This Month in Data Science

featured-datascience-july Data science was a hot topic of discussion in July, with much debate over Facebook’s experiments with users’ emotions based on their behaviors and likes. Despite this, the role of data scientists enjoyed increasing prominence in the fields of sales, healthcare, and sports. Here’s our monthly roundup of the top data science news of the month, both from Pivotal and the entire industry.

CF Summit Video: Swisscom Discusses Using Cloud Foundry and OpenStack/Piston To Build Future Cloud Platform

featured-CF-Swisscom In a video taken at the CF Summit, Swisscom is joined by a panel from Cloud Foundry and OpenStack/Piston Cloud to discuss their thoughts on the strategy and goals behind using OpenStack and Cloud Foundry together to build their future cloud platform. Swisscom shares the importance of building agility, collaboration, and open source into the platform in order to help them to deliver value added offerings with the “end user as consumer.” The talk also dives into lessons learned and the concept of developing unique competencies with Piston Cloud, OpenStack, and Cloud Foundry.

Data Science How To: Massively Parallel, In-Database Image Processing: Part 1

featured-cell-vision Better, faster image processing can have a huge effect on a number of industries ranging from neurobiology and cancer detection to cognitive vision and control robotics. In part 1, Image Processing Expert and Pivotal Senior Data Scientist, Ailey Crow, gives a short introduction on how this science is applied and then goes into 6 steps: image loading, filtering (smoothing), thresholding, cleanup via morphological operations, object recognition using connected components, and counting.

Strengthening Apache Hadoop in the Enterprise with Apache Ambari

featured-elephant-only Today we are excited to announce that Pivotal and Hortonworks will collaborate on the Apache Ambari project to help strengthen Hadoop as an enterprise offering and to further advance the Apache Hadoop ecosystem. We are expanding our open source investment by dedicating Pivotal engineers to contribute installation, configuration and management capabilities to Ambari. We will collaborate closely with Hortonworks, ASF, and the broader Apache Hadoop community in this effort. At the same time, we will continue to deliver on our commitments to existing customers and work closely with them to benefit from this collaboration.

Case Study: How Pivotal Network Does Zero Downtime Deployment on Cloud Foundry

featured-fractured-time At the end of last quarter, Pivotal Network (the platform for evaluating Pivotal Software) came out of a three week deploy freeze, and yet the team still needed to deliver features. In looking for a way to avoid downtime constraints going forward, they figured out a way to use Cloud Foundry to deploy four times to our production environment in the span of that following week, with no downtime. Today, they can now deploy small features as they are ready, during business hours. In this post, the former technical lead for Pivotal Network shares their experience and outlines the steps they followed to get there.

Elisabeth Hendrickson on Using PaaS for Continuous Delivery at the Cloud Foundry Summit

featured-PaaSContinuousDelivery During a technical breakout session at the Cloud Foundry Summit 2014, Elisabeth Hendrickson, director of quality engineering for Cloud Foundry, explained the value of continuous delivery and how a PaaS like Cloud Foundry can enable automated deployments with zero downtime for users.

Pivotal Connects ‘Girls Who Code’ With Data Science and Agile Software Development

featured-GirlsWhoCode Last Friday, July 18th, 28 high school-aged girls arrived at Pivotal’s San Francisco offices for an immersive introduction to Pivotal’s agile software development and data science practices. As part of the Girls Who Code initiative, participants were given an opportunity to try out Pivotal’s pair programming approach while receiving guidance and mentorship from a number of Pivotal’s expert women developers and data scientists.

Semantic, Yet Flexible: BOSH Release Versioning

featured-BOSH-versioning In this post, Pivotal Engineer, Karl Isenberg, explains how BOSH now supports semantically versioned releases, making BOSH more flexible by allowing release creators to branch and patch their releases in a way that matches their development patterns, rather than forcing them into a linear, low-information versioning pattern. The new service is called Semi-Semantic, and is based on the popular SemVer project but with a Cloud Foundry twist. In this post, Isenberg covers how SemVer works, pros and cons of SemVer, how BOSH applies, explains how Semi-semantic works, and shows you how to easily deploy versions with simple BOSH commands.

Pivotal People—Andrew Clay Shafer, DevOps Polymath, Joins Pivotal

featured-andrew-clay-schafer We are pleased to announce Andrew Clay Shafer as a welcome addition to the Pivotal team. A ‘start up person’ who spent most of the last decade working on venture funded projects, Andrew made seminal contributions to the devops movement while helping IT organizations improve with better tools and processes. He has been frequently asked to present his little ideas on devops and cloud management related topics. Shafer is an O’Reilly published author contributing to the book ‘Web Operations’, and has also been a guest on ‘radar’. In addition to his work in technology, Andrew also concerns himself with people, and how they interact with that technology and each other. He’s been a core organizer of devopsdays since 2010, and this year is on the program committee for culture and operations at the Velocity Conference and the devops track co-chair at Agile 2014. James Watters asked him to help with the Platform and CF Summit, helping to convince Andrew he could be part of something special at Pivotal. In this Q&A, Shafer shares his journey before joining Pivotal and how Pivotal aligns with his vision of people, process and tools working together.

Pivotal CEO Paul Maritz @ Cloud Foundry Summit—Building a Lasting, Valuable Contribution for the World

featured-CFSummit-Maritz In this post, we highlight the video where Pivotal CEO Paul Maritz explains how the Cloud Foundry community can come together to build a lasting, valuable contribution, ultimately leading to a huge impact on the world and our futures. In it, he covers the story of how Cloud Foundry was born, the big technology shifts underpinning PaaS ecosystems, recipes for successful PaaS technology foundations, applications in the Post-Paper Era, and the major themes at the Cloud Foundry Summit.