Contributor: Karen Whipple

MapR Converge Blog author, Karen Whipple

Karen has worn many hats since starting at MapR in 2012. Currently she is senior marketing communications manager responsible for customer communications at MapR. This includes running the customer reference program as well as managing the Converge Community which launched in the spring of 2016.

Blog Posts by Karen Whipple

May 30, 2017 | By Karen Whipple

How Big Data is Fighting Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is the third largest crime industry in the world today. India has an estimated 18.3 million slaves, according to the Global Slavery Index, and every year 200,000 Indian children are tricked, kidnapped, or coerced into slavery. Every...

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September 13, 2016 | By Karen Whipple

Happy 6-Month Birthday to the Converge Community

Six months ago, we launched the Converge Community in order to provide a seamless way for Hadoop and Spark developers, data analysts, and administrators to engage in technical discussions and share expertise that furthers the advancement of the big data...

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February 16, 2016 | By Karen Whipple

IoT Transforming the Automotive, Healthcare and Oil & Gas Industries - Infographic

Most likely, you’ve seen quite a few “Internet of Things” headlines in the last year. But how will the IoT really transform the world as we know it? Here are just a few ways both organizations and consumers are benefiting from IoT: Monitor consumer driving...

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February 23, 2015 | By Karen Whipple

5 Key Big Data Trends to Watch for in 2015 (Infographic)

Big data made a huge leap forward in 2014 in terms of the increased adoption of big data technologies among enterprises. Where is big data heading in 2015? At the beginning of this year, MapR CEO John Schroeder made several predictions about key aspects...

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January 12, 2015 | By Karen Whipple

Renaissance in Medicine: Next-Generation Big Data Workloads

At the Strata + Hadoop World 2014 conference held in New York, Allen Day, Principal Data Scientist for MapR, gave a fascinating talk titled “Renaissance in Medicine: Next-Generation Big Data Workloads,” where he showcased how ETL and MapReduce can be...

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December 31, 2014 | By Karen Whipple

Top 10 Hadoop Blogs of 2014

As we close out the year, here is a look back at our 10 most popular blogs of 2014. Our top posts include machine learning and time series data topics, new milestones for the Apache projects Drill and Spark, and hands-on technical explanations that save...

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December 30, 2014 | By Karen Whipple

Apache Drill Carries Momentum into 2015

After being promoted to a top-level project earlier this month, Apache Drill has reached yet another milestone. Jacques Nadeau, Apache Drill PMC Chair, recently announced on the Drill blog that the community has released Drill 0.7. This release contains...

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December 03, 2014 | By Karen Whipple

Time Series Data Is the New Big Data

This blog post was originally written by Christian Mennerich and Mike Kesler, with synyx GmbH & Co. KG in Germany. You can see the orginal post on the Synyx blog here. On 22 November 2014, the NoSQL matters conference took place in Barcelona at the...

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October 31, 2014 | By Karen Whipple

The Walking Data: Master Big Data with MapR (Infographic)

The sheer amount of data out there is enough to turn any employee into a big data zombie. Don’t let the prospect of big data keep you up at night—MapR makes it easy for you to master big data with ease: Identify, process and analyze massive amounts of...

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October 22, 2014 | By Karen Whipple

Cisco Partners with MapR to Provide Innovative Big Data Solutions

We are excited to announce that MapR has entered into a partnership agreement with Cisco to resell the MapR Distribution including Apache Hadoop. Together, Cisco and MapR are well positioned to help you unlock the power in your big data by offering a...

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September 28, 2014 | By Karen Whipple

The Future of Data Warehouses and SQL-on-Hadoop

Q & A from “The Future of Hadoop Analytics: Total Data Warehouses and Self-Service Data Exploration” Webinar The recent MapR webinar titled “The Future of Hadoop Analytics: Total Data Warehouses and Self-Service Data Exploration” proved to be a highly...

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August 18, 2014 | By Karen Whipple

Disaster Recovery - What is it and why should we care?

Disaster recovery is about being able to recover from major outages hitting your data center. As more and more critical business applications move into Hadoop, you must have a solution that meets gets you back in business immediately. Jack Norris...

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July 25, 2014 | By Karen Whipple

Webinar Q & A Follow up: Predictive Analytics with Machine Learning and Hadoop

The recent Skytree and MapR webinar ”Predictive Analytics with Machine Learning and Hadoop” proved to be highly interactive and engaging. As promised, Nitin and Jin have provided answers to questions that we were not able to get to during the webinar:...

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June 23, 2014 | By Karen Whipple

Snapshots and Consistency – What Are The Facts?

Snapshots come up in most technical discussions of enterprise-grade applications. Hadoop applications are no exception. Jack Norris talks with Industry Analyst Donnie Berkholz about snapshots to help cut to the core of what the issues are in the context...

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June 18, 2014 | By Karen Whipple

NFS - What is it and why should we care?

NFS is the Network File System. It's been part of Linux and the broader Unix ecosystem for decades and been used for a long time in both enterprise environments to share files as well as in customized environments like high performance computing....

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June 04, 2014 | By Karen Whipple

Open Air, Open Source Celebration at Hadoop Summit

Capping off the first day of 2014 Hadoop Summit, the Open Air, Open Source Celebration was a lively event bringing friends of MapR together to toast the Apache Drill and Apache Spark projects. Rather than words, we will let the photos tell the story....

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May 29, 2014 | By Karen Whipple

June Speaking Line Up Announced

The June speaking line up for MapR kicks off with Hadoop Summit, HP Discover and the Spark Summit. Highlights include: Hadoop Summit 2014 MapR is a platinum sponsor of Hadoop Summit 2014 and will be exhibiting in Booth # P2. Executives from the company...

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May 09, 2014 | By Karen Whipple

May Newsletter: Vertica on MapR SQL-on-Hadoop is now generally available

This quarter is shaping up to be a great one for MapR! After recently announcing record growth in the first quarterwe’ve got some great momentum going into the second. Vertica on MapR SQL-on-Hadoop is now generally available, we're taking Apache Spark...

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April 14, 2014 | By Karen Whipple

April Newsletter: MapR Adds Complete Apache Spark Stack

We just wrapped up a great quarter for MapR! We introduced our free Sandbox for Hadoop, achieved the highest ranking for Current Offering in a Big Data Hadoop Solutions report by Forrester, and announced the MapR Distribution for Hadoop with YARN and...

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April 04, 2014 | By Karen Whipple

Webinar Demonstrates Integration Points Between MapR, EMR, Hive, Impala, and Tableau

Amazon Elastic MapReduce (Amazon EMR) makes it easy to provision and manage Hadoop in the AWS Cloud. The latest webinar from the Amazon Web Services Partner webinar series, titled “Hadoop in the Cloud: Unlocking the Potential of Big Data on AWS,” showed...

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March 20, 2014 | By Karen Whipple

Tomer Shiran Featured on Big Data & Brews

Tomer Shiran, Vice President of Product Management for MapR, was featured recently on Big Data & Brews, a weekly video blog program hosted by Datameer CEO Stefan Groschupf, featuring thought leaders discussing topics of interest in the big data world...

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March 14, 2014 | By Karen Whipple

March Newsletter: Forrester Wave - Big Data Hadoop Solutions

This issue marks the re-branding of our newsletter. In addition to the new look, we have simplified the layout to make it easier for you to scan for the information most important to you. We welcome your feedback so we can continue to improve our content...

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January 29, 2014 | By Karen Whipple

MapR Technologies Wins 2014 Cloud Computing Award

Recognized in the "Most Innovative Use of Big Data" Category We are honored to announce that we are the winner in the Most Innovative Use of Big Data category of the 2013-2014 Cloud Awards program. The Cloud Awards program identifies and celebrates...

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November 27, 2013 | By Karen Whipple

December Conference Schedule Highlights

MapR executives will present sessions about Big Data use cases and showcase the MapR Distribution for ApacheTM Hadoop® at several events in December, including: Big Data & Analytics for Banking Summit Southern California Big Data Executive Summit...

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November 20, 2013 | By Karen Whipple

MapR Appoints CFO and Surpasses 500 Customers

Today MapR announced the appointment of Dan Atler as Chief Financial Officer, expanding the executive team to manage rapid growth. Atler brings over 20 years of executive leadership experience in public markets, mergers and acquisitions, and multinational...

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November 14, 2013 | By Karen Whipple

Climate Corporation Uses Big Data to Insulate Farmers

Big Data is fueling responsible global citizenship. Our friends at The Climate Corporation and their approach to managing the economic impact of extreme weather are featured in The New Yorker article “Climate By Numbers”. Author Michael Specter writes...

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November 01, 2013 | By Karen Whipple

AWS Elastic MapReduce Updates Include Hadoop 2.0 and M7

The Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR) team has been hard at work on a series of updates and new features. You now have access to Hadoop 2.2 and new versions of Hive,Pig, HBase, and Mahout. Cluster startup time has been reduced, S3DistCp (for data movement...

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October 07, 2013 | By Karen Whipple

Xactly Expands Incentive Management Business More Quickly, Efficiently, and Reliably with MapR

Xactly, the leading provider of cloud-based incentive and sales performance management solutions, has deployed the MapR Distribution for Hadoop to deliver unparalleled performance and innovation for its customers. Behind general employee salaries, variable...

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October 03, 2013 | By Karen Whipple

Ecosystem Certification for Mahout, Hive and Oozie

As part of our ongoing certification process, MapR has updated the following ecosystem projects: Hive, Oozie and Mahout. These ecosystem projects are certified with Release and 3.0.1. They are available on:

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October 01, 2013 | By Karen Whipple

Top Executives will Present Sessions and Tutorials on Hadoop, Machine Learning and Drill at Upcoming October Conferences

MapR will be at a wide range of events this month where we will participate on panels, deliver keynotes and present tutorials. M.C. Srivas, CTO will participate on the Big Data Ecosystem partner panel at Splunk .conf2013. At DataWeek 2013, Ted Dunning...

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August 27, 2013 | By Karen Whipple

Gartner Provides Side by Side Hadoop Comparison

It's always interesting to compare products side-by-side and Gartner Research Director Svetlana Sicular has done just that in her The Charging Elephant blog series. Sicular posed the same set of questions to the participants of the recent Hadoop panel...

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August 21, 2013 | By Karen Whipple

Prominent CFO Michael Lehman Joins MapR Board of Directors

MapR welcomes Mike Lehman to our Board of Directors. His leadership at hyper growth private companies and high profile public companies will prove a significant contribution to our Board. Mike brings more than 35 years of senior-level financial management...

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August 20, 2013 | By Karen Whipple

EMEA Expansion Continues with Nordic Office

MapR has doubled the size of its team across Europe in the last six months, most recently with our Stockholm office led by Patrik Svanström. Svanström is an experienced senior executive most recently in the role of director of the storage division for...

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July 24, 2013 | By Karen Whipple

Big Data Analytics as a Productivity Tool Named “Game Changer” for US Growth

The researchers at McKinsey & Company identified five catalysts that could deliver a substantial boost to GDP by 2020. Not surprisingly, “big data analytics as a productivity tool” made the list. Sectors across the economy can harness the deluge...

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July 23, 2013 | By Karen Whipple

Enterprise-Grade Workload Management for Hadoop Customers

The MapR partner ecosystem continues to expand. Univa, the Data Center Automation company, today announced their partnership with MapR to integrate the Univa Grid Engine with the MapR Enterprise Big Data platform. This partnership allows customers to...

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July 19, 2013 | By Karen Whipple

How to Move a Hadoop Deployment from the Test Phase into Full Production

Mike Gualtieri, Principal Analyst with Forrester Research joined us for a webinar titled Productionizing Hadoop: Seven Architectural Best Practices. Following the webinar, Mike answered a number of questions from participants, including a question about...

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July 08, 2013 | By Karen Whipple

Getting Started with Big Data

Mike Gualtieri, Principal Analyst with Forrester Research joined us for a webinar titled Productionizing Hadoop: Seven Architectural Best Practices. Following the webinar, Mike answered a number of questions from participants including one about how to...

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June 25, 2013 | By Karen Whipple

A Holistic Approach Yields Maximum Insights

Many organizations want to employ a holistic approach to drive business decisions based on all the data at their disposal; however, very few actually do. Michael Hausenblas, chief data engineer EMEA for MapR, looks at how organizations approach the...

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June 20, 2013 | By Karen Whipple

Apache Drill: Interactive Ad-Hoc Analysis at Scale

The Big Data Journal has recently published an article titled “Apache Drill: Interactive Ad-Hoc Analysis at Scale” by MapR Chief Data Engineer Michael Hausenblas and Development Lead Jacques Nadeau. Apache Drill is a distributed system for interactive...

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May 29, 2013 | By Karen Whipple

Big Returns on Big Data through Operational Intelligence

MapR is working closely with Cisco on a number of fronts including the Cisco Tidal Enterprise Scheduler (TES). Jack Norris, MapR's chief marketing officer, posted today the guest blog "Big Returns on Big Data through Operational Intelligence...

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December 16, 2012 | By Karen Whipple

Large-scale Analysis is the Key to Reflected Intelligence: MapR and LucidWorks Webinar Tells You How

Using Search and Big Data isn’t just about analyzing social media content and web traffic; there is a wide array of new applications for the combined technology of fast Hadoop and real-time ad hoc data accessibility. In our latest webinar “Crowd Sourcing...

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