New: Datascience with Apache Pig E-book for 0.99 cent instead of 5$!

I am happy to announce that I’ve created a new e-book for Amazon Kindle. As a promotional offer, the e-book will only cost 0.99 cent the next 6 days and the price will then go up again to it’s original price tag! Make sure to obtain it now🙂

For more details about the e-book, read this page.

You can obtain the e-book here.

My Big Data predictions for 2016

As 2016 is around the corner, the question is what this year will bring for Big Data. Here are my top assumptions for the year to come:

  • The growth for relational databases will slow down, as more companies will evaluate Hadoop as an alternative to classic rdbms
  • The Hadoop stack will get more complicated, as more and more projects are added. It will almost take a team to understand what each of these projects does
  • Spark will lead the market for handling data. It will change the entire ecosystem again.
  • Cloud vendors will add more and more capability to their solutions to deal with the increasing demand for workloads in the cloud
  • We will see a dramatic increase of successful use-cases with Hadoop, as the first projects come to a successful end

What do you think about my predictions? Do you agree or disagree?

Big Data and Hadoop E-Books at reduced price

2 Big Data and Hadoop E-Books are available at a special promotion. The reduced price is only valid for 1 week, so make sure to order soon! The offer expires on 21th of December and are available on the Kindle store. The two E-Books are:

  • Big Data (Introduction); 0.99$ instead of 5$: Get it here
  • Hadoop (Introduction); 0.99$ instead of 5$: Get it here

Have fun reading it!

My Cloud predictions for 2016

2016 is around the corner and the question is, what the next year might bring. I’ve added my top 5 predictions that could become relevant for 2016:

  • The Cloud war will intensify. Amazon and Azure will lead the space, followed (with quite some distance) by IBM. Google and Oracle will stay far behind the leading 2+1 Cloud providers. Both Microsoft and Amazon will see significant growth, with Microsoft’s growth being higher, meaning that Microsoft will continue to catch up with Amazon
  • More PaaS Solutions will arrive. All major vendors will provide PaaS solutions on their platform for different use-cases (e.g. Internet of Things). These Solutions will become more industry-specific (e.g. a Solution specific for manufacturing workflows, …)
  • Vendors currently not using the cloud will see declines in their income, as more and more companies move to the cloud
  • Cloud Data Centers will become more often outsourced from the leading providers to local companies, in order to overcome local legislation
  • Big Data in the Cloud will grow significantly in 2016 as more companies will put workload to the Cloud for these kind of applications

What do you think? What are your predictions?

Big Data Europe Meetup in Vienna, 15th of December

On the 15th of December, a Big Data Meetup will take place in Vienna, with leading personals from Fraunhofer, Rapidminer, Teradata et al.

About the Meetup:

The growing digitization and networking process within our society has a large influence on all aspects of everyday life. Large amounts of data are being produced permanently, and when these are analyzed and interlinked they have the potential to create new knowledge and intelligent solutions for economy and society. Big Data can make important contributions to the technical progress in our societal key sectors and help shape business. What is needed are innovative technologies, strategies and competencies for the beneficial use of Big Data to address societal needs.

Climate, Energy, Food, Health, Transport, Security, and Social Sciences – are the most important societal challenges tackled by the European Union within the new research and innovation framework program “Horizon 2020”. In every one of these fields, the processing, analysis and integration of large amounts of data plays a growing role – such as the analysis of medical data, the decentralized supply with renewable energies or the optimization of traffic flow in large cities.

Big Data Europe (BDE, will undertake the foundational work for enabling European companies to build innovative multilingual products and services based on semantically interoperable, large-scale, multi-lingual data assets and knowledge, available under a variety of licenses and business models

On 14-15 December 2015 the whole BDE team is meeting in Vienna for a project plenary and thereby around 35 experts in the topic will be participating in the Big Data Europe MeetUp on 15 December 2015 at the Impact Hub Vienna to discuss challenges and requirements and proven solutions for big data management together with the audience.

16:00 – 16:10, Welcome & the BDE MeetUp, Vienna – Martin Kaltenböck (SWC)
16:10 – 16:30, The Big Data Europe Project
Sören Auer (Fraunhofer IAIS, BDE Project Lead)
16:30 – 16:45, Big Data Management Models (e.g. RACE)
Mario Meir-Huber (Big Data Lead CEE, Teradata, Vienna – Austria)
16:45 – 17:00, Selected Big Data Projects in Budapest & above,

Zoltan C Toth (Senior Big Data Engineer RapidMiner Inc., Budapest – Hungary)
17:00 – 17:30 Open Discussion with the Panel on Big Data Requirements, Challenges and Solutions.
17:30 – 19:00 Networking & Drinks
Remark: 19:00/30 end of event…

Register here or here.

Conference announcement – Data Natives in Berlin

I am happy to announce that there is a partnership between the Data Natives conference and Cloudvane. Once again, one lucky person can get a free ticket to this conference. The conference takes place from 19th to 20th November in Berlin.

What’s necessary for you to get the ticket:

  • Share the blog post (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook) and send the proof of that to me via mail
  • Write a review (ideally with some pictures)

Data Natives focuses on three key areas of innovation: Big Data, IoT and FinTech. The intersection of these product categories is home to the most exciting technology innovation happening today. Whether it’s for individual consumers or multi-billion dollar industries, the opportunity is immense. Come and learn more from leading scientists, founders, analysts, investors and economists coming from Google, SAP, Rocket Internet,Gartner, Forrester among others. Two days full of interesting talks, sharing knowledge from 50+ speakers and engaging with the community of a data driven generation of more than 500 people.

More information on 

Thursday, November 19, 8:30AM to Friday, November 20 7:00PM  

NHow Hotel Berlin

Stralauer Allee 3

10245 Berlin


Conference announcement: Big Data Week in London

I am happy to announce the conference Big Data Week. I managed to get one free ticket, which I will give to a reader of my blog. What’s necessary for you to get the ticket:

  • Share the blog post (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook) and send the proof of that to me via mail
  • Write a review (ideally with some pictures)

About the conference:

You are invited to attend Big Data Conference which is going to take place in London, on November 25.

This year conference’s theme is Big Data in Use: presenting innovative use cases coming from retail, advertising, publishing, IoT and gaming domains.  Companies that implemented such projects will showcase their impact in the business, the benefits and the challenges, both technical and business wise.

Get your ticket now and learn from industry experts, put your existing knowledge to work and forge lasting relationships within one of the most exciting big data communities!

Why should you attend?

Confirmed speakers and themes for the 2015 lineup include:

  • New business models:  Exterion, Honest Caffe, Copenhagen City Exchange
  • Big Data in Retail: Shop Direct, Dunnhumby, EBI Solutions
  • Grow your business with machine learning: Yandex Data Factory
  • How to value data: Dunnhumby, The Economist, Skimlinks, Exterion
  • Data Models and Architectures: Excelian, ShopDirect, Skimlinks
  • 3 Panels: Big Data in Retail, How to become a data driven company, Data Scientists & the Business
  • 1 Workshop: How to become a data scientist? (Technical Track)


Your VIP ticket extra-benefits include:

  • 4 Trainings – Big Data in Retail and Real time processing of data – sessions on  23, 24, 26, 27 November 23, 24, 26, 27
  • 70% discount on a second conference ticket – One Day Pass
  • VIP Lounge and after conference networking party access

*** A little special something for our community: the organizers are offering you an exclusive 20% off! Just use this code: CloudVane_20_Off***

Super Early Bird Tickets on sale until October 16th!

Want to find out more? Check out the Conference Website.