Contributor: Jack Norris

MapR Converge Blog author, Jack Norris

Jack drives understanding and adoption of new applications enabled by data and analytics. With over 20 years of enterprise software marketing experience, he has demonstrated success from defining new markets for small companies to increasing sales of new products for large public companies. Jack’s broad experience includes launching and establishing analytic, virtualization, and storage companies and leading marketing and business development for an early-stage cloud storage software provider. Jack has also held senior executive roles with EMC, Rainfinity (now EMC), Brio Technology, SQRIBE, and Bain and Company. Jack earned an MBA from UCLA Anderson and a BA in Economics with honors and distinction from Stanford University.

Blog Posts by Jack Norris

October 10, 2018 | By Jack Norris

Accelerating Data Access and Production Deployments for NVIDIA-Driven Data Science

Today marked significant AI announcements for both NVIDIA and MapR. NVIDIA unveiled their open source RAPIDS framework and their end-to-end data science platform. Their advancements speed model training and enable more iterations, faster, for better model...

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January 18, 2017 | By Jack Norris

Containers for Big Data: How MapR Expands Containers Use to Access Data Directly | Whiteboard Walkthrough

In this week's Whiteboard Walkthrough, Jack Norris, Senior Vice President of Data and Applications at MapR, explains how the MapR Data Platform opens up the use of containers to the big data environment such that you can access data directly, thus...

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November 09, 2016 | By Jack Norris

The 3 Keys to Digital Transformation

As I discussed in my presentation at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Florida, digital transformation is a key topic for business leaders today. While the impact of digital transformation is easily understood what is less clear are the steps to effectively...

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October 06, 2016 | By Jack Norris

Decision 2016: What Is Your Data Platform?

Strata + Hadoop World This week I attended my sixth Strata + Hadoop World. Actually, in the beginning they were two separate shows, but the evolution since has been more than the combining, or convergence if you will, of the two shows. The first shows...

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April 07, 2016 | By Jack Norris

Let’s Get Real: Acting on Data in Real Time

As I discussed in my keynote presentation at Strata + Hadoop World in San Jose last week, companies need to do more than merely report on business results. There are substantial advantages to being able to make decisions at the speed required to respond...

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October 12, 2015 | By Jack Norris

Hadoop in Action: Using Hadoop to Detect Fraud, Waste and Abuse in Healthcare

The cost of fraud, waste and abuse in the health care industry is a key contributor to spiraling health care costs in the United States. Together, fraud, waste and abuse cost the U.S. healthcare system more than $60 billion every year according to Gartner...

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February 24, 2014 | By Jack Norris

Reflections on Strata: More than One Elephant in the Room

The recent O’Reilly Strata Conference held in Santa Clara was high energy, with many attendees focused on discussing details about Hadoop deployments. It has progressed a long way from the early days, when most of the conversations were about “what is...

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November 15, 2013 | By Jack Norris

Separating Hadoop Myths from Reality

As I discussed in my keynote presentation at Strata + Hadoop World in New York, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions when it comes to Hadoop. Let’s take a closer look at the architecture and customer use cases that highlight the power of Hadoop...

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August 02, 2013 | By Jack Norris

How Chief Risk Officers Are Managing Risk with Hadoop

I often get asked, “Who in an organization buys Hadoop?” While there are buyers with many different titles and functions that spearhead the adoption of Hadoop, I’d like to single out one fast growing buyer: the Chief Risk Officer. Organizations are...

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June 26, 2013 | By Jack Norris

Wash, Rinse, Repeat… “ It is That Easy

There has been a lot of news on the Hadoop front lately, and MapR took it to a higher level today by letting Hadoop industry leaders do the talking. My favorite quote is “Scaling with MapR is now a simple Wash. Rinse. Repeat,” from Greg Stam, Senior VP...

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June 14, 2013 | By Jack Norris

How Big is Big Data?

There’s been a lot in the news lately about the NSA and Verizon call detail records… how much data are they talking about? Each phone call has a call detail record. A call detail record contains information about a call, not the call itself. In other...

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April 26, 2013 | By Jack Norris

Reading between the lines: Job postings show high demand for Hadoop and NoSQL talent

Demand for both Apache Hadoop and NoSQL is extremely strong and this can mean only one thing: companies are hiring, and there is stiff competition for employees with experience in these technologies. This was brought home last month in an article in Data...

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November 23, 2012 | By Jack Norris

Hadoop Ecosystem: MapR Adding Value Where it Matters Most

In case you missed it, Forbes recently ran an interesting piece about Hadoop titled Can Hadoop Survive its Weird Beginning? It is worth a read for anyone in the Big Data/Hadoop space. In it, author Dan Woods makes a couple of interesting observations:...

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September 18, 2012 | By Jack Norris

Apache Drill: The community is off and running

It’s been a couple of days since the kickoff meeting of the Apache Drill User Group. We are very encouraged and excited by the initial response and it bodes well for the future success of the Drill project. On Thursday, September 13, 2012, over 100...

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June 28, 2012 | By Jack Norris

Big News about Big Data: MapR Partners with Google

Today marks one of the biggest announcements in the history of Hadoop. Google -- the pioneer of MapReduce, the company that ushered in the era of Big Data -- has now opened up their infrastructure so organizations can more effectively process and analyze...

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February 07, 2012 | By Jack Norris

Top Misconceptions about Big Data and Hadoop

The Hadoop market is a fast growing, expanding and exciting ecosystem, but this can also be accompanied by confusion. I thought I’d take a stab at addressing some of the Big Misconceptions about Big Data. I. First of all, the term Big Data is approaching...

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January 17, 2012 | By Jack Norris

A Big Year for Hadoop

Our CEO, John Schroeder was recently interviewed in the press and asked about his predictions for Hadoop in 2012. Simply put, he sees a Big year for Big Data. It’s not just the scale of data growth. John shared his view that the ability to process and...

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November 30, 2011 | By Jack Norris

Competitive Domination through MapReduce

It’s no surprise to hear that data is growing quickly. An IDC study earlier this year confirmed that data is growing faster than Moore’s Law. This means that however you’re processing data today, tomorrow you’re going to be doing it with many more servers...

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October 05, 2011 | By Jack Norris

Oracle – Hello World – to Hadoop

Oracle announced an Oracle Big Data Appliance (BDA) including Hadoop at Oracle OpenWorld this week. Oracle is packaging the Apache code on the BDA appliance. The announcement didn’t include any important 3rd party partnerships or any important innovations...

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September 27, 2011 | By Jack Norris

Big Data in the Big Apple

The Strata Conference held last week in New York – not to be confused with the Strata Summit which took place the two days prior at the Marriott or the Strata Jumpstart that was held on Monday – well maybe it was confusing. The Strata Conference covered...

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August 30, 2011 | By Jack Norris

20M Reasons to Bank on MapR

Today we announced our $20M Series B funding round led by Redpoint Ventures along with our existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners and NEA. This announcement culminates an exciting four months of activity for MapR. It started in May, with our announcement...

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August 02, 2011 | By Jack Norris

Machine Learning with MapR

Ted is just back from OSCON where he co-presented Hands On Mahout - Mammoth Scale Machine Learning. The slides are available for this tutorial that covered the evolution of Mahout for clustering and classification of large datasets. If you’re interested...

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July 27, 2011 | By Jack Norris

The Design, Scale and Performance of the MapR Distribution for Apache Hadoop

Check out M.C. Srivas’ Hadoop Summit presentation. Srivas, the CTO and co-founder of MapR, outlines the architectural details behind MapR performance advantages. This technical discussion also describes the scale advantages of the MapR distributed NameNode...

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July 18, 2011 | By Jack Norris

Big Data and Hadoop

A lot of solutions talk about how they handle Big Data, but Hadoop is unique. Hadoop does things that aren’t possible with other solutions -- or if they are possible, they are prohibitively expensive or complex. Hadoop is not an open source alternative...

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