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Nari Kannan

Oracle Ropes in R Analytics in the Latest Offering for Big Data

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Some time ago, I wrote about the utility, flexibility and versatility of the R Language and R Analytics:  Leveraging Language, Cluster and the Cloud for Analytics.

Today at the OpenWorld Conference, Oracle announced that it is bundling hardware, software and a storage appliance running an open source distribution of Apache Hadoop software, a new Oracle NoSQL database and an open source distribution of R for statistical analysis. The product is designed to work alongside Oracle Database 11g, its Exadata appliance and its new Exalytics appliance for business intelligence applications.

This is really big news for companies trying to make sense of unstructured data and extract some kind of statistically significant information out of it. Now they can do it with a lot of OpenSource stuff.

Information overload, especially unstructured information is a huge problem, whether you are a security agency, a financial services firm or a manufacturing company.

Homeland security and national security agencies around the globe already get petabytes of information, text, voice, etc -- all unstructured. Many describe this as looking for a needle not in a haystack, but in a haystack entirely made up of needles. At the same time, if you ignore something and it turns out to be a successful terrorist threat, you have failed.

Financial services companies also get floods of unstructured information in terms of news about new and existing products, sales of companies they are evaluating for investment or assessments of how well the companies they have invested in are doing, and more.

Oracle's offering is a very good alternative for organizations considering big-data solutions from companies such as HP or IBM. With R Analytics rolled in, they can finally get some statistical sense out of unstructured data!

Way to go, R Analytics!

Information is not knowledge. - Albert Einstein

Nari Kannan's blog explores how new approaches to business intelligence can help organizations improve the performance of business processes--whether these processes are creative or operational, internally-focused or customer-facing, intra-departmental or across functions.

Nari Kannan

Nari Kannan started and serves as the CEO of appsparq, a Mobile Applications development company based in Louisville, KY with offices in Singapore and India. Nari has over two decades of experience in computer systems development, translating product and service strategy into meaningful technology solutions, and both people and product development. Prior to this, he has served as both Chief Technology Officer and Vice President- Engineering in six successful startups, two of which he co-founded. He has proven experience in building companies, engineering teams, and software solutions from scratch in the United States and India. Prior to this, Nari started Ajira Technologies, Inc., in Pleasanton, CA, where he served as Chief Executive Officer for more than six years. While at Ajira, Nari was instrumental in developing service process management solutions that modeled, monitored, and analyzed business processes, initially targeting the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Telecom, and Banking verticals in India, and Finance, Insurance, and Healthcare verticals in the United States. Prior to this, he served as VP-Engineering at Ensenda, an ASP for local delivery services. He also served variously as Chief Technology Officer or VP-Engineering at other Bay-Area venture funded startups such as Kadiri and Ensera. He began his career at Digital Equipment Corporation as a Senior Software Engineer. Nari has a long involvement with Customer Support and other customer facing processes. At Digital Equipment Corporation he was involved with their 1800 person customer support center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was tasked with coming up with innovative tools to help customer support people do their jobs better. He holds a U.S patent for a software invention that automatically redirected email requests for customer support to the right group by digesting the contents of the request and guessing at which software or hardware support group is best equipped to handle it. At Ensera, he led a 45 person team in developing an internet based ASP service for handling auto insurance claims, coordinating information flow between end-customers, Insurance companies, Repair shops and Parts suppliers. Ensera was acquired by Mitchell Corporation in San Diego. Nari holds a B.S. degree in Physics from Loyola College, and an M.B.A degree from the University of Madras in Madras, India. He graduated with a M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1985. Contact Information: Nari Kannan. Email: nari@appsparq.com Mobile: 925 353 0197. Website: www.appsparq.com View more .

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