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April 2016, Volume 4, Number 2

Analytics and BI in the cloud get mixed reaction

Vendors of database, data warehouse and big data platforms are rushing to bulk up their cloud services offerings -- the same goes for developers of business intelligence and analytics tools. And a growing number of user organizations are signing on to store, manage and analyze data in cloud-based systems. But there's mixed reaction when it comes to actually doing big data analytics and BI in the cloud. Some businesses are jumping in totally; many others are keeping one or both feet on the ground. First Tech Federal Credit Union is gravitating toward the full cloud camp to help drive an analytics program it has been building up over the past two years. First Tech, the eighth-largest credit union in the U.S. with about 400,000 members and $8 billion in managed assets, planned in February to begin production use of a Hadoop cluster running in the Microsoft Azure cloud. The cluster, built around the Hadoop distribution from Hortonworks, will function as a data lake for collecting raw information from various internal and external ...

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