Real-time analytics: Parstream wins 2012 Big Data Award at COMPUTER WEEK

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The big big data congress of COMPUTERWOCHE ended on the second day with another exciting competition. After eleven finalists had presented themselves for the Big Data Award in the Projects category on September 26, nine suppliers of tools and tools competed for the Demonstrator Award one day later in Offenbach. The participants each had six minutes to present their Big Data solution to the audience and a top-class jury.

In an exciting and close final, the jury chose Parstream GmbH as the winner. Jörg Bienert, founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Cologne-based company, had presented his solution, which promises real-time big data analysis. Founded in 2008, the company offers a massively parallel database system for complex analysis of large databases. Those responsible speak of a big data analytics platform. The system is based on in-memory technology and works column-oriented, but also combines functions of relational databases and NoSQL techniques.

  1. Impressions from the Big Data Award 2012
    Professor Andreas Seufert, Director of the Institute for Business Intelligence at the Steinbeis University Berlin, opened the lecture program with a comprehensive overview of Big Data.
  2. Impressions from the Big Data Award 2012
    The fight against the clock: Ten or six minutes had the speakers time to present their projects or tools.
  3. COMPUTER WEEK editor Martin Bayer …
    … led through the Big Data Award 2012.
  4. Impressions from the Big Data Award 2012
    Cafer Tosun (right), Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the SAP Innovation Center, explained how SAP's new in-memory technology works.
  5. Impressions from the Big Data Award 2012
    Numerous visitors were able to find out about new technologies and solutions around big data at the exhibition stands.
  6. Impressions from the Big Data Award 2012
    A top-class jury (from left: Andreas Zilch, Experton Group, Norbert Deuschle, Storage Consortium, Prof. Andreas Seufert, Alexander Neff, University of St. Gallen, and Carsten Bange, BARC) evaluated the projects and tools.
  7. Impressions from the Big Data Award 2012
    The two-day big data congress of COMPUTERWOCHE took place in 2012 at the K39 in Offenbach.
  8. Impressions from the Big Data Award 2012
    Many participants took part and participated in the selection of the audience favorites.
  9. Impressions from the Big Data Award 2012
    The audience was also invited to vote for their favorites for the two audience awards: The unbelievable Machine Company GmbH and Talend GmbH won.
  10. Michael Beilfuss, IDG, …
    … the award ceremony started at the gala evening on the first day.
  11. Impressions from the Big Data Award 2012
    Melanie Krüp from the organizer HG-Editors played the lucky fairy for the raffle of a Lenovo ultrabook sponsored by Intel.
  12. Impressions from the Big Data Award 2012
    from left to right Martin Bayer, editor Computerwoche; Jörg Bienert, CTO and co-founder of Parstream; Andreas Zilch, Board Member and Lead Advisor of Experton Group AG.
  13. Impressions from the Big Data Award 2012
    from left to right Martin Bayer, editor Computerwoche; Martin Lange, Business Development Manager of Talend GmbH; Andreas Zilch, Board Member and Lead Advisor of Experton Group AG.

The centerpiece is a special high parallel compressed index, which means that less data has to be moved and that search and analysis can be processed simultaneously. This decoupling and parallelization of data import and data analysis is an important factor from the point of view of those responsible for increasing the speed of the system. The solution has meanwhile attracted international interest. In mid-August, Silicon Valley investors provided $ 5.6 million for further development.

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v.l.n.r. Martin Bayer, Redakteur Computerwoche; Martin Lange, Business Development Manager der Talend GmbH; Andreas Zilch, Vorstand und Lead Advisor der Experton Group AG.
from left to right Martin Bayer, editor Computerwoche; Martin Lange, Business Development Manager of Talend GmbH; Andreas Zilch, Board Member and Lead Advisor of Experton Group AG.
Photo: Joachim Wendler

In addition to the jury verdict, the audience was also invited to rate the individual tools and presentations. With his dedicated and entertaining talk entitled "What does a fighter plane have to do with big data?" convinced Martin Lange, Business Development Manager at Talend, the audience. "Many companies see the benefits of Hadoop, but underestimate the complexity of the technology, and our solution takes Hadoop's complexity, " says Martin Lange. "We were especially pleased about the Audience Award for the most innovative Big Data technology, and we see it as a motivation to continue to innovate big data with innovation."

"Talend's Open Studio for Big Data" is based on Talend's open source integration technology. The Big Data Integration solution natively supports Apache Hadoop and includes connectors for the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS), HBase, HCatalog, Hive, Oozie, Pig, and Sqoop. The tool takes advantage of Apache Hadoop's MapReduce architecture for distributed computing, generates native Hadoop code, and runs data transformations directly in Hadoop.

Vestas wins the Project Award with IBM

v.l.n.r. Martin Bayer, Redakteur Computerwoche; Jörg Bienert, CTO und Mit-Gründer von Parstream; Andreas Zilch, Vorstand und Lead Advisor der Experton Group AG.
from left to right Martin Bayer, editor Computerwoche; Jörg Bienert, CTO and co-founder of Parstream; Andreas Zilch, Board Member and Lead Advisor of Experton Group AG.
Photo: Joachim Wendler

The numerous participants in the Big Data Congress of COMPUTERWOCHE received a comprehensive overview of various big data topics on both days. In addition to informative presentations, the project competition was the highlight on the first day of the congress. Among the eleven projects presented, the wind turbine manufacturer Vestas convinced the jury in a close neck-and-neck race.

Vestas Wind Systems is the world's largest manufacturer and operator of wind turbines. To make the wind turbines projected by Vestas customers even more cost-effective, the Danes use hardware and software from IBM: with the help of one of the largest privately-used supercomputer named "Firestorm" and a tailor-made big-data analytics solution from " Big Blue "Vestas can already calculate in advance in a few hours for project planning in a specific location, how much energy will be generated there in the next few decades, how high the yield is and how fast the plant pays off.

The two partners were awarded with the Big Data Award 2012 of the COMPUTERWOCHE. Second place and third place were narrowly beaten by The unbelievable Machine GmbH (Social Storyteller by Bild.de) and Exasol (xpl data platform by Xplosion interactive). The Audience Award was also won by The Unbelievable Machine Company GmbH.