7 Interesting Big Data and Analytics Trends for 2015

Arthur C. Clark famously said that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

What is HTAP?

HTAP stands for Hybrid Transaction / Analytical Processing — and it’s the future of business applications. The term was coined in early 2014 by analyst firm Gartner to describe a new generation of in-memory data platforms that can perform both online transaction processing (OLTP) and online analytical processing (OLAP) without requiring data duplication. For the…

CPM Whack-a-Mole

There is a game that used to be popular in arcades called “Whack-a-mole”. The game was pretty simple in concept, you have an enormous (soft) hammer, and there are 7 or 8 moles (small rodents) that popped up one at a time and you had to hit them. As you hit one, another popped up. So you never actually solved your fake rodent problem - as soon as you solved the one, another popped up.

Why We Like Shiny New Toys

I recently presented at an analytics conference where a speaker in one of the customer marketing tracks said something that stimulated my thinking. He said, “Just because something is shiny and new or is now the ‘in’ thing, it doesn’t mean it works for everyone.” His statement got me thinking about some of the new…

A Spark for Analytics

A couple of months ago, one of my partners sent me a link to an interesting blog post by Cloudera Board Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer, Mike Olson. Olson’s article had to do with the emergence of Apache Spark as the preferred analytics development platform for Hadoop.