DNA and the Masses: The Science and Technology Behind Discovering Who You Really Are

Posted by Melissa Garrett on March 12, 2014 in Analytics, Big Data, DNA, Science

Originally published on Wired Innovation Insights, 3-12-14. There is a growing interest among mainstream consumers to learn more about who they are and where they came from. The good news is that DNA tests are no longer reserved for large medical research teams or plot lines in CSI. Now, the popularity of direct-to-consumer (DTC) DNA tests Read More

Handling Dynamic JSON Schemas

Posted by Xuyen On on February 5, 2014 in Big Data

In my last post, I introduced our first steps in creating a scalable, high volume messaging system and would like to provide an update on our progress. We have built out a 0.7.2 Kafka cluster to start ingesting data from our servers. The cluster consists of the following: 5 x  Kafka nodes •    Dual 6 Read More

IT Transformation as a “Business” Discipline

Posted by Deal Daly on January 22, 2014 in Big Data, IT

This series of essays will explore IT transformation (“futurization”) as a functional discipline of the business. IT transformation has clear business purposes.   The transformational activity works to: increase speed to market for the business’s products and services, provide new and fulfilling career paths to IT engineers, increase reliability, availability and performance of systems and Read More

Visualizing Family Trees

Posted by Leonid Zhukov on January 17, 2014 in Big Data

A company’s data set is a unique asset and it is very advantageous for companies to know what one of its most valuable assets looks like to make product and business decisions.  That is where data scientists come in: we like to study data.  At Ancestry.com, we have a large and unique set of data, which Read More