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Andrew Brust

Andrew 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 serves as Senior Director, Technical Product Marketing and Evangelism at Datameer, a big data analytics company.

Tony Baer (Ovum)

Tony Baer leads Ovum's Big Data research area. Over his 25 years in the industry, he has studied issues of data integration, software and data architecture, middleware, and application development. Having tracked the emergence of BI and data warehousing back in the 1990s, Baer sees similar parallels emerging in the world of Big Data today. His coverage focuses on how Big Data must become a first-class citizen in the data center, IT organization, and the business. Baer has a multi-disciplinary background touching the different tiers of enterprise software. His expertise in data management is complemented by deep background in software development platforms and middleware. Prior to joining Ovum, he was an independent analyst whose company onStrategies delivered market assessments and messaging advisory services to vendor clients. He co-authored some of the earliest books on the Java and .NET frameworks including Understanding the .NET Framework and J2EE Technology in Practice. He has spoken at numerous industry events covering data management, and has been chronicling the industry in his blog for over 15 years. His career began as a journalist with publications including Computerworld, Application Development Trends, Computergram, Software Magazine, Information Week, and Manufacturing Business Technology.

Latest Posts

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.

March 26, 2012 by in Big Data Analytics

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.

March 22, 2012 by in Microsoft

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.

March 15, 2012 by in CXO

The MapReduce 101 story, in 102 stories

The MapReduce 101 story, in 102 stories

Can a skyscraper completed in 1931 be used to explain a parallel processing algorithm introduced in 2004? In this post, I use the anology of counting smartphones in the Empire State Building to explain MapReduce...without using code.

March 12, 2012 by in Smartphones

Big Data for big marketing

Big Data for big marketing

Big Data infrastructure and competency can seem distant from the workaday world of retail planning, strategy and analysis. Bringing the two worlds together would be quite useful though. At least one vendor is trying, through acquisition, integration and leadership experienced in both.

March 9, 2012 by in Big Data Analytics

Big Data: Defining its definition

Big Data: Defining its definition

Big Data is all the rage these days, as are its constituent technologies like Hadoop, NoSQL, and the mystical discipline of data science. But it turns out that understanding of, and a consensus definition for, Big Data are rather elusive. This blog is here to address that.

February 29, 2012 by in Big Data Analytics

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