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Gartner, Hype Cycles, and Big Data

By Mary Ludloff

Gartner Hype Cycle Greetings all! While we’ve been super busy at PatternBuilders working on a destination application that we are all very excited about, doing some development work, talking with potential partners and prospects, AND not to mention the fact (but I will) that Terence and I are getting close to the finish line on our book, I came across this interesting article on Gartner’s hype cycle and the recent addition of big data to it.

Now, I am pretty sure that you all are familiar with Gartner’s magic quadrant methodology that essentially evaluates all the particular technology players in a specific industry across four quadrants: challengers, leaders, niche players, and visionaries. For those companies looking at vendors for a specific solution, the magic quadrant can help them understand how they stack up against each other. For the vendors, it’s an opportunity to take an objective look at the industry as a whole and understand what they do well and where they could be better. (more…)

August 17, 2011 at 8:37 am 2 comments

Big Data is the New Black… And it’s Here to Stay

By Terence Craig

Some impressions from O’Reilly’s Strata Conference 2011.

We had a great time at Strata 2011.  The O’Reilly folks did a great job of organizing a really well run show – hat tip to JB Wheatley for making life as easy as possible for speakers.

As a member of a company that has been carrying the big data, big analytics flag for a while, it was great to see a sold out show dedicated to the area that will provide one of the biggest challenges, if not the biggest challenge, for 21st century computing.   Our presentation seemed to go well – we had a good crowd and a bunch of folks came up to us during the rest of the week to discuss/argue some of the points we raised.  My statement about traditional databases/data warehouses not being up to the task definitely annoyed some people, but everybody that approached us was polite and thoughtful and we had some good discussions. (more…)

February 9, 2011 at 7:50 pm Leave a comment

Riding the Data Waterfall

Our new streaming analytics engine.

By Terence Craig

As promised, I am going to spend the next few posts discussing some of the new features in our analytics framework, otherwise known as PAF.  This is our largest and most complex release so far.  We are very proud of it—both in how far the framework has come and how closely it matches our vision of what a world class analytics system would look like when we started the company a few years ago.

One of my favorite features, and certainly the biggest change in this release, is that our analytics engine is now completely streaming based.  I think that this, along with our improved ad-hoc analysis support, is going to improve our customers’ day-to-day to experience with both calculating and using analytics in their businesses.    (more…)

January 26, 2011 at 6:01 pm 11 comments

Why isn’t BI a Solution for Big Data and Real-Time Analytics?

By Terence Craig

It’s a legitimate question that we get asked a lot: why can’t I use my multi-billion dollar BI system to manage my big data/real time analytics problem(s)?  I have found that my tongue in cheek answer “we need you buy our software and services because we have families to feed” though true, is not as compelling to customers as I would like which leads to today’s post.

To put the question another way: what can PatternBuilders and the rest of the new approaches to data and analytics like Hadoop or Mongo (which, by the way, our platform uses and is a great technology) offer you over and above what large BI company X offers? (more…)

December 20, 2010 at 11:56 am 4 comments

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