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Our Sandbox has Better Toys

Our Sandbox has Better Toys

  • Mark Balkenende
    Mark Balkenende is a Sales Solution Architects Manager at Talend. Prior to joining Talend, Mark has had a long career of mastering and integrating data at a number of companies, including Motorola, Abbott Labs and Walgreens. Mark holds an Information Systems Management degree and is also an extreme cycling enthusiast.


Today we launched a new real-time big data Sandbox. This is a super quick and painless way for you to gain first-hand experience with one of the latest big-data innovations, Apache Spark. For those of you not familiar with a Sandbox, we’re basically talking about a virtual development environment. Our virtual environment combines our latest data integration sensation, Talend 6, with some great ready-to-run, real-time data scenarios – plus a step-by-step Big Data Insights Cookbook. Within minutes you’ll be up and running and impressing your friends using Talend to turn data into real-time decisions with test examples that will get your feet wet on Apache Kafka, Spark, Spark Streaming and NoSQL.

Specifically, in the demo scenarios you’ll see a simple version of how to turn a website into an intelligent application. Experience building a Spark Recommendation Model using Spark machine learning and you’ll get to set up a new Kafka topic to help simulate live traffic coming from users browsing a web storefront. Most importantly, you will learn first-hand how you can take streaming data and turn it into real-time recommendations that will help dramatically improve sales.

So, whether you are a developer looking to sharpen your skills, a data architect or scientist looking to test some exciting new technologies for your company or a competitor looking to spy on Talend, we welcome you all with open arms; because, as they say, you have to play nice in the sandbox.

Remember, our Sandbox includes a 30-day evaluation of Talend 6, so the fun doesn’t have to stop at just the scenarios provided. Feel free to continue to use Talend 6 to test out some in-house projects; just don’t blame us if you get hooked.

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