Happy 2010 to everyone!
Since it's a new year, I thought it would be a good time to showcase a new emerging technology from the IBM Emerging Technologies team. The technology is called Big Sheets and it is an insight engine for line of business professionals that allows you to get insights from web-scale data (really large data sets.) The "Big Sheets" name was derived from the thought that users can use a "spreadsheet metaphor" in a browser to analyze large sets of data. In essence, it provides a big data worksheet and thus the name "Big Sheets" came about for this project.
The web is exploding with data and business professionals want to access that data to get better insights to their business. Customers have lots of structured data stored within their enterprise, but customers also have the desire to access unstructured information on the web. By building on top of the Hadoop infrastructure, Big Sheets is able to process large amounts of data quickly and efficiently.
Here's a video which provides you with a closer look at the Big Sheets technology.
IBM jStart Emerging Technologies Development Manager