News & Blogs
March 11, 2013 – I don’t often do a pure opinion piece but I feel compelled to weigh in on a queston I’ve been asked several times since EMC released its Pivotal HD recently. The question is whether it is somehow inappropriate, even “evil,” for EMC to enter the market without having “enough” committers to open source Apache projects. More broadly, it’s about whether other people can use, incorporate, add to and profit from Apache Hadoop.
March 8, 2013 – Cloud Foundry, the Platform as a Service (PaaS) solution offered by EMC’s newly-minted Pivotal Initiative, opened itself this week to clients and the open source community. The Pivotal Initative will be selling Cloud Foundry as a cloud software service, while opening the project’s code for collaboration and commits through Github.
The New York Times
March 7, 2013 – Following people online, with cookies, tagged pixels and even voluntarily given information, has been a big business. Now much of the same technology is moving into the physical world. A company called Euclid Analytics uses the Wi-Fi antennas inside stores to see how many people are coming into a store, how long they stay and even which aisles they walk. It does this by noting each smartphone that comes near the store, feeding on every signal ping the phone sends.
February 14, 2013 – Paul Maritz wants to sell you “Google in a box.” That, he explains, is the aim of the Pivotal Initiative, the new operation he runs inside tech giant EMC. No, the former Microsoft bigwig is not joining the search engine game. He wants to provide the world’s businesses with the sort of new-age software know-how that Google has long used behind the scenes to run its massive web empire, including not only its search engine but countless other online services. “What we’re trying to do is bring Google to the enterprise,” says Maritz, referring to the large businesses typically served by EMC, a company that made its millions selling big, beefy hardware devices that store online data.
February 5, 2013 – Big Data is a booming area that is receiving more widespread attention, especially since technology research company Gartner has projected that Big Data will drive $34 billion in IT spending in 2013. Abhishek Mehta, founder of Tresata, joined Kristin Feledy on the Morning NewsDesk Show to give his perspective on what’s happening in Big Data.
February 4, 2013 – As data is continuously collected and created, companies have difficulty just storing it, missing any opportunity to leverage the information. The wave of big data has the potential to flip the burden of data management into the opportunity of new value creation. Yesterday’s solutions don’t accomplish this today and will be even less effective tomorrow.
February 4, 2013 – Ever since Facebook unveiled its Graph Search last month, pundits have opined that it’s everything from a “killer app” that will crush companies ranging from Google to Yelp to a powerful new ad targeting technology to nothing more than a glorified extension of the “like.” In reality, it is none of these things.
January 30, 2013 – Some argue that the term “Flexible Appliance” is an oxymoron, often with good reason. Among analytics users, the emergence of preconfigured analytics appliances has been a mixed blessing. While they're simpler to deploy than build-it-yourself MPP clusters, many appliances force users to trade-off flexibility against simplicity.
January 29, 2013 – Big Data is the latest technology wave impacting C-Level executives across all areas of business, but amid the hype, there remains confusion about what it all means. The name emphasizes the exponential growth of data volumes worldwide (collectively, 5 Exabytes/ day in the latest estimate I saw from IDC), but more nuanced definitions of Big Data incorporate the following key tenets: diversification, low latency, and ubiquity. In the current developmental-phase of Big Data, CIOs are investing in platforms to "manage” Big Data. But there is an emerging realization across public and private sectors that there must be more to “Big Data” than just data and platform.
Wall Street Journal
January 28, 2013 – From the fight against polio to fixing education, what's missing is often good measurement and a commitment to follow the data. We can do better. We have the tools at hand. We can learn a lot about improving the 21st-century world from an icon of the industrial era: the steam engine.