Posted by Kerry Godes
Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

As we blogged about earlier this week, Big Data Week at Microsoft is showcasing what customers, partners, and the industry are doing to harness the power of big data to change the way organizations and people do business, discover insights and interact with one another.

On Wednesday night, Microsoft hosted Big Data Date Night, which brought together 300 big data engineers, analysts and innovators in Silicon Valley to discuss how they’re helping their customers make sense of huge sets of structured and unstructured data, while providing glimpses into the tremendous business opportunities on the horizon. It was a great opportunity for us to swap learnings with leading big data experts and share more about Microsoft’s work to support Hadoop on Windows Azure.

Conversations focused on how to make data analysis easier for businesses around the world and the work that Microsoft is doing to provide a Hadoop-based solution on Windows Azure that is 100% compatible with Apache Hadoop piqued interest.

“The team releases all their work back to the OSS community,” said Kamal Hathi, Engineering Director at Microsoft. “It’s not just having open source standards and Hadoop distribution, but it’s having an entire platform around it.”

Watch the video below to hear more from Hortonworks, SiSense, and Microsoft about how companies “can do really magical things” with big data.

Also, be sure to check out the Big Data Newsroom for more on this week’s big data industry perspectives and customer stories: