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DC Data Wranglers: It’s a Balloon! A Blimp! No, a Dirigible! Apache Zeppelin: Query Solr via Spark

I had the pleasure this past Wednesday of introducing Eric Pugh (@dep4b) to the Data Wranglers DC Meetup group. He spoke about using Solr and Zeppelin in data processing and; specifically, the ways big data can easily be processed and displayed as visualizations in Zeppelin. Also broached was Docker, an application Anant uses, and its role in setting up environments for data processing and analysis. Unfortunately, no actual blimps or zeppelins were seen during the talk, but the application of data analysis to events they usually fly over was presented on last month during a discussion about Spark, Kafka, and the English Premier League.

 

Instead of trying to completely rehash Eric’s presentation, please check out his material for yourself (available below). In short, he showed how multiple open-source tools can be used to process, import, manipulate, visualize, and share your information. More specifically, Spark is a fast data processing engine which you can use to prepare your data for presentation and analysis. Whereas, Zeppelin is a mature, enterprise-ready application; as shown by its recent graduation from Apache’s Incubator Program; and is a great tool to manipulate and visualize processed data.

 

 

 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or if you are interested in participating or speaking at a future Data Wranglers DC event. Each event is recorded, livestreamed on the Data Community DC Facebook page and attended by 50 or more individuals interested in data wrangling, data processing, and possible outcomes from these efforts. After the monthly event, many members continue their discussions at a local restaurant or bar.

 

I hope to see you at an event in the near future!

Strategy Breakfast – Sweet Spot for Big Data

It was great to get together with Big Data enthusiasts last week at the Metro Offices co-working space. If you attended, please send a thank you to Robert Katz (@Robert_Katz) for opening it up. The conversation was an open forum discussion among professionals with backgrounds in digital marketing, law, and finance. There was general agreement that companies need to use data to make decisions; however, participants noted basic impediments such as understanding or identifying the underlying importance of a data point or metric, separating correlation from causation, and wading through unknown-unknowns.

 

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What was generally agreed on is there is value hidden within the information being collected and it is necessary to understand how to access and apply that data to help ourselves and clients stay ahead of the competition. At a basic level, spreadsheets and tools such as Google Analytics provide information about what is happening, but it is important to also understand why numbers are changing and if they are changing in an anticipated manner that indicate a stronger company going forward. This latter point touches on measuring the effects of actions taken by a company, primarily through marketing, and the ultimate return on investment of those actions, whether intended or unintended. The final point, exploring the ‘unknown-unknowns’, or ‘what is possible’, is what seemed to capture the greatest attention of many in the room. Never has there been the opportunity to compare and analyze so many data points and it is sometimes overwhelming to do so or even arduous as information is siloed in separate databases – a challenge Anant is helping businesses overcome.  

 

Big Data is a big topic and this group conversation will continue at the monthly breakfasts through the end of the year. While the focus for the next breakfast on September 30 has yet to be set, it will most likely delve into both successful and unsuccessful use cases of big data for data-driven decisions in a business environment. Please do not hesitate to contact us with other topic suggestions for either September or subsequent breakfasts. In the interim, you can sign up for the 30th or join us for a webinar on connecting online business software on September 16. We look forward to seeing you again or meeting and talking with you at one of our upcoming events.

Asynchronous Data Processing

The state of the world’s information systems are changing and so should your data processing habits. As the cloud takes precedence in IT environments, different systems that run the modern enterprise are not on the same network or system. These systems have data that business users need to leverage on a day to day and sometimes on an immediate basis.

As big data evolves, we have seen movements from batch processing to micro-batches, to stream processing. All of this is great but folks still need to connect the internet together somehow to access the data.

 

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This presentation was delivered by CEO, Rahul Singh, at The George Washington University to the Data Wranglers DC Meetup on data processing. It outlines the challenge of the current state of business and explains that asynchronous processing is the way to manage the growing sources and volume of business information.

The discussion outlined four main points:

• Thoughts of why “Asynchronous” is the Future

• Discussion about Batch, Micro-Batch, Streaming

• Difference between a Queue / Enterprise Service Bus

• Proposed Architecture for Asynchronous Data Processing

 

Take a look at the slide presented below.

 

Data Wranglers DC is a professional group that meets monthly to discuss topics including open data, data gathering, data munging, and the creation, storage and maintenance of datasets. We combine presentations with hands-on workshops, always seeking to make our data munging lives easier. No experience necessary – just bring your interest.

A Hybrid Approach to Project Management

There are a multitude of project management techniques for software development, but which one is ideal for your company? At Anant, we believe a hybrid approach is best for the Modern Enterprise. CEO Rahul Singh recently presented our approach at the Agile Leadership Network Meetup.

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No single project management method will work for all organizations; however, many companies select and approach without assessing what techniques can be incorporated from other styles. Even though the traditional waterfall software development life cycle (SDLC) method is falling out of style, it is absurd to completely dismiss it in favor of something shiny and new (e.g. Agile) without analysis.

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Both methodologies have strong attributes that can be useful to your organization. The key is finding which pieces to assimilate into your method, and which to avoid. This mix is different for each enterprise.

In the following clip Rahul talks about some of the ways Anant uses a combination of Getting Things Done (GTD), SDLC, and Agile to better prioritize client tasks (also known as stories).

See the slides below for more information pertaining to this talk. The main topics covered include:

  • Why Care So Much About This?
  • SDLC – Initial Requirements & Specifications
  • Agile – Cycles of Continuous Improvement
  • GTD – Mind Like Water

Anant is the sponsor of DC Enterprise Tech Meetup, a group of entrepreneurs embracing new tech trends, modern enterprise, and web technologies. Check out our next event here!

Event Sponsor: http://www.meetup.com/Agile-Leadership-Network-ALN-Washington-DC-Area-Chapter/ 

The ALN DC Chapter started in 2008 and since then has been the most active Agile Leadership Network chapter in the U.S. On a monthly basis our expert speakers present on topics from scaled agile to test driven development to agile transformation. If you are interested in getting past “doing agile” and instead are interested in “being agile”, this is the group for you.

 

Business Applications Demo with DC Enterprise Tech Meetup

Towards the end of April we hosted the DC Tech Enterprise Meetup where we had various people from  the business world come and demo applications that they believe can be useful for the Modern Enterprise. We had presenters from Uniplus Consultants, DivvyCloud, and Anant showcasing a total of four different business applications.

 

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Nagesh Kakarlamudi, Software Architect at Uniplus Consultants, Inc., presented a business application platform intended from small and medium size businesses. His software highlighted the importance of being able to get small but powerful applications up and running in a short-time span.

 

Jeremy Snyder, VP of Business Development at DivvyCloud, presented a large scale autonomous policy enforcement platform. This application is meant for organizations that are dealinjeremyg with soaring infrastructure needs while at the same time having to ensure security policies are being met across all systems. His demo showcased the importance of keeping all instances of your virtualized infrastructure compliant with your enterprise policies.

 

Rahul Singh, CEO of Anant, presented Docker, a business application that has revolutionized the way many technology firms now deploy code. Docker is a tool that can be used to contain, store, and transport software applications. It helps programmers focus on programming by making environment setup and testing as easy as possible.

 

Arturs Oganesyan-Peel, Business Aartursnalyst at Anant, presented Metabase, an open-source business intelligence tool that supports multiple database types. Metabase is an intuitive analytics application that is very easy for the non-technical user to become familiar with while also having capabilities that a database expert could find useful. It’s ability to manipulate and display data in a variety of ways, as well as its integration / sharing functionalities make it useful for any enterprise that believes it’s ready to use data as a major driver of business decisions. See his slide below:

 

 

We’d like to thank all the presenters for participating and we are looking forward to our next Meetup!

 

Anant is the sponsor of DC Enterprise Tech Meetup, we are a group of entrepreneurs embracing new tech trends, modern enterprise and web technologies. Check out our next event here!