The Hortonworks Blog

Posted in partnership with Paige Schaefer, Product Marketing at Trifacta.

The insurance industry is wrestling with the tremendous growth of data sources at its disposal. Traditional ETL processes are expensive, time-consuming, and complicated by the variety of data structures and formats. In contrast, Hadoop platforms provide a clean, safe, and manageable format for data wrangling, the critical first step of the data analysis process.

Forward-thinking insurance companies have embraced data wrangling as more than janitorial work.…

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.…

We are in the midst of the third industrial revolution, driven by IoT and Big Data analytics. This is a fundamental blurring of boundaries between the physical and digital worlds, which has resulted in disruptive new business models.

Register now for the Webinar on Thursday, December 10th , at 11:00am PST, with guest speakers Frank Gillett from Forrester Research, Grant Bodley from Hortonworks, Sriram Jayaraman from HARMAN, and Darrell Swope from Landis+Gyr as they look into how IoT and analytics address the opportunities and challenges in the digital economy.…

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 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.…

Our business in Europe continues to expand and I’m excited to share this guest blog post from Geoff Cleaves, Business Intelligence Manager at Billy Mobile a new Hortonworks customer based in Barcelona, Spain.

This week at Billy Mobile we are migrating our core technology stack onto HDP 2.3 and boy are we looking forward to it. Billy Mobile is a new mobile ad exchange based in Barcelona and we’ve been struggling to handle our growing volumes of data.…

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.…

The modern enterprise requires a comprehensive end-to-end data management solution capable of leveraging advanced machine learning to identify and manage risk; as well as a repository capable of capturing and processing the data necessary to support this solution.

Now more than ever, organizations are subject to privacy and data security laws and complying with these regulations is exceptionally challenging given the complexity of data that enterprises now have to manage. However, one only needs to pick up a newspaper to read about the dire consequences when companies fail to take proper safeguards to comply with privacy and data security laws.…

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.…

“After trying other distributions and being dissatisfied with both the level of support and the technical bench depth, we moved to the Hortonworks platform and have been very happy with the quality of the service we have received at all levels.” Source: Techvalidate TVID A4E-CEC-532.

Selecting a data platform is one of the most critical decisions you’ll ever make for your business. This platform is going to serve as the foundation for all of your big data strategies and will enable all of your analytics applications.…

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.…