While a majority of Fortune 1000 companies are en-route to understanding Hadoop and adopting it in their technology stack, startups in the bay area and elsewhere have started asking the important and inevitable question: “What’s Next?”. Hadoop for the first time has allowed us to analyze massive amounts of data without necessarily indulging in expensive proprietary hardware or software. However, adoption of Hadoop alone isn’t necessarily helping businesses make smarter decisions or unearth completely new facts that could lead to immense growth of top line. The power of scalable infrastructure needs to be supplemented with nifty data mining and machine learning tools, better visualization of results, and easier ways to track and analyze the findings over a period of time. Besides, there is the entire realm of real-time analytics, which is beyond the batch oriented nature of Hadoop.
Thanks to all of you, who were able to join me at the session last evening. Thanks much for the kind remarks some of you left behind on the meetup message board, post the session. Its very rewarding to know that many of you enjoyed the session and found it very useful. I loved the many questions that were brought up and discussed in the room. Please feel free to send more questions by emailing them to me at st (at) treasuryofideas (dot) com. Alternatively, you could tweet them to me at @tshanky.
Thanks all for coming to my talk today on sorted ordered column-family stores at the Silicon Valley Cloud Computing Meetup. Here are the links to the Google’s research papers and a couple of videos that relate to Bigtable (and Google App Engine internals):
The NIT (National Institute of Technology) Almuni Network in the Silicon Valley organizes a monthly power connect networking event. I am honored to be invited as a special guest to their event this evening. I am not an NIT alumni (I attended St. Stephen’s College, XLRI and Courant, NYU) but do know that NIT (which was formerly known as REC) produces a number of very bright engineers every year. Although, IIT is the big global brand from India which has produced a number of very smart and well-recognized engineers, few know that NIT has a lot of great success stories as well.
I will be leading the conversation on NoSQL and Cloud Computing and would participate in a panel discussion on “Snakes and Ladders – How to climb the corporate Ladder” with a bunch of well-known and respected professionals including Bala Sahejpal (IT Director at Juniper Networks), Paul Chen (Director at PapayaMobile), Dilip Saraf (a career coach), Anand Kamannavar (Applied Ventures) and Biren Gandhi (Ex Studio CTO Zynga). Looking forward to the exciting event this evening. If you are coming to the event then look forward to seeing you there.
After Santa Claus has come and gone, NoSQL is coming to town! Come January 2011, I present the core NoSQL ideas, concepts, tools and technologies via a set of 4 day back-to-back sessions at the Silicon Valley Cloud Computing Meetup. The schedule is as follows:
Jan 24th (Monday): NoSQL Series – Part 1: Getting friendly with document databases
As I have said earlier, I am on a speaking engagement diet for a few months now and am sticking to a fewer number of conferences than I have in the last few years. The place I appear next is in a conference at my home base — New York City. Thanks to Elad Elrom, we have a great Flash conference, appropriately called — “Flash and the City“, right here in our city. Its a conference that has not only attracted a stunning lineup of speakers (including yours truly, just kidding :)) and includes some of the most relevant topics that would interest any and every Flash developer and architect but is also a conference that promises a lot of fun in the very amazing city. There are city tours, bar hopping events and dinner on the hudson. Doesn’t that sound attractive?
The event is scheduled to take place between May 13 and May 16 at the 3LD Technology Center in downtown Manhattan. You can look-up the schedule to get more details on who speaks on what and when.
My session titled — “Flash amid the cool and the futuristic web” covers a number of different emerging aspects of the Flash platform that are shaping and will be relevant for the web of the future. So, if you care about the future of the web, do stop by.
With the beginning of 2010 I have put breaks on my frequent speaking engagements. What I have decided, is to speak at select few events and venues, else for the most part keep to online communication. I will tell everyone about my plans for online sessions in a following post but for now let me talk more about the next event where I appear.
Going by the last few years, by the first week of March I would have spoken at atleast 4 to 5 events. However, this year is different and consciously so! My first event is 360 Flex at San Jose (March 7-10, 2010). You may ask why 360 Flex and you may want to know what I am talking about at that conference. Let me first attempt to answer the “why” part of the question and then I will talk a bit about what I am presenting on at the conference.
360 Flex is one of the few conferences that is run by and for the developers. Its one big meetup for all those who are part of the Flex community. Its not a stage where companies pretend to demo the future. Its all about great content, friendly experience and immense value for your money. Its a place where even the expert takes a few tips back with him at the end of the conference. So it was not prudent for me to skip this event. Tom and John have been gracious to have me as a speaker for past many 360 events and I have enjoyed each one of them. So when I had to choose a select few, 360 Flex comfortably made the list for all the good reasons I enumerated earlier in this paragraph.
So now that I am going to 360 Flex, what am I going to talk about there. Answer: some regular Flex stuff hidden under a fancy topic! No, just kiding I speak about the new Multi-touch support in Flash Player 10.1 and AIR 2.0. I intend to talk about what this new support means and what it doesn’t and try and corroborate my statements with a few nice examples. It should be a good talk to attend even if you do not intend to build any touch screen applications in the near future. I will try and include a few essentials topics on touch screens and multi-touch as well to bring up to speed all those who haven’t had an exposure to this realm of application development.
Before, I close, if at any time you were anxious why this speaking moritorium then here are my reasons –
Every time someone travels from coast to coast in the US, the person emits as much carbon dioxide as a full year of driving a car does. I would like to do my bit and contribute less to the global warming.
With the rise in the number of conferences and speakers, many events are becoming re-runs of the same old stuff, which you can easily Google for from the comfort of your home.
Its about time I started leveraging online media (especially video). I could reach a far greater number of people and help many more.
I am super busy with newer products in the making and customer work. Every time I am out I essentially slip down on my plans. I don’t want to continue to do that.
I am very keen on open spaces style events and advanced events as opposed to the 101 sessions. Honestly, 101 sessions are best delivered via online videos. So I think
Flex (Flash) Camp Wall Street starts tomorrow (November 16, 2009) in New York City. If you are coming to the event, do stop by to tell us about your exciting adventures in the world of RIA. Enjoy 14 exciting sessions over two days. Meet with the experts in the field. Mingle with the community and don’t forget to hang out in the after session sessions If you haven’t registered yet, don’t wait any longer as very few seats remain. Register online now at http://www.flexcampwallstreet.com.
(This cool speaker badge was created by Adam Flater as a draft initial artifact!)