How IBM’s Watson could be good for your health

Technology giant IBM has been talking about the value of its Watson software, which processes great quantities of text and then provides answers to people’s questions on the fly, for many industries, including media, mining, retail, and security. But its most visible, useful application for millions of people could lie in health care.

Hadoop in the wild: These are the 3 biggest challenges

When we deployed the first production Hadoop cluster in 2006, we were looking to build a more efficient and cost-effective web search index at Yahoo. Very quickly, other groups at Yahoo started using Hadoop for research jobs and revenue-driving applications, such as click prediction for sponsored search. Since then, Hadoop has evolved to become an essential tool for many of the world’s largest companies, including Facebook, GE, Visa, and Wal-Mart.