comScore CTO shares big data lessons

comScore is no stranger to big data. The digital analytics company was founded in 1999 with the goal of providing intelligence to companies about what’s happening online.

In those early days, the volume of data at the company’s fingertips was relatively modest. But that wouldn’t last long.

“Things got really interesting for us starting back in 2009 from a volume perspective,” says Mike Brown, the company’s first software engineer, now its CTO. “Prior to that, we had been in the 50 billion to 100 billion events per month space.”

Let the big data flow

Starting in the summer of 2009, it was like someone opened the sluice gates on the dam; data volume increased dramatically and has continued to grow ever since. In December of last year, Brown says comScore recorded more than 1.9 trillion events — more than 10 terabytes of data ingested every single day.

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R Consortium aims to strengthen data analysis

The Linux Foundation today announced the formation of the R Consortium, intended to strengthen the technical and user communities around the R language,  a specialized programming language for statistical data analysis.

Representatives from the R Foundation and industry representatives are behind the new consortium. Microsoft and RStudio have joined the consortium as platinum members. TIBCO Software is a gold member and silver members include Alteryx, Google, HP, Mango Solutions, Ketchum Trading and Oracle.

[Related: Learn to crunch big data with R ]

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