Saturday, April 25, 2015

Apple Acunu

On 25 Mar, Apple had acquired NoSQL database startup FoundationDB in what's thought to be a move to bolster the company's own cloud-based services.

Just a day after Apple acquired database company FoundationDB, Apple revealed the previously acquired U.K.-based data analytics company Acunu.

Acunu creates technology that provides analytics on databases, and its technology can be used in conjunction with other tools, improving their performance. Bloomberg notes the company's tools work well with free Cassandra databases, which Apple runs on several thousand computers.

It's likely that the Acunu acquisition will be used for iCloud and its various services, like iTunes Radio, the upcoming reimagined Beats Music streaming service and Apple's over-the-air TV service.

Both acquisition indicates that Apple is placing more emphasis on the development of solid data infrastructure to help provide services to its legions of global consumers beyond iPhones and iPads.

Letz watch this interesting tech wars !!!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Teradata Aster AppCenter

Teradata recently launched big data Apps powered by the Teradata Aster AppCenter. It allows a user to pre-package SQL, SQL-Map Reduce and SQL-Graph code into a one-click App which can then be shared with business users. When Apps are run they produce a report which can comprise tables, visualizations or a combination of both. The most basic type of App has its data source and input columns hard-coded in and will produce the report off whatever data is in the source table. Portable Apps allow the user to specify table and input columns – thereby running the App on different data sources.

Labour intensive tasks such as importing CSV data, moving data from other databases or from Hadoop, parsing semi-structured data such as weblogs, XML or json, and executing path, text and graph analyses can all be pre-packaged into a user-friendly one click app.  There is a RESTful APi to facilitate the integration of AppCenter output into web applications and make them available on mobile devices.

AppCenter is part BI tool like Tableau or Cognos, part code repository like Git or Subversion, and part collaboration and sharing space like Confluence – but it is not going to replace any of these. It is a way of making analytic repeatable and sharable.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Microsoft 40th Anniversary

Today 4 Apr 2015 is a special day for Microsoft; guess what?  Forty years ago, the world's largest maker of software was nothing more than a startup, founded by two college dropouts named Bill Gates and Paul Allen. Attached 1978 Portrait show case them.

Now, Microsoft has more than 125,000 employees, a sprawling 8-million-square-foot campus outside Seattle and its principal products running on nearly 90 percent of the world's computers. It's the third-most valuable company in the world, behind only oil giant Exxon Mobil and longtime competitor Apple.

Microsoft celebrates its 40th anniversary and Gates, who served as chief executive officer for 25 years before stepping down in 2000. He reiterated his commitment to the vision he laid out four decades ago that software could empower the world.

Bill Gates 40th anniversary mail, is tweeted by Amit Roy at

BigData Traffic Prediction

Microsoft has partnered with the Federal University of Minas Gerais, one of Brazil’s largest universities, to undertake research that could help predict traffic jams up to an hour in advance.

The Traffic Prediction Project is setting out to crunch all traffic data, including historical numbers where available, from transport departments, road cameras, Microsoft’s Bing traffic maps, and even drivers’ social networks, to see if established patterns can help foresee traffic jams from 15-60 minutes before they happen.

In 2014, it’s estimated that 54 percent of the planet’s people lived in cities, up from 34 percent in 1960. This is expected to grow at almost 1.84 percent a year until 2020, then 1.63 percent until 2025. The growing urbanization of the world’s population means that whoever cracks the traffic jam-prediction nut will be onto something lucrative, with drivers able to take alternative routes, use public transport, or simply stay at home.

While there are a growing number of tools and online services that can show drivers congestion hotspots in real time, including Google Maps, it’s often too late given that a driver may well be approaching the bottleneck already.

Microsoft will be putting its Azure cloud-computing platform to the test for the project, which will be necessary for the immense processing power needed to crunch multiple terabytes of data. The computing giant says that it has tested its model in London, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York, and claims to have achieved a prediction accuracy of 80 percent.

Microsoft Research Video at