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Jnan Dash

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This is yet another new term in our lexicon. The San Mateo, California-based startup Snowflake announced this week a new offering with this name, as a free add-on to the data warehouse it built for cloud computing. Now companies using … Continue reading →
Last Thursday (June 15, 2017), Amazon decided to acquire Whole Foods for a whopping $13.7B ($42 per share, a 27% premium to its closing price). On Friday, stock prices of Walmart, Target, and Costco took a hit downwards, while Amazon … Continue reading →
I was invited to speak at a conference called Solix Empower 2017 held in Bangalore, India on April 28th, 2017. It was an interesting experience. The conference focused on Big Data, Analytics, and Cloud. Over 800 people attended the one-day … Continue reading →
This term Data Unification is new in the Big Data lexicon, pushed by varieties of companies such as Talend, 1010Data, and TamR. Data unification deals with the domain known as ETL (Extraction, Transformation, Loading), initiated during the 1990s when Data Warehousing was gaining releva...
I happened to be in India last November when prime minister Modi announced the demonetization program, where 86% of the currency in the form of two paper bills (Rs. 500 and 1000 denomination) were made defunct. People were given time to deposit their existing currencies in the bank. Th...
A provocative title for sure! Everyone thinks we just started the era of cloud computing. I recently listened to a talk by Peter Levine, general partner at Andreessen Horowitz on this topic which makes a ton of sense. The proliferation … Continue reading →
I was invited to participate in a panel called “IoT Analytics” last Thursday, March 23rd. This was organized for the IoT Global Council by Eric Schonfeld of Traction Technology Partner (New York). Besides me there were two other speakers: Brandon … Continue reading &#...
I watched Sunder Pichai’s recent interaction with the students at I.I.T. (Indian Institute of Technology) Kharagpur, India, where he graduated back in 1992. Besides our common country of birth, I never knew Sunder until his rapid rise at Google a … Continue reading →
Clearly Satya Nadella has made a huge difference at Microsoft since taking office in 2014. The stock in 2016 hit an all time high since 1999. So investors are happy. Here are the key changes he has made since taking the role as CEO: Skipped Windows 9 and went straight from Windows 8 t...
I moderated a panel of three CIOs last Sunday at the Solix Empower conference on the subject of data-driven enterprise. The three CIO’s came from different industries. Marc Parmet of the TechPar group spent many years at Avery Dennison after stints at Apple and IBM. Sachin Mathur leads...
I watched Larry Ellison’s keynotes at this week’s Oracle Open world conference in San Francisco. They are definitely serious in pushing their cloud offerings, even though they came in late. But Oracle claimed that they have been working on it … Continue reading →...
While reading the latest issue of the Economist, I was reminded that August 25th. marks an important anniversary for two key events:  25 years back, on August 25, 1991, Linus Torvalds launched a new operating system called Linux and on … Continue reading →
The big move is Amazon’s beating Exxon Mobile (used to be number 1 for many years) to the fourth spot. The switch came after Amazon posted its fifth straight quarter of profits last week as the oil giant’s profits tumbled 59 percent during the same rough period. If Exxon continues its ...
So finally it was Verizon paying $4.8B to acquire Yahoo’s core business. Business Insider said, “Yahoo, which was founded in 1994, was one of the world’s leading internet businesses but has gone through tough times in the past several years. … Continue reading &...
Here in Silicon Valley, every day brings some new tech. news that gets your attention. A sample of current news: Uber starts helicopter service in Sao Paolo, Brazil. That city of 20 million people gets horrific gridlocks that can stretch for … Continue reading →
This is big news this morning – Microsoft buying LinkedIn at $26.2B cash. LinkedIn’s stock is soaring by 47% as we write while Microsoft stock is falling! This is one of the biggest acquisitions since Dell’s acquiring EMC few months … Continue reading →
IBM has come a long way from my time – 16 years spent during the 1970s, 1980’s and early 1990s. Hardware was the king for most of my years there and software was merely a means to an end of “hardware … Continue reading →
So this morning at Google’s annual developer conference called IO, a new messaging product called Allo was introduced. Allo integrates Google services like YouTube, Maps, and Search, and will serve up “smart replies” and let users of the app chat with a new … Co...
After a few years gap, I attended this annual conference called TiEcon. TiE stands for The Indus Entrepreneurs, formed 23 years back by some of the valley technocrats originating from India. This is a non-profit organization to foster and help … Continue reading →
This morning, at F8 developer’s conference in San Francisco, Marc Zukerberg announced “bots” for Facebook Messenger. Bots are humanlike robots built with AI algorithms that can interact between the user and business. For example, to order a Uber cab, you … Conti...
I attended a meetup yesterday evening at the San Jose Convention Center on the subject “Apache Hadoop, the next 10 years” by Doug Cutting, the creator of Hadoop while at Yahoo, who works at Cloudera now. That venue was chosen because … Continue reading →
I happen to be in Poland and just heard of Andy Grove’s passing away. If you go south from here, cross Slovakia, you will reach Hungary. That’s where Andy Grove grew up in a jewish family. Then came the Nazi … Continue reading →
Back in January, Tech Crunch published an article on this subject called Stack Fallacy, written by Anshu Sharma of Storm Ventures. Then today I read this Business Insider article on the reason why Dropbox is failing and it is the Stack … Continue reading →
I remember back in 2003 when I had a meeting with the then CTO of Amazon for a couple of hours. He was narrating his vision of SOA (Service Oriented Architecture), where individual business or programming functions (called services) can be stacked up in libraries and get invoked as and...
I attended a HIVE-sponsored Meetup yesterday evening titled, “Rocking the database world with RocksDB”. Since I had never heard of RocksDB, I was curious to learn how it is rocking the database world. Facebook built this key value store storage layer originally to use for MySQL (ins...
I was out of the country when my old colleague from IBM days, Ed Lassettre passed away last November. I only found out earlier this month about his demise from a mutual friend from IBM Almaden Research. Ed was one … Continue reading →
I have known Gartner for decades during my IBM and Oracle days. Even though I have observed how they invent new terms for stuff we already know (a bit annoying, but I guess that’s their business), they do a decent job in capturing key strategic trends. In a recent article, I saw ten s...
Open source software – software freely shared with the world at large – is an old idea, dating back to the 1980s when Richard Stillman started preaching the gospel calling it free software. Then Linus Torvalds started working on Linux in the early 1990s. Today, Linux runs our lives. Th...
As every year begins, several experts and analyst firms like to make predictions. Let us try to make some observations in an area much talked about lately – Big Data. So here goes: Big Data quandary will continue as companies try to understand its value to business. Just dumping all k...
Forbes just said this in an article, “As Uber plans a $2.1 billion funding round that would bring its total capital raised to almost $10 billion, the ride-hailing app is hoping to fetch a valuation as high as $68 billion. … Continue reading →
Back in 2008, three young men applied to Y Combinator (YC), a school for startups, looking for help with their tiny firm, AirBed and Breakfast, a website that helped people rent out inflatable mattresses in their living rooms during conferences. … Continue reading →
The concept of a ‘data lake’ was coined by James Dixon of Pentaho Corp. and this is what he said – If you think of a datamart as a store of bottled water – cleansed and packaged and structured for easy consumption – the data lake is a large body of water in a more natural state. The co...
This is a new term I learned this week, thanks to the Forrester analyst Mike Gualtieri. Terms like Translytics or Exalytics (Oracle’s phrase) do not roll off the tongue that easy. Mike defined Translytical as , “single unified database that supports transaction and analytics in real ti...
I attended my first Cassandra Summit 2015 this week at the Santa Clara convention center. I was quite surprised to see more than 6000 people attend this event, much bigger than last year (2000 attendees) with 130 sessions. It was … Continue reading →
HP (Hewlett Packard) is in the news today. The company (HPQ) is splitting itself into two separate companies on Nov 1st. – HP Enterprise (HPE) and HP Inc.(HPI). The first one will include the server line, consulting, and related software whereas … Continue reading →
Apple continues to amaze. Excitement build-up. Total secrecy. Rumor mill in full works. Then the day comes like this morning! A perfectly scripted, 2-hour extravaganza packed with new products and features. The Steve Jobs tradition lives – perfect execution of … Continue re...
August 10, 2015, saw the dawn of a new era at Google. It announced a huge restructuring of the company. An umbrella holding-company called Alphabet was created to manage a portfolio of separate companies each with its own CEO. Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin elevated themselves to ...
I just read a new booklet from O’Reilly called The Software Paradox by Stephen O’Grady. You can access it here. Here is a direct quote: “This is the Software Paradox: the most powerful disruptor we have ever seen and the creator of multibillion-dollar net new markets is being commerc...
There is a whole area in the Data world, called by various names – data integration, data movement, data curation or cleaning, data transformation, etc. One of the pioneers is Informatica which came into being when Data Warehouse became a hot topic during the 1990s. The term ETL (extra...
I am posting an article by Somesh Dash, General Partner at IVP, published today in Tech Crunch. _______________________________________________________ In 1989, the creators of “Back to the Future 2” imagined a 2015 very similar to the one we live in today … Continue reading U...