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Hortonworks has achieved quite a bit of success with online dating. Personally, I haven’t just yet, but hey it warms my heart to think about all those that we’ve helped bring together.

Valentine’s Day is upon us and so I wanted to launch this Cupid’s arrow with a missive about how Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) is the ultimate hunky, Big Data love machine.

Hortonworks reported results this week and our client base more than doubled in 2015.…

This year’s Insurance Analytics USA Summit has an exciting new format with presentations and panels that focus on using data to its full potential, creating a data-conscious culture, and applying innovative modeling techniques.

Sessions include “The Future of Insurance: Using Analytics to Take Advantage of the Data-Driven Age of Insurance” and “New and Big Data: Maximizing the Explosion of External Data”. Additionally, the conference will feature interactive roundtable sessions.

A recent research article by Strategy Meets Action identified Analytics in the insurance industry as a Top Strategic Initiative for 2016.…

We are already more than a month into 2016 and it’s anything but business as usual in Oil and Gas. Current markets are making companies rethink every aspect of their business model, foundational cost structure, and strategy for delivering value to customers and shareholders.

The same thorough scrutiny should be applied to traditional enterprise software tools and platforms. In fact, open source innovations in enterprise software promise dramatic cost optimization opportunities and also changes to the ways that traditional O&G domain challenges are approached.…

This year’s Insurance Canada Technology Conference will focus on the impact of new technologies in the insurance industry. Key topics include telematics, analytics, the Internet of Things (IoT), and how these capabilities enable insurance companies to improve underwriting and reduce risk.

A recent article at Strategy Meets Action identified digital transformation in the insurance industry as a Top 10 Trend Influencing 2016.

Join Cindy Maike, GM of Insurance from Hortonworks, as she discusses “Data-Driven vs.…

It was 10 years ago today (Feb 2) that my first patch (https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/NUTCH-197) went into the code that two days later became Hadoop (https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-1).

I had been working on Yahoo Search’s WebMap, which was the back end that analyzed the web for the search engine.  We had been working on a C++ implementation of GFS and MapReduce, but after hiring Doug Cutting decided that it would be easier to get Yahoo’s permission to contribute to code that was already open source rather than open source our C++ project.…

FireKing offers best-in-class security products for asset protection in retail, commercial, and home office environments.

With Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP®), FireKing now analyzes its operational data to accurately measure the productivity of service technicians, allowing the field service organization to deliver improved customer service while also reducing the costs of servicing safes, cash-management systems, and commercial locking hardware.

Read the Complete FireKing Case Study  

Field Service Challenges Before HDP

FireKing employs over 80 field technicians spread across the continental US, performing nearly 50,000 service jobs per year.…

Santa will be busy this year. On December 24th he’s scheduled to deliver presents to billions of children globally. Buddy and the Keeblers will be working overtime to meet the demand, and Santa has called in temp work from Legolas and Dobby.

There’s little doubt that Santa is a master of lean manufacturing, but there’s only so much muda you can cut from the factory floor. After all, his supply chain has been perfected over decades and his workforce is loyal and perfectly aligned with the mission.…

An interesting and atypical thing is happening in Healthcare. Leading data driven organizations are not simply looking to share their Hadoop experiences, successes, use cases, and best practices … but more than ever before, they are embracing the opportunity to share their experiences outside their organizations, in a style that resembles the open source community on which Hadoop was built.

It all started at Hadoop Summit on June 10th 2015 when a simple breakfast meeting was organized to showcase the experiences of a couple of healthcare’s earliest adopters of Hadoop.…

Deploying a lock-in free data platform is critical for an enterprise. By this, we mean using a non-proprietary code and implementing interoperability to eliminate the risk of being dependent on a single vendor for your current or future needs.

Over two thirds of respondents to our survey agree that maintaining freedom of choice was a key criterion when it came to selecting the Hortonworks Data Platform. (Source: TechValidate TVID 4A8-731-250.)

They didn’t want to be limited to what one vendor can offer – they wanted to have platform portability, industry-wide standards and choices on third party application support from a broader ecosystem.…

As the US nears its holiday of giving thanks, Hortonworks is reflecting on open and all the bounty it brings.

Hortonworks philosophy has always been predicated on an open approach.

Open innovation, open community, open development, open delivery…a fully open source business.

Why open? Because real innovation happens not in isolation but in collaboration where the best minds within the community are working towards a common goal.

It’s not always easy when we are pushing the proverbial open source boulder up the proprietary hill, but with every donation to Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the hill gets easier to climb and we get closer to constant and nimble advancements forward for customers and the market as a whole.…

“It’s all about Hortonworks company vision, 100% open source and enterprise support.” Source: TechValidate TVID 8A7-EFF-21C

Hortonworks’ customer experience survey shows that our community innovation strategy is validated by our customers, with more than two-thirds of those who responded to the survey said they value community innovation

Hortonworks has been dedicated to 100% open community development since the very beginning because this strategy maximizes value we can bring to our customers.…

Naturally, you wouldn’t refuse to collect $1,000 you’d already earned, would you? Then ask yourself, is your organization taking the opportunity to profit from its own accumulated Big Data?

If you haven’t started leveraging your customer-facing, transactional, or operational data, now is an excellent time to start. The world of business has never been more competitive.

For our November 12th webinar, I will be joining colleagues from HP, SAP and American Digital to discuss how to gain a competitive advantage and transform your business with Big Data.…

One of the fastest ways for customers to realize the benefit of Hadoop technology is by using it to solve relevant business challenges especially as they pertain to improving outcomes in their industry. Customers can accelerate their journey and obtain greater ROI by leveraging solutions and/or services that address challenges unique to their business.

For example, in the Financial Services industry, mitigating risk is critical. The Healthcare industry is searching for solutions to access new data for cutting-edge medical research.…

Our guest blogger is Bob Taylor, Alliances Director at Concurrent, a Hortonworks Technology Partner. In this blog, Bob describes three factors that helped in the success of HomeAway in their big data initiative and are applicable to all projects. HomeAway is a customer of Hortonworks and Concurrent.

HomeAway is a great example of an organization that has found value from their Big Data investment because of three factors. One HomeAway initiative gathers customer preference data from dozens of websites and uses it to refine their marketing and, in turn, increase bookings.…

Earning the prestigious Teradata EPIC award is no easy feat. Partners who would like to have a shot at winning the top recognition need to demonstrate how their solution provides a unified, high-performance big data analytics system for an enterprise and show measurable return on investment. After receiving Teradata’s EPIC award recognition for Big Data Intelligence in 2013 and 2014, Hortonworks, yet again, has been recognized as the leader by winning this award for the third year in a row.…