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Wayne Eckerson

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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.

Silicon Valley startup X15 Software recently shipped a data analytics solution designed to help companies capture, store, and analyze petabytes of machine-generated log files from Web and application servers, among other things. The on-premises solution which runs on the Hadoop Distributed File System provided by major Hadoop vendors, such as MapR, Cloudera, and Hortonworks, supports real-time SQL queries against streaming log data.

Called X15 Enterprise, the big data solution competes against search-based, log management tools, such as Splunk, which must move data from Hadoop into a proprietary engine to index and search the data, which limits their scalability. And since most search-based tools don't leverage SQL, this limits their ability to query both traditional relational data and semi-structured log data in a single pass, limiting their usefulness.

In contrast, X15 Software runs on a company's existing Hadoop cluster so they don't have to move the data to a separate engine. The company has created SQL extensions that handle search-based functions, so users can query, join, and analyze both log data and relational data in the same SQL query. The product works with SQL-based BI tools via ODBC/JDBC and it has inked a partnership with Tableau. The product also supports REST and proprietary interfaces.

X15 Software is based in San Mateo, California. www.X15soft.com.

Posted August 13, 2014 2:35 PM
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