What are thou Big Data? Asked the SQLBI Arbiter

Over the last few days, I’ve been pinged the question: What is Big Data? Go figure, I actually have an answer of sorts – from a SQL BI perspective (since that’s my perspective, eh?!) Above the cloud: Big Data and BI from Denny Lee There are two blog posts that go with the above slides that provide the details. Concerning the concepts of Scaling Up or Scaling Out, check out Scale Up or Scale Out your Data Problems? A Space Analogy. Concerning the concepts of data movement, check out Moving data to compute or compute to data? That is the…

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How Klout changed the landscape of social media with Hadoop and BI Slides Updated

One of the key themes that Dave Mariani (@dmarini) and I were talking about during this year’s Hadoop Summit was that: Hadoop and BI are better together as I have detailed this in many previous blog posts.  As noted during our session – How Klout changed the landscape of social media with Hadoop and BI – combing Hadoop and BI together is something you can do right now to accelerate your understanding of the data that you have amassed in your Hadoop cluster. For more information, we have updated our Hadoop Summit slides to include additional screenshots for your reference….

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Hadoop Summit and all hail screen sharing!

Presenting for the first time at Hadoop Summit was a serious thrill and this was just Day 1!  Just as a refresher, Dave Mariani (@dmarini) from Klout and I got the awesome opportunity to present How Klout is changing the landscape of social media with Hadoop and BI (session info | meet the presenters).  It was fun to talk about how Klout uses Flume, Scala, node.js, Hadoop/Hive, and AJAX to work together with an Analysis Services cube to gain powerful insight.  Our theme: Hadoop and BI – better together   As well, it was great to meet so many of…

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A Primer on Hadoop (from the Microsoft SQL Community perspective)

For a quick primer on Hadoop (from the perspective of the Microsoft SQL Community), as well as Microsoft Hadoop on Azure and Windows, check out the SlideShare.NET presentation below. Above the cloud: Big Data and BI View more PowerPoint from Denny Lee Note, as well, there is a great end-to-end Microsoft Hadoop on Azure and Windows presentation available at: Apache hadoop for windows server and windwos azure View more PowerPoint from Brad Sarsfield

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BI and Big Data–the best of both worlds!

As part of the excitement of the Strata Conference this week, Microsoft has been talking about Big Data and Hadoop.  It started off with Dave Campbell’s question: Do we have the tools we need to navigate the New World of Data?.  And some of the tooling call outs specific to Microsoft include references to PowerPivot, Power View, and the Hadoop JavaScript framework (Hadoop JavaScript– Microsoft’s VB shift for Big Data). As noticed by GigaOM’s article Microsoft’s Hadoop play is shaping up, and it includes Excel; the great call out is: to make Hadoop data analyzable via both a JavaScript framework…

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“Hadoop: A movement, not just a technology”

Note, the title of this post (and for that matter, most of this post) is a direct quote from Kovas Boguta’s post: Hadoop & Startups: Where Open Source Meets Business Data. Amy: Please tell me you have a plan. The Doctor: No, I have a thing. It’s like a plan, but with more greatness .   For starters, I highly suggest you read this insightful article about Hadoop and Big Data by Kovas Boguta: Hadoop & Startups: Where Open Source Meets Business Data. It is a great article and I would also like to call out that this new way of…

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At a Crossroads … from SSAS to BigData!

“There must be some way out of here, said the joker to the thief / There’s too much confusion, I can’t get no relief” — Bob Dylan’s ‘All Along the Watchtower’ . For those not familiar with Battlestar Galactica – this is from Crossroads, Part 2 with Bear McCreary’s (@bearmccreary) amazing version of All Along The Watchtower. Reflecting the Past As some of you may know, I have been around for a long time in the world of SQL Server Analysis Services.  I had built the first Analysis Services cube in production with my compatriots Daniel Reh and Dave Schuba…

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