Meet Experts and Productive Users of Apache Geode & GemFire at Geode Summit


Something amazing is happening in Palo Alto March 9. It’s the first gathering of over 100 users and developers of the GemFire and Apache Geode (incubating) in-memory data grid technology at Geode Summit.  What were previously dark arts and specialized techniques will be revealed to the open source community. Speakers from a dozen companies that have deployed or are running some of the largest production instances of the technology will share their experience and use cases. There will be hands-on training, and keynotes from industry luminaries about the future of in-memory computing and big data.

Geode was born in the fallout from Enron

The technology that became Apache Geode (incubating) was first invented trying to help a financial services startup scale up to meet new opportunity as a result of the spectacular failure of Enron.  Watch this interview with Richard Lamb, a co-founder of the technology, about genesis of GemFire by Gemstone Systems.

GemFire continued a successful growth path once Gemstone Systems was acquired by VMWare, and then spun out to become a key part of Pivotal.  Last year Pivotal proposed to The Apache Software Foundation creation of the Apache Geode (incubating) community to help foster ongoing development of the technology collaboratively with the open source community. 

An unforgettable lineup of speakers & sessions

 Geode Summit is the first time that committers and new users of Apache Geode can come together, and also meet with long standing users and developers of the commercial GemFire software.

 The morning kicks off with an opening keynote from Justin Erenkrantz, head of compute architecture at Bloomberg. Justin is also well known for his mentoring and contributions to many open source projects in The Apache Software Foundation.

 After his talk, Justin will serve as the moderator for a panel of noted industry pioneers, investors, and startup founders who are building the next generation of technologies for in-memory computing.

The amazing day continues with a track of 12 sessions by users, implementers, and developers of Apache Geode and GemFire.  There’s an optional break out in the morning for developers looking to get introductory hands-on training in how to get started with Apache Geode.

Speakers from companies such as Ampool, Capgemini, CIBC, Data Torrent, Murex, Societe Generale, Southwest Airlines, TEKSystems, zData will share their experience building solutions with Geode and GemFire.  Hear about use cases such as:

  • real-time mobile apps
  • streaming analytics
  • fraud detection
  • vehicle telematics
  • financial risk computation
  • adaptive logistics
  • predictive analytics in manufacturing

Register today – space is limited!

We’ve already seen an outpouring of interest by experienced and new users of Apache Geode. We expect the summit to sell out.  Be sure to sign up today to reserve your spot in this amazing day.

Much of What Kids Need to Know to Get Hired Today Is Not Taught in School

People in school, and parents with kids in college. Take note. This is my day in high tech hiring:
“This candidate for an entry level engineering position is not a contributor to any open source software projects.”

“This candidate for an entry-level marketing job doesn’t know the APIs of online services like StackExchange, Reddit, and Github”

This is the standard to get hired today. They don’t teach this stuff in school. The good news is that you don’t need to be in school to learn this stuff.

Why is Uber’s Surge Pricing Such a Big Deal?

For all the flak that Uber rightfully deserves on many recent issues – I don’t know why people get bent out of shape about surge pricing. The point is for them to incentivize more of their drivers to work by paying higher than normal rates for trips. These drivers do not work set hours. It’s their choice when to work.

In many cases, this could be better than over time pay.

The other choice is a set price, but no drivers. Ever notice you can never get a taxi at rush hour in NYC?

Do you need a college education to have an IT career ?

Some very good advice from a former colleague I have a lot of respect for.

And Vijay Says...

One of the most common questions I get from my younger colleagues and mentees is about the value of college education in pursuing an IT career .

In my early 20s, I had one big regret – I did not go to a big name US college to get a degree . My engineering and MBA degrees were from University of Kerala in India . A lot of my friends did take their degrees – some times a second degree even – from reputed US schools . I had some kind of an inferiority complex about that when I started out – but I got over it at some point soon.

Education in India is not as expensive as it is in the US . Four years of engineering college and two years of MBA together cost about $5K including food, travel, hostel and so on . My parents picked…

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More Rapid Innovation Prototyping on SAP HANA Using SAP River

SANDisk customer story – they used SAP River to rapidly develop a POC of a custom application on SAP HANA.

Rapid innovation prototyping on SAP HANA with SAP River

Customer story of NetApp using SAP River to develop an innovative custom application POC on SAP HANA.

How to Cook up Your Own Social Priming Article

How to Cook up Your Own Social Priming Article

This is a hilariously funny article about how to create a credible sounding psychology article.


It reminds me of my old blog: Recipe for How to Become an Analyst in Any Industry

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