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Bluemix + Watson = Unlimited Possibilities!

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Event: Meetup Event Details

Date: 08-Nov-2014

Host / Speakers:
Salil Ahuja, Sr. Product Manager, IBM Watson Developer Cloud.
Rajendra Kamath (myself), Engineering Manager, IBM India Software Labs



Agenda:
1) Overview on Bluemix
2) IBM Watson Services on Bluemix
3) Demo Applications using IBM Watson Services

Summary:
I flagged off the event with an overview on the value proposition of bluemix that you can find here. This was followed with a historical perspective on how the computing industry has evolved towards cognitive computing. This included the narration on how IBM Deep Blue first showed that computing systems could better humans when it beat the then reigning World Champion, Gary Kasparov. This was followed with an interesting discussion on IBM Watson first making a public appearance in a game of jeapordy that is elaborated here. The baton was then handed over to Salil who covered all of the 8 IBM Watson Services that are now available on Bluemix. This also included live demos that …

Hadoop Quick Reference - Part 1

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How it all started?
Although businesses and organizations are waking up only now to the realties on the need to manage large amounts of data, this has been the #1 focus area for web search companies vis-a-vis Google, Yahoo. Having to manage billions of indexes and web page information is a daunting task with traditional RDBMS and high-availability technologies. During the early part of the decade (2002-2005) Yahoo started working on a project to handle this challenge which concluded in what came to be known as Hadoop.  The cost of high available/reliable hardware was expensive and starting to breach the economics of scale to store and manage tis kind of data. Hadoop was built on the premise that 'hardware failure is imminent' and hence the question was on how this is to be handled in the higher software layers. This premise has lead to the emergence of maturing of technologies around the Hadoop framework.

What does Hadoop offer?
Hadoop in essence offers the software framework f…