Food for Your Big Data Files

July 12, 2012

A couple of recent articles give us some observations about the field of big data. Karmasphere shares their research in “Karmasphere Unveils ‘Trends and Insights into Big Data Analytics’ Survey Results.” Meanwhile, Sys-Con Media answers the question, “Big Data & Analytics—What’s New?

For the results of the Karmasphere study, click here (though you’ll have to register first.) The survey, performed this past May, assembled responses from 376 North American data analytics pros. One of the key findings: a lack of data experts in companies of all sizes is driving a need for self-service Hadoop access. Not surprisingly, SQL is seen as the primary skill set for data analytics. Also, big-data team members are widely being called upon to sport multiple (metaphorical) hats. Much, much more information is included; I think the full report is worth surrendering your email address.

In the Sys-Con article, Jnan Dash extols the progress of Hadoop. He writes:

“A friend of mine from my IBM days (an expert in Data Warehousing, BI, etc.) told me about the Hadoop conference he attended in San Jose few weeks back. When he attended the same conference two years ago in New York, there were hardly 200 attendees whereas this time, the number exceeded 2000 and it was a sold out event. This just proves how fast Hadoop has generated interest. He said that one theme in every presentation was the need for Hadoop skills as almost every presentation had a slide, ‘we are hiring’.”

Hiring is good. Very good. Make a note of it.

Dash shares his thoughts on three specific players in the Hadoop arena, Cloudera, Hortonworks, and MapR. He also plugs a couple of start-ups in the Hadoop-fueled business intelligence (BI) space, Datameer and Karmasphere. See the write up for more details.

He also notes that, because companies will not be eager to waste the existing investments in BI and analytics, integrating Hadoop with current technology will be a must going forward. Good observation.

Cynthia Murrell, July 12, 2012

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