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Big Data – What is it?

Big data, as the name suggests, represents data that is big. It is the term that is used to define data that is known to have exceeded the processing capacity of the traditionally used database systems. The fundamental characteristics of this data include its big size, fast moving speed and structure that cannot be fit in database architectures. The only way you can use this data is by using an alternative and more efficient processing mechanism. However, recent past has presented some viable approaches for processing of big data. As a result, big data has become a buzzword. These approaches tame the variability, velocity and volume of this data. It has become possible to unleash the power of big data and making the same available to the less well-resourced establishments with the use of open source software and cloud architectures. This data can be used by organizations in two ways. Companies can use this data for analytics and use it to get better insights to their business. Secondly, it gives these companies a valued trait of agility. The term ‘big data’ is just as nebulous as the term ‘cloud’. It includes a diverse set, which entails data from satellite imagery, web page content, server logs and data from social networks, in addition to data from several other sources. In the recent times, Big Data has been put to different uses. Superstar Lady Gaga has created her very own social network called ‘Littlemonster.com’ from the data of millions of fans who follow her on Facebook and Twitter. Many big healthcare organisations today are adopting advances data analytics which are helping...

Trip to Jim Corbett

You know what they say about travel – first it leaves you speechless and spellbound. Then it turns you into a storyteller. And it’s always a beautiful tale to tell. The planning for CIPL’s yearly vacation / office trip was on since quite a few weeks. After all, planning that perfect trip does take effort, right? The location, Jim Corbett, was frozen for various reasons – firstly, it was reachable from both locations – Delhi and Panchkula. Secondly, besides enjoying in the resort and partying together, Jim Corbett was a destination that offers something more exciting – the Jungle Safari, which remains as one of the highlights of this trip. Before I go on about the great time we had, let me rant about the one thing that miserably went wrong in this trip – the traffic! Both teams, Delhi and Panchkula, took almost double the hours to reach the resort than what was estimated. Unforeseen traffic situation and ugly road conditions led to miserable delays and caused us to spent too many extra hours in the bus, just waiting for the traffic to clear out. The only solace, we were all together. You can’t imagine how much music, dancing, gossiping and games can happen when folks from Classic get together! One look at the resort and all tired faces were rejoiced. Finding this resort, Corbett Tusker Trail, was a job very well-done. It was a full package – great rooms, clean property, surrounded by greenery, a lovely swimming pool, games room with table tennis, cheese, carom board and pool, outdoor sports like cricket, football, badminton and the works,...