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In this guest blog, IDC Program Director for Retail Insights Greg Girard shares his insights how retailers employ big data and analytics to drive decision and action across myriad industries. 

Big data and analytics (BDA) have become top agenda items for a growing number of retail executives, and rightly so in the broader social and economic context of data-enabled decision and action. While “data-driven,” as a term, has been around for quite some time, the ability to act on insight has taken on new urgency.…

All segments of the oil and gas industry are adopting Hadoop, from exploration through to drilling, production, transportation, refining, and retail.

The Hortonworks Oil and Gas team will be demonstrating some of the Hadoop-based advanced analytics applications for the upstream oil and gas industry at PNEC Houston (the International Conference on Petroleum Data Integration, Information, and Data Management) running from May 19-21.

A Transformation in O&G

On a daily basis, the geological and geophysical discipline in upstream oil and gas must deal with a significant number of disparate datasets.…

Hortonworks subscribers across all major industries use Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) to power advanced analytics applications for data discovery and predictive analytics. The insurance industry uses Hadoop to drive this type of innovation for usage-based insurance (UBI).

Cindy Maike is the GM for Insurance Solutions at Hortonworks, and later this month she will present on big data for UBI at Insurance Telematics Canada 2015. The conference begins on April 23rd in Toronto, and Cindy will present with Tammy Chen from Towers Watson and Gerry Lee from QA Consultants on “Data Makes the (UBI) World Go Round.”

Register for the Conference & Exhibition

Here’s a preview of what Cindy and the panel will discuss.…

This guest post is from Vamsi Chemitiganti, chief architect of Red Hat’s Financial Services Vertical. Vamsi is responsible for driving Red Hat’s technology vision from a client standpoint. His areas of focus range from platform, middleware, storage to big data and cloud (IaaS and PaaS). The clients Vamsi engages with on a daily basis span marquee names on Wall Street, including businesses in capital markets, core banking, wealth management and IT operations.…

Apache Hive is the de facto standard for SQL in Hadoop with more enterprises relying on this open source project than any other alternative. Stinger.next, a community based effort, is delivering true enterprise SQL at Hadoop scale and speed.

With Hive’s prominence in the enterprise, security within Hive has come under greater focus from enterprise users. They have come to expect fine grain access control and auditing within Hive. Apache Ranger provides centralized security administration for Hadoop, and it enables fine grain access control and deep auditing for Apache components such as Hive, HBase, HDFS, Storm and Knox.…

“Start with the business problem!” That’s Sanjay’s advice when it comes to building a successful Big Data solution. For those of you who have missed the first part of this video series, Sanjay Krishnamurthi, SVP and Chief Technology Officer at Informatica, and Shaun Connolly, Vice President Corporate Strategy at Hortonworks, address a number of hot Big Data topics throughout a series of nine videos.

Today, they talk about how Big Data projects need to be driven by the business and how IT solutions and frameworks such as Hadoop have to be integrated with the rest of the data systems.…

HDP 2.2 brings substantial innovations in Apache Hadoop YARN, enabling users of Apache Hadoop to efficiently store their data in a single repository and interact with it simultaneously using a wide variety of engines. This functionality makes YARN particularly attractive for the integration of many distributed Long-Running services.

In this release, we also introduced a new framework Apache™ Slider for easy on boarding of Long-Running service on top of YARN.…

Today we’re excited to be jointly announcing with EMC that the Isilon OneFS file system has been certified to work with the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP). Now Isilon customers who are looking for a robust, enterprise-ready, stable Apache Hadoop platform can use HDP on their Isilon implementations.

Joint Engineering Delivering Choice

We’re excited to see the results of the months of engineering and testing efforts that now provide customers even greater deployment choice for their Hadoop projects as they are implementing a modern data architecture towards a data lake.…

OspreyData is a Hortonworks® technology partner whose solution is certified both for Hortonworks Data Platform and YARN. The company delivers agile big data analytics solutions for the oil and gas industry. In this blog, Al Brown, CTO at OspreyData, shares his thoughts on how the industry is addressing a big problem: unplanned interruptions to production.

A Mandate for Operational Efficiency and Margin Growth

The oil and gas industry is constantly challenged with a mandate to operate more efficiently—both in the oilfield and within the data center.…

This guest post is from Gavin Sherry, Vice President of Engineering, Data, at Pivotal. A long time contributor to database technology, Gavin was one of the early contributors to the PostgreSQL project. This led him to join the Greenplum Database R&D team. More recently, Gavin launched Pivotal HAWQ, Pivotal’s SQL on Hadoop engine.

Intro

In the ten years since Hadoop was first conceived at Yahoo!, the big data market has taken off.…

Recently the Oracle Data Integrator products were certified on the Hortonworks Data Platform version 2.1 and we’re delighted to be working more closely with Oracle engineering on these kinds of efforts. We’re happy to bring this guest blog to you today, written by Alex Kotopoulis, Product Manager, Oracle Data Integration for Big Data, at Oracle to discuss the recent integration and certification initiatives. You can learn more by joining our webinar on November 11, register here.…

Arsalan Tavakoli-Shiraji, customer engagement lead overseeing business development activities at Databricks, is our guest blogger today. In this blog, he discusses our expanded partnership built around Apache Spark on Apache Hadoop in three areas: customers, engineering, and open source.

Today Databricks and Hortonworks are announcing an expanded partnership built around Apache Spark; allow me to explain why we’re thrilled to be embarking on this journey with them.

When we started Databricks last summer, Apache Spark was in the early stages of enterprise adoption.…

Joe Travaglini, director of product marketing at Sqrrl and Ely Kahn, vice president of business development at Sqrrl, are our guest bloggers. They explain Sqrrl’s integration with Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP).

There Is No Secure Perimeter

With the dawn of phenomena such as Cloud Computing and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), it is no longer the case that there is a well-defined perimeter to secure and defend. Data is able to flow inside, outside, and across your network boundaries with limited interference from traditional controls.…

Over the last several months, Oracle and Hortonworks have been working together to bring ETL tools and connectors to the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP). Hortonworks and Oracle have teamed up to provide comprehensive data integration capabilities and technologies that lay the foundation for a modern data integration architecture, delivering on the promise of big data for customers of all sizes and scale.

We’re happy to announce that the Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) is now certified with the HDP 2.1.…

Thanks to all who joined us on our Hortonworks/Voltage webinar, “Securing Hadoop: What are Your Options?” For those who couldn’t attend, we’re sorry we missed you. We’ve included a link to the webinar recording below, and please listen in!

On the webinar, Hortonworks’ Vinod Nair presented the recently-announced Apache Argus incubator: a central policy administration framework across security requirements for authentication, authorization, auditing and data protection. Sudeep Venkatesh, of Voltage Security, defined data-centric protection technologies that easily integrate with Hive, Sqoop, MapReduce and other Hadoop interfaces.…