Archive for: Eyal Edelman

Hadoop Platform as a Service (PaaS) is here!

Over the past few years, businesses have been increasingly turning to the cloud to meet their Hadoop and Big Data needs. Cloud offerings provide varying levels of virtualization support to organizations, from simple virtual machine hosting to full-blown cloud solutions. One way to explain the various cloud models is using the analogy of “Pizza as […]

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Deliver Business Value Faster with Spark Machine Learning

Apache Spark Machine Learning (Spark ML) was introduced in Spark Version 1.4 and serves as a comprehensive solution for Machine Learning based on the Apache Spark computation engine. Spark ML introduces automation for the Machine Learning process via the Machine Learning Pipeline (ML Pipeline). Spark ML is based on the Apache Spark platform meaning it […]

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Spark RDD – Getting to the bottom records…

Apache Spark is the leading computation engine for Big Data and Analytics and has revolutionized the way we handle big data. Its API, the Resilient Distributed Dataset (RDD), is a powerful and robust tool which makes distributed computation tasks easy. There are numerous advantages to Apache Spark, making it a top choice for many organizations. […]

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Apache Spark: RDD, DataFrame and Dataset – API comparison and Performance Benchmark

Apache Spark is one of the most popular fast in-memory computation engines in the Big Data Space. Apache Spark includes SQL support and a rich Machine Learning library, which makes it a favourite choice for Analytics processing. Apache Spark computations are performed on distributed object collections. The Resilient Distributed Dataset (RDD) was the first type […]

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Microsoft’s Cortana Intelligence Suite at the TechConnex Big Data Meeting

Microsoft Black Belt Alex Fernandes presented at the most recent TechConnex Big Data Peer Group hosted by SWI. Alex, a Data Solutions Architect, presented an overview of the various components of the Microsoft Azure Cortana Intelligence Suite. The suite is a complete set of well integrated cloud services offered in the Microsoft Azure platform which includes […]

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Transforming Your Business in the Predictive Analytics Era

As SWI Big Data Practice Lead, I have witnessed first-hand that Predictive Analytics have a tremendous potential to transform businesses. Many organizations face challenges that prevent them from realizing the full potential of Predictive Analytics but I have seen and can vouch that utilizing Big Data solutions will help advance most organization’s predictive analytics, keeping […]

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Notable Presentations from the 2nd Annual Canadian Funds Summit

SWI’s Sean Hennigar recently presented “Steps to Becoming a Successful Data-driven Organization in the Big Data Era” at the 2nd Canadian Funds Summit this past May. There were two other notable presentations from the event which highlighted the impact of technology within the financial services industry. The first was by Carol Lynde, President and COO […]

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Big Data & Analytics Summit

The second annual “Big Data & Analytics Summit Canada” recently took place in Toronto. The event showcased many interesting presentations on real world examples of analytics in organizations today as well as insights into new trends from academia and vendors. During the summit, I had the pleasure of moderating a panel on Agile Analytics. The […]

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