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Startup Hopper's chief data scientist puts Spark in travel industry

Come one, come all, and take a gander at the inaugural video for our new series Startup Spotlight! SearchCIO features writer Kristen Lee gives us a peek inside the Cambridge, Massachusetts, offices of Hopper, a startup lauded by the press for its flight-search tools that allow customers to travel more cheaply. Lee speaks with chief data scientist Patrick Surry about the big data technology his team uses and how Hopper has garnered such creative IT talent.

Senior news writer Nicole Laskowski also picked Surry’s brain on the technology Hopper’s innovative business model runs on, particularly the relatively new Apache Spark, a large-scale, in-memory processing engine his team is currently experimenting with. Read about how Spark is helping Surry address the latency issues inherent in MapReduce, and why some experts have dubbed Spark the next big thing.

It might be time for CIOs to take another page from those Silicon Valley startups know-it-alls. On Searchlight, I cover how, in the race to snag top tech talent, startups and tech giants alike — from Dropbox to Facebook — are widening their hiring net to teens and tweens. Find out why high-tech employers are overlooking traditional resume credentials in today’s digital age, and why you should jump on the bandwagon.

In other SearchCIO matters…

As big data continues to get bigger, infrastructure bottlenecks increase and businesses are often forced to sacrifice insightful big data, such as highly personalized search results, for information that’s just good enough — or “fast data,” as Scott Jarr, co-founder of in-memory database provider VoltDB, refers to the business problem. In this week’s Data Mill, Laskowski details why a legacy, one-size-fits-all approach can no longer handle big data.

Over at TotalCIO, Lee kicks off her month-long investigation into the economics of cloud computing. In her first blog post of the series, Lee recounts her conversation with David Linthicum, senior vice president of cloud migration services provider Cloud Technology Partners, about how CIOs should work with their business colleagues to identify their “value drivers” for the cloud.

The latest installment of our CIO Briefings series is out! Check out the Essential Guide to get advice and resources from CIOs and disaster recovery (DR) experts alike on how to ensure your organization can continue to run efficiently should a data breach, natural catastrophe, human error or equipment failure occur — as well as how to prevent these disasters from happening again.

To dig deeper into disaster recovery, click through our slideshow on the topic, where we highlight top tweet responses to the question “What is the No. 1 pitfall to avoid when doing a disaster recovery test?” See what advice SearchCIO’s Twitter followers and DR tweet jam expert Paul Kirvan suggested for better disaster planning and recovery.

We also continue our recaps of the #CIOchat on DR, focusing on participants’ two cents on question, “How important is it to perform cloud-based disaster recovery tests?” Discover the perks and risks of cloud-based DR, and find out why CIOs should approach cloud with the assumption that it will fail.

In another installment of our coverage of the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, SearchCompliance site editor Ben Cole sat down with Patrick Gilmore, CTO at Markley Group, a data center services provider based in Boston, to talk about what skills he looks for when rounding out his IT team. Watch this SearchCIO video to find out why security is squarely in Gilmore’s radar, and why he’s on the lookout for security experts who think offensively.

And on SearchCompliance…

Laws and regulations are constantly changing, and threats are constantly evolving, making it hard for organizations to ensure their IT policies and procedures remain compliant. Compliance expert and contributor Jeffrey Jenkins lists three steps IT and the business must take to develop a focused compliance scope.

Some things never change: A leading pain point for CISOs is how hard-pressed they are to articulate security threats to the rest of the C-suite. As contributor Richard Stiennon points out, perhaps it’s time for IT security officers to educate the business using network visibility to get a “visceral reaction.”

Keeping corporate and personal data separate on both employee- and corporate-owned devices while making sure that information is managed with the appropriate governance policies continues to be a struggle for organizations. In this Ask the Expert, Derek Gascon, executive director at the Compliance, Governance and Oversight Council, offers tips on how businesses can address these mobile information governance issues with the right processes and data management and security tools.

On the IT Compliance Advisor blog, we round up the latest news from around the Web, with data privacy and security once again taking the limelight. See the Obama administration and Microsoft’s take on users’ data protection rights and how consumer data risks are driving GRC job growth.

That’s all for the news we’ve got for the week! Stay tuned for next week’s Symmetry roundup; meanwhile, stay abreast of our stories during the week by following @SearchCIO, @SearchCIOSMB and @ITCompliance.

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