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Today’s BI Professions OR ‘Who does what’ in Analytics?

Today’s BI Professions OR ‘Who does what’ in Analytics?

A chart that clearly specifies what are the differences between each and every profession in the field of BI, including titles, skills, roles and salaries.

Introduction to Data Integration OR What is ETL?

Introduction to Data Integration OR What is ETL?

Xplenty explains the basics of Data Integration: What is ETL (Extract Transform Load), what are its main functions and when you would need them.

ETL vs ELT or Data Warehouse vs Data Lake

ETL vs ELT or Data Warehouse vs Data Lake

Which BI architecture is better for your organization, ETL or ELT? This article explains the considerations and also how they relate to Data Warehouses and Data Lakes.

How to succeed in Hiring your ‘Head of BI’?

How to succeed in Hiring your ‘Head of BI’?

Matt Mueller, President of a BI and analytics recruitment firm, shares his tips and best practices on how to hire a ‘Head of BI’.

Xplenty has made it to StartUp Big 50 list! Thank you, StartUp50.com for including us

Xplenty has made it to StartUp Big 50 list! Thank you, StartUp50.com for including us

Today, we have great news to share - Xplenty was included in StartUp50.com’s Annual StartUp Big 50 List. To earn our well-deserved spot in the Big 50 we had to battle our way through three rounds of tough competition with over 200 applicants vying for 50 spots..

Cloud vs. On-Prem Data Warehouse

Cloud vs. On-Prem Data Warehouse

Data warehouses (DWHs) are widely recognized as essential components of business intelligence and analytics operations. But the question of whether the optimal deployment route is in the cloud or on-premise remains hotly debated.

Like so many things, the truth is that there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Every business is different, and there are advantages and disadvantages in both approaches. On the one hand the cloud offers scalability and low entry cost advantages. On the other, there’s the security and flexibility that only an on-prem solution can offer.

Confessions of a Data Scientist

Confessions of a Data Scientist

Igor Elbert, Principal Data Scientist at Gilt.com, shares with Xplenty his thoughts on recent data projects, challenges and his approach to ETL.

Spark Talk: Interview with Big Data Specialist Uzy Hadad

Spark Talk: Interview with Big Data Specialist Uzy Hadad

Is Apache Spark as hot as you think it is? Although it shines so bright across the Big Data galaxy that some folks think that it may have killed the MapReduce star, Spark is still in its teenage years and has yet to fully mature as a platform. To find out the current state of Spark, we talked to Big Data specialist Uzy Hadad, founder of Inroid.

Xplenty Gmail Action Buttons

Xplenty Gmail Action Buttons

Xplenty notification emails now include “View Job” and “View Cluster” action buttons. The buttons are available at the inbox level, so you can easily interact with jobs and clusters in Xplenty without having to open emails.

New Features: Amazon Redshift & Google AdWords Reporting Integration

New Features: Amazon Redshift & Google AdWords Reporting Integration

New Xplenty features: Redshift merge, Google AdWords Reporting integration and scheduler enhancements

Processing Small Files & Better Database Integration

Processing Small Files & Better Database Integration

New Xplenty features: processing small files, importing Heroku connections, MongoDB secondary replica sets and more.

New Functions & Variable History

New Functions & Variable History

Many new functions are now available and also run-time variables in the job history.

Scheduler is now in beta

Scheduler is now in beta

We now have these additional features for you..

Xplenty Now Provides Cube and Rollup Functions

Xplenty Now Provides Cube and Rollup Functions

Analyzing the large amounts of data in your data warehouse is now easier than ever with support for the Cube and Rollup functions. You can now aggregate your data across multiple field combinations in one step. Besides reducing the steps required, the processing is now more efficient.

Xplenty Provides Enhancements to Field Expressions, Functions and Database Destinations

Xplenty Provides Enhancements to Field Expressions, Functions and Database Destinations

We've been busy adding new features since the last announcement.

Xplenty Now Provides Direct Access to Relational Databases

Xplenty Now Provides Direct Access to Relational Databases

Xplenty now provides the capability to directly access source data from relational databases. You can use the new Database Source component to read data directly from Postgres, MySQL and Amazon RDS.

OpenSSL Security Update

OpenSSL Security Update

On Monday April 7th an OpenSSL security update was released for the "Heartbleed" vulnerability. Here at Xplenty we've immediately installed the security update to protect ourselves from this vulnerability and are reissuing our SSL certificate.

Xplenty Now Provides Cross Join Between Dataflows

Xplenty Now Provides Cross Join Between Dataflows

Xplenty now supports the capability to join dataflows using non-equality conditions to compare values between the dataflows. This is done using the new cross join component to define the data sources to join and then applying a filter to the joined dataflow.

Updates for Spring 2014

Updates for Spring 2014

Hey all you out there in Xplentyland. We haven't forgotten about you. In fact, we've been thinking about you since the last update regarding new features, because we've been adding...you guessed it, new features! So away we go...

Xplenty Now Provides Cluster Scaling and Notifications

Xplenty Now Provides Cluster Scaling and Notifications

We haven’t forgotten about you. In fact, we’ve been thinking about you since the last update regarding new features, because we’ve been adding…you guessed it, new features! So away we go…

Xplenty is Now Available on Rackspace

Xplenty is Now Available on Rackspace

Xplenty is excited to announce we now support Rackspace’s public cloud offering. Rackspace users can now use Xplenty’s Data Integration-as-a-Service to process their data. Xplenty provides you with out of the box connectivity to Rackspace Cloud Files, Rackspace Cloud Database-as-a-Service, Mongo DB or any other relational database that you have on the cloud.

End of 2013 Updates

End of 2013 Updates

We've decided to end the year with some platform upgrades for you. Just a few more tweaks to make Xplenty Hadoop-as-a-Service that much more functional.

Xplenty Provides Datetime Data Type

Xplenty Provides Datetime Data Type

We’ve decided to end the year with some platform upgrades for you. Just a few more tweaks to make Xplenty Hadoop-as-a-Service that much more functional.

Xplenty Winter 2013 Updates and Improvements

Xplenty Winter 2013 Updates and Improvements

Happy holidays everyone! We've been working hard to make the Xplenty Hadoop-as-a-Service platform better and more user friendly for you. We hope you're enjoying your experience with us, and these updates and improvements will make it that much better. Enough small talk, let's cut to the chase.

Xplenty Provides Usability Improvements

Xplenty Provides Usability Improvements

Happy holidays everyone! We’ve been working hard to make the Xplenty Hadoop-as-a-Service platform better and more user friendly for you. We hope you’re enjoying your experience with us, and these updates and improvements will make it that much better. Enough small talk, let’s cut to the chase.

Xplenty Autumn Updates

Xplenty Autumn Updates

Let us just get this out of the way right now - it’s been a while since we've written. But we have a good reason, honest we do. We've been making mad upgrades and system tweaks for your benefit.

Xplenty Now Provides Access to SoftLayer and Swift Cloud Services

Xplenty Now Provides Access to SoftLayer and Swift Cloud Services

It’s been a while since we've written. But we have a good reason, honest we do. We've been making mad upgrades and system tweaks for your benefit.

Prepare for launch!

Prepare for launch!

Here, at Xplenty we’re gearing up for the release of our Hadoop-as-a-Service platform in a few days’ time. We’re very excited after working really hard in the past year to make our product as great as it possibly can be. We’re true believers in enabling Big Data technologies in general, and Hadoop in particular to the real users of data.

Xplenty Now Lets You Add Members to Your Account

Xplenty Now Lets You Add Members to Your Account

We are proud to announce a few enhancements we've just rolled out.

  • Account Members - you can invite your friends and colleagues to help you solve your big data problems. Just go to your account settings, click members and invite them.
  • We also added new Watchers API endpoint which enables you to list a cluster or job watchers, add the authenticated user as a watcher, or remove the authenticated user from the watchers list. Check out theWatchers documentation.

Xplenty Provides New Features to Manage Clusters and Jobs

Xplenty Provides New Features to Manage Clusters and Jobs

We’ve rolled out some new features for you to manage your cluster and jobs.

Xplenty Now Provides Syntax Highlighting, Auto Complete and Validation

Xplenty Now Provides Syntax Highlighting, Auto Complete and Validation

We’ve been busy upgrading the platform and have some nifty new features for you.

Xplenty Has Launched a Public Release

Xplenty Has Launched a Public Release

Xplenty is pleased to announce we are launching a public release. Now anyone can sign up, get a free 14 day trial period in which they can build packages and test them. Then, once you've realized how easy it is to process large amounts of data using Xplenty, you can pick a pricing plan and become an actual paying customer. The pricing plans determine the maximum size and number of clusters that can be created in an Xplenty account. Existing customers will not be affected by the changes.

Welcome to Xplenty!

Welcome to Xplenty!

We're very happy to launch the Xplenty site and to share our vision - and of course our product - with you.