Value creation is no longer one-and-done.
Pinterest is no National Security Agency, but the company, which identifies itself as a “visual discovery tool,” has grown into a collector of plenty information. Like Twitter, Facebook, Google, and other web giants, Pinterest has developed sophisticated systems for storing the data, but it’s also built a tool that lets lots of employees get at it.
In a blog today, Pinterest data engineer Mohammad Shahangian sheds light on the “self-serve platform” he and his colleagues have created for accessing data in Pinterest’s Hadoop clusters sitting in the Amazon Web Services public cloud.
Last year Glassdoor, an online job search engine and career community, incorporated a graph database providing members with real-time job recommendations. In March, it was reported that Cray CEO Pete Ungaro said that a Major League Baseball team had bought a Cray supercomputer, which has the capacity to quickly process vast amounts of data. Just last month, ProgrammableWeb reported that JustGiving, a leading social and charity giving platform, is building the new GiveGraph engine, which should be completed by the end of 2014. According to JustGiving, GiveGraph is the “world’s largest graph of giving behavior and contains 44 million people, [tens of thousands] of causes and 111 million connections.”
The city is flanked on three sides by smog-trapping mountain ranges.There are numerous sources of foul air, and a multitude of subtle ways the chemicals interact with each other, which make it hard to identify what problems need fixing.
The possibility of equipping the postal network (vehicles, mailboxes, mail pieces and parcels, sorting centers, etc.) with low-cost sensors will exponentially expand the capability of postal operators to collect valuable data. This new rich data sources could help the Postal Service improve operational performance, customer service, create new products and services, and support more efficient decision-making processes. The “Internet of Postal Things”, experts say, could also have a positive spillover effect on other adjacent non-postal sectors, as the information collected by and for the Postal Service could be useful to others.
There was a lot of news about Spark’s ascension in the big data ranks this week, as well as some speculation. According to Cloudera’s Mike Olson, his company is widely embracing Spark — including to run Hive — but not in place of Impala.
How should Argentina fans feel about all this, given the disappointment they’ve experienced in World Cups past and the hopes they’ve pinned on Messi this year? So far in the 2014 tournament, Messi has been erasing whatever gap there was between his Barcelona stats and his Argentina stats, with style. And that gap was never really as big as it appeared…In other words, if Barca-Messi and Argentina-Messi were two different people, even based solely on the stats recorded since 2010, there’s a good chance they’d be the two best players in the world.