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For those of you attending this week’s StampedeCon event in St. Louis, I’d encourage you to check out the “Thinking in MapReduce” session presented by Cerner’s Ryan Brush. The session will cover the value that MapReduce and Apache Hadoop offer to the healthcare space, and provide tips on how to effectively use Hadoop ecosystem tools to solve healthcare problems.
Big Data challenges within the healthcare space stem from the standard practice of storing data in many siloed systems. Hadoop is allowing pharmaceutical companies and healthcare providers to revolutionize their approach to business by making it easier and more cost efficient to bring together all of these fragmented systems for a single, more accurate view of health. The end result: smarter clinical care decisions, better understanding of health risks for individuals and populations, and proactive measures to improve health and reduce healthcare costs.
Hadoop is quickly becoming a core component of Cerner’s data management environment, complementing existing relational systems. (Cerner has more than a petabyte across all Hadoop clusters today, and multiple petabytes on relational systems.) The unique value delivered by Hadoop lies in its ability to combine unstructured with structured data, and to then apply complex computations to that data at large scale.
Users of CDH, Cloudera’s Big Data platform, are solving big problems and building amazing solutions with Apache Hadoop. We at Cloudera are very proud of our customers’ accomplishments, and it’s time to showcase them. This year we’re thrilled to present the first annual Data Impact Awards, an awards program designed to recognize Hadoop innovators for their achievements in five categories:
The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI) runs an annual Best Practices Awards program to recognize organizations for their achievements in business intelligence and data warehousing. A few months ago, I was introduced to Motorola Mobility’s VP of cloud platforms and services, Balaji Thiagarajan. After learning about its interesting Apache Hadoop use case and the success it has delivered, Balaji and I worked together to nominate Motorola Mobility for the TDWI Best Practices Award for Emerging Technologies and Methods. And to my delight, it won!
Chances are, you’ve heard of Motorola Mobility. It released the first commercial portable cell phone back in 1984, later dominated the mobile phone market with the super-thin RAZR, and today a large portion of the massive smartphone market runs on its Android operating system.
In recent years, Motorola Mobility implemented a Hadoop system based on Cloudera Enterprise to help create a “unified data repository” that is positively impacting business KPIs. For instance, CSAT scores have risen based on call center insights and product returns (a metric of quality) are decreasing based on service center insights.
Five years ago today, on June 27, 2008, we filed the incorporation paperwork for Cloudera, Inc., a new company we created to bring the power of Google’s big data platform to the masses.
Back then, nobody was talking about “big data” and the only people who knew about Apache Hadoop were wild-eyed engineers working in the consumer internet. Today, the software is right at the center of a major new market in technology. It’s used by hospitals, energy companies, retailers, banks and others.
The past five years have been tremendous. My thanks and congratulations to Clouderans around the world, to our fantastic users, customers and partners, and to the open source community generally for all you’ve done to bring us this far. We’re off to a pretty good start!
On June 3, 2013, I represented Explorys at the Computerworld Honors Laureate Ceremony and Awards Gala ceremony held in Washington, D.C. Explorys was named an Honors Program Laureate and nominated for a 2st Century Achievement Award in the “Collaboration” category (one of 11 categories) for the Explorys-Cloudera case study on “Big Data in Healthcare.” The theme this year was “A Search For New Heroes,” to recognize applications of information technology that promote positive social, economic, and educational change.
We announced a leadership change at Cloudera today. Tom Reilly, formerly CEO at Arcsight, is joining us in my old role – CEO – and I am assuming two new posts: Chief Strategy Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors.
When we started the company five years ago, almost no one had heard of Apache Hadoop. Big Data, to the extent the term was used at all, was strictly a consumer internet phenomenon. No other enterprise vendor believed the platform mattered.
We did, of course, and we set out to make that true. We’ve engaged closely with the open source community, worked hard to advance the state of the art in the platform and crafted a business strategy that allows us to grow quickly and to build a great company for the long term.
Earlier this week, we hosted The Cloudera Forum to reveal Cloudera’s “Unaccept the Status Quo” vision and to announce the public beta launch of Cloudera Search. The event featured a panel discussion between representatives from four companies that are embracing the latest big data innovations, moderated by our own CEO Mike Olson. Those are the companies I’d like to highlight in this week’s spotlight, for obvious reasons. The panelists were… (drumroll, please):
This week I’d like to highlight King.com, a European social gaming giant that recently claimed the throne for having the most daily active users (more than 66 million). King.com has methodically and successfully expanded its reach beyond mainstream social gaming to dominate the mobile gaming market — it offers a streamlined experience that allows gamers to pick up their gaming session from wherever they left off, in any game and on any device. King.com’s top games include “Candy Crush Saga” and “Bubble Saga”.
And — you guessed it — King.com runs on CDH.
With a business model that offers all games for free, King.com relies advertising and in-game products like boosters and extra lives to generate revenue. In other words, it has to be smart in every communication with customers in order to create value for both the gamer and the advertiser.
Our thanks to Brian Dirking, Director of Product Marketing for Alteryx, for the guest post below:
At Alteryx we are excited about the release of Cloudera Impala. The impact on Big Data Analytics is that the ability to perform real-time queries on Apache Hadoop will provide faster access and results. This is applicable to our customers, the business users who are running analytics to get access to data, perform analytics, and then follow up with new questions. Insight doesn’t happen all at once. The ability to query and refine quickly is ultimately what will lead business users to insight.
As business users need faster access to data, Alteryx provides a user friendly way to access new solutions like Impala. With Impala support in Alteryx Strategic Analytics, business users can get faster access, and can refine data queries and the corresponding analytics to get the answers they need. They can combine these results with other datasets to provide the context necessary to make the right decision, and they can do it without having to go through months of training to master programming and query languages.