Splice Machine can already boast of having the only real-time SQL-on-Hadoop database for Big Data and now they have additional funding to further expand the company’s offerings.
I’ve been monitoring a curious and lively discussion over on LinkedIn – “Is it necessary to have a Masters Degree to become a data scientist?” The comments I’ve seen have exhibited a number of points of view on the matter that I think are reflective of the questions on many people’s minds – both those wanting to become a data scientist and those wanting to hire a data scientist.
I recently got an e-mail with the salutation “Hi Data Scientist.” Pretty smart e-mail marketing campaign because, lo-and-behold, I am a data scientist and I actually was interested in the e-mail! It was from a company called DataCamp which I learned later used to be DataMind. I knew them from their R-Fiddle tool for learning R online.
Everyone’s talking about hiring data scientists but most pundits continue to focus on skills rather than the mindset required for this challenging role. Talent Analytics CEO Greta Roberts spoke about this topic to a group of data scientists attending the Boston area Big Data Analytics Meetup group on February 4th, 2014.
“SAS In-Memory Statistics for Hadoop software enables multiple users to concurrently manage and prepare data stored in Hadoop, explore and visualize this data, develop accurate statistical and machine learning models quickly, as well as access, deploy and execute these models in their Hadoop ecosystem.”
We caught up with Mike Boros, Hadoop Product Manager at Cray, to learn about the company’s Big Data solutions. “I think you’ll see Cray continue to focus on Big & Fast, vs. just Big Data. Technologies like Hadoop make hosting large data sets easy. The challenge of getting value from that data set, after it’s large, is what we’re interested in.”
Last week saw evidence for the big data industry steamroller effect as the Strata Conference 2014 in Santa Clara came and went. With thousands of attendees, an abundance of informative presentations, and a very healthy exhibitor ecosystem, the show defined the current state-of-the-art for all that is big data. If you missed the big event, O’Reilly Media has graciously made available the slides and videos for some of the presentations.