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By Jeremy Glesner Since the birth of Hadoop in 2005-06, the way we think about storing and processing information has evolved considerably. The term “Big Data” has become synonymous with this evolution. But still, many of our customers continue to ask, “What is Big Data?”, “What are its use cases?”, and “What is its business value?”. The Internet is overloaded with definitions, characteristics, and benefits; however, few discussions synthesize all three of these topics in one place. This paper answers these questions, and proposes a total cost calculation framework for CTOs and CIOs that are evaluating solutions for their organization’s use case(s). In the text below, I examine an on-premise Hadoop ecosystem as a general purpose Big Data solution in relation to alternative commercial purpose-built storage technologies (-e.g. Oracle, Teradata, IBM, SAP, Microsoft, E... (more)

Beyond the Internet of Things Buzz By @ABonde | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

Beyond the IoT Buzz Is a New Horizon of Embedded Intelligence, Information Flows and Seriously Smart Apps By Allen Bonde Editor's note: Allen Bonde, of embedded analytics leader Actuate (now a subsidiary of OpenText), believes that the opportunities around Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT) and wearables are about to change our world – and that of business applications. - bg There are officially now more mobile devices in the world than people – the number crossed over in 2014 somewhere around 7.19 billion mark. Our craving to be connected 24/7 wherever we are means that mobile d... (more)

Pivotal CEO Hints At Big Shift In Their Hadoop Offerings | @CloudExpo [#BigData]

Pivotal CEO Hints At Big Shift In Their Hadoop Offerings By Michael Johnson VentureBeat and GigaOm are both reporting that Pivotal will be announcing some big shifts in their Hadoop and other related offerings (recall that Pivotal is the firm spun off from EMC and VMware and has GE as a major investor). VentureBeat first announced that Pivotal will be ditching its Hadoop distribution and pulling out of the Hadoop market. This would be a huge (and unbelievable to many) announcement, even though Pivotal gets far less buzz than the other Hadoop-centric companies like Cloudera, Hort... (more)

Software Architecture Conference, March 16-19, 2015 Boston, MA (20% Discount Code)

By Bob Gourley The O'Reilly Software Architecture Conference is a new event designed to provide the in-depth professional training that software architects and people working on software architecture need to support the success of their businesses. Happening March 16-19 in Boston, it covers the full scope of a software architecture, from IT to leadership and business skills. Join the O’Reilly Software Architecture Conference at this link and save 20% on registration today.   ... (more)

The Youngest Female Billionaire, College Dropout and Medical Genius

By Katie Kennedy Elizabeth Holmes decided in 2003 at Stanford University to drop out of college and pursue her dream: revolutionizing healthcare. Holmes has made medical history with her technology that makes blood tests easier. Holmes has created hardware and software that allow for blood tests to be done by pricking someone’s finger and storing the blood in a tiny vial called a nanotainer. Some people are so afraid of needles and blood, they would rather avoid getting blood tests than obtaining potentially life-saving medical information. Surprisingly, about half of all Americ... (more)