What Does Your Choice in Soda Say About You?

What do Diet Dr. Pepper, Michelob Ultra, Cracker Barrel, Brooks Brothers, and Jaguar all have in common? At first glance you would think not much, but in reality, these items reflect preferences by Republicans that vote. On the opposite side of the spectrum, apathetic Democrats prefer 7-UP, Milwaukee’s Best, Church’s Chicken, Burlington Coat Factory, and Plymouths.

Welcome to the world of Big Data!

A world where the soda or beer you drink, the car Continue reading

Data Discovery vs Service Discovery

bigdataWith huge amounts of data being created and stored across multiple systems in different formats across the enterprise, Big Data has become a big issue for many organizations. The demand for real-time (or near real-time) information from multiple systems of record is forcing companies to rethink their current data strategy by placing mission critical information at the center of the IT portfolio. One of the biggest challenges that organizations face with this new data strategy Continue reading

Big Data – Making SOA and Cloud (more) Relevant

For the past decade, I have been witness to and part of an evolution in the IT industry that has seen client-server architectures replaced with service-oriented architectures (SOA), where expensive and dedicated big-iron hardware has been replaced with shared infrastructure based on virtualization and commodity hardware. (Cloud) I have seen organizations succeed with SOA and cloud, and I have seen some epic Continue reading

Oracle – Integration but Not Innovation

One had to expect that Oracle would eventually have to do something to remain relevant in a Big Data world. So the announcement on January 10th regarding a Big Data Appliance comes as no surprise. Upon closer inspection it is clear that this appliance is just an amalgamation of products from past acquisitions and some open source projects. Components include:

  • Oracle NoSQL (Berkeley DB from Sleepycat Software)
  • Oracle HotSpot Java Virtual Machine (from Sun Microsystems — though the JRockit JVM acquired from BEA is better)
  • Oracle Linux (A distribution based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux)
  • Apache Hadoop (Cloudera’s distribution)
  • An open source distribution of R
  • All running on hardware technology acquired from Sun

After looking at the list, one would have to think that integration not innovation is the mantra ringing through the halls in Redwood Shores.