Hadoop: Big Data or Big Deal?
Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. Like the majority
of the SQL-Bits community, I have an extensive Microsoft product background,
with years of experience on the stack. Like the majority of the SQL-Bits
community, I’m being confronted more and more with talk of Big Data
Implementations. Tales of how big data will swoop in and change everything we
know about databases. I’ve spent the last 6 months deep-diving every Hadoop
implementation I could get my hands on (even paid for some training) to try and
dispel some common misconceptions I had about the subject. Here is what I
1) Big Data compliments your SQL Server, it does not replace it.
2) I don’t need to be a pro at Linux to use big data.
3) I don’t need to learn complex new languages .. not when standard ANSI-92 SQL will do
4) I don’t need to spend “all” my time in the dull, black command prompt. Today we use GUI !!
5) Forget about SSIS .. after you see Talend .. you might never go back
6) The most popular Hadoop distributions that everyone is talking about is not necessarily the best fit for me and my current SQL skills. Let’s talk Cascading & Lingual.
By the end of this session, I hope to share enough with you so you feel comfortable enough to take your first Big step into new data.
I am currently a SQL Server contractor, doing specialized SQL Server development work in the finance and investment banking industry in London. My employment history include KPMG, JPMorgan (investment bank), Collins Stewart (leading independent financial advisory group), Microsoft (SQL PFE - UK), Thomson Netg[ Now part of Skillsoft] (Lead SQL Server & .Net Development Trainer) and T-Systems (Application Developer). I ‘m passionate about presenting and enjoy sharing new SQL tips and tricks I pick up with others. Big Data is currently my area of focus and looking for ways to integrate with SQL Server is what i get out of bed for in the morning. I’ve been working with SQL Server for the last 10 years, and look forward to at least 10 more!
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