Explaining Hadoop to Your CEO

Dan Woods writes that you’re going to have to bring the CEO in on the discussion sooner or later when comes to making a large investment to adopt a new technology like Hadoop.

Philip Wickline, CTO of Hadapt, a product for big data analytics built on Hadoop, points out that it is a mistake to think of Hadoop just as a MapReduce implementation. “To be sure, it started out this way,” said Wickline. “But Hadoop has transformed into a massive operating system for distributed parallel processing of huge amounts of data. MapReduce was the first way to use this operating system, but it will be joined by many other techniques.” The Apache Hive and Pig open source projects and the MapR product are all efforts to make Hadoop easier to use for particular purposes.

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