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IBM Datapalooza Mashup

I was at the IBM Datapalooza Mashup day in June 2016. It was really interesting to learn how IBM go about capturing all the data and statistics at Wimbledon. The ability for the Wimbledon’s team of  content creators to get interesting facts before the press is a real world example on how data can give a strategic advantage.

By predicting the type of records that are likely to be broken well in advance and then getting real time data when these records are broken give team Wimbledon an edge over any other news organisations.

There were various demonstrations on how IBM’s Bluemix product is being utilised to manage social media through its text analytics interface.

Another really interesting workshop was about a product called Node Red, this is  a visual programming language ideal for Hackathons, it allows one to connect various rest services visually and if you need more flexibility one can get under the hood by editing the node.js scripts the application produces in the background.


Certainly a great tool to help build proof of concepts and test out code:




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Starting my journey in learning about Big Data

In my quest to identify the key players in the Big Data space, I investigated the Gartner Magic quadrant for web analytics

Figure 1.Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse and Data Management Solutions for Analytics
Gartner Magic Quadrant for web analytics

I then looked into courses that would help me learn about the field. IBM’s Big data university provided some great tutorials and I have already earned a few badges after passing the online learning tests.

The great thing about the course was that you could easily setup VMware to try out and play with the product and solutions that IBM provide.

The next really good industry resource that I stumbled upon was this video Elephant Riders where some of the key Big Data players debate about the relevance of Hadoop. The key companies present in the panel were MapR, Cloudera, HortonWorks and Continuity. The video is worth watching just to see the Elephant bouncing on the trampoline.

Overall this is a great to start to my journey in learning and investigating more about Big Data.