Archive for June, 2013

Hadoop Overview from the Austin Cloudera Sessions

June 26th, 2013


Cloudera came to Austin for an all day look insider at Apache Hadoop and Big Data. Their distribution is one of the most popular distributions today – and they presented a day full of insights and experts.



Drew O’Brian  giving an overview of how to optimize the use of BigData


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Cloudera architecture diagram for its distribution of Hadoop




Madhu Ganta discusses meeting critical SLAs using Hadoop




David Millman talks about creative ways to bring better insights using Cloudera Hadoop




Chuck Yarbrough of Pentaho explains a BigData workflow




A big box for BigData – The HP AppSystem for Apache Hadoop




Josh Willis, Cloudera Data Scientist, gives an overview of Hadoop best practices



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Detailed component diagram of Cloudera Enterprise Hadoop




Advanced Micro Device’s Mark Monroe, Database & Applications Manager, and Jonathan Jarvis, Product Development Engineer discuss their use of Cloudera Hadoop


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Ten Big Data Product Leaders

June 19th, 2013


Here are ten Big Data companies which are creating products, platforms, databases, or technologies which support predictive analytics on a massive scale:




Databases as a service





Hadoop based Platform





Enterprise search tools for Big Data



MapR Technologies


Hadoop (with NoSQL) Big Data Platform





FastData database technology





Database infrastructure technology





Big Data Analytics Platform





Data Analytics with Machine Learning





Data analytics for Sales, Social, and Marketing





Hadoop as a Service



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The Technology Behind Austin’s COTA F1 Racetrack

June 12th, 2013




Circuit Of The Americas is a multi-purpose facility that last year hosted the most prestigious racing event in the world – the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™. It is the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the U.S.

Our Austin SIM Chapter had a chance to do a behind-the-scenes tour the of facility in order to see many of the high-tech technology products that are used to operate the huge racetrack.

Many thanks to Isilon ( for sponsoring the event!



Tom Schneider of COTA explains the rapid pace and huge scope of the racetrack construction project.



David Wiggins of COTA explains the technology which is built into the racetrack itself.



Steve Finnerty, Matthew Riley, Huseyin Tanriverdi, and Dana Parker listening to David Wiggins.


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David Wiggins explaining all of the audio, video, and IT technologies which are utilized to create an amazing race experience.



Inside the racetrack control room.


Circuit of The Americas is situated on a 1000-acre site in southeast Austin, approximately two miles from Austin Bergstrom International Airport. It is a state-of-the-art 3.4-mile circuit track with capacity for 120,000 fans and an elevation change of 133 feet.

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CIO Panel: Change the Conversation, Change the Game

June 11th, 2013




Gary Hamel joins with Jim Stikeleather, author and chief innovation officer for Dell Services, Leni Kaufman, CIO of Newport News Shipbuilding, and Tim Theriault, CIO of Walgreens, to discuss how CIOs must redefine IT value and sharpen their focus. They spoke at an event sponsored by the Harvard Business Review.


See the VIDEO here (Moderated by Angelia Herrin):


Good follow-up: How CIOs Can Change the Game


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28 Nearly Free Agile Scrum | Kanban Tools

June 10th, 2013

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The offerings below represent the “entry point” user count and functionality level for each agile product. At itmWEB we researched over 40 products and compiled this list of 33 choices which seemed to be mature enough for agile experimentation and learning. Twenty eight of the products have very low price entry points and many of them are offered for free.

Some of the selections are very robust and highly usable for even the largest enterprise level projects. Others are better suited for small teams and small companies or projects.

Each offering has a different scale-up pathway that is designed to meet the potential growth, storage, and functionality curve of agile development efforts.

We have included some screen shots – but these are only for illustrating the look and feel of general agile automation – not because we recommend a particular product.



Atlassain Greenhopper (10 users for $10 per month)


AxoSoft OnTime ($7 per user per month)


Blossom (Unlimited Users for $9 per month)



CollabNet CloudForge (Unlimited Users for Free)


Darsoft Agile Project Manager – Scrum Sprint Planner (1 user for a flat $9.99 for iPad)


Eylean (1 User for $12 per month)


Flow (1 User for Free)


IBM Jazz – Rational Team Concert (10 Users for Free)


Kanbanery (5 Users for $8 per Month)


KanbanFlow (Unlimted Users for Free)


Kanbanize (Unlimited Users for Free)


Kanbanpad (Unlimited Users for Free)


Kunagi (Unlimited Users for Free)


LeanKit (25 Users for Free)


Microsoft Team Foundation Server (5 Users for Free)


Pivotal Tracker (3 users for $7 per month)



Rally Software (10 users for Free)


ScrumDo (7 users $15.95 per month)


SeeNowDo (Unlimited Users for Free)


SmartQ (1 User for $5 per Month)


Swift Kanban (20 users for Free)


Target Process (5 Users for Free)



ThoughtWorks Mingle (5 Users for Free)


TinyPM (2 users for Free)


Trello (Unlimited Users for Free)


Trichord (Unlimited Users for Free)



Version One (10 Users for Free)


Xamun (5 users for Free)


Yodiz (5 Users for Free)



Other Products (with higher Pricing):


HP Agile Manager (1 User for $39 per Month)


Polarion ALM (1 User for $3,000 License)


Silver Catalyst (Unlimited Users for $75 per Month)



Serena (Pricing by Request)


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Evolution of the IT Pro: #Infographic

June 5th, 2013


Not only the technical evolution of the IT Pro – but also the changing clothes and hair styles of  IT pros – funny stuff – click the image to see full size:


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