Author: Neil Dahlke

MemSQL, Tableau, and the Democratization of Data

“We love fast databases. It makes the experience of interacting with your database that much more enjoyable.” – Tableau Today’s business decisions are about seconds, not minutes. To accommodate this trend, businesses have moved to evidence-backed decision making and widespread data access. Modern business intelligence tools abound, making it easier for the average analyst to create compelling visualizations. In this post, I’ll address how this new mode of thinking about...


Election 2016: Analyzing Real-Time Twitter Sentiment with MemSQL Pipelines

November is nearly upon us, with the spotlight on Election 2016. This election has been amplified by millions of digital touchpoints. In particular, Twitter has risen in popularity as a forum for voicing individual opinions as well as tracking statements directly from the candidates. Pew Research Center states that “In January 2016, 44% of U.S. adults reported having learned about the 2016 presidential election in the past week from social media, outpacing both local and national print...


Pinterest Apache Spark Demo

How Pinterest Measures Real-Time User Engagement with Spark

Setting the Stage for Spark With Spark on track to replace MapReduce, enterprises are flocking to the open source framework in effort to take advantage of its superior distributed data processing power. IT leads that manage infrastructure and data pipelines of high-traffic websites are running Spark–in particular, Spark Streaming which is ideal for structuring real-time data on the fly–to reliably capture and process event data, and write it in a format that can immediately be queried by...


The Internet of Furbies

At MemSQL engineering there are few things we love as much as building great products. One, however, is a good laugh. This past weekend a team from MemSQL set out to make our mothers proud at Cultivated Wit’s Comedy Hack Day, an event for comedians and hackers to get together in attempt to make the funniest hack. And drink whiskey. I’m very excited to share with you our product today, the grand prize winner, and the future of wearable technology. Engineering at MemSQL goes to great lengths...