jobs, cloud may be having another effect. In many cases, it is elevating the role of IT-savvy managers within many enterprises. Let’s face it, many line-of-business people are not qualified for — or really interested in — sifting through and evaluating all the cloud options out there, at least for technical merits. They just want to get things done, and are turning to IT executives to assist in the process. IT is no longer just a department full of people who code, build and maintain systems. IT is the business partner that plans and strategizes what types of technology solutions the business needs to move forward.
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