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The Big Data Heartbeat

WANDisco recently hosted a very well attended and wide ranging breakfast briefing – focusing on big data opportunities in the public sector – and on lessons to be drawn from private sector experiences. The combination of short keynotes and panel discussions meant we got to hear lots of perspectives about a lot of interesting projects and…

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Big Data is a truly global phenomenon

This is one that slipped under my radar when it happened – back in August. Christian Prokopp, a Principal Consultant here at Big Data Partnership, was in Bangladesh on holiday, and he took the opportunity to hook up with some local Big Data activists.  He quickly found a host of local enthusiasts: academics, entrepreneurs, data scientists and just…

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Getting into the Christmas Spirit

No not that kind of spirit!  The spirit of Christmas sharing. But all in a good cause; all the participants who insisted on sharing their taste in seasonal knit-ware also had so share a little of their monetary good fortune with Save the Children. Thanks everyone. Merry Christmas to all friends of Big Data Partnership.…

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Can Big Data really identify the best treatment for people with Type II Diabetes?

We’ve just won funding matching from the UK government’s InnovateUK 2014 programme with partners Outcome Based Healthcare to answer that question. This is a fascinating, challenging  but very valuable machine-learning project, because currently, treating type 2 diabetes and complications caused by it eats up over 6% of NHS budget. And a lot of that cost – and the human cost –…

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Postcode Anywhere – Big Data for SME’s

The Times carries an article on 1st December about Big Data for SMEs. It features Postcode Anywhere‘s smart new product, Triggar (in controlled testing from January) front and centre. Triggar uses Cassandra, Spark, Elasticsearch and some very effective machine learning so eCommerce site operators can dynamically optimise site behaviour depending on the profiles of visitors, and how…

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Spark and Cassandra – hot combination

Next week we’ll be at the  Cassandra Summit in London, presenting with our customer PostcodeAnywhere on their cool Cassandra/Spark/Elasticsearch lambda architecture. And we’ll be doing a lightning talk at the conference about one of the challenges in that project – refreshing the evolving model from Cassandra in Spark Streaming so responses to the streaming data are…

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MapR guest blog on 6 steps to big data success

MapR recently invited BigDataPartnership’s Christian Prokopp to blog about the 6 steps to big data success. It makes interesting reading, and focuses on the business and not just the technology – which is merely the means to delivering value to the business.  

Interview with Big Data Partnership’s Christian Prokopp

The BigStep bloggers added a new entry to their Expert Interviews when they talked to Big Data Partnership Principal Consultant, Christian Prokopp. You can read what Christian shared about Hadoop, Big Data adoption challenges, alternative and future trends here: http://blog.bigstep.com/expert-interviews/expert-interview-christian-prokopp/  

Delivering Apache Cassandra support – the community way

The way Big Data Partnership delivers Support isn’t like a lot of big companies, who have dedicated support staff, with relatively low skill levels, trying to screen the real experts from a wave of tickets. We have a pool of experts who pitch in with support. It’s not like that sounds: a bunch of folk…

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Big Data Partnership goes to Guernsey!

During the last weekend in September, Big Data Partnership went to Guernsey. Twenty-six tired travellers met at Gatwick at 6:30am on the Saturday morning, and after breakfast and a (optional) free sample of vodka in duty free, we boarded the plane. Upon landing in sunny Guernsey’s airport we were met by activity guides and a…

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