Who I Hear Is Who At Hortonworks-Mentions Attunity
Interesting read. All the companies mentioned below in this article are ATTUF partners; i.e. Hortonworks, MSFT, Teradata and Talend.
Hortonworks has been busy announcing a bevy of relationships themselves recently. Teradata, Talend and Attunity have all announced partnerships with Hortonworks. But the biggest partnership with the most far reaching implications is the Microsoft relationship. It seems that Microsoft has settled on Hadoop as its big data solution of choice. It also seems that they have settled on Hortonworks as its Hadoop partner of choice. While some may poo poo the Redmond's team continued influence, especially on something like Hadoop, they still bring a lot of eyeballs and cash to the party. If Microsoft were to decide to go "all in" on Hadoop as part of Azure, what better an acquisition for them than Hortonworks?
On top of this Hortonworks has also launched Hortonworks University, a training program to graduate more Hadoop developers. This is key to something that Bearden mentioned to me in our conversation. For all of the hoopla around Hadoop today, there really is not a viable business yet. There is not enough infrastructure around Hadoop. That is there is not a full ecosystem. If you as a company want to develop on Hadoop today who do you call? Are there enough Hadoop developers and consultants for you to competitively bid out the job? Does IBM, HP or some of the big consulting practices have a Hadoop practice fully staffed yet? Until we see those things Bearden says you won't see Hadoop really having the impact it should. Hortonworks University is a big step in that direction.