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Posted by Kerry GodesSenior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations
Organizations are constantly in search of solutions that can help them manage, analyze and understand the vast amounts of data generated through today’s technology. Traditionally this required hiring business intelligence vendors and experts to extract Big Data insights, but no longer. Today at the O’Reilly Strata Conference + Hadoop World in New York, Microsoft and our partner Hortonworks announced new previews of our Apache Hadoop-based solutions for Windows Server and Windows Azure.
Called Windows Azure HDInsight and Microsoft HDInsight for Windows Server, both solutions embrace enterprise-ready Apache Hadoop to enable most any user to begin viewing and truly analyzing Big Data, using such tools as Microsoft Excel, PowerPivot, and SQL Server Analysis Services. Regardless of the size or type of data, or where it’s stored, both HDInsight versions offer simple management via Microsoft System Center 2012, a shared codebase for platform consistency whether on Windows Server or Azure, and 100% compatibility with Hadoop.
Posted by Frédéric AatzDirector of Interoperability, Microsoft France
Alfonso CastroDirector of Strategic Partnerships, Microsoft Open Solutions Group
Last week we were fortunate to participate in Open World Forum, a leading global summit focused on how we’re collectively building our digital future in an open and transparent manner. We’ve gathered together our recap of the Forum’s three days of sharing, thinking and coding with some of the top contributors to open technology initiatives from around the world.
Posted by Kerry GodesSenior Manager – Worldwide Marketing and Operations
In the past, developers using HTML5, CSS and other open web technologies have consulted multiple sites for guidance on how to effectively use these technologies across the world of browsers, operating systems, and devices – a time consuming chore that drove increased development costs.
Today the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), in collaboration with Adobe, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, and others, announced a solution to this developer dilemma with the alpha release of Web Platform Docs.
Web Platform Docs is a new wiki-style community site designed to be a comprehensive and authoritative source for web developer documentation. Web professionals can save time and resources by consulting the trustworthy repository for current, cross-browser and cross-device coding best practices, including informative tutorials for existing and new technologies.
The absent-minded professor is an exaggerated movie cliché. But like most clichés, it does have a kernel of truth within it – namely that people who are absolutely brilliant in one area are often less disciplined in others. In certain scientific communities, an area of inattention has been data management, sharing and archiving. The University of California Curation Center (UC3) at the California Digital Library (CDL) is aiming to address that problem with DataUp, an add-in (a kind of extension) for Microsoft Excel that is available via http://dataup.cdlib.org staring today. DataUp was created with support from Microsoft Research Connections and with funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.We spoke with Carly Strasser, project manager for DataUp, and John Kunze, associate director of UC3.Please give our readers some background on DataUpStrasser: This project came about because researchers are being challenged in new ways with digital data and are generally not educated as to how best to manage and document their data. The folks at CDL thought, “What can we do as a library to help these researchers who don’t have the skill set to take care of their data?” Microsoft Excel is a big part of most researchers’ workflows, so we created a tool that would integrate well into those workflows and make it seamless to manage data.