Being able to store and manage massive amounts of Big Data is one thing; finding a way to make it accessible to developers is quite another. Major vendors such as SAP and IBM are in a race to create a framework that will make it simpler for developers to invoke a layer of services that will allow developers to access data regardless of what format it is stored in without having to, for example, learn arcane interfaces such as MapReduce.
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The whole point of investing in Big Data is to drive the development of a new generation of data-driven applications. The challenge most organizations will face is that once they build those applications they will need to have a robust set of APIs through which to share the information those applications create.
APIs tend to go wherever the data is, so with more data than ever showing up in Hadoop, it stands to reason that APIs would soon follow. At the Strata Conference and Hadoop World 2013 event today, Cloudera announced a Cloudera Connect: Innovators program under which developers are invited to build applications that invoke an API that Cloudera in partnership with DataBricks has created for its distribution of Hadoop.