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Recapping the HP Vertica Boston Meet-Up

This week, some of our Boston-area HP Vertica users joined our team at the HP Vertica office in Cambridge, MA. Over some drinks and great food, we had the honor of hearing from HP Vertica power users Michal Klos followed by Andrew Rollins of Localytics. Both Michal and Andrew offered some valuable insight into how their businesses use the HP Vertica Analytics Platform on Amazon Web Service (AWS).

Michal uses the HP Vertica installation in the cloud, hosted on AWS. The highlight of Michal’s presentation was a live demonstration of a Python script using Fabric (a Python library and command-line tool) and Boto (Python interface to AWS) that executed code to quickly set up and deploy a Vertica cluster in AWS. Launching nodes on the HP Vertica Analytics Platform in AWS eliminates the need to acquire hardware and allows for an extremely speedy deployment. Michal was very complimentary of the recent enhancements to our AWS capabilities in the recently-released version 6.1 of the HP Vertica software.

Michael Klos Demonstration

Following Michal’s demonstration, Andrew took the floor to talk about how Localytics uses the HP Vertica Analytics Platform to  analyze user behavior in mobile and tablet apps.  With HP Vertica, Localytics gives their customers access to granular detail in real-time. Localytics caters to their clients by launching a dedicated node in the cloud for each customer. With the HP Vertica Analytics Platform powering their data in AWS, their customers can start gathering insightful data almost immediately.

Our engineers then took the stage to serve as a panel for questions from the floor. It’s not often that our engineers get the opportunity to answer questions from customers and interested BI professionals in an open forum discussion. Everyone took full advantage of the occasion, asking a number of questions about upcoming features and current use cases.  In addition, our engineers were able to highlight a number of new features from the 6.1 release that the users in attendance may not have been taking advantage of yet.

Meet-ups serve as a fantastic catalyst for users and future users to interact with each other, share best practices and have a valuable conversation with different members of the HP Vertica team. We reiterate our thanks to Michal and Andrew, and to all those that joined us at our offices — thank you for an excellent meet- up!

Don’t miss another valuable opportunity to hear from fellow HP Vertica user Chris Wegrzyn of the Democratic National Committee on our January 24th webinar at 1PM EST. We will discuss how the HP Vertica Analytics Platform revolutionized the way a presidential campaign is run. Register now!

The growth of Big Data, the demand for Data Scientists, and the power of Community

These was an interesting article in CIO last week, IT Departments Battle for Data Analytics Talent, which argues (along with a related McKinsey report) that by 2018 the US will be facing a massive shortage of analytics talent:

By 2018, the United States alone could face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep analytical skills as well as 1.5 million managers and analysts with the know-how to use the analysis of big data to make effective decisions.

On a more personal note, I attended a holiday party this weekend where a parent was relating to me how their pre-college-age son was being advised to pursue ‘Data Scientist’ as a course of study because it is ‘hot’ (while asking me what exactly a ‘Data Scientist’ does).

But is the solution really just to throw more people at the problem? More importantly, is harnessing and leveraging Big Data really a labor problem, a technology problem, or a community problem?

At HP Vertica, we believe that the Big Data challenge will be met – and while we agree that Data Scientist will indeed be one of the hottest (if not sexiest) jobs of the 21st century, we are also confident that the power of community will allow companies to leverage technology to compensate for the demand for labor. Consequently, we have been making significant investments in the MyVertica community and have big plans in store for 2013.

Our friends at the Community Roundtable have put together a terrific set of materials around what it takes to build an active, engaged community – which aligns very well with our efforts to ‘socialize’ our organization.

Watch for much more in the year ahead, and if you’re not already a member of MyVertica, sign up today!

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