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Democratizing Analytics: Making Hadoop More Accessible

Hadoop is a big deal. But Hadoop’s biggest roadblocks may be its complexity and the scarcity of software engineers who are qualified to work with it. Adoption is still growing: 30 percent of enterprises have invested in Big Data technology, including Hadoop and NoSQL databases, up from 27 percent in 2012. But many deployments have stalled. In fact, only 8 percent of enterprises that have made those investments have actually deployed them.

To help organizations address this deployment gap, last week FICO acquired assets from Karmasphere that enable analysts, data scientists and business users to query Hadoop through the FICO® Analytic Cloud. Karmasphere’s software enables programmers to write SQL code that generates queries for MapReduce - eliminating the steep learning curve normally associated with a new programming model.

In a Wall Street Journal CIO Journal blog post about the acquisition, FICO’s vice president of product management, Doug Clare, was quoted as saying, “People think Hadoop is going to be great for them, but when they get into it, it’s really complicated … We’re on a mission to democratize analytics.”

Viva la Revolucion! Big Data analytics for all!

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