Big Data, Hadoop, NoSQL and Analytics

Big Data, Hadoop, NoSQL and Analytics

Building blocks for tomorrow's innovative database applications

27 February 2014 (14-21h)
Location: Golden Tulip Brussels Airport (Diegem)
Presented in English by
Price: 720 EUR (excl. 21% VAT)
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 Learning Objectives

Why do we organize this seminar about Big Data, NoSQL, NewSQL and Analytics ?

Today, Big Data, Hadoop, NoSQL, NewSQL, analytical database servers, MapReduce, appliances are all very popular terms in the IT industry. But are these just all hypes? Is this exotic technology only for Facebook and Twitter-like websites ? Was the relational database not the one-size-fits-all solution for all your information management problems after all ? Can Big Data and NoSQL be valuable for more traditional enterprises like yours ?

This seminar discusses and positions these new developments clearly, and explains why and how they can be relevant for any organisation. Our speaker Rick van der Lans is a database-expert pur sang, very familiar with relational database technology and SQL, who has witnessed the rise (and sometimes fall) of many other database technologies, like hierarchical and network databases, object databases, XML databases and now also NoSQL, NewSQL, streaming and analytical databases. Rick offers you the knowledge and insights you need to make the right choices in the big data revolution, and to put NoSQL, NewSQL, analytical database servers and big data in a broader, pragmatic perspective.

What does big data have to offer for retail, utilities, banking, insurance, ... companies ?

What will you learn at this unique seminar about Big Data, NoSQL, NewSQL and Analytics ?

This seminar answers these and many other questions:

  • What exactly do we mean with Big Data and NoSQL, and why/when can this be useful for you ?
  • Which NoSQL implementations exist, and what is their status ?
  • What are the properties and advantages/disadvantages of analytical database servers ?
  • What are key-value, document, column-family and graph stores ?
  • For which applications are these concepts and tools most useful ?
  • How do we unlock the power of big data databases for reporting and analysis, and what is meant with the "SQL-fication of NoSQL" ?
  • Where is the Big Data, NoSQL, NewSQL and analytical database revolution going ?
  • What exactly is NewSQL and why/when can this be useful for you ?

Who should attend this seminar ?

This seminar is intended for anyone who wants to learn about the newest developments in the database world, including (but not limited to):

  • database specialists,
  • database administrators,
  • datawarehouse- and database designers,
  • database- and business intelligence experts,
  • consultants,
  • technology planners,
  • project managers,
  • system and infrastructure analists,
  • ...

 Full Programme

13.30h - 14.00h
Registration and welcome of the participants with Coffee/Tea and Croissants, Vendor Expo and Networking Opportunity
  • The history of database servers: from file servers to database servers
  • How important are concepts such as declarative language and storage independence?
  • Trends in the database market
  • The need for more data scalability and query performance

What does big data have to offer for retail, utilities, banking, insurance, ... companies ?

Big Data: Hype or Reality ?
  • What exactly do we mean with Big Data ?
  • The key application area of Big Data: business analytics
  • The four Vís of big data: volume, variety, velocity, and variability
  • Differences between semi-structured, poly-structured, multi-structured, and unstructured data
  • Examples of Big Data: sensor data, (micro-)event data, and clickstream data
  • What is the value of Big Data for your organisation ?
NoSQL Database Stores
15.45h - 16.00h
Coffee/tea Break with Refreshments, Vendor Expo and Networking Opportunity
Analytical SQL Database Servers
17.00h - 17.45h
Exploring Data in NoSQL Systems Using SQL
17.45h - 19.00h
Dinner Buffet, Vendor Expo and Networking Opportunity
19.00h - 20.00h
Data Virtualization, NoSQL and Big Data
  • What is data virtualization?
  • Differences between abstraction, data federation and data integration
  • On-demand versus scheduled integration and transformation
  • How data virtualization can open Big Data to the masses
  • Joining data in NoSQL systems with data in classic systems
  • Product overview, including those of Composite Software, Denodo, IBM, Informatica, RedHat, and Stone Bond
20.00h - 20.45h
  • NewSQL means high-performance transactional SQL systems, based on shared-nothing architectures and supporting ACID-transactions
  • Simpler transactional mechanisms
  • Avoiding multi-table joins that can't be parallelized
  • The use of geographical databases
  • Market overview of NewSQL products, including Akiban, Clustrix, NuoDB, TransLattice VMware SQLFire, VoltDB
  • What is the role of NewSQL tools in the big data world ?
Q & A, Summary and Conclusions
  • When to use NoSQL?
  • When to use which database technology?
  • High-level overview of database market
End of this Seminar


Rick van der Lans (R20/Consultancy BV)
R20/Consultancy BV

Rick van der Lans is the managing director of R20/Consultancy, based in The Netherlands. He is an independent analyst, consultant, author, and internationally acclaimed lecturer specializing in data warehousing, business intelligence, big data, and database technology.

Rick writes for various websites, including TechTarget and BeyeNETWORK, and has authored many white papers. His popular books, including Introduction to SQL (Addison-Wesley Professional, 2006) and Data Virtualization for Business Intelligence Systems (Morgan Kaufmann, 2012), have been translated into numerous languages with more than 100,000 copies sold.

You can follow Rick on Twitter via @rick_vanderlans.

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