QA Consulting sign partnership deal with Hortonworks


QA Consulting are delighted to announce our new strategic partnership with Big Data specialist, Hortonworks.

QA Consulting carefully select which technology vendors we engage with as partners. Hortonworks’ growing presence in the Big Data arena makes them the ideal addition to our roster of vendors we are proud to partner with.

Hortonworks are the leader in emerging Open Enterprise Hadoop and develops, distributes and supports the 100% open source Apache Hadoop data platform. Their data platform provides an open platform that deeply integrates with existing IT investments and upon which enterprises can build and deploy Hadoop-based applications.

Our partnership with Hortonworks will allow our customers the ability to benefit from a centralised architecture for running batch, interactive and real-time applications simultaneously across a shared dataset. This new partnership will complement our existing Big Data service offering, allowing QA Consulting to initiate and drive transformational organisation data and unlock its potential by enhancing our customer’s business intelligence.

Tony Lysak, Managing Director, QA Consulting commented “In today’s world information is now generated on a scale previously unquantifiable. The need to analyse and interrogate this data and create meaningful information to better support customer’s organisations has never been more important. Our partnership with Hortonworks, a leader in Enterprise Hadoop, will enable our customers to take advantage of our Centre of Excellence Enablement Programme, supplying expert Data Consultants to provide genuine scalability and the advantage required to stay ahead of their competition regardless of company and sector”.

QA Consulting are excited to start our partnership journey with Hortonworks and help deliver on their mission to establish Hadoop as the foundational technology of the modern enterprise data architecture.

QA Consulting sponsor Strata + Hadoop NYC

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On the 29th of September through the 1st of October 2015, QA Consulting sponsored and attended the Strata + Hadoop World event in New York City.

The NYC Strata +  Hadoop is one of the largest Big Data events of the year, with attendance numbers reaching over 5,500, as well as 135 exhibitors! Strata + Hadoop provided a unique opportunity for our QA Consulting team to discover new ideas, advanced and improved practices and discover some of the most recent techniques used within the Big Data world.


Day 1

The event started on Wednesday with tutorial sessions that drew a big crowd with over a dozen on offer and many whole-day workshops.  Sessions included a full day Spark camp, which was introduced this year and reflected the momentum Spark has gained over the last year. In addition, Python and D3.js continued to have a strong representation.

Our partner, Cloudera, discussed the trade-offs between real-time transactional access and fast analytic performance in Hadoop, from the perspective of storage engine internals. Also discussed was recent advances, evaluate benchmark results from current generation Hadoop technologies, and propose potential ways ahead for the Hadoop ecosystem to conquer its newest set of challenges.

Next up,, the robot that reached an extreme 50 million users in just one week.  To handle this massive amount of users unexpectedly, HowOld robot needed elasticity, built in monitoring, and cloud technology to control and sustain the rapid progression.  Their cloud technology turned hardware into software, software into services, and data into intelligence, providing them with the agility needed in today’s online world.

We then had Joy Johnson who elaborated the importance of technology within the vastly growing online music industry.  The recent convergence of digital music, streaming services, and big data have created a new discipline, Music Science.  This has allowed digital downloads and monthly subscriptions to replace all physical distributions of music, leaving labels scrambling and artists adapting to a new world of technology.

The keynote continued on the topic of creativity with the BBC Worldwide insight team lead, David Boyle, his section focussed on the comparisons on data vs. creativity.  He discussed the growing importance on data science, and how it’s growth is allowing it to play a bigger role in creative industries.  By recognition of the industry being about the people and helping them by providing data to help influence and make decisions, allowing data to be at the heart of the creative process.

Concluding day 1’s keynote, Dr. Dj Patil, White House office of Science and Technology Policy. Dr. DJ Patil discussed the act of responsibly unleashing the power of data for the benefit of the American public and maximization to the nations return on its investment in data.  His overall goal being to make the power of data available and easily usable for all Americans and essentially the world.


Day 2

Kicking Day 2 off was Paul Kent, VP of Big Data initiatives at SAS.  Kent provided significant tips from the future (provided by Big Data) as well as key patterns emerging from a wide cross section of corporate and institutional Hadoop journeys. The ideas of having all your data in one place, at a reasonable cost, with computing potential to learn from relations between data in all domains.

Keynote speaker and New Yorker Mastermind, Maria Kornikova dives into the importance of time management and recapturing the seeming nothingness of boredom.  She emphasises the vital details of harnessing life breaks for capturing ultimate creative potential in the workforce.

Finally we observed the talks of Jack Norris and his emphasis on how companies can get the biggest results from their data projects today through apps.  Examples of apps used by leading companies in providing the insights for developers and organisations for realising big data dividends of scalable applications.

Strata + Hadoop’s deep-immersion event allowed data scientists, analysts, and executives to get up to speed on emerging techniques and technologies by dissecting case studies, developing new skills through tutorials, and share emerging best practices in data science, and imagining the future of technology. Overall this was a great event for QA Consulting to introduce ourselves formally to the Big Data space.


NETbuilder is a proud sponsor of Strata + Hadoop World New York

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This September NETbuilder will be flying out to New York to sponsor Strata + Hadoop World. The event takes place on the 29th-1st October at the Javits Center, New York City.

The event provides three full days of cutting edge inspiring keynotes, intensely practical and information-rich sessions, and plenty of fun networking events. Big data’s most influential minds will gather at Strata + Hadoop to help shape the future of the technology world.

This year’s lineup has a great mixture of speakers who have laser-sharp focus on the data issues that are shaping the business, finance and government worlds. It is a one of a kind opportunity that allows NETbuilder to discover new ideas, share experiences, learn best practices and new techniques from the Big data world.

The data industry has seen exponential growth rates over the course of the past years, with the Hadoop-related ecosystem being projected to valued at $50 billion by 2020. NETbuilder are excited to make our presence in the Big Data world known.

NETbuilder partners with Cloudera

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NETbuilder partners with Cloudera, a leader in next generation data Big Data Analytics Platforms. NETbuilder carefully select which technology vendors we engage as partners. Cloudera are in a dominant market position and constantly innovate making them a perfect fit for NETbuilder.

The addition of Cloudera allows our customers to leverage the masses of captured unstructured data. After being founded in 2008, American based Cloudera is the first company to commercialise Apache Hadoop and to develop enterprise solutions built on this powerful open source technology. Cloudera is recognised as the largest contributor and innovator in the Hadoop Open Source Software community, share and are widely recognised as the industry standard in enterprise Hadoop.

Our partnership with Cloudera will allow NETbuilder to supply the market with cost effective Cloudera trained Data Analysts and Developers to support new and existing implementations of their Hadoop Platform. This partnership adds a vital technology to our Enterprise technology stack, giving us truly front to back capabilities.

Working with Cloudera, NETbuilder are able to do the initial design and implementation. We are able to quickly deploy consultants from the Academy to further develop the platform and enable our customers to be self-sufficient.

NETbuilder have seen positive results since signing the partnership and we are excited to continue to support Cloudera’s mission of bringing the power of Hadoop, MapReduce, and distributed storage to customers across all market sectors.