Defining Hadoop with a straight face


Unlike datalake, I don’t think of Hadoop as a buzzword at all. It is a real thing – a real project you can touch and feel. Also, I love elephants (The one in the picture is an eighty year old Guruvayoor Padmanabhan, owned by a famous temple in Kerala)  – which might explain why I…

Before you take a dip in a data lake


We all love our jargon and buzzwords, don’t we ? Off late, I get pulled into a lot of discussions on “data lakes”. People are either huge fans of the the data lake approach, or they are super negative. And that is what makes these discussions a lot of fun. I did a google search…

Customer references and strategic relationships 


I had an interesting discussion with two friends on Twitter yesterday – Frank Scavo who is a well respected analyst and has advised a lot of customers on buying enterprise software and services , and Ben Haines who used to be the CIO of Box and who is now a VP at Yahoo . The…

Spreadsheet slaying is futile in enterprises


It would not be the first time that a friendly banter with my pal Dennis Howlett leads me to post a blog. This time it is about spreadsheets . I have a (not so) slightly difference of opinion with Den on the topic of use of spreadsheets in enterprises . The short version is Den…