Cloudera Certified Developer for Hadoop (CCDH)

Happy Hadoop

Taking the Cloudera Developer Training for Apache Hadoop had many rewards — one of which was a free voucher to take the CCD-410 Exam (normally $295) which you must pass to get CCDH certified. I’m not (more...)

Single Canonical Fail

There are few things out there in IT more delusional than the Single Canonical Form, the idea that IT can define a super schema, a schema so complete, so pure that all will bow down before it.  Sheer idolatry.  Whether it is for integration or for Data Warehousing (more...)

Oracle Big Data Meetup – 09-OCT-2013

The Oracle guys running the Big Data 4 the Enterprise Meetup are always apologetic about marketing. The novelty is quite amusing. They do this because most Big Data Meetups are full of brash young people from small start-ups who use cool open source software. They choose cool open source software (more...)

What is a Big Data mindset? (and why should you care)

On his recent Forbes report, Greg Satell lays down 5 steps to get Big Data working in your business. The first four are very well captured, but it was the fifth that really caught my attention: “Adopt a Big Data Mindset“. This is exactly where I want to drill in (more...)

New York Oracle User Group Fall Conference Materials

Thank you all who attended my sessions at NYOUG Fall Conference this morning. I appreciate spending you most precious commodity - your time - with me. I sincerely hope you found both the presentations enlightening as well as entertaining.

Please see the details of the sessions below along with the (more...)

Oracle Business Intelligence Blog 2013-08-08 22:09:00


Using R to Unlock the Value of Big Data, by Tom Plunkett, Mark Hornick

This is a brief (approximately 80 pages) introduction targeted at users with an intermediate-level exposure of R and who want to get a quick look at working with R with Oracle's products. Strictly speaking, this is (more...)

Minimum on the wire, everything in the record

I've talked before about why large canonical models are a bad idea and how MDM makes SOA, BPM and a whole lot of things easier.  This philosophy of 'minimum on the wire' helps to create more robust infrastructures that don't suffer from a fragile base class problem and better match (more...)

Google and Yahoo have it easy or why Hadoop is only part of the story

We hear lots and lots of hype at the moment around Hadoop, and it is a great technology approach, but there is also lots of talk about how this approach will win because Google and Yahoo are using it to manage their scale and thus this shows that their approach (more...)

UKOUG Analytics Event: a semi-structured analysis

Yesterday's UKOUG Analytics event was a mixture of presentations about OBIEE with sessions on the frontiers of data analysis. I'm not going to cover everything, just dipping into a few things which struck me during the day

During the day somebody described dashboards as "Fisher Price activity centres for managers". (more...)

Oracle Corp at useR! Conference 2013 #useR2013 #rstats

This year’s R User Conference happened in Albacete (Spain), gathering R professionals and enthusiasts all over the world since 2004, when it first began in Vienna. The sponsors this year were  REvolution analytics, Google, R-Studio, Oracle, and TIBCO. Other companies like OpenAnalytics and Mango Solutions were also present with a booth stand. Besides sponsoring the (more...)

DataDirect Access your favorite SaaS app with SQL

Database driver company   are writing the next generation of data access. They are working on a platform called Datadirect which will enable you to access loads of data sources in the cloud, from the cloud, and some of them with SQL

Yes you have (more...)

Demystifying Big Data for Oracle Professionals

Ever wonder about Big Data and what exactly it means, especially if you are already an Oracle Database professional? Or, do you get lost in the jargon warfare that spews out terms like Hadoop, Map/Reduce and HDFS? In this post I will attempt to explain these terms from the perspective (more...)

Push Fast Data to the Edge by Mala Ramakrishnan

Oracle Event ProcessingOracle today announced the availability of Oracle Event Processing for Oracle Java Embedded, a smaller footprint version of Oracle Event Processing (OEP) tailored for deployment on gateways. This can change the game plan for your organization’s responsiveness by harnessing Fast Data.

With an increase in the number of mobile devices (more...)

Four starting questions about Information – Big Data Plan part 1

Big Data – The New Information Before asking the crystal ball what can Big Data do for you, sit back and think about these four questions: Where’s the new information? Where could it be? If it was in the right place, what could happen? (Challenges of the main industries) What are the (more...)

Big Data – are you the house or the played?

Coming back from the EMC World conference in Las Vegas I was looking at the people playing on the slots and making ridiculous bets at Craps and wondering 'don't these people know anything about statistics?'.  Lets be clear I get the idea of it being fun, but when you (more...)

Federated Caching in the world of the 64GB mobile

There is something that is beginning to irritate me, ok something else.  Its mobile applications that don't cache.  I'm fed up of travelling on a train or being on a plane and the end result being that my iPad or iPhone app doesn't work because I'm in an area that (more...)

New Job for John

Hello readers of my infrequent blog posts! I have started a new job, working on documentation for Cloudera, specifically for the Impala project, which is bringing fast interactive SQL to the Hadoop ecosystem. Read the Impala documentation. Download the Impala software. Get the QuickStart VM to play around with a (more...)

Software Developers are you ready for the cage fight with the BI guys?

In all of my career to date in IT there really has been three clear worlds in IT, the software development guys who are the bespoke tailors, the package guys who deliver off the shelf and the BI guys. I'm going to admit a prejudice here.  Until a couple of (more...)

Big Data, Fast Data, Orange Data, Blue Data – its decisions that count not data

Oh the chanting is out, Big Data, Fast Data, the three 'V's and of course the ubiquitous elephant are roaming across the IT landscape as the next great hype monster.  Its going the same way as pretty much every IT hype exercise.  Yes this links to the hype cycle but the (more...)

The 3 ways Hadoop will change your Business Intelligence

“It’s the analytics stupid!” Obviously the offense is not intended at the dear reader. It’s a wake up call for all the people excited with Hadoop and lack BI vision. The BI people that lack infrastructure vision are also to blame. Blame for what? We’ll see later in this (more...)