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Karen Whipple
Sr. Marketing Communications Manager, MapR

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.

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Posted on September 13, 2016 by Karen Whipple

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 community as a whole.

Posted on February 16, 2016 by Karen Whipple

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

Posted on February 23, 2015 by Karen Whipple

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 of big data and Hadoop, from data agility and processing data platforms to self-service and market consolidation. Check out our Big Data Trends in Action infographic below to learn about the five key trends that will reshape the way enterprises operate internally and connect with consumers.

Posted on January 12, 2015 by Karen Whipple

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 applied in a clinical session. Allen began his talk by talking about a Danish geneticist named Wilhelm Johannsen, a physiologist and geneticist who coined the word “gene.” Johannsen studied the metabolism of dormancy and germination in seeds, tubers and buds. While studying inbred strains of peas, he discovered that sizes are not identical for...

Posted on December 31, 2014 by Karen Whipple

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 you time and headaches.  

Posted on December 30, 2014 by Karen Whipple

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 228 resolved JIRAs and numerous enhancements, including more freedom - Drill will now work on EC2, since there is no more dependency on UDP/Multicast.

Posted on December 3, 2014 by Karen Whipple

On 22 November 2014, the NoSQL matters conference took place in Barcelona at the Casa Convalescència, which is doubtless one of the most beautiful locations for a conference! The Casa was declared a Historical Artistic Monument in 1978, and a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1997, and these great halls are a great place for great speakers. This year, Ellen Friedman (@Ellen_Friedman) and Ted Dunning (@ted_dunning) were among them, and it is always a pleasure to listen the both of them pointing out actual society-changing trends in modern big data and NoSQL technologies.

Posted on October 31, 2014 by Karen Whipple

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. Check out our Walking Data infographic below to see why the future of data-driven business is MapR.

Posted on October 22, 2014 by Karen Whipple

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 solution that features cost-effective management, increased agility, massive scalability, lower TCO, industry-leading performance, and end-to-end security.

Posted on September 28, 2014 by Karen Whipple

The recent MapR webinar titled “The Future of Hadoop Analytics: Total Data Warehouses and Self-Service Data Exploration” proved to be a highly informative, in-depth look at the future of data warehouses and how SQL-on-Hadoop technologies will play a pivotal role in those settings. Matt Aslett, Research Director for 451 Research, along with Apache Drill architect Jacques Nadeau, discussed what lies ahead for enterprise data warehouse architects and BI users in 2015 and beyond.


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