Data collection, data processing, data visualization, and reporting are becoming more and more challenging as data volumes grow and data formats change. Combined with the increased use of public cloud infrastructure, developers and data professionals need to find new strategies and adopt new technologies to design and maintain scalable and cost-effective data architectures.
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Last week I packed my suitcase and got on a plane to London. The agenda - presenting at the February Hadoop Users Group UK meetup. The meetup was supposed to take place two weeks ago, but it was delayed due to a Tube strike. Fortunately the strike was suspended after unions reached a deal with the London Underground and the rescheduled event took place on time.
Almost a hundred Hadoop enthusiasts turned up. From genius techies to data newbies, everyone came to network over pizza and beer. I was really excited to see such a vibrant Hadoop community in London, it's not trivial at all.