The wild west Spark Summit showdown

With the NBA finals, NHL finals, presidential primaries, and the end of the school year, it's shaping up to be a raucous, contentious, high stakes month of June. Yet the biggest battle may be around the future of Apache Spark at high noon in the O.K. Corral Spark Summit at Hilton Union Square. 

Topics: Data Management spark

Spark Summit East (Bound & Down)

"Loaded up and trucking" is the phrase that comes to mind when I reflect on last week's Spark Summit in New York City. There is a ton of activity and momentum around Spark as the focal point for big data and analytics. While this conference was still relatively small, it was clear attendees were keen to get their heads and hands on the latest code. While readily apparent that this is a relatively young technology space, that youthful energy and creativity is rapidly overcoming the rough edges. I only wish it felt a bit more mature, but we're getting there.

Topics: Analytics Big Data Data Management spark

The Delta-V Awards: Hadoop & Spark

ESG's Delta-V awards recognize the top 20 companies that made an impact in big data and analytics in 2015. Here's the set of awards celebrating organizations for their contributions to Hadoop and Spark. These are listed in alphabetical order, so consider rebranding your company as "Aardvark Advanced Analytics" if you really want to be "first" next year.

To learn a little more about the awards, check out this overview.

Topics: Analytics Big Data Hadoop spark

The Delta-V Awards: 20 Companies That Changed Big Data in 2015

Avid readers will have no doubt noticed I've been unusually quiet lately. It's been a busy end to the year, wrapping up a lot of holiday gifts project deliverables for clients. Thankfully, I've also had some extra time to reflect on 2015 and all the big developments in the wide, wide world of big data and analytics. I'd like to share my lasting impressions of the year that was, and to make it even more special, I'm introducing the ESG "Delta-V" awards to give credit where credit is due.

Topics: Analytics Hadoop databases spark delta-v awards

The Latest Data on What's Big in Big Data

ESG's research crack team has been working hard on getting the insider's view of the big data and analytics marketplace, including Hadoop and Spark trends. While we're not quite ready to release our findings yet, I thought I'd share a little teaser of what is coming. Enjoy the overview video and let me know if you'd like to schedule a personal briefing to discuss how this will impact your business and opportunities.

Topics: Analytics Big Data Hadoop spark

IBM, Databricks, and the Spark Movement

Many people consider "Hadoop" and "big data" to be synonyms, and certainly there is significant overlap between them. Yet in my mind, Hadoop is an ecosytem of data management tools, and big data is an approach to understanding complex situations. So the one can be used for the other, but surely isn't the only way to go.

Topics: IBM Analytics Big Data hadooop machine learning spark