Data Wins: The WibiData Blog

Thrilled to be a Wibi

23 October 2013 By Caitlin Johnson Comments.

In my first few weeks at WibiData, I’ve learned a tremendous amount, met many great people and have even witnessed the team grow - four other new Wibis have started since my first day in the office! I’ve been in tech for a few years, but I’m brand new to Big Data, including Hadoop, HBase and Scala, so the last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of information. How did I end up here? I went to college at Carnegie Mellon with no intention of majoring in Computer Science, but after one intro

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Growing the Kiji Community!

21 October 2013 By WibiData Staff Comments.

In September 2010, WibiData started building a framework to provide developers tools to build applications using their data. The idea was to create a middleware that makes it faster and easier to ingest data and develop and deploy predictive models. In November 2012, WibiData released that technology to the community by open sourcing the Kiji Project. Since its release, Kiji has helped developers all over the world avoid the pitfalls of building a Customer Data Platform and serving their users better. Now, WibiData is excited to announce another milestone: the San Francisco Kiji User Group. In fact, WibiData customer and Kiji user,

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WibiNewbie

18 October 2013 By Dan Burkert Comments.

#WibiNewbie Two weeks ago, I moved from Washington, D.C. to San Francisco and started a new job on the platform engineering team at WibiData, making me the most recent "newbie." Moving across country to start a new job was not an easy decision, but it has proven to be a great one. Read on for a glimpse at what it's like to leave everything and go to work for a great company with amazing people, while working on interesting and challenging problems. #WibiMoving My first afternoon in San Francisco, I decided to attend the HBase Database meetup, but

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Translating User Insight into Business Value: The Model Life Cycle

16 October 2013 By Kiyan Ahmadizadeh Comments.

This blog post is the third in a series that explains how institutions can evolve from data miners to experience optimizers by building Big Data Applications using Kiji. The first two posts described the benefits of a customer data repository and how organizations tackle the challenge of ingesting a wide variety of data into a single system. This post details the next step, the model life cycle within Big Data Applications. The ability to store and process big data gives organizations unprecedented powers to tailor and customize application behavior to individual users. Interested in reading "1984?” Your online bookstore should

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WIBIDATA ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF THE KIJI “CHIRASHI” FOR BUILDING BIG DATA APPLICATIONS

3 October 2013 By WibiData Staff Comments.

Big Data Application Vendor WibiData Announces the release of the open-source Kiji BentoBox SDK v1.2 “Chirashi” including new and improved features for Building Big Data Applications San Francisco, CA – October 3, 2013 — WibiData announces the latest release of the Kiji Project, an open source framework for building Big Data Applications. The latest Kiji BentoBox brings powerful languages and libraries to the Hadoop and HBase stack. This marks the first release of BentoBox 1.2, called “Chirashi.” "The latest release of Kiji brings new features to our SDK for building Big Data Applications. With “Chirashi,” developers, data

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Data Silos Are Handicapping Your Business

2 October 2013 By Adam Kunicki Comments.

The proliferation of smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, interactive kiosks and traditional web channels has provided both opportunities and challenges for brands looking to engage consumers. There are an increasing number of touchpoints, and more importantly, massive quantities of data. According to a report by Cisco, mobile data traffic alone grew over 70% in 2012 reaching 885 petabytes per month.  That’s a lot of social media, content, downloads, clicks, swipes and taps. While most companies have already begun to introduce new systems to work with these new channels, few have begun to incorporate the data they collect from each channel

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Wibi Whirlwind

27 September 2013 By Lynn Goh Comments.

It has been a whirlwind adventure since I started at WibiData two weeks ago. My first day as a Wibi was also my first day as a San Francisco denizen; I literally spent Sunday driving up the coast before starting as a field engineer on Monday with nothing but a couple of suitcases and the promise of a friend’s couch. So, how did I end up at WibiData? I hail from Southern California and have been living in the greater Los Angeles area for the past 25 plus years.  I am originally a native of Singapore, as my

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Translating User Insight into Business Value: Ingestion

24 September 2013 By Don Brown Comments.

This blog post is the second in a series that explains how institutions can evolve from data miners to experience optimizers by building Big Data Applications using Kiji. The first post described the needs and benefits of building a Customer Data Platform. This post explains how organizations tackle the challenge of ingesting a wide variety of data into a single system. In order to create an effective 360 degree view of every user, a Customer Data Platform must be able to store all structured, semi-structured and unstructured data in a way that a single query can return all known information about

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Translating User Insight into Business Value: Building the Customer Data Platform

18 September 2013 By Don Brown Comments.

This blog post is the first in a series that explains how institutions can evolve from data miners to experience optimizers by building Big Data Applications using Kiji. This first post describes the needs and benefits of building a customer data repository. Retail banks are under relentless pressure to compete for consumers’ business. While customers trust their money remains safe within the vault, most consumers actively avoid interacting with their banks because the experience is so impersonal, time consuming and sales driven. In addition, the introduction of self-service banking and the commoditization of savings and investment products have leveled

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WibiData Talks Growing Pains at This Year’s PuppetConf

13 September 2013 By Chad Metcalf Comments.

Two weeks ago I had the privilege of speaking at PuppetConf, an annual conference where some of the smartest minds in IT meet to discuss the latest trends in Operations, Cloud and IT automation and DevOps. Puppet Labs’ software provides system administrators the operational agility, efficiency and insight they need to proactively manage dynamic infrastructure. This year's PuppetConf included two days of 75 packed sessions with over 1,000 onsite attendees and another 4000+ watching via online streaming. As someone who has used Puppet since 2009, it was exciting to witness how the community has evolved. The thought provoking talks I attended

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