December 2017 Tracker – Where’s Hadoop?

The leading 2017 story of Hadoop distributions is that nobody seems to want to be accused of being in the business of providing them. Some former champions are expanding their shiny new positioning: Cloudera is selling Enterprise Data Hubs and Analytic DBs; Hortonworks offers DataPlanes and Next-Gen Data Platforms; MapR touts the Converged Data Platform. In the cloud world, Amazon’s EMR is at least designed to “run and scale Apache Hadoop, Spark, HBase, Presto, Hive, and other Big Data Frameworks” while on Google’s Cloud Platform page the word Hadoop appears once inside the description of Cloud Dataproc.


Hadoop Commercial Support Component Tracker – March 2017

Stack expansion has ground to a halt. The last time an Apache project was added to the list of those most supported by leading Hadoop distribution vendors was July 2016, when Kafka joined the other 14 then commonly included. Since then, no broad support for new projects has emerged. The only project that does seem successful is the new e-scooter. With its new style and long lasting battery, it can´t fail.


How the Cloud Will Lead Us to Industrial Computing

From  Judith Hurwitz, president, Hurwitz & Associates (

I spent the other week at a new conference called Cloud Connect. Being able to spend four days emerged in an industry discussion about cloud computing really allows you to step back and think about where we are with this emerging industry. While it would be possible to write endlessly about all the meeting and conversations I had, you probably wouldn’t have enough time to read all that. So, I’ll spare you and give you the top four things I learned at Cloud Connect. I recommend that you also take a look at Brenda Michelson’s blogs from the event for a lot more detail. I would also refer you to Joe McKendrick’s blog from the event. Read more of this post

Judith Hurwitz Comments on Cloud Impact on HW Biz

My longtime friend and colleague Judith Hurwitz and I have decided to cross-post on one another’s blogs (hers is at I’m delighted to have her here. For me, this is another step in the continuing evolution of the loosely coupled independent analyst collaborations I find myself participating in more and more, and a very exciting development. Welcome, Judith!


I am thrilled to be contributing my “cloudy” observations to your blog. I have been an analyst and consultant focusing on distributed software. I look at everything from service oriented architectures, service management, and even information management. My philosophy is that cloud computing, in all its iterations, is the future of a significant portion of enterprise software.  Judith Hurwitz, President, Hurwitz & Associates

I thought I would provide my thoughts on the future of hardware in the context of where software is headed.

It is easy to assume that with the excitement around cloud computing would put a damper on the hardware market. But I have news for you. I am predicting that over the next few years hardware will be front and center.  Why would I make such a wild prediction? Here are my three reasons: Read more of this post

IBM Software Results Continue To Validate Strategy

Another strong year from IBM demonstrates that its relentless software portfolio build-out has succeeded in its goal of grabbing ever more customer logos, share of wallet, and partners. Growth is a complex challenge at this scale – every acquisition brings revenue, but also staff and technology integration challenges, more complexity for Marketing and Sales to deal with. Add to that the difficulties of the economy, and the magnitude of the investment IBM’s biggest customers make – and how easy it would be for their careful shaving of a few points off their spending to have massive impact – and it would be easy to stumble. Read more of this post

Vista SP2: Seamless, Simple, but Search Still Lags

I’ve been talking here about the upgrade to Windows 7, which has been quite pleasant so far. It’s quicker, with some nice UI improvements, and other bits and pieces I’ll talk about in other posts before long, I suspect. But being the glutton for punishment I am, this evening before dinner I decided to try the other big Microsoft OS change this month – the new service pack (SP2) for Vista, which I run on my iDell (the XPS, if you insist on correct nomenclature.) My conclusions? Read more of this post

GPS + GPRS + Event Processing = A New Magic Application Triangle

by Charles Brett, President, C3B Consulting Ltd

I’m delighted to welcome my friend and colleague Charles Brett to my blog. He’s graciously offered to allow me to post this piece here – it’s well worth your time.

The Global Positioning System (GPS) has been around for a long time, and is now firmly embedded in both commercial and consumer devices (including the iPhone). The General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)—a packet-oriented, mobile data service available to users of 2G and 3G GSM networks—has been available across the globe for many years. Event processing (EP) has also been around since computing started (think real-time systems) but in recent years it has made huge strides in handling complexity, and many of the big vendors have responded by buying the innovators (Progress bought Apama, IBM bought Aptsoft, Oracle bought BEA, etc.) Read more of this post

HP Support Gets it Right

We all have our horror stories about the machines we live with. And we’ve all wrestled with Windows, Google, Skype, or [your personal favorite software whipping boy here.] But sometimes, things just work right – and they should be acknowledged when they do. Hence this story – a brief happy tale about a positive experience with HP. [No disclosure necessary – I am not doing any work for them right now, and no ethics were bruised in the writing of this note.]

I needed a new laptop. After deciding I was not going to get a best gaming laptop under 1000, but rather a strictly work computer. Once that was settled, I was wrestling with the form factor (big? small? netbook?) and coolness (those Macs are gorgeous, but…) and price (….too expensive. By a lot) I headed off to Fry’s (a California electronics store  geeks love) to do some shopping. Had my specs in hand, and started browsing – when I saw it. A nice big HP Pavilion DV7 series laptop. Refurbished. (Cue ominous music…)

That’s right. I said “refurbished.” I know some people steer clear, but I do trust HP enough to think I had a good shot at a working model, and there is a good policy for returns when things go wrong.  And the deal was very nice – a couple of hundred bucks less than I would have paid for a similar configuration new. So I plunged. Got home. Plugged it in. Started it up. And…things didn’t go so well.

Somehow the install just didn’t get off on the right foot. One or two things failed early, most notably the HP-provided setup routine. So when all the whirring and clicking was done, some things were just not right. The 90-day Norton that comes with it was already expired (maybe they don’t reset license dates on refurbs – need to fix that, guys.) And I couldn’t get a browser to start – but Microsoft Update could(!) And, once there, I could type in another address and go anywhere. But that was not a workaround I wanted to live with every time I wanted a browser.

What to do? I contacted support.

And I got through in less than 2 minutes.

And found someone helpful immediately.

We discussed the options. I’ll never get the time on that first setup back, but we agreed the best approach was to reinitialize the machine – there’s a full copy of the setup on the hard disk, as many of us know (and we usually complain about the space it takes up.) Reboot, hold down F11, and reinitialize. And they set up a call to check in with me about how it all went.

They called right on time. And my report? “Everything is working fine.” It was. The setup routine loaded properly. Vista updates (tons of them) took only two passes to load. Norton started up fine, and a separate session with them using my existing Norton account (for my other machine, and my kids’ machines) provided my bona fides, and we were off to the races. I got Skype going, and Tweetdeck, and of course WordPress, and I’m in business.

It’s nice to be able to say that sometimes even the big vendors can indeed get it right. Kudos, HP. I’ll be back.