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A couple of months ago I joined Hortonworks. There was an undeniable pull to go into the fire of crazy fast innovation and growth. About four seconds in, I realized there was so much more than just the pace of execution and growth but rather a bigger opportunity to be a part of something game-changing. The opportunity to partake in trailblazing the world of data. The opportunity to offer a unique value proposition of truly 100% open technology.…

It’s our pleasure to host Ryan Peterson, Chief Solution Strategist at EMC, as a guest blogger to expand upon another great step in our partnership to deliver compelling customer solutions through joint engineering efforts.  Follow Ryan @BigDataRyan.

Object storage isn’t a new concept and EMC’s been innovating around it since the beginning. Take our Centera and Atmos products as key examples. The first Centera was created around the idea that objects could store much higher quantities of data than a file system in a single store while the other aspect of Centera was a rich set of security and compliancy features file systems had not been able to achieve.…

Customers who are dealing with massive growth of large unstructured data sources need to evaluate their storage architecture for scalability, flexibility and ease of management. In a recent study, performed by the Enterprise Strategy Group, IT decision makers were asked to identify their biggest storage challenges. In addition to rapid data growth rate, they also pointed to hardware costs, data protection and staffing costs. Object-based storage solutions aim at addressing a number of these challenges, and EMC’s answer comes with Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS).…

As General Manager for Insurance Solutions at Hortonworks, I hear our customers tell real-world stories about how Open Enterprise Hadoop is transforming their businesses.

Hortonworks Data Platform and Hortonworks DataFlow, integrated with other technologies, give insurers analytical advantages that they can use to break away from the pack. But that success depends on their ability to quickly interact with customers at every point in the insurance life cycle, and then to make timely use of the new data to guide business decisions.…

“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.…

In the era of consumer-centric “agile” supply chain strategies, manufacturers are forced to act more like retailers in terms of how they capture, analyze and use consumer data. This gives visibility to internal and external supply chain partners on how products are made, sold and used.

But that visibility demands more data from more points across the supply chain. In our information-intensive world, the old ways of ingesting, processing and storing data aren’t going to be sufficient.…

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 today is Nyla Beth Gawel, Manager of Booz Allen Hamilton’s Internet of Things Practice. Booz Allen Hamilton, one of our strategic System Integrators, describes how they help customers with their IoT analytics using Hortonworks DataFlow (HDF), powered by Apache NiFi.

Consumer Internet of Things (IoT) has taken off in forms ranging from wearable technology to smart home devices to remote patient care. On the other hand, Enterprise IoT is still struggling to realize the promise of the connected workplace.…

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.…

This post was co-authored by Eric Thorsen, Hortonworks GM for CPG and Retail, and Jeff Seibert, Analytics Strategist at Blue Granite.

More and more, consumers interact with their retailers through mobile devices. Because communication is easier, consumers tend to assume that customer service is similarly responsive. And so, they are more likely to become frustrated and abandon a shopping cart, whether online or in the store.

Retailers, Consumer Products Companies, and Quick Serve Restaurants (QSRs) are racing to bridge this gap between consumer expectations and their ability to provide quality service at the speed of mobile.…

Is a Lake Big Enough to House Your Ocean of Data?

Contrary to popular belief, Hadoop was not the elephant-in-the-china-shop that marauded and disrupted the data center. The real culprit is data and how it has exploded in volume. The past two or three years have seen a rise in the number of successful Hadoop projects in enterprises to tackle this explosion of big data. These large volumes of data, the emergence of the Hadoop technology and the need to store all the siloed data in one place have prompted the phenomenon called the Data Lake among enterprises.…

Our guest blogger today is Rob Rosen, Senior Director Partner Solutions at Platfora, describes how to help customers achieve strategic advantage through data discovery.

While many people have heard the notion of “known unknowns” and “unknown unknowns,” it may surprise you to discover that the concept was first popularized by a NASA scientist. In a presentation given at TEDx GeorgeMasonU, Dr. Kirk Borne described how he used the concept of “known unknowns” (things that we knew might exist, but hadn’t seen evidence of) and “unknown unknowns” (things that we could discover and knew nothing about, but would truly surprise us), and how they relate to the concept of Big Data.…

The advent of connected manufacturing has ushered in an era where low-cost machine sensors take thousands of measurements per second at many points across the manufacturing process. This stream of sensor data enables manufacturers to quickly detect emerging anomalies and solve issues before they impact yield and quality.

Big Data insights enable predictive analytics for those rapid, proactive process adjustments. Manufacturers can capitalize on this opportunity by following an approach that combines the power of Teradata with Hortonworks Data Platform’s storage and compute efficiencies at extreme scale.…

The Personalized Medicine Initiative (PMI), based out of the Life Sciences Institute of the University of BC, has deployed HDP and PHEMI Central Big Data Warehouse to collect, store and manage genomic and clinical data for Molecular You (MY). 

PHEMI is a Hortonworks Technology partner and in this blog, Richard Proctor, General Manager, Global Healthcare at Hortonworks interviews PHEMI’s Roy Wilds, Dir. of Product Management, along with PMI’s Chief Operating Officer and Co-founder of Molecular You, Rob Fraser, to discuss this groundbreaking work.  …