The #customer honestly doesn’t care how it works, as long as it does.

Buyer and seller looking under the bonnet of Vauxhall in Denmark in the 1950's

Let’s be honest, as web designers, solutions architects or whatever title you want to use, when a customer comes knocking for a piece of software they don’t ask what it will be coded in. Doing this BigData thing has made me realise more and more that there’s a serious oversell on the technology and not the actual requirement in hand.

I’m usually cynical when a prospect comes to me saying, “We have to do Hadoop!”. It’s usually the first sign that they’ve been reading the usual articles telling them how much a technology is going to change their business. “Having to do Hadoop” is usually the fourth or fifth question along the chain and it’s my job to make sure we get back to the first question, “What is the problem you are trying to solve?”.

Sometimes our choices are bound by necessity, I couldn’t see the likes of Learning Pool or Synergy eLearning getting off the ground quickly without Moodle, so straight away you’re bound to using PHP as a language solution as that’s what Moodle is written in. There’s no long arguments or deep discussions there.

In prospective clients we need them to have a clear understanding of their business, at a point before a solution is delivered, when the solution is delivered and the expectations once the solution is delivered. So for a “BigData” project (I’m under no illusion, most BigData projects aren’t that big) it’s a very clear definition of a business problem or question “We’re trying to find out X from data Y” or “We can’t scale this current solution, can you help?”.

Most clients I know don’t care what’s under the bonnet, it only becomes an issue when hiring talent, especially developers. Developers are a finite resource and with all the programmes to get developers interested (no bad thing, do not get me wrong) the problem is a now problem not a three years from now problem.

If a developer starts waving their arms in the air say it *has* to be done in (Go, PHP, Python, Java, Ruby…., Lisp I could go on), the fact of the matter is that there’s two states when this statement is trotted out, firstly it’s probably to do with the language that person is most comfortable with, the second (and more dangerous approach) is that’s the new language that the developer is desperate to learn and they’re willing to use you as the test project (it will take longer and you’ll hit more issues along the way).

I help tech companies figure out the best way to go, it’s my job and one I love doing. Most things can be answered in a fairly straightforward way too, it does though revolve around a simple, “what are you trying to achieve”, a simple and rational question to ask.

Everything else is under the bonnet and most times the client won’t be that bothered what it is, as long as it does the job it was commissioned to do.

 

Posted in Startups/Business

Finding potential #Ebola destinations with #OpenData

Air travel makes it easy for any one of us to hop from country to country, for most of the time that’s fine. When the H1N1 flu virus started to spread though it wasn’t much of a surprise how the far and wide reach of reports was caused by, travel. With data being readily available it was easy to see how it was moving, a good example of this was the “Just Landed In” post which used Twitter data, Metacarta and Processing to visualise the movements (http://blog.blprnt.com/blog/blprnt/just-landed-processing-twitter-metacarta-hidden-data)

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The Ebola virus has the potential to cause an awful lot of problems. So the question is where are the first connection points?

Gathering Route Data

The actual query to find out what flights goes where it easy enough and I’ll show you that in a moment. First though we need data, mainly airports, airlines and routes.

OpenFlights has all this data to hand in CSV format.

Airports: airports.dat

Airlines: airlines.dat

Routes: routes.dat

As they are CSV files they can be imported into a database such as MySQL easily. You can download the sql files here.

Crafting The Query

As it stands there are only four countries in West Africa that the Ebola outbreak is concentrated on: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.  The United States and Senegal have travel related cases but I’m not looking at those just yet, one step at a time.

The SQL query is basic but it gives us good info.

SELECT 
 r.airlinecode, 
 al.airlinename, 
 a.longname as depairport, 
 a.country as depcountry, 
 a.iatacode as depcode, 
 b.longname as arrairport, 
 b.iatacode as arrcode, 
 b.country as arrcountry 
 
 FROM airports a, airports b, routes r, airlines al 
 WHERE r.depaircode 
 IN (SELECT iatacode FROM airports WHERE country="NIGERIA") 
 AND a.iatacode=r.depaircode
 AND b.iatacode=r.arraircode
 AND al.iatacode=r.airlinecode

This query will give us the departure and destination airports available for Nigeria, the country can be changed to anything.

Inspecting The Results

The output we get is the airline information, departure airport and IATA code and the destination airport.

"airlinecode","airlinename","depairport","depcountry","depcode","arrairport","arrcode","arrcountry"
"AF","Air France","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","Nigeria","ABV","Charles De Gaulle","CDG","France"
"AF","Air France","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","Nigeria","ABV","Port Harcourt Intl","PHC","Nigeria"
"AF","Air France","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Charles De Gaulle","CDG","France"
"AF","Air France","Port Harcourt Intl","Nigeria","PHC","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","ABV","Nigeria"
"AT","Royal Air Maroc","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Mohammed V Intl","CMN","Morocco"
"AZ","Alitalia - Compagnia Aerea Italiana Spa","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Kotoka Intl","ACC","Ghana"
"BA","British Airways","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","Nigeria","ABV","Heathrow","LHR","United Kingdom"
"BA","British Airways","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Heathrow","LHR","United Kingdom"
"DL","Delta Air Lines","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","Nigeria","ABV","Charles De Gaulle","CDG","France"
"DL","Delta Air Lines","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","Nigeria","ABV","Port Harcourt Intl","PHC","Nigeria"
"DL","Delta Air Lines","Port Harcourt Intl","Nigeria","PHC","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","ABV","Nigeria"
"E2","Eagle Atlantic Airlines","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Kotoka Intl","ACC","Ghana"
"EK","Emirates","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Dubai Intl","DXB","United Arab Emirates"
"ET","Ethiopian Airlines","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","Nigeria","ABV","Bole Intl","ADD","Ethiopia"
"ET","Ethiopian Airlines","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","Nigeria","ABV","Cadjehoun","COO","Benin"
"ET","Ethiopian Airlines","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","Nigeria","ABV","Gnassingbe Eyadema Intl","LFW","Togo"
"ET","Ethiopian Airlines","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","Nigeria","ABV","Ndjamena Hassan Djamous","NDJ","Chad"
"ET","Ethiopian Airlines","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","Nigeria","ABV","Diori Hamani","NIM","Niger"
"ET","Ethiopian Airlines","Enugu","Nigeria","ENU","Bole Intl","ADD","Ethiopia"
"ET","Ethiopian Airlines","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Abidjan Felix Houphouet Boigny Intl","ABJ","Cote d'Ivoire"
"ET","Ethiopian Airlines","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Bole Intl","ADD","Ethiopia"
"ET","Ethiopian Airlines","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Leon M Ba","LBV","Gabon"
"ET","Ethiopian Airlines","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Gnassingbe Eyadema Intl","LFW","Togo"
"EY","Etihad Airways","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Abu Dhabi Intl","AUH","United Arab Emirates"
"IB","Iberia","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Barajas","MAD","Spain"
"KL","KLM-Royal Dutch Airlines","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","Nigeria","ABV","Charles De Gaulle","CDG","France"
"KL","KLM-Royal Dutch Airlines","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","Nigeria","ABV","Port Harcourt Intl","PHC","Nigeria"
"KL","KLM-Royal Dutch Airlines","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Schiphol","AMS","Netherlands"
"KL","KLM-Royal Dutch Airlines","Port Harcourt Intl","Nigeria","PHC","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","ABV","Nigeria"
"KQ","Kenya Airways","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Cadjehoun","COO","Benin"
"KQ","Kenya Airways","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Jomo Kenyatta International","NBO","Kenya"
"LH","Lufthansa German Airlines","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","Nigeria","ABV","Frankfurt Main","FRA","Germany"
"LH","Lufthansa German Airlines","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","Nigeria","ABV","Malabo","SSG","Equatorial Guinea"
"LH","Lufthansa German Airlines","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Frankfurt Main","FRA","Germany"
"LH","Lufthansa German Airlines","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Port Harcourt Intl","PHC","Nigeria"
"LH","Lufthansa German Airlines","Port Harcourt Intl","Nigeria","PHC","Murtala Muhammed","LOS","Nigeria"
"ME","Middle East Airlines","Mallam Aminu Intl","Nigeria","KAN","Rafic Hariri Intl","BEY","Lebanon"
"ME","Middle East Airlines","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Abidjan Felix Houphouet Boigny Intl","ABJ","Cote d'Ivoire"
"ME","Middle East Airlines","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Rafic Hariri Intl","BEY","Lebanon"
"MS","Egyptair","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","Nigeria","ABV","Cairo Intl","CAI","Egypt"
"MS","Egyptair","Mallam Aminu Intl","Nigeria","KAN","Cairo Intl","CAI","Egypt"
"MS","Egyptair","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Cairo Intl","CAI","Egypt"
"QC","Camair-Co","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Abidjan Felix Houphouet Boigny Intl","ABJ","Cote d'Ivoire"
"QC","Camair-Co","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Douala","DLA","Cameroon"
"QR","Qatar Airways","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Doha Intl","DOH","Qatar"
"RJ","Royal Jordanian","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Kotoka Intl","ACC","Ghana"
"RJ","Royal Jordanian","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Queen Alia Intl","AMM","Jordan"
"SA","South African Airways","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Johannesburg Intl","JNB","South Africa"
"SD","Sudan Airways","Mallam Aminu Intl","Nigeria","KAN","Khartoum","KRT","Sudan"
"SN","Brussels Airlines","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Frankfurt Main","FRA","Germany"
"SN","Brussels Airlines","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Port Harcourt Intl","PHC","Nigeria"
"SN","Brussels Airlines","Port Harcourt Intl","Nigeria","PHC","Murtala Muhammed","LOS","Nigeria"
"TK","Turkish Airlines","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Ataturk","IST","Turkey"
"UA","United Airlines","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Frankfurt Main","FRA","Germany"
"UA","United Airlines","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","George Bush Intercontinental","IAH","United States"
"UA","United Airlines","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Port Harcourt Intl","PHC","Nigeria"
"UA","United Airlines","Port Harcourt Intl","Nigeria","PHC","Murtala Muhammed","LOS","Nigeria"
"VS","Virgin Atlantic Airways","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Heathrow","LHR","United Kingdom"
"W3","Arik Air","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","Nigeria","ABV","Kotoka Intl","ACC","Ghana"
"W3","Arik Air","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","Nigeria","ABV","Benin","BNI","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","Nigeria","ABV","Calabar","CBQ","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","Nigeria","ABV","Enugu","ENU","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","Nigeria","ABV","Ibadan","IBA","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","Nigeria","ABV","Ilorin","ILR","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","Nigeria","ABV","Mallam Aminu Intl","KAN","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","Nigeria","ABV","Murtala Muhammed","LOS","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","Nigeria","ABV","Maiduguri","MIU","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","Nigeria","ABV","Port Harcourt Intl","PHC","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","Nigeria","ABV","Imo Airport","QOW","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","Nigeria","ABV","Warri Airport","QRW","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","Nigeria","ABV","Sadiq Abubakar Iii Intl","SKO","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","Nigeria","ABV","Yola","YOL","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Benin","Nigeria","BNI","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","ABV","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Benin","Nigeria","BNI","Murtala Muhammed","LOS","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Calabar","Nigeria","CBQ","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","ABV","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Calabar","Nigeria","CBQ","Murtala Muhammed","LOS","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Enugu","Nigeria","ENU","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","ABV","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Enugu","Nigeria","ENU","Murtala Muhammed","LOS","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Ibadan","Nigeria","IBA","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","ABV","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Ilorin","Nigeria","ILR","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","ABV","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Yakubu Gowon","Nigeria","JOS","Murtala Muhammed","LOS","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Kaduna","Nigeria","KAD","Murtala Muhammed","LOS","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Mallam Aminu Intl","Nigeria","KAN","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","ABV","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Mallam Aminu Intl","Nigeria","KAN","Murtala Muhammed","LOS","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","ABV","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Kotoka Intl","ACC","Ghana"
"W3","Arik Air","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Benin","BNI","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Calabar","CBQ","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Leopold Sedar Senghor Intl","DKR","Senegal"
"W3","Arik Air","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Douala","DLA","Cameroon"
"W3","Arik Air","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Enugu","ENU","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Freetown Lungi","FNA","Sierra Leone"
"W3","Arik Air","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","John F Kennedy Intl","JFK","United States"
"W3","Arik Air","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Johannesburg Intl","JNB","South Africa"
"W3","Arik Air","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Yakubu Gowon","JOS","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Kaduna","KAD","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Mallam Aminu Intl","KAN","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Luanda 4 De Fevereiro","LAD","Angola"
"W3","Arik Air","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Heathrow","LHR","United Kingdom"
"W3","Arik Air","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Port Harcourt Intl","PHC","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Imo Airport","QOW","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Warri Airport","QRW","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Maiduguri","Nigeria","MIU","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","ABV","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Port Harcourt Intl","Nigeria","PHC","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","ABV","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Port Harcourt Intl","Nigeria","PHC","Murtala Muhammed","LOS","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Imo Airport","Nigeria","QOW","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","ABV","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Imo Airport","Nigeria","QOW","Murtala Muhammed","LOS","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Warri Airport","Nigeria","QRW","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","ABV","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Warri Airport","Nigeria","QRW","Murtala Muhammed","LOS","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Sadiq Abubakar Iii Intl","Nigeria","SKO","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","ABV","Nigeria"
"W3","Arik Air","Yola","Nigeria","YOL","Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl","ABV","Nigeria"
"WB","Rwandair Express","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Kotoka Intl","ACC","Ghana"
"WB","Rwandair Express","Murtala Muhammed","Nigeria","LOS","Kigali Intl","KGL","Rwanda"

So we know the first point airports, next time we’ll take things a bit further…..

 

 

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Seeing who’s going to @FNMashup via @GetInvitedTo with #UNIX / #CultureTech

GetInvitedTo has a handy “see who’s attending” list for certain events. As I’m not the mixing type I like to make sure that networking events are going to be worth my while before booking anything. The list on the page can get a bit long and it’s not in any order so, with a bit of copy/paste and one line of unix.

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1. Grab Thy Data!

Go the event page (I’m using https://getinvited.to/fnmashup/friday-night-mashup-culturetech-2014/attendees/ as the example). And select all the names right down to the bottom. Do a quick CTRL+C to save it to the clipboard.

2. Create a Text File!

In your favourite text editor paste the contents (CTRL+V) and this will dump all the names and also some blank lines. Don’t worry about that right now, we’ll sort that out in a minute. Save the file as names.txt

3. Run Thy Command!

Open up a terminal window (if you are running Windows then you’ll need something like Cygwin to run Unix commands). In the same directory as the names.txt file run the following command:

cat names.txt | egrep "\w+" |  sort -k2 | uniq

So we dump the contents of names.txt to the console, pipe that through egrep looking for all lines with words in them, sort by the second column (the surname in the majority of cases) and then show only the unique occurrences.

...Charlotte Bradberry Axten
Gavin Bradley
Karen Bradley
Lauren Bradley
Nikki Bradle
Reuben Bradley
Ryan Bradley
Tom Bradley
Ben Breslin
Trish Breslin
Rebecca Brown
Fiona Browne
Mura Browne
Tim Brundle
Anji Bull
Connor Bunting
David Bunting
Harry Burke
Brian Burns
Neil Burns
Derek Bustard
Declan Byrne
Tom Byrne....

Job done.

(There’s a whole section on manipulating data in my new book, “Machine Learning – Hand On for Developers and Technical Professionals“, published in  November. You can pre-order on Amazon if you wish.)

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Who is Your Support Network? #startups #sanity

It’s a simple question…. to be honest the answer is simple as well.

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Startups are all consuming beasts that never leave you alone. Fine if there’s a team of 20 but a real challenge if it’s a team of one. If the service runs into trouble and customers are giving you a hard time then it’s the worst job in the world.

Yes this is where cofounders come in useful, you have a sound board. Some founders don’t want cofo’s, it makes life harder but it’s still not impossible to do. If that’s the route you want to go down though then you’ve got to make sure that you’ve got a support network in the industry as well as close family.

And a quick note, if you see a startup struggling, just a wee phone call to see if they’re okay makes all the difference. It’s not about being an entrepreneur or a mentor, it’s about being a human being.

 

Posted in Startups/Business

Ranum: My new #startup funding system.

The old adage runs true, you need money to make money. Now whether that’s someone else’s money or your own doesn’t really matter, it just alters how the communication and reporting is done.

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I have to admit my system is not exactly new among entrepreneurs but I believe that I’ve managed to remove all that writing business plans, doing pitches and so on. I don’t even have to attend things I can just wheel the system out on a regular basis and see what transpires, for a  minimum investment of £2 a week (I can obviously increase that) I could stand to make a 1.6mx return on my investment or there abouts. I mean there’s no guarantees but there isn’t in much else either.

Here’s my startup formula:

1,10,26,27,31,43

I’m not just limited to six numbers, I could add more but I’d need to up my initial investment by £2 for every set of six numbers I pick. There’s a UK board meeting on a Wednesday and a Saturday (I know the board meets on a Saturday) and sometimes the bring a band on and do a quiz. It’s crazy.

The downside to this startup is my return varies from 1 in 56 where I get a 5x per week invested return to the unicorn finding probability of 1 in 13,983,816. If more than one investor has the same startup formula as me then the return is split amongst us.

The great thing is that these startup investment pools are all over the world with varying probabilities but they all seem to have that board meeting. Here’s the European board meeting :)

Posted in Startups/Business

Entrepreneurship: The Belfast Goldrush #Startups

John_Sutter_and_the_California_Gold_Rush

Welcome To The Modern Goldrush

We have a modern gold rush on our hands folks, the Belfast startup scene is exploding! These things work in cycles and I can only compare it to the 2009/2010 explosion of barcamps, bizcamps and open coffees. People getting together and attempting to make stuff happen. There’s gold in them there hills and if you listen to the right people and read the right tech sites and books then you have as a good a chance as any of making it.

Let’s roll back a second though. There’s been a lot of pedalling of the startup way, “anyone with an idea can make it”, and to be fair there are those who have. So entrepreneurs are the new gold prospectors and there be the problem….

1848–1855 – Who Made The Money?

The question is this, in the California Gold Rush who made the money? The guy who sold the shovel. The prospectors themselves made less than the folk who were supplying the services to the prospectors. After expenses prospectors made a modest profit but the people who sold (among other things): retail, shipping, entertainment, lodging, transportation, boarding houses, food preparation, sewing, laundry, saloons, brothels and gambling – they made the money.

The prospectors fuelled an entire business ecosystem and they all did very well out of it, well everyone apart from the prospectors, only a few actually “made it”.

2014 – Who’s Making The Money?

Look at things today, for the startup just entering we’ve got the likes of mobile app development, web design houses, graphic designers, lawyers, accountants, consultants, public relations, marketing companies, social media gurus and the rest of it. The modern day prospector is fuelling a an entire business ecosystem. And you know what that’s fine.

We attend prospector events with more prospectors and we trade our war stories over free beer and food. The only thing it can be compared to is a wake, it’s the only other time when free alcohol and food seem to attract volumes of numbers. A tip for you, if you know over 25% of the people in the room then don’t bother going. We’ll be invited to pay for weekends where distilled knowledge is passed to us regardless of who’s telling us have actually made a prospectors payback or not (let’s be honest, they probably haven’t).

The Realisation

The reality is stark reader: While I concentrate on Belfast as that’s where I live (sort of) it could apply to anywhere in the world that pushing the gold rush as a way to keep the minds of good busy. For some who were there before over the last two cycles we’ve become weary and know that the game’s up. The same mantra reworded doesn’t wash anymore.

The old American Dream … was the dream of the Puritans, of Benjamin Franklin’s “Poor Richard”… of men and women content to accumulate their modest fortunes a little at a time, year by year by year. The new dream was the dream of instant wealth, won in a twinkling by audacity and good luck.

Luck is where the balance of success and failure lies. You have to create your own luck.

 

 

Posted in Startups/Business

An AppStore for #Hadoop ?

It’s been staring me in the face for a while, all the training, advising and talking about this Hadoop thing. It needs an AppStore, a seamless platform for one click installing and running of Hadoop applications within the framework and cluster.

Up until now most MapReduce work has been hand coded by in house development teams working to a specific requirement. Hadoop2 and it’s Yarn component extends on that and makes applications easier to distribute across the cluster, like I said in yesterday’s post about deploying point of sale software across kiosks.

The issue is that Hadoop takes an amount of skill to get things running, thinking of getting data in and running scripts at so on. We’re a way off from a one touch solution for app and data deployment and processing.

It’s coming, I’m sure it is. The next two years will be very interesting.

MapR got the ball rolling with an application gallery, not an AppStore par se but a great start.

Posted in Hadoop, Java, Sentiment Analysis, Startups/Business
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