Mar 19

Interesting article but I think the 3 key companies to look at are Hortonworks, Cloudera and MapR. AWS with EMR and Azure with HDInsights will be interesting to watch out too. I am planning to play around with Hortonworks offering this week… Smile

Network World – If you’ve got a lot of data, then Hadoop either is, or should be on your radar.

Once reserved for the Internet empires like Google and Yahoo, the most popular and well-known big data management system is now creeping into the enterprise. There are two big reasons for that: 1) Businesses have a lot more data to manage, and Hadoop is a great platform, especially for combining both legacy old data, and new, unstructured data 2) A lot of vendors are jumping into the game of offering support and services around Hadoop, making it more palatable for enterprises.

Most firms estimate that they are only analyzing 12% of the data that they already have, leaving 88% of it on the cutting-room floor.

— According to Forrester’s Software Survey Q4, 2013

“Hadoop is unstoppable as its open source roots grow wildly and deeply into enterprise data management architectures,” Forrester analysts Mike Gualtieri and Noel Yuhanna wrote recently in the company’s Wave Report on the Hadoop marketplace. “Forrester believes that Hadoop is a must-have data platform for large enterprises, forming the cornerstone of any flexible future data management platform. If you have lots of structured, unstructured, and/or binary data, there is a sweet spot for Hadoop in your organization.”

So where do you start? Forrester says there are a variety of places to go, and it evaluated nine vendors offering Hadoop services to find the pros and cons of each. Forrester concluded that there is no clear market leader at this point, with relatively young companies in this market offering compelling services alongside the tech titans.

Nine Hadoop companies you should know – Network World

Mar 18

Growth in Big data market is going to be staggering. If the number are accurate this is phenomenal. Not sure if there is any other trend that has grown this fast in recent times…

The global Hadoop market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 58 percent between 2013 and 2020, according to a new report by Allied Market Research.

The market revenue was estimated to be $2 billion in 2013 and is expected to grow to $50.2 billion by 2020. A huge increase in raw structured and unstructured data and increasing demand for big data analytics are the major driving factors for the global Hadoop market, the report says. Hadoop provides cost-effective and faster data processing of big data analytics over conventional data analysis tools such as relational database management systems.

Distributed computing and Hadoop platform security issues are currently hindering the growth of the market, Allied Market Research says. But with continuous technological growth these issues can be addressed, it says

Hadoop Market Forecasted to Reach $50.2 Billion by 2020 – Information Management Online Article

Mar 09

Everything you need to know about the March Xbox update.

As a gamer, I couldn’t be more excited for the upcoming launch of “Titanfall.” I’ve played the game and it’s awesome – I can’t wait to see you online! This launch is particularly special because our team has been working to make Xbox Live on Xbox One the best place to play.
We have received lots of feedback since the launch of Xbox One in November and listening closely to you. I’m excited to share that our second, and most significant, system update for Xbox One is starting to roll out today and includes improved matchmaking, party chat and friends features that will make gaming on Xbox One an experience like no other. To me that means playing games like “Titanfall” on the best multiplayer service on the planet, using a new headset or the one you already own, while live broadcasting your games on Twitch.
Here’s a breakdown of more of the features in the March update, addressing some of the biggest feedback you’ve shared:

Prepare for Titanfall: Marc Whitten Provides Details on Xbox One March Update

Mar 09

Users gave us very valuable feedback on multiplayer and party after launch. As we always do in Xbox we listened and march update has lot of improvements based on feedback we heard. Smile Great article below form Marc Witten summarizing the improvements.

Since we first launched Xbox One, we have been thrilled to see our fans spending millions of hours on Xbox Live. Your enthusiasm reinforces our commitment to making Xbox One and Xbox Live the best place for gamers and entertainment fans.
This week marks a big week for Xbox One as we will start to roll out our first product update for Xbox One. As previously shared, this update offers many new improvements – including lots of behind-the-scenes updates for developers building apps and games for Xbox One, several new features we believe Xbox fans will love, stability and product updates to improve the customer experience, and continuous improvements to the quality of Kinect voice so commands become more fluid and responsive over time.
This is step one on our journey and commitment to deliver continuous innovation to Xbox One customers. Xbox One is a platform designed to offer the best games and entertainment experience and we are committed to delivering more and more features to our customers.  
While we’re thrilled to launch the February update this week, we’re already looking ahead to March. We’ve prided ourselves on having the best multiplayer service for Xbox 360 and we’ve listened to your feedback about the features you want to see on Xbox One and Xbox Live. We’ve heard your feedback and the team has been working overtime to deliver updates that will significantly improve the multiplayer and party experience on Xbox One.  
Here are more details on what’s coming for parties and multiplayer in March:

  • Get to your friends list faster. The friends list will be front and center on the homepage of the Friends app. Click the Social tile on Home, or say “Xbox, go to Friends” to see who’s online and what they’re up to. From there you can quickly send messages and get into a party.
  • Party chat will be turned on by default. When you party up, chat audio will be turned on by default.
  • Chat with friends playing different games. Party chat will be separated from people playing your game, so you can chat with your friends who are online or you can chat with everyone playing the game.
  • We’re adding an “Invite friends to game” option to your multiplayer titles moving forward. Similar to Xbox 360 titles, this will appear inside a games’ menu and offer a simple and quicker way to set up your multiplayer battles. Selecting “Invite friends” will let you invite friends to your game and party.
  • We’re adding “Recent Players.” This is a simple list that shows you Xbox Live members you’ve recently played with, making it easier to stay in touch with people, or add new friends after your multiplayer battles.

Our March Xbox One system update will start rolling out in early March. We’re excited to get these multiplayer and party improvements out in time for the March 11 launch of “Titanfall,” the highly anticipated team-based online multiplayer game.
The March update includes many more great features. The improvements to multiplayer and parties are just a few of the features that will be included, and we’ll continue to share more details in the days and weeks ahead, including in-depth videos so you’re all ready to take advantage of the new features in March. We’re lucky to have a passionate community that shares feedback. Thanks for helping us make Xbox One even better.

Multiplayer and Party Updates for Xbox One Coming in March

Feb 11

Great news for customers interested in using Oracle on Azure.

IDG News Service – Oracle’s database, WebLogic application server and Java programming language will soon be generally available on Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud service, marking a major milestone in the high-profile partnership the vendors announced last June.

A general availability date of March 12 has been set for Windows-based software images of the products, which have been in preview, Microsoft said on the Azure website.

While there have been no additional fees for the preview versions, this will change starting March 12. Customers who want to avoid Oracle-related charges for these "license included" virtual images must shut them down before that date, Microsoft said. Windows Server VMs the images run in are charged for separately.

Purely pay-as-you-go customers won’t see much discounting for higher usage of Oracle’s software on Azure.

Oracle software on Microsoft Azure gets a general availability date – Computerworld

Feb 11

Power BI for Office 365 is now available. It is pretty cool check it out at www.powerbi.com. Power BI allows you too

  • Quickly create collaborative BI sites – enable anyone to quickly create a collaborative BI site to share workbooks containing data and insights.
  • Keep reports up to date with scheduled data refresh – reports that have been saved to the cloud can now connect back to on-premises data sources to refresh the data and stay up to date.
  • Manage data queries for the team – share not only workbooks but also the data queries created in Power Query for Excel. Team members can now build and manage data queries for others to use when creating their own reports.
  • Maintain a Data Catalog of searchable data – IT departments can now use the Data Catalog feature to make it easier for everyone to find and connect to corporate data by searching for it from within Excel.
  • Ask questions of your data in natural language – with the Q&A features people can type questions they have of the data in natural language and the system will interpret the question and present answers in the form of interactive visualizations.
  • Stay connected with mobile access to your reports – stay connected from anywhere with new HTML5 support and the Power BI windows app.

Learn More at: Microsoft Blog Post or Power BI Team Blog.

Feb 09

Jan 17

Xbox One was #1 console in December. Great to see the success in the market. It was great opportunity to work with really smart people across Xbox Org to ship this. Smile 

The NPD report for December is in. It was a good holiday season for all involved — and a very good one for Microsoft MSFT +0.38%. The Xbox One and Xbox 360 were the best selling consoles in each of their generations, with 908,000 sales for Xbox One and 643,000 for Xbox 360, making up 46% of the total US hardware market. Xbox One games also held six of the top ten spots for best-selling software.

This is the status quo according to the last generation — Xbox holds down the US, Playstation does better in Europe and dominates Japan (Microsoft has been trying to make Europe a battleground this generation, but has largely ceded Japan). Still waiting on PS4 numbers, and will update with those. My guess is they aren’t too far behind — Sony Sony is mounting an impressive attack in home territory, significantly helped by better on-paper specs and a $100 price difference. Globally, Sony’s machine is still ahead.

Xbox One #1 Console In US For December, Outselling PS4 – Forbes

Jan 05

You should check this blog post out.. Pretty awesome. Funniest one is sweat monitoring underwear. Smile

Technology that you wear is the next generation of tech. Now you can coordinate your tech with your outfit. From health monitors and fitness trackers to temperature-adjusting jackets and flying dresses, wearable technology is revolutionizing how we use our everyday electronics.
In fact, Lady Gaga recently debuted the “Volantis,” a flying dress, at an event promoting her new album. While you probably won’t be buying this at your local retailer anytime soon, Gaga shows us what is possible. Watch the video below to see how you can even wear your transportation:

See the Next Generation of Wearable Technology – CEA

Jan 05

Author: Malcolm Gladwell

Rating: ★★★☆☆

I did not enjoy David and Goliath as much as Malcolm’s previous books. The gist of the book is many time we think about something as a negative/disadvantage but actually it is not. Underdogs succeed because they have advantages which we fail to see.  Examples in the book were covering varied topics and sometimes did not feel like had a good theme/rhythm. If you like Malcolm’s other books you will enjoy this one too but it is not as good as Outliers or Tipping Point. Smile