Modernizing the Online HR System

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In the mid-1990s, one of my first assignments as an IT Consultant was to build an online HR system.  The client wanted an extranet portal system enabling searching capabilities on personnel by departments or names or location, accessible to partners as well as internally.  During this time, all companies were rushing to move applications to […]

Combining Operational and Analytical Big Data Using Couchbase and Spark: A Market Basket Analysis Example

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Couchbase is emerging as a platform of choice in the Enterprise NoSQL market. Couchbase is engineered for handling the operational aspects of big data. However, the platform is continually being enhanced to support integration with related technologies that can address the analytical aspects of big data, and that integration offers disruptive solutions capability to organizations. […]

Getting Started with Giraph

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Apache Hadoop’s core analytical tools (e.g. MapReduce, Hive, Pig) are great for performing batch analytics over large, unstructured data sets.  However, a myriad of data sets are comprised of a more graph-like structure. Examples of such data sets include: a map with cities connected by roads, a social network with people connected by relationships, airports connected […]

MarkLogic Gets JavaScript

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Six months ago, I was down at the MarkLogic World San Francisco conference just south of SFO, listening to the opening speeches. I was there primarily to hear more about what would end up being in the second phase of their Semantics offering, when a mention was made about V8 integration. Now V8 in this […]