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Big Data

February 28th, 2012

 

Big Data is a term that is drawing a lot of attention in 2012. Despite it being the hot new tech trend, little is known about Big Data, and although it is a relatively new term, the idea has been around for over a decade 

What is it? 

Big Data can handle massive amounts of information on multiple platforms in a variety  of formats ranging from blog posts, e-mails,  tweets,  documents, audio, video- pretty much anything on the internet instantly and affordable.

Big Data helps solve functional and analytical problems for a variety of companies ranging from small startups to companies like Facebook, Netflix,and Twitter.  And at the same time it allows for completely new types of companies to be created.

Big Data is the grouping or relative technologies that have been around quite some time; it is only with the  recent advancements in technology that developers have been able to combine and create Big Data Software. At its core, Big Data breaks down into three areas of technology 

  • Analytics
  • NoSQL databases
  • Hadoop

 Analytics

Big Data has the ability to analyze extremely large (exabyte, zettabyte…etc) data sets ranging from simple website visits and clicks to complicated long-term analysis of web-trends. Companies can make predictions and business decisions based on information that is collected over time and often stored on a Cloud in a structureless state. Information stored can also include social media, web blogs, and any public information on the internet.

noSQL

The most important benefits of noSQL is the fact that it is an Open Source technology. NoSQL provides Web-applications and websites the ability to store user information and extremely large date sets without the rigid structural requirements of regular databases.

 Companies that use noSQL:

  • Cisco
  • Couchbase
  • 10gen
  •  Zynga,
  • AOL
  •  Amazon

 

Hadoop!

 Apache Hadoop combines noSQL and real-time analytics into a uniquie framework. Hadoop’s framework implements and runs an application that structures data into many smaller fragments that can then be distributed on a noSQL database  and then re-accessed from another location. It has the ability to analyze these large sets of seemingly unrelated and unorganized data and find patterns and trends. The practical applications of Hadoop are limitless!

 

The Market

The market for big data is $70 billion and growing 15% annually. Large enterprise companies are showing their fair share of interest, investing heavily in small starts-ups that provide Big Data products and services.

The best example of this is BloomReach. This past week BloomReach unveiled its product and went from stealth-mode to one of the hottest companies in technology. They provide a Big Data solution for SEO, and SMO in the form of “Website Relevance Engine” that can boost search traffic by 80%. Backed by $16 million from Bain Capital Ventures and Lightspeed Venture Partners, BloomReach is poised to become the first $10 billion enterprise marketing company.

 Other stats in the Big Data Market 

  • Code42, a mobile online back-up company  just finished a $52 million round of funding
  • In 2011 IBM  made $1 Billion in revenue on Big Data alone
  • V.Cs invested $2.47 billion last year in Big Data compared t to $1.55 billion in 2010 and $1.1 billion in 2009.

 

 

Posted in Current Events, Talener Blog

Inc.com asks Michael Dsupin "Where to Snag Hot Start-up Talent?"

February 21st, 2012

Happy Tuesday!

In the spirit of the new week, please check out the link below – Inc.com’s Christina DesMarais talked to Talener’s Michael Dsupin about Where to Snag Hot Start-up Talent.

Let us know what you think: http://www.inc.com/christina-desmarais/should-you-recruit-in-silicon-valley-or-silicon-alley.html

Thanks!

Posted in Company News, News, Talener Blog, Talener Culture

Current Event: Silicon Beach – LA Startups

February 17th, 2012

When people think of starts ups and VCs, they think Sillicon Valley, the mecca of Angeles, VCs and developers looking to change the world. Although that is pretty accurate; there has been a ton of Buzz regarding startups in LA and “Silicon Beach.” Last Friday The Talener LA team gathered together to go over recent rounds of Funding, discussing who was funded, who did the funding, and why this is so important.

With our positioning In the LA market, it’s crucial to develop good relationship with companies early on, and this has been pretty clear in 2012 with several placements being done at Startups.

When companies like Facebook and Zynga make a lot of young developers very wealthy with multi million or billion dollar IPO’s, it’s fair to expect many more startups popping up and VCs ready to fund the next “big thing. “ Considering the markets in San Francisco and New York are so saturated, we are starting to see more and more companies naturally starting in LA, hence the new buzz of “Sillicon Beach.”

With over 120 startups being funded just this year by Angels and VCs it’s clear that the rise of Startups in LA is here; growing and searching for top talent to propel their development and growth efforts. It is Talener LA’s job to find the best ones and match them up with the best Talent, something we are all very excited about and strive to assist these Startups develop into the next big thing. 

Posted in Current Events

Computerworld article: Linux skills in demand, wages up

February 16th, 2012

Happy Thursday!

Another day, another article featuring Talener’s prolific CEO Michael Dsupin.  This time he was interviewed by Patrick Thibodeau for a Computerworld article.  Please check out the article and let us know what you think.  Also, maybe take a moment to look at the  2012 Linux Jobs Forecast put out by the Linux Foundation.  There is some interesting information there. 

Have a great day!

Just in case they don’t all show up correctly, here are the links again:

Computer World Article – Linux skills in demand, wages up: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9224294/Linux_skills_in_demand_wages_up?taxonomyId=11

2012 Linux Jobs: http://www.linuxfoundation.org/news-media/announcements/2012/02/2012-linux-job-forecast-demand-rise

Posted in Company News, Current Events, News, Talener Blog

Current Event: Google's "Search Plus Your World"

February 13th, 2012

And how Talener can leverage changes to Google search results to positively affect our business

 

80 percent. That’s the percentage of search engine market share owned by Google.  On January 10th, 2012, Google released a new search algorithm called “Search Plus Your World”. In a statement made by the company, Google characterized this change in their search algorithm as “Transforming [Google] into a search engine that understands not only content, but also people and relationships” Google is using data collected by users logged into their google.com (and Google+ accounts) make the act of searching “more relevant and personal to users signed into their Google.com accounts.”

This new algorithm is actually a bit of a misnomer, as Google search rankings are no longer going to be based only on algorithm, but will now take social signals into account. Why does this matter? This most recent change to the Google Algorithm means that each individual search query will return different results, dependent upon the user making the search. But how? New search results will be based upon social data taken from your own activity while you’re signed into Google, in addition to the activity of your social network on Google+. The new search listings will fall under one of the following categories:

-Listings from Web

-Listings from web, boosted because of your personal behavior (i.e. browsing history)

-Listings from the web boosted because of your social connections (chatting about and sharing content)

-Public Google+ posts, photos or Google Picasa photos

-Private or limited Google+ posts, photos, Picasa photos shared with you (most radical/recent change)

-Results promoted by the +1 button

 

What is the +1 button?

We’ll let Google explain: “+1 gets conversations going. Click the +1 button to give something your public stamp of approval. Then, if you want to share right away, add a comment and send it to the right circles on Google+. The next time your friends and contacts search on Google, they could see your +1. You’ll help them find the best stuff on the web – and you might just start up another conversation!”

From what I understand, the Plus +1 button focuses on enhancing the visibility of websites within search results. A lot of +1s on a website or article (like this one!) functions as a social indicator to Google that the website contains relevant and useful information. Clicking the +1 indicates that the content on a website is quality.

Back to us.  Because the new “Search + Your World” is being rolled out over the next few weeks, some of us may have the feature already affecting our search, and some of us may not have seen it yet.  Pay attention to your Google search over the coming months; there have been some important changes.

First: This new search option is an Opt Out feature, meaning once it has been added to your account; it will affect your search until you opt out of it.  You can opt out permanently by going to search settings, or you can opt out on a per-search basis by moving the toggle to the right of the Google search bar from the silhouette to the globe. It’s important to remember that your every-day Googler is not very likely to make this change.

Second: Along with this new algorithm Google has opened up space for free advertising.  Yep. Free Advertising.  In the past, there has been a banner to the right of one’s search results with paid advertising.  Now, that banner is home to “People and Pages on Google+”.  Much to the chagrin of Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets, Google is using their right-hand column to actively promote Google+ profiles. Think of how much advertising revenue Google is sacrificing with this move!

It would be foolish for any business not to take advantage of this change in Google’s search results page. An active presence/profile on Google+ can dramatically increase your company’s online visibility, both within search results, and in the new “People and Pages” column on the right side of the page.  And it has been argued that any business’s search ranking decreases without a Google+ profile.

 

The Next Move:

An optimized Google+ page for Talener (and for key employees within the company) can be used to create meaningful relationships online with both candidates and clients. The Google+ page can also be used to develop and display relevant content for Talener’s varied audiences. Talener’s Google+ page can be used to discuss issues within the recruiting industry, gives advice and information [to both candidates and clients], and promote our standing in both Google Search results, and in the “people and Pages” section.

 

How to Create a Good Google+ Business Profile:

-Add a picture/logo

-Good keyword placement in your Introduction and Subtitle Areas

-Quality of Content > Quantity of Content (LinkedIn differs from other social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook, because information is deliberately distributed, not just momentarily shared, like a post or a tweet)

-Leverage Personal Google+ profiles (+1 Talener’s page!) This is different from sharing on LinkedIn because it does not behave as spam, but rather the combined recommendation (of Talener) by people (us) within candidates/clients social networks

-Be thoughtful of the kind of content you post for each of your circles (candidate and client)

-Be intentional about Talener’s +1s, comments and shares.

 

Different Circles, Different Content

One of the advantages of Google+ profiles are that you control what you share with whom.  For a staffing agency, this tool can be utilized to control the content shared with both Candidates and Clients. For example, some content that could be shared with candidates would be articles on the most desired skills, which industries are hiring, or interview tips.  Some content that could be shared with hiring managers/clients would be an article on how 2012 is going to be the Year of the Candidate, how to find the best candidates, and how to get them to take your job (we could also share recommendations from clients through google+).

In Conclusion, by using Google+’s ability to cater content to our varied audiences, Talener can become a “thought leader” in our field, and generate content that is worth sharing and +1-ing.  This should help improve our search ranking, and consequently drive quality traffic back to our Google profile and website.  Finally, if we are able to improve the quality and quantity of internet traffic to our corporate website, we should be able to do more business (especially as Google works to increase their search engine market share).

Posted in Current Events, Talener Blog

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