Ramblings of a data dork: from BI and Big Data to Travel and Food
Sometimes, you have to roll a hard six.
– Commander Adama in Battlestar Galactica “Revelations”
In May of this year, I had noted that I was At a Crossroads … from SSAS to Big Data!. After I had written this post, many people ping me wondering if I had left the world of BI and/or left Microsoft altogether. [Note, I have called out that I AM a Microsoft employee but the opinions here are my own] My subsequent posts ranged from Cloud to a little bit of Analysis Services.
By the way, I did forget to create a separate blog post on the Analysis Services 2008 R2 Performance Guide (fortunately, I did do it on the sqlcat.com site – whew!).
Over time, I became a bit more explicit on the subject of big data including posts like the potential of Big Data and “Hadoop: A movement, not just a technology”. But all of this time, what I was excited about was when we would be able to finally showcase some of our cool stuff including the embracing of Apache HadoopTM – yes, this may sound like marketing speak, but there are good reasons why I’m using it (more later). I even got a little cheeky last week with my recent blog post You know that I’m tired when… – especially with the last two lines
Every time I think about big data, I conjure up proboscidae
Proboscidae is the scientific classification order for elephant – and the icon for Hadoop is a yellow elephant (Doug Cutting named Hadoop after his son’s toy elephant).
I’ve been hearing “go in bar” a lot lately … or perhaps that’s my dyslexia
No, I wasn’t actually thinking about drinking … that much … but the sound of the phrase “go in bar”, if you flip it sounds like “embargo”. That is, until today 10/12 9:00am PST, our work with Hadoop had to be kept quiet or “embargoed”.
Okay! With today’s Ted Kummert’s Day 1 Keynote of the SQL Server PASS Summit 2011, I had the honor of demonstrating how SQL BI and Hadoop rock together! As you can see from the Port 25 Microsoft, Hadoop, and Big Data and the Microsoft News Center for SQL Server 2012 posts there are a number of cool things that are happening:
More information will be posted at www.microsoft.com/bigdata as it becomes available, eh?!
A key call out during my conversation with Ted during the keynote is that our offering is 100% compatible with Apache Hadoop – if your code works on Apache Hadoop then it will work on ours and vice versa. But, it’s not just about the code, it’s also about this shift that we are embracing the open source community!
Our VB moment in Big Data
I’ll probably have a number of posts to for this question alone, but let me give you one answer right now – this is an excerpt from my post: “Hadoop: A movement, not just a technology”
Why am I excited about Hadoop and Big Data even though I’m a Microsoft BI person for most of my career? Because first and foremost, BI is all about making sense of the information. And the greatness of Big Data isn’t just about exploring, understanding, and asking even more questions of this information, but doing it in distribution (vs. silos) and putting more emphasis on the data (i.e. this is where the real IP is)
Both Ted Kummert and David DeWitt’s keynotes will cover Big Data. If you cannot attend, check out the SQL Server PASS Summit 2011 Live Streaming. As well, there are two breakout sessions on Big Data, both on Thursday:
Also don’t forget that I will be hosting the Big Data table at the Birds of Feather luncheon and a bunch of us will be floating around the Big Data Kiosk in the product pavilion.
Whew! I think that’s it for today!