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Jnan Dash

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This week, I listened to a keynote presentation at API World 2018 by Gail Frederick, VP of Developer Ecosystem at eBay. eBay started as an auction website back in 1995, around the same time a book-selling company called Amazon started … Continue reading →
The second company to hit $1T market value was Amazon as its stock price reached past $2050.50 this morning. What an amazing journey this company had in only 23 years of life, younger than Apple, which hit its Trillion $ … Continue reading →
Machine learning is moving rapidly into the mainstream. Google folks have done a great job in building their framework TensorFlow to enable machine learning development. During a recent event in July called CloudNext’18 Google outlined several enhancements to TensorFlow. First &#...
As Apple’s stock hit $207.05 today, its value reached one trillion dollars, yes with 12 zeros and the first US company to do so. This is an incredible journey for Apple. Back in 1992, when I was introduced to Steve … Continue reading →
During the 1980s and 1990s, online transaction processing (OLTP) was critical for banks, airlines, and telcos for core business functions. This was a big step-up from batch systems of the early days. We learnt the importance of sub-second response time … Continue reading →
Blockchain is going thru its hype cycle. It’s not magic nor is it a solution looking for a problem. It is important to know what they can and can’t do. So let us revisit the definition again. Blockchain is a distributed ledger, shared by untrusted … Continue reading &...
This morning Microsoft announced the acquisition of Github for $7.5B. Why this makes immense sense? There are three main angles here: winning developers mindset and loyalty, pushing them closer to adopting Azure cloud at runtime, and a skills hookup with … Continue reading →...
The application of blockchain technology in the healthcare industry will bring great benefits, most important being accuracy of data and lowering of cost. Just as a reminder, blockchain technology provides these key facets: a low-cost decentralized ledger approach to managing … C...
Many experts predict that India will become a battleground for e-commerce by the second half of this year. According to a 7ParkData study, the share of monthly mobile e-commerce in March, 2017 looked as follows: Flipkart – 30.7%, Amazon – … Continue reading →
I attended a meetup at Netflix last evening titled “Polyglot Persistence at Netflix”, The Cloud Development Engineering (CDE) team presented various aspects of building and maintaining a highly distributed system to meet its ever-growing customer needs. There are almost 160...
There is a lot of crypto hype these days from crypto currencies like Bitcoin to fundraising efforts like ICO (Initial Coin Offering) similar to an IPO. All this noise has obscured the real benefits of the underlying technology – Blockchain. … Continue reading →
The convergence of technology leaps, social transformation, and genuine economic needs is catapulting AI (Artificial Intelligence) from its academic roots & decades of inertia to the forefront of business and industry. There has been a growing noise since last couple … Contin...
Many of you may not have heard of this 23 year old Russian-Canadian, Vitalik Buterin. He is one of those geniuses who started loving computing and Math from an early age. His parents immigrated to Canada from Russia when he … Continue reading →
The Neuromorphic Computing Project at IBM is a pioneer in next-generation chip technology. The project has received ~$70 million in research funding from DARPA (under SyNAPSE Program), US Department of Defense, US Department of Energy, and Commercial Customers. The ground-breaking R...
Recently I read somewhere this statement – As we end 2017 and look ahead to 2018, topics that are top of mind for data professionals are the growing range of data management mandates, including the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation that is directed at personal data and privac...
In a few decades when the history of computing will be written, a major section will be devoted to cloud computing. The headline of the first section would read something like this – How did a dot-com era book-selling company became … Continue reading →
This morning Jeff Bezos beat his nemesis from the same town Bill Gates as the richest man on the planet with his worth exceeding $90B. This was due to a huge surge in Amazon’s stock price (over $128 rise) to … Continue reading →
There is a lot of noise on Blockchain these days. Back in May, 2015 The Economist wrote a whole special on Bockchain and it said, “The “blockchain” technology that underpins bitcoin, a sort of peer-to-peer system of running a currency, is … Continue reading →
I just went to a couple of sessions at the API World going on at the San Jose Convention center. I heard all kinds of new terms thrown within a span of couple of hours – the new API driven … Continue reading →
Yesterday (September 12, 2017), Apple celebrated the tenth anniversary of its original iPhone, launched by Steve Jobs back in 2007 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. It was a big day when Apple opened its brand new Steve Jobs … Continue reading →
Those of you who have never heard of Splice Machine, don’t worry. You are in the company of many. So I decided to listen to a webinar last week that said the following in its announcement: learn about benefits of … Continue reading →
A new company just emerged from stealth mode yesterday, called Dremio, backed by Redpoint and Lightspeed in a Series A funding of $10m back in 2015. The founders came from MapR, but were active in Apache projects like Drill and … Continue reading →
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...