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Jnan Dash

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I just read a new booklet from O’Reilly called The Software Paradox by Stephen O’Grady. You can access it here. Here is a direct quote: “This is the Software Paradox: the most powerful disruptor we have ever seen and the creator of multibillion-dollar net new markets is being commercially devalued, daily. Just as the technology industry was firmly convinced in 1981 that the money was in hardware, not software, the industry today is largely built on the assumption that the real revenue is in software. The evidence, however, suggests that software is less valuable—in the commercial sense—than many are aware, and becoming less so by the day. And that trend is, in all likelihood, not reversible. The question facing an entire industry, then, is what next?” IBM completely missed the role of software when it introduced the IBM PC back in 1981. The focus was on hardware an... (more)

Data Curation Systems By @JnanDash | @BigDataExpo #BigData

There is a whole area in the Data world, called by various names – data integration, data movement, data curation or cleaning, data transformation, etc. One of the pioneers is Informatica which came into being when Data Warehouse became a hot topic during the 1990s. The term ETL (extraction, transformation, loading) became part of the warehouse lexicon. If we call this the first generation of the data integration tools, then they did an adequate job for its time. Often the T of the ETL was the hardest job as it required business domain knowledge. Data were assembled from fewer so... (more)

Lambda Architecture For Big Data By @JnanDash | @ThingsExpo [#BigData #IoT]

I attended a Meetup yesterday in Mountain View, hosted by The Hive group on the subject of Lambda Architecture. Since I had never heard about this new phrase, my curiosity took me there. There was a panel discussion and panelists came from Hortonworks, Cloudera, MapR, Teradata, etc. Lambda Architecture is a useful framework to think about designing big data applications. Nathan Marz designed this generic architecture addressing common requirements for big data based on his experience working on distributed data processing systems at Twitter. Some of the key requirements in buildi... (more)

To Blog or to Tweet?

Twitter on Ulitzer Lately it seems like writing blogs is getting out of fashion, what with the rise of microblogging star Twitter. Something about Twitter is intriguing. I guess the simplicity of writing your thoughts within 140 characters is a force larger that anyone expected. Reminds me of the early days of Google, a sparse screen of white space with ten words. The sheer excitement of entering any word and hitting the enter key and seeing pages of results was a trip, whether the result set was of any use or not. My first reaction to Twitter was like that of many - who wants to... (more)

Welcome 2010 and Cloud Computing

Opening Keynote at Cloud Expo We just finished the first decade of this century/millennium. The early part of this decade saw great worry about the Year 2000 problem. Much gloom and doom was predicted, but things passed off smoothly. No apocalyptic upheaval. As we usher into the next decade, the biggest buzzword is "Cloud Computing", a rapprochement of ASP, SaaS, SOA, Virtualization, Grid Computing, Enterprise 2.0, etc. All these buzzwords have been making the rounds over past few years. Finally, computing as a "utility" seems practical and doable. Amazon took the lead in introdu... (more)