November: Partners IDEA Platform

edanamerchan jonjacksonGuest Presenters: Enterprise Research IS (ERIS), Partners Healthcare Systems

Brent Richter, Associate Director IS Operations & Director of ERIS, Partners Healthcare Systems

Edana Merchan, PhD; Data Scientist and Developer, ERIS

Jon Jackson, PhD; Scientific Computing Services Manager, ERIS

Where: 60 Fenwood Rd., Boston MA, Schlager Family Innovation Lobby (directions below)

When: November 17th 5-6:30pm


  • Speakers 5-6pm
  • Networking to follow; appetizers, beer and wine will be provided.


Ever wonder what tools are available for you to work with data, develop algorithms, or build apps? Come to the iHub Open Innovation Studio’s November Innovation Hour on Nov. 17th at 5pm to learn about the different tools to help you explore data. Brent Richter, Jon Jackson, Edana Merchan and others from his team will present the IDEA platform they have built to enable you to perform complex analytics and data transformations across large and diverse datasets in a secure and reliable way. More innovation about the IDEA platform (below) and other services available to you can be found here.

About This Month’s Topic

The IDEA Analytics platform is designed to perform complex analytics and data transformations across large and diverse datasets in a secure and reliable way. The platform provides research teams access to a range of open-source tools, including Hadoop, Spark, and MongoDB, hosted on a highly scalable infrastructure specifically designed for large analytics workloads. In addition to well-known Hadoop applications such as Pig, Hive, and HBase, specialized machine learning and natural language processing tools are also integrated into the solution. Access to HAWQ and Greenplum, two of the leading Big Data relational database solutions, is also incorporated into the IDEA platform.
The IDEA platform is currently pre-release, but open for testing to proof-of-concept and pilot projects. Plans, goals, timelines and progress will be updated in this space when they are available.

About the Speaker

Brent is the Associate Director of Enterprise Research Infrastructure & Services (ERIS) at Partners Healthcare.

Directions to the Schlager Family Innovation Lobby

60 Fenwood Rd., Boston, MA 02115, Ground Floor

The Schlager Family Innovation Lobby is just inside the ground floor entrance of the Brigham Building for Transformative Medicine.