Andrew Brust

Andrew J. Brust has worked in the software industry for 25 years as a developer, consultant, entrepreneur and CTO, specializing in application development, databases and business intelligence technology. He has been a developer magazine columnist and conference speaker since the mid-90s, and a technology book writer and blogger since 2005. Andrew is also Founder and CEO of Blue Badge Insights, an analysis, strategy and advisory firm serving Microsoft customers and partners.

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Industrial Big Data

Industrial Big Data

Big Data isn't just about clickstreams and status messages. It's about manufacturing turbines, jet engines and even consumer goods, too.

published April 13, 2012 by

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MapReduce, streaming beyond Java

MapReduce, streaming beyond Java

Hadoop Streaming allows developers to use virtually any programming language to create MapReduce jobs, but it’s a bit of a kludge. The MapReduce programming environment needs to be pluggable.

published March 29, 2012 by

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Making Hadoop optimizations Pervasive

Making Hadoop optimizations Pervasive

As innovative as Hadoop is in toto, its components can benefit from optimization, perhaps significantly. One vendor that’s been in the database business for three decades isn’t just talking about those optimizations. It’s building products around them.

published March 26, 2012 by

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Microsoft does Hadoop, and JavaScript's the glue

Microsoft does Hadoop, and JavaScript's the glue

Microsoft has a reputation for modifying external technology when adopting it. But in the case of Hadoop, Microsoft is so far staying true to the core technology, providing optional integration with its own stack, and making it easier for people to work with Hadoop and get excited about it.

published March 22, 2012 by

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Big Data's ground floor consulting opportunity

Big Data's ground floor consulting opportunity

Big Data is in a golden age of horizontal opportunity, keeping the prerequisite of vertical market expertise at bay. This provides some early opportunities for tech services firms to gain industry specialist expertise. Big Data is a Big Equalizer.

published March 19, 2012 by

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HDFS and file system wanderlust

HDFS and file system wanderlust

The Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) is a pillar of Hadoop. But its single-point-of-failure topology, and its ability to write to a file only once, leaves the Enterprise wanting more. Some vendors are trying to answer the call.

published March 15, 2012 by

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