37 marketing emails from retailers landed in my inbox today before noon. (For real.) Now, don’t shed a tear for me, I’m fine with it. Retail emails go into their own folder, where they don’t distract me until I’m ready. Plenty of them will never be opened, depending both on the subject line and my schedule. Suffice to say, I’m a fan of retail, often calling myself a “professional” shopper. I like to find exactly the right item, ideally with some efficiency. I like sales. I like to know about new products. So, I appreciate (and reward!) companies who use analytics wisely.
Next week, I’ll be speaking about big data technologies at the Cloud Expo in New York City, June 7 – 9. The “expo” label is inspiring, reminding me of world expos throughout history. These huge national events feature exhibits, performances and activities, often with global, futuristic themes. The first event like this was “The Great Exhibition” in London in 1851. In the following decades, events became so popular that the Bureau of International Expositions formed in 1928 to oversee the calendar and consistency of expos.
I am excited to share that Gartner Inc. recently named Cazena in its Cool Vendors in DBMS report for 2016! We’re proud to be included in the research.
Each year, Gartner identifies "Cool Vendors" in key technology areas and publishes a series of research reports highlighting pioneering vendors and their products and services. This year, analysts named Cazena’s Big Data as a Service, along with four other vendors, in the report.
Strata+Hadoop World (Spring Edition) is just around the corner. This year, I’m speaking about best practices for enterprise adoption of the cloud for big data. Along the way, I’ll share some real-world stories from our collaborations with enterprises. The cloud project that looked easy, started great, and eventually took three years to production? My colleagues call it the IT zombie apocalypse. The innocent analyst who inadvertently caused the $57,650 AWS bill? Funny, if they’re not on your team.
You always remember your first…database. You didn’t quite know what you were doing and it was a bit awkward, but you figured it out and eventually ran your first query. Whether you built it, maintained it, used it or cursed it, I'm guessing that you have at least one memorable database in your past. Can you plot it on our new infographic below and share it?
Rob Ramrath is that rare breed - a long-lived CIO whose team is intimately involved in creating value for customers. Rob has led IT at Bose for 17 years, the last 10 as CIO. Survival and success required transforming his IT organization for the digital connected world. Rob and I sat down in his office to discuss what he’s learned over a remarkable career. Five lessons jumped out at me.
It can be hard to present the first session of the day at a tech conference, especially on day two, after the previous night’s parties. Frankly, I worried no one would come. On Twitter I threatened to bring my ukulele and sing parody songs about the cloud - “Rockin’ The PaaS-bah” or “IaaS a Rock” (IaaS an island?). But when a good crowd of attendees streamed in just before the start time, sans beers or concert t-shirts, I decided to stick with the planned presentation and spare them my songwriting skills.
In the 15th century, innovative Scottish farmers seeking a beer-alternative discovered distilling, a new way to harvest the life or “spirits” from barley. Malting, mashing, fermenting and boiling the grain produced a steamy cloud that rained down its concentrated essence into an alcoholic, amber liquid now known as scotch whisky. It was arguably the earliest-ever case of a new cloud producing positive, measurable value!
Earlier this week, our founder Prat authored an article on InsideBigData about planning for data lakes. He shared five big questions to consider. Experience tells us this is necessary. Far too many people jump into data lakes hastily, and not just as a justification to overuse water-related puns. It’s more often an excuse to splash around with Hadoop, which is an understandable impulse given all the hype.