L-R: David White (import.io), Christian Prokopp (Rangespan and BigDataRepublic), Shay Banon (Elasticsearch), Kathryn Corrick (Open Data Institute), Michael Hausenblas (MapR), Chris Osbourne (AlertMe) and Kevin Long (Teradata)
The esteemed panel was moderated by Kathryn Courrick from the Open Data Institute and included David White, our CEO; Christian Prokopp, Data Scientist for Rangespan and Columnist for BigDataRepublic; Shay Banon, Creator and CTO of Elesticsearch; Michael Hausenblas, Chief Data Engineer at MapR; Chris Osbourne, Big Data Project Manager for AlertMe; and Kevin Long, Business Development Director for Teradata.
I found this week’s Big Data debate to be an interesting one. With a panel of big data technology gurus such as Shay Banon, Michael Hausenblas and Christian Prokopp, the floor was set for an all-out battle between big data web technologies. There were many technical questions asked and answered, and there were some points where the less technically minded in the audience glazed over.
In order to spare our readers this same fate, I’ll be brief and give you a rundown on the conclusions drawn from the debate. The consensus seemed to be that there is currently no single big data technology that can be considered crucial in every case. Big data technologies such as Hadoop and ElasticSearch certainly have their benefits for some use cases, but would not be aplicable for all businesses.
There was also a very relevant point made about how there can be so many different interpretations of “big data”. What is “big” to one person is not necessarily big to someone else. Like “the cloud” was five years ago, big data has become the new buzz word that all businesses are inherently drawn to, yet no real definition for the term exists. Therefore, in my opinion at least, there is no single answer to the debate question that will hold true for all applications.
Joe Clarke pitching from Tableau
Before the debate got underway, there were several lightning pitches. The most interesting of these being Couchbase who, in their own words, can “get data into a database….. really fast”. Also Couchbase wont corrupt your data like MongoDB does. This was followed by mobile app Blinc, which allows you to send pictures to your friends, and then automatically takes a picture of them reacting to the image and sends it back to you – a bit like SnapChat, only better. Tableau, Claritize, and BigStep also pitched to the crowd.
by Chris Bamford, Developer