Monday, September 24, 2012

SHMsoft office at Caroline Collective

We got furniture and  whiteboards, and created our first "Hello World" application.

SHMsoft Week in Review - September 23, 2012

Let's take a quick look at what happened at SHMsoft last week:

  • With OCR completed, we are working on the instant search feature for SHMcloud.
  • An IT company based in London is working to become a reseller of SHMcloud technology for private clouds.
  • We are in the midst of continued demos and conversations with a major eDiscovery software publisher.
  • SHMsoft is set up as a strategic partner for Hadoop / HBase pilot projects with a major hardware manufacturer.
  • SHMsoft is being set up to provide Hadoop administrative services for a major US bank.
  • We delivered a final report for a large Houston retailer.  Next week we will be doing a “proof-of-concept” for their marketing application, based on Big Data.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

SHMsoft Week in Review - September 16, 2012

Let's take a quick look at what happened at SHMsoft last week

  • We have completed a white paper called "FreeEed - Open Source Big Data Solution for eDiscovery," you can download it here.
  • A more complete version of the SHMcloud (TM) manual can be found here.
  • We are finally listed on Amazon Marketplace here, and it comes up as the top result in searches for “e-Discovery”.
  • Working closely with our partners, we are developing leads for clients that understand the benefits of open-source, corporate e-discovery based on Hadoop clusters.
  • We have initiated the formation of the “Edd Foundation,” to house our open-source FreeEed application as well as to foster other open-source e-Discovery projects.
  • We have finalized our presentation and we are ready to go for the first prize on the Goradia startup competition at the IC&S event of the Houston Technology Center.
  • A large computer hardware manufacturer selected SHMsoft as an implementation partner for Hadoop/Big Data pilot projects for its clients.

Monday, September 10, 2012

SHMsoft Week in Review - September 09, 2012

Let's take a quick look at what happened at SHMsoft last week

  • SHMcloud is at version 4.1.6, with OCR, which exhibits performance of 7 seconds per image on an Amazon (AWS) medium-power machine, and up to 96% accuracy.
  • Our advisory board is complete, including specialists in eDiscovery, forensics, and Big Data marketing
  • We had a most successful Hadoop Meetup in our new office, located at 4820 Caroline Suite 103 in Houston. Twenty people came and enjoyed pizza while watching a presentation by Dianhui Zhu on "Genomic data analysis with Hadoop."
  • Work with an energy company using SHMcloud continues. We outlined a mutual roadmap for them and we will be working on defining the scope of their SHMcloud use.
  • An energetic lawyer joined the FreeEed project to market, advocate, and evangelize it. He will also provide technical guidance.
  • SHMsoft was selected as a finalist in the Goradia start-up competition. Our final presentation will happen on October 3.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Houston Hadoop Meetup, September 2012, guest post from the presenter, Dianhui Zhu

This is what Dianhui (a.k.a Dennis) reported.

Dianhui (Dennis) Zhu presented his work on “Genomic Data Analysis with Hadoop”. Some of the Hadoopers who didn’t attend his first presentation were very interested in his work and requested this 2nd presentation.

The presentation was very successful. It started with a short description of the challenges that the researchers are facing in the field of genomic data analysis. It was then followed by a use case study on the use of Hadoop framework to detect genomic sequence patterns.

Dianhui actually walked Houston Hadoopers through the code and showed how to test it.. In the last 20 minutes, Dianhui demonstrated how to setup a 4-node Hadoop cluster from scratch and then did a live demo on the cluster. A performance comparison was conducted based on a real dataset. The attendants saw that the speed on the 4-node cluster was roughly three times faster than on a single node.

The meetup was held for the first time at the SHMsoft's new office location. Hadoopers were energized by pizza (thanks to the hospitality of SHMsoft). The presentation was accompanied by a lively interactive session with excellent questions and answers. It was finished with a perfect live demo.

See y'all there next time!

Art: Vassily Kandinsky - Untitled First Abstract Watercolor

Monday, September 3, 2012

SHMsoft Week in Review - September 02, 2012

Let's take a quick look at what happened at SHMsoft last week

  • SHMcloud V4.1.6 has been released, and now it is using a better way of distributing our software, called Elastic Block Storage, or EBS, which is a prerequisite for being listed on AWS Marketplace.
  • OCR integrated and tested, locally and on the cloud.
  • Formulated a product development roadmap, based on market research, expert input and projected funding.
  • Through our partnership with Hortonworks, we have established a relationship with a  NY law firm interested in Hadoop/Big Data eDiscovery.
  • We are working with a big Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) firm, which is looking forward to testing and suggesting improvements in the SHMcloud software for their needs.
  • Got a new office at Caroline Collective at 4820 Caroline, Houston, Suite 103, TX 77004.
  • Got a new adviser, Big Data architect Amit Rathore.
  • Started working on search engine optimization (SEO), to drive traffic to our website.
  • Started working on the web site itself, to better explain our offerings.