DINOSAURS ARE REAL: Microsoft WOWs audience with HDInsight…(Hortonworks Inside)

DINOSAURS ARE REAL: Microsoft WOWs audience with HDInsight at Strata NYC (Hortonworks Inside) by Russell Jurney.

From the post:

You don’t see many demos like the one given by Shawn Bice (Microsoft) today in the Regent Parlor of the New York Hilton, at Strata NYC. “Drive Smarter Decisions with Microsoft Big Data,” was different.

For starters – everything worked like clockwork. Live demos of new products are notorious for failing on-stage, even if they work in production. And although Microsoft was presenting about a Java-based platform at a largely open-source event… it was standing room only, with the crowd overflowing out the doors.

Shawn demonstrated working with Apache Hadoop from Excel, through Power Pivot, to Hive (with sampling-driven early results!?) and out to import third party data-sets. To get the full effect of what he did, you’re going to have to view a screencast or try it out but to give you the idea of what the first proper interface on Hadoop feels like…

My thoughts on reading Russell’s post:

  • A live product demo that did not fail? Really?
  • Is that tatoo copyrighted?
  • Oh, yes, +1!, big data has become real for millions of users.

How’s that for a big data book, tutorial, consulting, semantic market explosion?

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