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Most businesses start the year by creating goals and objectives. What many businesses don’t know is that Google Analytics can greatly assist them in achieving those goals. The first step is to start asking yourself questions that you’d like answers to. This is the crux of good analysis. Once you know what questions you’d like [...]
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Businesses competing on the internet have found it a challenge to publish enough quality content and media to match their online competitors furious pace of publishing. It has become evident to search engine optimization consultants that new types of …
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Hadoop is designed to store big data cheaply on a distributed file system across commodity servers. How you get that data there is your problem. And it’s a surprisingly critical issue because Hadoop isn’t a replacement for existing infrastructure, but rather a tool to augment data management and storage capabilities. Data, therefore, will be continually going in and out.
Beyond Basic Tools
Basic tools exist, of course: Since Hadoop came into being, simple commands like Hadoop Copy have enabled a very straightforward and slow way to get data into Hadoop. And there’s Apache Sqoop, which is built expressly for getting data within a relational database management system (RDBMS) in and out of Hadoop.
But Sqoop has limitations of its own. It works, but it uses low-level MapReduce jobs to accomplish the work, which introduces a lot of complexity and (since MapReduce is done in batch jobs) time to data import and export jobs. It might be possible to take the time, of course, and dump your data into Hadoop just the once, but that assumes that Hadoop will be completely replacing your data storage infrastructure.
This is the near-forgotten side of big data: properly placing Hadoop within existing infrastructure so data is stored cheaply, but still quickly accessible for analysis. It is here that data integration tools must play a role as the bridge between existing data stores, analytics and business intelligence tools on one side, and Hadoop on the other.
Pervasive Software is a recent entrant to the Hadoop space, but not to the field of data integration: The Pervasive Data Integrator is no stranger to those who move in data circles. Earlier this month, the Austin-based company announced a Hadoop edition of its product that enables users to roll data from more than 200 sources into Hadoop’s Distributed File System (HDFS) or HBase, the Big Table-type NoSQL database that runs atop Hadoop.
A Visual Approach
Unlike Sqoop, Pervasive uses a visual approach to integrating data.
“It’s a mapping problem,” described Pervasive CTO Mike Hoskins, detailing a story of how even in development, one of Pervasive’s developers was able to perform an off-the-cuff data integration of 50,000 rows of data from an Oracle database to Hadoop in seconds… and that included the time it took to visually map tables in Oracle to Hadoop.
“He just mapped the tables, set the filters and constraints, set the target and clicked go,” Hoskins said.
Hoskins has a vested interest in talking up Pervasive, of course, but his company’s software is part of a growing class of data integration software geared to work with Hadoop and its ecosystem of big data tools. Among these are Talend’s Open Studio and Enterprise Data Integration products, as well as Pentaho’s Kettle.
Data integration tools like these will make transitioning to Hadoop a lot easier up front, along with extracting data for further analysis with tools outside Hadoop. And they will be necessary if Big Data is to fulfill its promise of making it easier to understand the meanings and patterns hidden in complex information.
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The agreement will keep programming from NBC, Fox and ABC on the service as the parent companies of NBCUniversal, News Corp. and Disney work out the direction that Hulu will take in years to come. What does the agreement mean? It is likely a stay of execution for the Web video service, keeping the status quo as the television giants fumble for the future of premium content on the Internet.
Hulu’s Life 0f Limbo
Hulu is one of what Internet TV provider Roku calls “the big four.” The others are Pandora, Amazon Instant Video and, of course, Netflix. The free service available on the Web allows users to watch new shows within 24 hours of when they aired but limits the catalogue of shows to four or five from current seasons and seasons past. Hulu Plus, for $8 a month, has a fuller catalogue as well as support for devices like the iPad and Roku.
What does the rumored Hulu extension mean for consumers? In the short term, not much will really change. The networks continue to provide it content and derive revenue from Hulu and Hulu Plus. At the same time, none of the networks have thrown their full weight behind Hulu, making it a bit of a forgotten castoff in the web of network empires.
AllThingsD’s Peter Kafa points out Disney CEO Bob Iger’s statement on Hulu from the company’s earnings call this week; “We don’t intend to let a platform–even one we own–get in the way of doing what we think is right.”
What Will The Networks Do?
The question is, what do Disney and the networks think is right? ABC is owned by Disney. One of the most popular applications on the iPad over the last several months has been the ABC Player, an application that streams ABC content and special features from shows like No Ordinary Family, Cougar Town and Desperate Housewives. Disney, not content with just making its shows available on Hulu, wants to keep its content within its own network funnel as much as possible.
If the ABC Player becomes a revenue hit for Disney, look for NBC, Fox and CBS to create their own dedicated apps, moves that would undercut Hulu and its chances of becoming the de facto location for watching new shows on the Internet. As it stands, the networks other than ABC only have news applications available, such as Fox News and CNBC. NBC has an application called NBC live that has the tag line of “watch shows on your TV and interact on your iPad.”
Then there is the elephant in the room when it comes to new shows and movies – Netflix. So far, the networks and studios (one and the same when it comes to Fox Pictures and NBCUniversal) are playing a vicious game of keep-away when it comes to allowing Netflix next-day rights. Essentially, the feeling among the networks is that if Netflix is allowed streaming rights of new material, all bets on Hulu or their own dedicated online channels are off. Hence, it is in the best interest of the networks to keep Netflix at arms length, feeding it bygone content from eras past, like once lovable sitcom Cheers.
Hulu continues to float on top of deep currents, its life strings attached to behemoths of media that do not trust each other nor the potentially disruptive child they have created. Will Hulu ever fulfill its potential as the go-to source for premium content on the Internet? Not under the current agreement and, as time goes on and the networks do little to innovate it, probably not ever.
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ShipWire is an order fulfillment provider that promises to give small and medium-sized businesses the supply chain capabilities of larger enterprises. They handle the storage, packing and shipping of products that are ordered online, as well as customer returns.
Shipwire can be integrated with any number of online shopping cart products, but FoxyWire is a free, plug-and-play solution designed specificially for FoxyCart customers.
FoxyCart offers an easy way to build a simple, visually-integrated online check-out process into one’s site for only $20/month. FoxyCart is marketed to Web developers, who will appreciate the product’s strict adherence to semantic, standards-compliant XHTML and CSS.
FoxyWire works by looking for any shippable physical items in the FoxyCart account’s outbound feed and then translating those orders into a format that’s readable by ShipWire’s API. The orders are passed along to ShipWire, where the fulfillment process begins. Products are ultimately sent from one of ShipWire’s warehouses in Chicago, Los Angeles, Toronto, Vancouver or the UK.
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