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Keep on Uberin the free world

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Uber is still operating in London, in you case you did not notice. Uber will continue to do so while a legal appeal process that could take a year lasts. What’s more, the fire-fighting statements and apologetic tone adopted by newly appointed Uber top management seem to appease some, including London’s mayor. But to focus […]

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GODAN, feeding the world with open data

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Would you be skeptical if someone told you that feeding the world with open data can actually feed the world? That’s GODAN’s mission statement in a nutshell, and its leader talked to us about it. Even if you know about open data and its significance, you may not be familiar with¬†Global Open Data for Agriculture […]

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How i learned to stop worrying and love telling stories

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The story of an aspiring story-teller, from technology to journalism and beyond. I have not always liked writing, neither have i always been that good at making cases and telling stories. Or at least, that’s what i used to think. See, my background is in software engineering, and for tech-minded people like i used to […]

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An analyst’s life: from Gigaom and Big Data to VisionMobile and Developer Economics and..Big Developer Data

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The last post in this blog, a year ago, was about Hadoop security. We had just finished our latest webcast with Gigaom on the different options for managing Hadoop and were looking ahead to a number of prospects, including a Sector Roadmap on SaaS BI to be unveiled at Structure:Data 2015. Much water has flowed […]

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WSO2: Open Source Enterprise Application Integration in the Cloud

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WSO2 is a notable Enterprise Application Integration & Cloud vendor. They are notable not just because of what they do, but also because of how they do it. WSO2 offers an integrated platform featuring an Enterprise Service Bus and solutions that span Identity, Governance, Business Process Management, API Management, Big Data Analytics and Cloud. And […]

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Hadoop World vendor announcements and impact on Accessibility, Scalability and Security

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This week the world’s biggest event for all things Hadoop takes place, the Strata and Hadoop World conference. Vendors announce and showcase new releases and features in their offerings, and Gigaom covered the extensive array of news. Let’s try to decipher them and see their impact in terms of Hadoop distributions Accessibility, Scalability and Security. […]

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The evolution of Retail and what to do with your Big Data

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SPS Commerce is one of the biggest vendors in the retail domain. They act as a clearing house for retailers, connecting them with vendors. The recently published Gigaom report 2nd generation cloud architecture triggered their interest and we had a chat, and here are some of the thoughts and lessons on retail that came as […]

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Data Modeling for APIs. Part 5: Modeling vs. Meta-Modeling

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Part 1: Seting the stage | Part 2: REST and JSON | Part 3: SOAP and XML | Part 4: Linked Data and SPARQL | Part 5: Modeling vs. Meta-Modeling Recently i was involved the creation of a data model for a project in the Energy domain. As this was an international, multi-partner project with […]

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RDF on Hadoop and Schema on Read vs. Schema on Write

One of the challenges for any Big Data solution is dealing with scale, and RDF stores are no exception: going for billions of RDF triples (the equivalent of rows in the SQL world) is not trivial. Hadoop on the other hand is great at scaling out on commodity hardware, which is a feature every MPP […]

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SPARQL City and Benchmarks

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We have written in the past about SPARQL, Hadoop and benchmarks. In this post, we take a look at a company that combines all of these subjects, SPARQL City, on the occasion of the results they released after subjecting their product, SPARQLVerse, to the SP2 benchmark. This year’s NoSQLNow conference was colocated with SemTechBiz, providing […]

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