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The Business Case For Apache Beam

You’ve just learned about a new streaming data processing technology that would solve many of the technical challenges you are experiencing within your organization today. Unfortunately, it would require significant time and budget to integrate and operationalize within your current solution. Enter Apache Beam. According to the main website, “Apache Beam provides an advanced unified programming • Read More »


Demo Driven Development: PySpark

In a previous blog post, I talked about demo driven development and focusing on demonstrating business value when pursuing development efforts with new technology. If you are an organization that is focused on service based delivery, you may find yourself having to demonstrate your capabilities to deliver a potential solution to a problem that hasn’t • Read More »


Demo Driven Development: Apache Spark

Technology alone does not solve problems. Back in 2014 at Techonomy, Jack Dorsey, the cofounder of Twitter and Square, put it very well: “To me, technology fundamentally is just a tool. It’s up to us to figure out how to use those tools and how to apply those tools”. In theory, this view of technology • Read More »


An Entry Into Big Data With Spark: Databricks Community Edition

During a local Spark meetup, I was introduced to the Databricks Community Edition. Within the Spark community, Databricks is well-known, so I was excited when I got my early invite to try out the Community Edition. This brief article will be a mix of overview, step-by-step instruction and opinion. However, by the end, you’ll have • Read More »


Machine Learning: How Does A Machine Learn?

In the first part of our Machine Learning series, we illustrated the broad concept of machine learning by taking a little bit of Twitter, mixing it with some machine learning goodness and creating a web application that, based upon the user’s personal tweets, recommends Twitter accounts the user should follow. What sort of machine learning wizardry • Read More »


A Primer on Predictive Analytics and Supply Chain Management

Like Business Intelligence, Customer Experience and the Science of Emotion, Predictive Analytics can often be more about buzz than impact. Today, Gary Nakanelua offers a primer on PA, specifically within the world of supply chain management. Predictive Analytics is a discipline at which Blueprint excels. For years, the application of predictive analytics in supply chain • Read More »



Do You Need An App For That?

..your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should. — Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jurassic Park)