Metascale Introduces Hadoop Appliance

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MetaScale, the technology solutions provider subsidiary of Sears Holdings (NASDAQ: SHLD), recently introduced a Hadoop appliance product line that incorporates advanced technology with the expertise of specialists who have successfully delivered Hadoop implementations.

Productionizing Hadoop: 7 Architectural Best Practices

Big Data will change the way your organization responds to business opportunities. But to reap its full benefits, you have to move from proof of concept into full production. Here is an informative, 52-minute presentation that provides the guidelines for successfully integrating Hadoop into your standard data center processes.

Big Data & Brews

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Big Data & Brews reminds me of the good old pre-dotcom-bubble days when I used to attend many networking events over at the Westwood Brewery near UCLA. Those were heady days. It was beer and tech back then as it seems to be today. Now, instead of meeting up in person, you can enjoy contemporary discussions of the big data industry by watching the host, Datameer CEO Stephan Groschupf, and his guest in an informal pub atmosphere.

Data Science 101: Building Your Data Science Toolbox

Jeremy Howard made a presentation to the Melbourne R meetup group, where he gave a brief overview of his “data scientist’s toolbox” (using a few Kaggle competitions as practical examples), and also provided an introduction to ensembles of decision trees (including the well-known Random Forest™ algorithm).

Accenture’s View of Big Data Trends

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Here is an informative short video presentation from the recent Strata Conference 2014 in Santa Clara featuring Mike Hendrickson, VP Content Strategy over at O’Reilly Media interviewing Vince Dell’anno, Big Data Lead for Accenture. The discussion centers around big data trends such as what types of organizations tend to need big data technology more than […]

Video: Introducing the Wolfram Language – Knowledge-based Functional Programming

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Stephen Wolfram introduces the Wolfram Language, a “knowledge based” symbolic programming language that enables powerful functional programming, querying of large databases, flexible interactivity, and easy deployment. It looks to be incredibly versatile. Could this be the future of Big Data?

An Insiders View of Data Science at Pearson

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Global education giant Pearson uses data science to make their products better especially for student outcomes. The video below features a recent Cloud episode of Google Developers Live, with Felipe Hoffa hosting Pearson’s Director of Data Science Collin Sellman, to celebrate Python Pandas release 0.13 and its Google BigQuery connector. Jacob Schaer and Sean Schaefer join them to demo its capabilities, and how Pearson uses data science to improve education.

Using Analytics to Build a Big Data Workforce

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.

How Companies are Using Spark

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The video below comes to us from the Strata Conference 2014: How Companies are Using Spark, and Where the Edge in Big Data Will Be. While the first big data systems made a new class of applications possible, organizations must now compete on the speed and sophistication with which they can draw value from data. […]

Strata Conference 2014 Slides and Videos

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.