July 8, 2013
This spring and summer LucidWorks has been involved in some exciting professional development and training experiences, large and small scale. Another opportunity is coming up as LucidWorks hosts a “Hack Day” for Apache Lucene/Solr in Cambridge, England on July 26, 2013. Read more about the upcoming event on Meetup.com in, “Lucene/Solr Hack Day with Grant Ingersoll of Lucidworks.”
The summary of the event begins:
“We’re very happy to announce we’ll be running a ‘hack day’ based on the Apache Lucene/Solr search engine – a chance for developers using this technology to get together, chat, network and most importantly try out some ideas or projects in a friendly and collaborative environment! Our very special guest will be Grant Ingersoll, Chief Scientist and co-founder of LucidWorks, our US partner – Grant is a Lucene/Solr committer, long standing Apache Foundation member, co-founder of the Apache Mahout project and a renowned information retrieval expert.”
Charlie Hull of Flax is the organizer, a tremendous expert on open source enterprise search in his own right. This is an event not to be missed. Spots are limited, so register for yours today, courtesy of LucidWorks.
Emily Rae Aldridge, July 8, 2013
July 4, 2013
Hadoop Summit began on June 26 in San Jose and the opening day alone brought several exciting announcements. Conference season is a great time for companies to make big announcements and ride the momentum. Andrew Brust for ZD Net covers the opening day festivities in his story, “Hadoop Summit Opening Day Brings Multiple Announcements.”
“Big Data companies love to partner, and release new products, and they especially love to synchronize the announcement of those team-ups and releases with major Big Data conferences. Today is the first day of the 2-day Hadoop Summit conference in San Jose, and several announcements have already come in.”
MapR/Fusion-io and Zettaset/Informatica announced new partnerships, and Couchbase announced a new release. LucidWorks was a major sponsor of the event, as they incorporate Hadoop technology into their product offerings: LucidWorks Search and LucidWorks Big Data. As more and more open source vendors cooperate, the technology just keeps getting better and better, growing by leaps and bounds. Enterprises no longer have a reason to dismiss open source technology – it is here to stay.
Emily Rae Aldridge, July 4, 2013
June 27, 2013
Lucene Revolution EU 2013 is shaping up to be one of the biggest events of the open source community this year. In addition to the regular conference line-up, two-day training workshops will precede the conference. One of the course summaries that looks particularly compelling is “Big Data & Solr.”
The course summary states:
“The twenty modules and five labs teach participants about the essential technologies for generating both traditional Solr search indexes and NoSQL/analytics ‘databases’ using Hadoop, Cascading, Cassandra, Mahout and Storm. By the end of the class, students will understand both good and bad use cases for these popular ‘big data’ technologies, and how they can be used to create larger, more sophisticated search and analytics solutions based on Solr. Click here for details and a full course outline.”
Solr 4 is emerging as a major Big Data player due to its NoSQL database capabilities and analytics engine. LucidWorks has built their very successful Big Data solution based on Apache Lucene Solr. In fact, LucidWorks is the major sponsor of Lucene Revolution, continuing their ongoing dedication to open source technology and development. Do not miss Lucene Revolution EU 2013, and if time allows, make sure and attend one of the workshops beforehand.
Emily Rae Aldridge, June 27, 2013
June 26, 2013
The article FiRe Conference Names Attensity a FiRe 2013 FiReStarter on Mexico Tecnologia refers to the 11th annual Future in Review (FiRe) tech conference. It features roundtable conversations that often involve audience participation and an excellent opportunity to network. The honor of being named a FiReStarter company is based on Attensity’s innovation in customer analytics. The President and CEO Kirsten Bay stated,
“By leveraging our deep understanding of real-time information and data flow, Attensity is creating the next generation of corporate intelligence that will transform the vast sea of data into knowledge,” said Kirsten Bay, President and CEO. Future in Review is an annual gathering of world-class thought leaders in technology and economics, convened each year with the goals of providing the best look forward in these fields, and of using technology to solve major world challenges.”
Keeping technology current and able to meet the difficulties posed by today’s problems (at home and abroad) are the goals of FiRe, as well as functioning as a platform for new ideas. The 2013 theme, Digitizing the Planet includes National Medal of Science recipient Leroy Hood as an opening night speaker, Patrick Hogan, head of NASA World Wind, breakthrough stem cell researcher Tony Blau and Oracle President Mark Hurd.
Chelsea Kerwin, June 26, 2013
June 24, 2013
LucidWorks continues their round of open source developer support and training during this conference season. Their next appearance is at the Hadoop Summit to take place in San Jose on June 26th and 27th.
Read about LucidWorks and their relationship with Hadoop on the Hadoop Summit Sponsors page:
“LucidWorks, the trusted name in Search, Discovery and Analytics, transforms the way people access information to enable data-driven decisions. Leveraging technology built on Apache Lucene/Solr open source search, LucidWorks delivers unmatched stability, scalability, and time-to-delivery for search applications. LucidWorks Search provides ease of use development to access documents with sub-second query and faceting response time. LucidWorks Big Data tightly integrates Apache projects to build and deploy applications providing ubiquitous access to data trapped inside Hadoop.”
LucidWorks is a longstanding supporter of the open source developer community. Their architecture is built on Apache Lucene Solr, but as Big Data continues to expand, partnerships are of growing importance. The massive storage capability of Hadoop pairs well with LucidWorks’ master of Solr search. It is a proven winning combination for customers of either LucidWorks solution.
Emily Rae Aldridge, June 24, 2013
June 8, 2013
Are hackers a good thing or a bad thing? In the realm of computers, the term used to simply refer to those breaking into the systems of others (bad), but has gained some positive definitions along the way. “Hacking” can now refer to heavily modifying one’s own system or devising unique solutions to challenging problems. PRWeb informs us that “Semantria and Lexalytics Excited to Provide Unlimited API Access for Viafoura Hackathon.” I think organizers had one of the less nefarious definitions in mind. The write-up informs us:
“The Viafoura Hackathon is part of Big Data Week, an international festival focusing on the social, political, technological and commercial impacts of Big Data.
“We’re very pleased to partner up with Semantria and Lexalytics on this Hackathon,” said Ali Ghafour, Viafoura Founder and CTO. ‘We’re excited to see what people will come up with by combining large datasets from media companies with high-end Natural Language Processing technology. Viafoura loves these types of challenges, and we are happy to have Semantria/Lexalytics and the Toronto development community join us.’”
Perhaps I’m a purist, but personally I’d rather a term not gather meanings like a dog in an open field gathers grass seeds. Nevertheless, I sincerely hope all the “hackers” had a good time.
Large media companies rely on Viafoura for audience engagement and monetization solutions. The company, which is headquartered in Toronto, hosted Big Data Week in recognition of big data’s booming importance.
Founded in 2003, Lexalytics creates text mining software for integration into third-party software. The company co-founded Semantria, a services and SAAS firm specializing in cloud-based text and sentiment analysis. That outfit launched in 2011.
Cynthia Murrell, June 08, 2013
June 3, 2013
LucidWorks has always had a commitment to the open source developer community, but they are truly stepping it up this spring and summer as they make the rounds in conference season. They have sponsored and attended many world-class events. Next on their plate is OSCON.
Read the conference teaser:
“OSCON is the best place on the planet to prepare for what comes next, from learning new skills to understanding how new and emerging open source technologies are going to impact how we live, work, and do business. In keeping with its O’Reilly heritage, OSCON is a unique gathering of all things open source, where participants find inspiration, confront new challenges, share their expertise, renew bonds to community, make significant connections, and find ways to give back to the open source movement.”
Why does LucidWorks continue to make these kinds of investments in the developer community? Because their value-added software depends on a scalable, creative, and vibrant community that continually improves their open source foundation. Apache Lucene and Solr are the framework for the LucidWorks products and their support and services are strengthened with every new innovation that comes out of the developer community.
Emily Rae Aldridge, June 3, 2013
May 27, 2013
I attended two separate search events in the last couple of weeks. In the course of listening to presentations of widely varying quality and talking with people who sure seemed to know everything there was to know about search, I picked up some rumors.
I don’t know if these items are accurate. I want to summarize these as “of possible interest.” If you, gentle reader, can verify or debunk any of these rumors, please, use the comments section of this blog.
ITEM: A German search engine vendor does not market in the US. The rumor was that the company president brings “selected” staff to vacation at the conference venue. Good use of investor funds? If true, probably not. If not true, we will have another non US vendor chasing government contracts, OEM deals, and Fortune 1000 firms.
ITEM: Amazon thinks it labor hassles in Germany is “old news.” Amazon, like Google, seems indifferent to some quite real concerns.
ITEM: The outfit doing business as BA Insight has experienced a change at the top. I found this item interesting because the company has ingested millions of dollars and does not light up my radar as a challenger to the crowns once worn by Autonomy and Endeca.
ITEM: European government money is getting tight. One search vendor estimates that unless sales are made in the US market, the government funded company will be history in 2014. The big point? The US market is seen as the last great hope for survival.
ITEM: Exhibitors pay money to get their names on the programs. A couple of the event sponsors did not show up? Better things to do or a cash crunch?
If useful information turns up in the comments, we will pass it along.
Stephen E Arnold, May 27, 2013
May 22, 2013
OSCON, the Open Source Convention, will take place in Portland, Oregon in July. Themes of the conference include not just innovation and the exchange of ideas, but also how open source can give back to the community and support upcoming developers. This year, LucidWorks will support the conference. Read more on the LucidWorks Events page.
The event overview begins:
“OSCON is the best place on the planet to prepare for what comes next, from learning new skills to understanding how new and emerging open source technologies are going to impact how we live, work, and do business. In keeping with its O’Reilly heritage, OSCON is a unique gathering of all things open source, where participants find inspiration, confront new challenges, share their expertise, renew bonds to community, make significant connections, and find ways to give back to the open source movement. Erik Hatcher from LucidWorks will be presenting at the event.”
Stay tuned for more details about what Hatcher will present in his Solr Quick Start session. Attendees can expect information regarding installing and running Solr, indexing data, configuring schema, tuning and scaling, and more. LucidWorks offers some of the best value-added open source software with its LucidWorks Search and LucidWorks Big Data offerings. Perhaps more importantly, LucidWorks has a long track record of investing in open source development, training, and support, including employing one-quarter of the committers on the Apache Lucene/Solr project.
Emily Rae Aldridge, May 22, 2013
May 21, 2013
Berlin Buzzwords is an upcoming conference for developers and users of open source software devoted to the themes of search, store, and scale. Keep a close eye on this exciting conference in the emerging European market. Grant Ingersoll, co-founder of LucidWorks will deliver a presentation on June 4th entitled, “Crowd-sourced Intelligence Built into Search over Hadoop.”
The presentation overview states:
“This session will provide details on how search engines can be abused to use not text, but mathematically derived tokens to build models that implement reflected intelligence . . . The session will describe how to integrate Apache Solr/Lucene with Hadoop. Then we will show how crowd-sourced search behavior can be looped back into analysis and how constantly self-correcting models can be created and deployed. Finally, we will show how these models can respond with intelligent behavior in realtime.”
LucidWorks has been getting a lot of press lately for its integration with Hadoop in the newest MapR venture. The partnership makes sense, bringing LucidWorks’ track record in enterprise together with the scalability and processing capabilities of Hadoop. Everyone wins. If you are in the area, do not miss Berlin Buzzwords.
Emily Rae Aldridge, May 21, 2013