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Last June IBM made a serious commitment to the future of Apache Spark with a series of initiatives: It will offer Apache Spark as a service on Bluemix (Bluemix is an implementation of IBM's Open Cloud Architecture based on Cloud Foundry, an open source Platform as a Service (PaaS). Bluemix delivers enterprise-level services that can easily integrate with your cloud applications without you needing to know how to install or configure them. It committed to include 3500 researchers to work on Spark-related projects. It will donate IBM SystemML (its machine learning language and libraries) to Apache Spark open source The question is why this move by IBM? First let us look at what is Apache Spark? Developed at UC Berkeley's AMPLab, Spark gives us a comprehensive, unified framework to manage big data processing requirements with a variety of data sets that are diverse in... (more)

Design-thinking at IBM | @CloudExpo #Bluemix #BigData #IoT #Microservices

The Sunday New York Times published this article on IBM’s new way of thinking that is worth reading. The article states – The company is well on its way to hiring more than 1,000 professional designers, and much of its management work force is being trained in design thinking. “I’ve never seen any company implement it on the scale of IBM,” said William Burnett, executive director of the design program at Stanford University. “To try to change a culture in a company that size is a daunting task.” If you ask people inside IBM for a design-thinking success story, they are likely ... (more)

Top Five Digital Trends | @ThingsExpo #IoT #IIoT #M2M #DigitalTransformation

BI Intelligence recently published the Top 5 Digital Trends that is worth looking at. It starts with a dramatic statement, “today, nearly 43% of the world is connected to the Internet, enabling us to talk, share photos, and conduct business halfway across the globe. As a result, we have seen more technological advancements in the past 10 years than we’ve witnessed in the past 10,000 years. And in the next five years, we’ll see even more”. Here are the key trend areas: Mobile – Messaging apps are the new OS. Facebook is winning this as it owns both the Facebook Messenger and What... (more)

Amazing Amazon By @JnanDash | @CloudExpo #Cloud

I remember back in 2003 when I had a meeting with the then CTO of Amazon for a couple of hours. He was narrating his vision of SOA (Service Oriented Architecture), where individual business or programming functions (called services) can be stacked up in libraries and get invoked as and when required. This notion of re-usable services was not new (remember subroutines from the mainframe era or stored procedures from the client-server days?). Subsequently we called them “web services” because they were loosely coupled applications that can be exposed as services and easily consumed ... (more)

RocksDB from Facebook By @JnanDash | @ThingsExpo #IoT

I attended a HIVE-sponsored Meetup yesterday evening titled, “Rocking the database world with RocksDB”. Since I had never heard of RocksDB, I was curious to learn how it is rocking the database world. Facebook built this key value store storage layer originally to use for MySQL (instead of InnoDB), as MySQL is used heavily at Facebook. They claim that was not the only motivation. Then in 2013, they decided to open source RocksDB. Last evening’s speaker in an earlier post on November, 2013 had said, “Storing and accessing hundreds of petabytes of data is a huge challenge, and we’... (more)