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Big Data: Technical Introduction to BigSheets for InfoSphere BigInsights

Introduces BigSheets, a spreadsheet-style tool for business users working with Big Data. BigSheets is part of IBM's InfoSphere BigInsights platform, which is based on open source technologies (e.g., Apache Hadoop) and IBM-specific technologies.

Big Data: Technical Introduction to BigSheets for InfoSphere BigInsights

  1. 1. Introducing BigSheets Spreadsheet-Style Tool for IBM InfoSphere BigInsights Cynthia M. Saracco Senior Solution Architect IBM Silicon Valley Lab
  2. 2. What is BigSheets? Browser-based analytics tool for business users. Why BigSheets? How can BigSheets help? Business users need a non-technical approach for analyzing Big Data. Translating untapped data into actionable business insights is a common requirement. Built-in “readers” can work with data in several common formats (JSON, CSV, TSV, …) Visualizing and drilling down into enterprise and Web data promotes new business intelligence. 2 Spreadsheet-like interface enables business users to gather and analyze data easily. Users can combine and explore various types of data to identify “hidden” insights. © 2013 IBM Corporation
  3. 3. What you can do with BigSheets Model “big data” collected from various sources in spreadsheetlike structures Filter and enrich content with built-in functions Combine data in different workbooks Visualize results through spreadsheets, charts Export data into common formats (if desired) No programming knowledge needed! 3 © 2013 IBM Corporation
  4. 4. Sample Scenario Data gathering Data storage • WebCrawler app • DBMS import app • BoardReader app • Accelerators • Flume • Hadoop commands • -... • Distributed file system • Web-based file browser and administration Data exploration, manipulation, and analysis • BigSheets InfoSphere BigInsights Blue italics = IBM technology 4 © 2013 IBM Corporation
  5. 5. Technology 5 © 2013 IBM Corporation
  6. 6. Working with BigSheets Create workbook (spreadsheet-style structure) to model target data Customize workbook through graphical editor and built-in functions – Filter data – Manipulate data (e.g., concatenate fields) – Combine data from multiple workbooks “Run” workbook: apply work to full data set Explore results in spreadsheet format and/or create charts Optionally, export your data 6 © 2013 IBM Corporation
  7. 7. What are Workbooks? Spreadsheet-like structures defined by user Based on data accessible in BigInsights 7 © 2013 IBM Corporation
  8. 8. Creating a Workbook (one approach) From BigSheets tab of Web console, click New Workbook button Supply input – Workbook name – Source file (select from file system directory tree) – Appropriate “reader” (data format translator) • Built-in readers for Web data, JSON, CSV, TSV, Hive, etc. • User-written plug-ins supported Save the workbook 8 © 2013 IBM Corporation
  9. 9. Customizing a workbook Work with built-in editor Add / delete columns Filter data Specify formulas to compute new values using spreadsheet-style syntax Apply built-in or custom macro functions – Supplied text analytic functions for popular business entities: person, location, phone number, etc. ... 9 © 2013 IBM Corporation
  10. 10. Visualizing results Built-in charting facility aids analysis Pie charts, bar charts, tag clouds, maps, etc. Hover over sections to reveal details 10 © 2013 IBM Corporation
  11. 11. Exporting data Useful for sharing with downstream applications Several common formats supported Save to distributed file system or display in browser (Save As -> local file) 11 © 2013 IBM Corporation
  12. 12. On-demand videos Available on YouTube’s IBM Big Data Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/ibm bigdata “Analyzing Social Media for IBM Watson” “Big Data Patent Analysis with BigSheets” “Big Data for Business Users” “BigSheets in Action” See the full list of videos at http://tinyurl.com/biginsights 12 © 2013 IBM Corporation
  13. 13. Supplemental 13 © 2013 IBM Corporation
  14. 14. Inspecting runtime statistics 14 © 2013 IBM Corporation
  15. 15. Displaying the workflow diagram 15 © 2013 IBM Corporation
  16. 16. Built-in text analysis functions Included with BigInsights Version 2.1 BigSheets functions for extracting common business entities from text-based columns – Address, EmailAddress, Country, Person, etc. – Based on pre-built text extractor library provided with BigInsights Add Sheet -> Function -> Categories -> entities 16 © 2013 IBM Corporation

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