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Wayne Eckerson

Welcome to Wayne's World, my blog that illuminates the latest thinking about how to deliver insights from business data and celebrates out-of-the-box thinkers and doers in the business intelligence (BI), performance management and data warehousing (DW) fields. Tune in here if you want to keep abreast of the latest trends, techniques, and technologies in this dynamic industry.

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Wayne has been a thought leader in the business intelligence field since the early 1990s. He has conducted numerous research studies and is a noted speaker, blogger, and consultant. He is the author of two widely read books: Performance Dashboards: Measuring, Monitoring, and Managing Your Business (2005, 2010) and The Secrets of Analytical Leaders: Insights from Information Insiders (2012).

Wayne is founder and principal consultant at Eckerson Group,a research and consulting company focused on business intelligence, analytics and big data.

July 2014 Archives

Qubole is a new breed of analytic software company that runs on Hadoop in the public cloud. The ideal customer is one that already runs a lot of applications in the cloud and wants to accelerate the time it takes to make big data available to business analysts and data scientists.

Qubole's big competitor is Amazon Web Services and its Elastic MapReduce (EMR) offering, which provides the Hadoop platform as a cloud-based service. Unlike EMR, Qubole was designed from scratch to support queries and analytics. Also, the service is geared t business analysts and data scientists, not Java and other developers, so it is easier to use.

Qubole officials says its queries run faster than EMR  and offers better total cost of ownership since the service abstracts much more of the complexity of provisioning and managing an analytical data service on Hadoop  in the cloud. Qubole competes with other rising cloud-based analytics vendors, such as Altiscale, Mortar Data, and Treasure Data. 

Qubole is based in Mountain View, California. Its Web site is www.qubole.com.

Posted July 22, 2014 6:52 AM
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ScaleOut Software provides an in-memory data grid that primarily provides fast reads/writes for high-speed operational applications, such as e-commerce, reservation systems, credit card processing, equity trading, smart grids, and cable network streaming. There are a lot of competitors in the space, such as Oracle Coherence, but ScaleOut and Apache Spark differentiates itself by supporting analytics on live, operational data, among other things.

ScaleOut Software resides at the bleeding edge of the convergence between operational and analytical applications. With ScaleOut, analysts no longer have to wait until operational data is moved to an operational data store or data warehouse; they can analyze the data in place as it is changing. ScaleOut also has a product that runs on Hadoop and executes MapReduce code, but on live data at 20 times the speed of regular MapReduce. With 400 customers, ScaleOut is a company to watch in the emerging "operational intelligence" market.

See www.scaleoutsoftware.com

Posted July 19, 2014 12:45 PM
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