News & Blogs
April 24, 2013 – GE, the world’s leader in industrial technology and solutions, today plowed $105M into Pivotal, the EMC/VMware spinout. You can read John Furrier’s post for the details of the deal but this in my view represents the next wave in Big Data applications and a huge boon (and possible disruption) to Big Data valuations.
The New York Times
April 24, 2013 – Pivotal, an ambitious creation of the data storage giant EMC and its hefty affiliate VMware, on Wednesday said it would make cloud-based industrial software applications faster than anyone has before, and announced it had the means to do so — a $105 million investment from General Electric.
April 22, 2013 – Paul Maritz, who has successfully architected and masterminded multiple disruptive technology shifts, is shooting for the stars again. But this time the stakes are bigger and the competition tougher for the onetime mainframe programmer.
April 18, 2013 – Here's the notion. A few years ago, Dirk Brockmann, a theoretical physicist from Germany, was visiting his American friend Dennis, and they got talking about population mobility. Dirk knew Americans move around a lot, but he wondered how to capture where they go, who they talk to. His friend said, "Have you ever heard of Where's George? Dirk hadn't. It's a website that tracks the movement of dollar bills.
airbnb nerd blog
April 15, 2013 – Airbnb is obsessed with creating a great experience for hosts and guests alike. One of several ways we work on doing this is by analyzing the various sources of data we have. We have a vast volume of data from various sources—logging, third party analytics, and our own internal sets of generated data.
The New York Times
April 11, 2013 – HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW calls data science “the sexiest job in the 21st century,” and by most accounts this hot new field promises to revolutionize industries from business to government, health care to academia. The field has been spawned by the enormous amounts of data that modern technologies create — be it the online behavior of Facebook users, tissue samples of cancer patients, purchasing habits of grocery shoppers or crime statistics of cities.
VMware vFabric Blog
April 10, 2013 – The new database is opening up significant career opportunities for data modelers, admins, architects, and data scientists. In parallel, it’s transforming how businesses use data. It’s also making the traditional RDBMS look like a T-REX.
April 8, 2013 – The democratization of data is a real phenomenon, but building a sustainable data democracy means truly giving power to the people. The alternative is just a shift of power from traditional data analysts within IT departments to a new generation of data scientists and app developers. And this seems a lot more like a dictatorship than a democracy — a benevolent dictatorship, but a dictatorship nonetheless.
April 5, 2013 – Companies are collecting ever more data on end users, through mobile devices, connected devices, sensors and other inputs. While some people appreciate what companies are doing with the data, end users don’t necessarily know what companies are collecting. In a discussion on data science in San Francisco on Thursday, some panelists thought out loud about what it might look like if more data were shared.
April 4, 2013 – "Please make me a visualization." I get a lot of emails that say this or some variation of it. They tend to make me think of other requests that could be made in the same form, like: "Please make me a roast beef sandwich." Or: "Please make me a scale model of the Eiffel Tower."