Commodore PET – Blast From The Past

•September 4, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Some of us started on these, learning CECIL.


Scaling Agile

•September 3, 2014 • Leave a Comment

A few interesting articles worth a read:

  • Scaling Agile at Gilt
  • Agile PMO – Triangle of Truth :)
  • The new user story backlog is a map


Distributed Systems

•August 28, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Few interesting articles recently on distributed systems:

  • The Space Between Theory and Practice in Distributed Systems
  • Distributed systems theory for the distributed systems engineer

Of particular interesting:

How you decide whether an event happened before another event in the absence of any shared clock. This means Lamport clocks and their generalisation to Vector clocks, but also see the Dynamo paper.

And then there is the coolness of state machines:

Distributed state machine replication (Wikipedia is ok, Lampson’s paper is canonical but dry).


Legacy Data

•August 27, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Dave McCrory has an interesting presentation on InfoQ which discusses enterprise platform as a service.  Slide 23 onwards discusses legacy data, and the issues associated with data consumption.  Master Data Management is also discussed in the deck.  Which leads to a New York Times article, “For Big-Data Scientists, ‘Janitor Work’ Is Key Hurdle to Insights”.

Data scientists, according to interviews and expert estimates, spend from 50 percent to 80 percent of their time mired in this more mundane labor of collecting and preparing unruly digital data, before it can be explored for useful nuggets.



Capital Market Big Data Use Cases

•August 27, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Couple of interesting use cases in this InfoQ video:

  • Broker-Dealer transaction history
  • Client Review
  • Customer Relations and Prospecting
  • Enterprise Credit Risk
  • Cluster Pricing

Clearly the presentation didn’t have time to get into Lambda architectures, Spark and more

Open Bank Project

•August 26, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Interesting video on InfoQ on Open Bank Project – retail banking.  In many ways its similar to Bloomberg’s App Portal initiative.

Python and Big Data

•August 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Coupled of interesting video’s from EuroPython:

  • Python’s Role in Big Data Analytics: Past, Present, and…
  • Big Data Analytics with Python using Stratosphere
  • Scalable Realtime Architectures in Python



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