Spark-logo-192x100pxI’m pleased to report that I was asked to moderate an upcoming Apache Spark panel discussion organized by the Los Angeles Apache Spark User Group. The event is hosted by Cross Campus in Santa Monica, a collaborative work environment that’s home to over 100 start-up tech companies. The event will be a rare opportunity to see a number of leading vendors on one panel, hear from their experts, and get their insight on best practices, real use cases, and solutions around Spark implementation. Scheduled for participation are: Cloudera, MapR, and Pivotal. I’m really looking forward to this evening event.

Attending the Tableau Conference 2014

Posted: September 13, 2014 in Events

Tableau_Conference_logoI happily accepted an invitation by Tableau Software to be their guest at their annual customer conference in Seattle, Sept. 8-11. I’ll be covering the show for insideBIGDATA. I’m really looking forward to attending the big event because: Seattle is in one of my favorite towns, Tableau is a wonderful data-centric tool, and because one of the keynote speakers is astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. You can read my Field Report HERE.

dell-logoI’m pleased to announce that I’ve been contracted to research, develop and write a new technology guide “insideBIGDATA Guide to Big Data and Finance” sponsored by Dell. The goal for the technology guide is to provide thought leaders in the financial services industry with an overview of how the big data technology stack can be applied to such areas as retail banking, credit scoring, back trading and testing, etc. Watch for the guide in September 2014.

gridgain_logoI’m pleased to announce that I’ve been contracted to research, develop and write a new technology guide “insideBIGDATA Guide to In-Memory Computing” sponsored by GridGain Systems, Inc. The technology guide will present a technology overview of the emerging field of in-memory computing and its importance to Big Data with a specific emphasis on GridGain’s products and solutions. Watch for the guide in August 2014.

Tibco-logoI’m pleased to announced that I’ve been contracted to research, develop and write a new technology guide “insideBIGDATA Guide to Predictive Analytics” sponsored by TIBCO. The technology guide will present an overview of using R and TIBCO Spotfire for data science projects that include predictive analytics elements.

UPDATE! 9/2/2014 – My new predictive analytics guide was launched today. You can download the guide HERE. Enjoy!

FocusTRAINRI’m very pleased to announce that I am now on the Board of Advisers for a new Los Angeles based start-up company: Focus Ventures, Inc. My responsibilities will be to advise the technical team on areas relating to data science and machine learning. The company’s product TRAINR by FocusMotion is a leading-edge offering in the wearables space. TRAINR provides the user with top trainer designed programs while tracking workouts, automatically. TRAINR is a digital personal trainer that’s available on multiple platforms and can work with nearly every existing fitness device.

FocusMotion is a complete solution that makes it easy to track and analyze physical movements with wearable devices. A new hardware and OS agnostic SDK unlocks new consumer insights and behaviors.  The product performs all of the complex signal processing, algorithm, and device integration work so innovators can focus on making engaging applications. I am really looking forward to this new assignment!


Blogger for KDnuggets

Posted: May 27, 2014 in Clients

KD_NuggetsMy friend Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro, founder of KDnuggets, recently reached out to me to come aboard as blogger for his news site. KDnuggets has been widely recognized as the leading newsletter on Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, currently reaching over 100,000 unique monthly visitors. Last year, KDnuggets was voted the Top Big Data Tweeter by Big Data Republic. I’m happy for the opportunity to align myself with such a recognized leader in the data science news space.