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Welcoming Facebook to the growing family of HP Vertica customers!

Yesterday at HP Discover Barcelona, we were thrilled to welcome one of our newest Vertica customers – Tim Campos, CIO of Facebook, during George Kadifa’s keynote.

Facebook selected the HP Vertica Analytics Platform as one component of its big data infrastructure.  Vertica’s value to Facebook can be found in its ability to provide business insights with incredible speed and flexibility. HP Vertica supports Facebook’s business analysts and helps the company be more productive through dramatically reduced query time. It is also valuable for providing accurate forecasting and aiding data driven decisions.

According to Tim:

“Data is incredibly important: it provides the opportunity to create new product enhancements, business insights, and a significant competitive advantage by leveraging the assets companies already have. At Facebook, we move incredibly fast. It’s important for us to be able to handle massive amounts of data in a respectful way without compromising speed, which is why HP Vertica is such a perfect fit.”

As blogger Dana Gardner posted:

“HP, taking a new leap in its marathon to remake itself, has further assembled, refined and delivered the IT infrastructure, big data and cloud means by which other large enterprises can effectively remake themselves.

This week here at the HP Discover 2013 conference — despite the gulf of 70 years but originating in the same Silicon Valley byways — has found a kindred spirit in … Facebook. The social media juggernaut, also based in Palo Alto, is often pointed to with both envy and amazement at its new-found and secretive feats of IT data center scale, reach, efficiency and adaptability. It’s a mantle of technological respect that HP itself once long held.

So for Facebook’s CIO, Tim Campos, to get on stage in Europe and declare that, “A partner like HP Vertica thinks like we do” and is a “key part” of Facebook’s big data capabilities, is one the best endorsements, err … “likes,” that any modern IT infrastructure vendor could hope for. With Facebook’s data growing by 500 terabytes a day, this is quite a coup for HP’s analytics platform, which is part of its HAVEn initiative. “

Welcome aboard Facebook to the growing family of HP Vertica customers!

Data-Driven Decision Making with the Vertica Analytics Platform

Physicians need access to a wealth of critical information from multiple systems in order to make life-saving decisions on a daily basis. Greg Gootee, Product Manager, MZI Healthcare, discusses how their new application, powered by the Vertica analytics platform, helps deliver better patient care through data-driven decision making. Delivering information in a timely manner is central to their application’s success. Check out this video shot at HP Discover 2013 to see how HP Vertica helps Greg and his team provide physicians with the information they need to make more accurate point-of-care decisions. In the video Mr. Gootee recounts how his Aunt may have avoided a tragic incident with better point-of-care services–the type of services MZI Healthcare and the Vertica analytics platform provide.

Backstage with HP Software

Jeff Healey, Director of Product Marketing for HP Vertica, discusses the power of HAVEn, HP’s groundbreaking big data analytics platform at HP Discover 2013.

A Sneak Peek of HP Vertica Pulse, Harnessing the Volume and Velocity of Social Media Data

The Web provides us with a myriad of ways to express opinion and interest—from social sites such as Twitter and Facebook to blogs and community forums to product reviews in ecommerce sites to many more. As a result, customers have significant influence in shaping the perceptions of brands and products. The challenge for the managers of those entities on which opinion and interest is expressed is to understand, in an automated way and in as close to real-time as possible, what people are talking about and how they feel about those topics, so that they can better understand and respond to their community.

HP Vertica Pulse — now in private beta — is HP’s scalable, in-database answer to the problem of harnessing the volume and velocity of social media data. Executed through a single line of SQL, HP Vertica Pulse enables you to extract “attributes,” or the aspects of a brand, product, service, or event that your users and customers are talking about; and the ability to assign a sentiment score for each of these attributes, so that you can track your community’s perception on the aspects of your business that your community cares about. Understand whether your customers are looking for a particular feature, how they react to a facet of your product or service as you anticipated, or if they are suddenly encountering problems. See how their perceptions change over time.

We used HP Vertica Pulse at HP Discover to capture attendee sentiment. We captured tweets related to HP Discover, the Tweeter’s screen name, and the timestamp. We ran the tweets through HP Vertica Pulse and visualized the results in Tableau. The whole effort was up and running in just a few hours. The screenshot below shows the major aspects:


  • We watched the interest of the crowd change over time. With each successive keynote, we saw new initiatives and people appear in the word cloud. Meg Whitman received a lot of press, as did HP’s New Style of IT and HAVEn. So did Kevin Bacon, who participated in Meg’s keynote.
  • HP Vertica Pulse surfaced news in the data analytics world. In a trial run using tweets related to data analytics, we saw “Walmart” — not a common name in the world of analytics — appear in the word cloud. A quick drilldown in Tableau revealed that Walmart recently purchased data analytics company Inkiru.
  • We captured the most prolific Tweeters. We could expand on this data to include influencer scores and reach out to the most influential posters.
  • We captured sentiment on all of the tweets. In a friendly forum like HP Discover, we expect the majority of the tweets to be neutral or positive in nature.

HP Vertica Pulse is a result of an ongoing collaboration with HP Labs and is built on Labs’s Live Customer Intelligence (LCI) technology. The Labs team has already had great success with LCI as evidenced in part by their Awards Meter application. HP Vertica has also built a social media connector that loads tweets of interest directly from Twitter into the HP Vertica Analytics Platform, allowing you to start understanding your community right away.

HP Vertica Pulse is yet another example of how you can use the HP Vertica Analytics Platform to bring analytics to the data, speeding analysis time and saving the effort of transferring your data to an external system. Because HP Vertica Pulse is in-database, you can store your text data and the associated sentiment alongside sales, demographic, and other business data. HP Vertica Pulse will help you to harness the voice of your customer so that you can better serve them.

We are now accepting applications to trial Pulse in our private beta. To participate, contact me, Geeta Aggarwal, at

A New Approach To Big Data Analytics

With all of the announcements made final from HP Discover 2013, it’s safe to say that Big Data was a hot topic this year. One of the biggest initiatives came from the announcement of HAVEn, HP’s comprehensive, scalable, open, and secure Big Data analytics platform. Check out Colin Mahony, Senior Vice President and General Manager of HP Vertica discussing how this new data analytics platform brings together everything an organization needs to profit from Big Data.

Six Degrees of Big Data

When you think Big Data you most certainly don’t think about acclaimed actor Kevin Bacon (most famous for the game six degrees of Kevin Bacon), but maybe you should. Earlier today he opened the Meg Whitman’s HP Discover 2013 keynote address. Throughout his discussion he continuously returned to the idea that technology has the power to bring us all closer together, what he referred to as connectedness—and harnessing the power of Big Data plays a central role to achieving that goal. Storing, analyzing, and accessing information, he said, is key to creating connectedness. Now is our time to define what matters.

Big Data in the Discover Zone

Meg specifically called out Vertica and Autonomy as integral pieces of HP’s Big Data strategy (we were one of only a handful of HP technologies specifically referenced!). We are tasked, she noted, with managing more data and complexity than ever before and that shift demands a new style of IT—one that relies on hardware, software, and services. HP is uniquely positioned to deliver in all three of these avenues. Most importantly she continued to relate a message near and dear to Vertica, that partners and customers are the heart of HP. Throughout the address Meg made it clear that IT, specifically Big Data, is a vital and vibrant part of HP’s future strategy—and Vertica is vital to achieving that level of success.

Big Data and Even Bigger Laptops at HP Discover 2013

Despite the fact that the thermometer is hovering around a balmy 110 degrees this week in Las Vegas, the HP Vertica team is thrilled to be a part of HP Discover 2013—and Big Data is front and center this year. There are a bunch of great sessions sprinkled throughout the week and an entire section of the Discover Zone is dedicated to the topic. Along with three Vertica booths, we have a number of speaking engagements, including a panel discussion about translating Big Data into business success featuring our own Colin Mahony.

Giant laptop in the Discover Zone

Walking into the exhibition hall I was immediately struck by the impeccable details from floor to ceiling (many more photos to come). I’m not sure what I was expecting, I knew it would be great, but I didn’t expect to see a 20 foot HP laptop replica that you could interact with. From the grandiose images draping from floor to ceiling to the multicolored lighting greeting you as you enter, HP did incredible work. It’s really remarkable how this all comes together in the end and I’m looking forward to a great week. I’ll be posting periodic updates throughout the week so stay tuned for more from HP Discover 2013.

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