Forthcoming webinar: Beyond NoSQL – Distributed Databases in Production, with Basho

On Tuesday, December 10th at 10:00am PT/1:00pm ET I’ll be taking part in a webinar in association with Basho on the subject of Beyond NoSQL – Distributed Databases in Production.

I’ll be presenting a brief history of NoSQL and covering NoSQL drivers and adoption trends, as well as our perspective on the NoSQL database landscape, and the importance of scalability and distributed architecture.

I’ll also be joined by Bobby Patrick, EVP and CMO at Basho Technologies, to discuss the benefits and future of distributed systems, while Tapjoy will also discuss how they are using distributed databases to provide reliable data locality to their customers.

For full details, and to register, click here.

Forthcoming webinar: Hadoop in the cloud, with Qubole

On Tuesday November 26 at 11AM PDT I’ll be taking part in a webinar, Deploying Hadoop: Bare Metal or Cloud?, in association with Qubole.

I’ll be joined by Ashish Thusoo of Qubole (founder of Apache Hive), and between us we will outline the benefits of Hadoop implementation, examine common use cases for big data projects of various size and scope, and explain how Hadoop-as-a-Service removes complexity while adding much-needed functionality.

Among the topics we’ll cover:

  • Drivers behind the adoption of Hadoop, including interest in running Hadoop in the cloud
  • Explore the cost and utilization implications of running Hadoop on the cloud versus on-premises
  • 5 best practices to consider when deploying Hadoop infrastructure in the cloud – by Ashish Thusoo, who ran Facebook’s big data infrastructure team for several years.
  • Barriers to adoption for Hadoop-as-a-service and how they are being overcome by the emergence of new managed service offerings and providers.
  • What Big Data-as-a-Service means, and how it allows you to focus on data analysis and monetization (and less on infrastructure).

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Forthcoming webinar: NoSQL Technology and Real-time, Accurate Predictive Analytics

On August 29 at 10:00 am PT I’ll be taking part in a webinar in association with Objectivity entitled “Big Data: NoSQL Technology and Real-time, Accurate Predictive Analytics”.

The webinar will provide an overview of NoSQL database technology and, in particular, the role that graph databases have in the expanding analytics market.

I’ll be joined by Leon Guzenda, Founder, Objectivity, who will provide a brief overview of Objectivity, Inc and its products Objectivity/DB and InfiniteGraph, as well as J.C. Smart, Director Global Insight Laboratory, Georgetown University, who will explain how Georgetown University is taking advantage of Objectivity’s products to develop one of the most interconnected databases today – examining information from all types of sources worldwide in real-time.

For full details, and to register, click here.

Forthcoming webinar: How Big Data Fulfils Promises that Data Warehouse Couldn’t

For those that missed the original I’ll be taking part in a webinar on Thursday, July 25th at 1pm ET in association with NGDATA entitled How Big Data Fulfils Promises that Data Warehouse Couldn’t.

Many enterprises were persuaded to adopt enterprise data warehousing (EDW) technology to achieve a ‘single version of the truth’ for enterprise data. In reality, the promises were rarely fulfilled with many stories of failed, lengthy and over budget projects. Even if an EDW projects reached deployment, the warehouse schema is designed to answer a specific set of queries and is inflexible to change and accommodate growing variety of data. Moreover, the data often is outdated in the context of consumer’s real-time world.

Big Data technologies such as Hadoop, HBase and Solr offer next generation data management that can deliver on the promise of “single version of truth” by providing a real-time, 360° view of customers and products.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • Why the inflexibility of EDWs failed to deliver 360° view
  • How big data technologies can finally make 360° view a reality
  • Overview of an interactive Big Data management solution
  • Best practices and success stories from leading companies

For full details, and to register, click here.

Forthcoming webinar: Building an Analytic Platform

On July 23 at 10:00am PDT, I’ll be taking part in a webinar in association with MemSQL in the subject of building a next generation analytic platform.

To compete in the modern marketplace, your organization must be data-driven. But with the sheer number of data management and analytic technologies appearing on the market, it is difficult to map your needs to the appropriate solutions. One thing is clear – your data warehouse and Hadoop cluster do not suffice for real-time analytics.

In this webinar I’ll be joined by Mark Horton, director of product marketing for MemSQL, to discuss key criteria you should consider when building a next-generation analytic platform. Topics to be covered include:

  • Flexibility and incremental scale-out to size your platform according to your volume and performance needs.
  • Agile responsiveness to act on changes to your business environment faster than traditional data warehouses allowed.
  • Integration with existing tools to leverage previous investments in your next-generation analytic environment.

Attendees will be offered a free 30-day trial of MemSQL’s real-time analytics platform and special one-year introductory pricing if they purchase MemSQL at the end of the trial.

For full details and to register, click here.

Forthcoming webinar: Spice Up Your Big Data & BI Apps with a Little Variety

On Wednesday, May 29 at 12:00 PM ET I’ll be taking part in a webinar with Datawatch on the subject of adding variety to your business intelligence applications.

As the worlds of business intelligence and big data begin to converge, just getting information from traditional sources like databases and data warehouses is not going to deliver a complete view of what’s impacting your business.

To truly get a 360 degree view of what’s driving your business today you are going to need to deal with data volume, velocity and variety in your business intelligence solutions.

This means incorporating information from unstructured and semi-structured sources like external reports, PDF files, EDI streams, Log files, XBRL sources and a host of other data types that are part of the fabric of today’s information potpourri.

I will discuss the origins of big data and how it is changing the database landscape and how 451 Research’s related concept of Total Data, describing new approaches to processing and analyzing data, can help you to think big but start small to get your big data projects up and running.

O’ll be joined by Jon Pilkington, VP of Products from Datawatch, who will describe how Datawatch can help you spice up your BI and Big Data solutions with the Datawatch Information Optimization platform.

For full details and to register, click here.

Forthcoming webinar: The Role of Databases in Agile Development, with Delphix

Many organizations have adopted agile development processes to accelerate their application projects. However, the database underlying these applications is often a major obstacle to success with agile development.

On Wednesday, May 8, at 9:00am PT I’ll be taking part in a webinar with Delphix to discuss incompatibilities between relational databases and agile methodologies, potential use and applicability of new database systems, and methods for achieving greater success in applying agile methods to database-driven development.

In particular I’ll be discussing:

  • Agile development overview
  • Relational databases and agile development
  • Agile as a driver for alternative databases
  • Agility and consistency – the best of both worlds?

For more details, and to register, click here.

Forthcoming webinar: Real-time Big Data Analytics, with MemSQL

Next Tuesday, May 7, I’ll be taking part in a webinar with MemSQL at 10am PST to discuss real-time big data analytics.

Although much of the focus of big data relates to volume, the velocity of data – combined with increased frequency of analysis – is driving requirements for real-time analytics so enterprises can drive new business opportunities and create a competitive advantage.

I’ll be discussing the forces driving the emergence of ‘operational intelligence’ as a means of generating real-time insight into how a business is performing, and will be joined by MemSQL CEO, Erik Frenkiel.

Between us we will discuss how to:

  • Scale an in-memory analytics solution for sub-second responses on terabytes of real-time and recent historical data.
  • Reduce time-to-value by using existing SQL skills for real-time analytics.
  • Solve real-time Big Data analytics challenges such as network security, operational analytics, risk management and marketing campaign optimization.
  • Leverage real-time operational intelligence to make data-driven decisions.
  • Minimize costs with horizontal scale-out on commodity hardware.

For full details, and to register, click here.

Forthcoming webinar: The New Path to Performance. No Sharding!

On Tuesday March 26th at 10am PT I’ll be taking part in a webinar with NuoDB on the subject of The New Path to Performance. No Sharding!

As part of the webinar I’ll be explaining the various strategies used by enterprises to attempt to achieve scalability of relational databases, why they fail to meet modern distributed processing requirements, and why companies are increasingly open to looking at alternatives to the traditional relational database.

Wiqar Chaudry from NuoDB will also be discussing how to eliminate technical acrobatics, including:

Performance tuning
And other kinds of 20th century database tricks.

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Forthcoming webinar: Security and Manageability: Key Criteria In Selecting Enterprise-Grade Big Data Stacks

I’m taking part in a webinar on Wednesday, March 13 at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET with DataStax. The focus of the webinar is Security and Manageability: Key Criteria In Selecting Enterprise-Grade Big Data Stacks.

I’ll be joined by will feature DataStax CEO, Billy Bosworth and Hallo CTO, Adrian Rodriguez. Between us we will explain the importance of security and visual management tools when selecting a big data stack, and discuss how DSE 3.0 addresses these two key criteria.

Additionally, attendees receive a chance to win free passes to Cassandra training. For full details and to register, go to