Friday, November 21, 2014

Big Data Pipeline for Analytics at Scale at FIT CVUT 2014

The recent boom in big data processing and democratization of the big data space has been enabled by the fact that most of the concepts originated in the research labs of companies such as Google, Amazon, Yahoo and Facebook are now available as open source. Technologies such as Hadoop, Cassandra let businesses around the world to become more data driven and tap into their massive data feeds to mine valuable insights.

At the same time, we are still at a certain stage of the maturity curve of these new big data technologies and of the entire big data technology stack. Many of the technologies originated from a particular use case and attempts to apply them in a more generic fashion are hitting the limits of their technological foundations. In some areas, there are several competing technologies for the same set of use cases, which increases risks and costs of big data implementations.

We will show how GoodData solves the entire big data pipeline today, starting from raw data feeds all the way up to actionable business insights. All this provided as a hosted multi-tenant environment letting its customers to solve their particular analytical use case or many analytical use cases for thousands of their customers all using the same platform and tools while abstracting them away from the technological details of the big data stack.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Bringing GoodData Platform to the Next Level

Back in 2007 Marc Andreessen, founder of Netscape Communications and an investor in GoodData, wrote his legendary blog post entitled “The three kinds of platforms you meet on the Internet”. He defined the following three levels of a platform as follows:
  • Level 1 - “Access API”: “platform’s apps run elsewhere, and call into the platform via a web services API to draw on data and services – this is how Flickr does it.”
  • Level 2 - “Plug-In API”: “platform’s apps run elsewhere, but inject functionality into the platform via a plug-in API – this is how Facebook does it.”
  • Level 3 - “Runtime Environment”: “platform’s apps run inside the platform itself – the platform provides the “runtime environment” within which the app’s code runs.”
In the same year, GoodData was founded by serial entrepreneur Roman Stanek to take on the calcified world of Business Intelligence (BI). Unlike other BI vendors, we chose a radically different approach. We did not try to build yet another closed BI tool with its inherent strengths and unavoidable weaknesses. We were determined to build an open BI platform. Last week, after years of continuous innovation from over 150 engineers who powered nearly 100 major platform releases, we officially unveiled our next generation, end-to-end Open Analytics Platform.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Partnering with StartupYard to Turbocharge European Startups

"Our thinking behind the StartupYard partnership was this: if you want to innovate in the BI space, why try to replicate what GoodData has already done in the past six years? Why not focus on your core competency and let GoodData to take care of the rest? Amazon Web Services (AWS) has spurred innovation by lowering the barrier to entry for new software startups as new companies no longer need to buy hardware and run their own datacenter. In a similar fashion, GoodData is changing the domain of BI. If you want to innovate in the Data and Analytics space in 2014, there is no need to start from scratch." - See more at: