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Over the past few years, I have observed a deepening organizational divide in large data-driven companies. On one hand, IT and data owners have their hands full managing their current data infrastructure and platforms.

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Japanese rock gardens, or zen gardens, were first constructed centuries ago at temples as aids to meditation. Also called “dry landscapes,” zen gardens are designed as miniature models of natural landscapes. This practice of artfully modeling the world in miniature seemed like a beautiful analogy to launch our new Data Science Sandbox as a Service…

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In the past, protecting and securing enterprise data was simpler—handled mainly through the use of basic perimeter-based devices like firewalls and intrusion protection services. As more and more enterprises now look to migrate or augment their big data clusters with the cloud, the amount of access points to their data continues to exponentially increase. For the modern enterprise, perimeters are almost gone. Thorough security and compliance measures for this newly distributed data are now a top priority for CISOs and security teams, well-covered in several recent articles around the web.

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Actian’s retreat from data warehousing forces ParAccel/Matrix owners to find a viable, supported platform for their workloads - but without the usual time or budget set aside for such a project because the announcement was a surprise and the timeline is so short (support ends April 30).

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For our upcoming webinar, we’re proud to feature guest speaker Mike Gualtieri, Forrester VP and principal analyst, an industry favorite. Why do we like him – especially on these topics? Well, as an industry analyst, Mike has a fascinating coverage area (bio), which includes big data and IoT strategy, Hadoop/Spark, predictive analytics, streaming analytics, prescriptive analytics, machine learning, data science, Artificial Intelligence, and emerging technologies.

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In an upcoming webinar, we'll get up to date on Cloud Data Warehousing with guest speaker Noel Yuhanna, Forrester principal analyst; Prat Moghe, (Cazena founder & former Netezza SVP) and...You! Noel will present a short and succinct overview of cloud data warehousing, a market he's tracked as an analyst since its inception. Then, we've planned lots of time for your questions and an interactive discussion, moderated by yours truly.

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This week Cazena made a major announcement, un-coincidentally timed with Strata + Hadoop World. We seriously enhanced our Data Lake as a Service, which is based on Cloudera Enterprise, runs on Microsoft Azure or AWS, and includes many new features for data science.  Read more here. It’s been exciting to see the momentum in the Big Data as a Service category and I loved sharing the news at Strata. Walking through buzzy hum of expo floor conversations, I overheard the same terms over and over.

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Big data, cloud and open-source technologies are revolutionizing data warehousing and traditional vendors are scrambling to adapt.

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37 marketing emails from retailers landed in my inbox today before noon. (For real.) Now, don’t shed a tear for me, I’m fine with it. Retail emails go into their own folder, where they don’t distract me until I’m ready. Plenty of them will never be opened, depending both on the subject line and my schedule. Suffice to say, I’m a fan of retail, often calling myself a “professional” shopper. I like to find exactly the right item, ideally with some efficiency. I like sales. I like to know about new products. So, I appreciate (and reward!) companies who use analytics wisely.

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June 2, 2016

NYC Cloud Expo vs. World Expos

By: Hannah Smalltree

Next week, I’ll be speaking about big data technologies at the Cloud Expo in New York City, June 7 – 9. The “expo” label is inspiring, reminding me of world expos throughout history. These huge national events feature exhibits, performances and activities, often with global, futuristic themes. The first event like this was “The Great Exhibition” in London in 1851. In the following decades, events became so popular that the Bureau of International Expositions formed in 1928 to oversee the calendar and consistency of expos.

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