30 Years In IT…You’d get Less for Murder!

A few weeks ago marked 30 years since yours truly started out as a graduate IT trainee at Royal Insurance (now RSA) in 1988. Back then, there were no PCs, just dumb terminals; no mobile phones, just landlines; no email, no internet. But the biggest shock of all: other people …

Data Warehouse Application Migration

Data Warehouse Application Migration The last 12 months or so has seen a lot of ‘Big Data’ POCs being initiated in our world. The most frequent objective from both the customer side and the Hadoop vendors that we talk to seems to be ‘data warehouse application migration’ or ‘offloading’. So …

Holiday Reading: Spark, Shark and MapReduce

Holiday Reading for Geeks There I was, sitting in the shade in the Lake District enjoying 30C temperatures a few months (no, really) surfing the web on the ipad mini, as you do. Weather, check. Football, check. Investments, check. Nearby mountain bike trails, check. I’m not sure how I got …

MapReduce, MPP and Big Data Discussion

MapReduce, MPP and Big Data There’s an interesting article discussing the relationship between the ‘old skool’ MPP approach to Big Data, and the ‘new fangled’ MapReduce approach to Big Data over at ZDnet: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/big-data/mapreduce-and-mpp-two-sides-of-the-big-data-coin/121 We felt compelled to comment, naturally: “The central tenet that MapReduce and MPP have a lot …