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AutoTrader Zooms Ahead with Automated ETL

Jul 25, 2014 |

If you’re in the market for a car, you’re probably using the Internet to check inventory and compare prices. From the consumer point of view, it all appears to work seamlessly, but keeping all that automotive data accurate and up-to-date is no easy task. For the folks at AutoTrader and its data integration subsidiary, VinSolutions, the move to an automated ETL process proved beneficial. Founded in 1996, AutoTrader.com today is one of the most popular sources for market data on Read more…

Streaming Analytics Ready for Prime Time, Forrester Says

Jul 22, 2014 |

Analytic platforms that generate insights from data in real time are mature enough for enterprises to begin adopting them, Forrester says in its latest report. While open source streaming analytic products like Apache Storm are proving popular, Forrester says they lack key functionality found in the offerings of proprietary vendors, such as top-rated Software AG. You don’t need a Forrester analyst to know that streaming analytics is red hot at the moment. If Hadoop has opened our eyes to what Read more…

For Esri, Analytics All About Location, Location, Location

Jul 18, 2014 |

Certain analytic tools excel at manipulating with certain types of data. When it comes to data with a geographic bent, there may be no more influential vendor than Esri, a Southern California company that has quietly gobbled up a majority share of the geographic information systems (GIS) market. But now the company is positioning GIS as powerful way to visualize all types of data. Esri owns anywhere from 40 to 70 percent of the market for GIS software, according to Read more…

HP Throws Trafodion Hat into OLTP Hadoop Ring

Jul 14, 2014 |

Hewlett-Packard last month quietly unveiled Trafodion, an ANSI-compliant relational SQL database that’s now available as an open source product. With two decades of development at HP and the new capability to run on top of HBase, Trafodion could provide a big boost to efforts to run transactional workloads on Hadoop. The database technology behind Trafodion (which is Welsh for “transaction”) has been around for a long time at Hewlett-Packard, but it was dancing perilously close to the waste bin of Read more…

Google Re-Imagines MapReduce, Launches DataFlow

Jun 25, 2014 |

It’s well known in the industry that more than 10 years ago Google invented MapReduce, the technology at the heart of first-generation Hadoop. It’s less well known that Google moved away from MapReduce several years ago. Today at its Google I/O 2014 conference, the Web giant unveiled a possible successor to MapReduce called Dataflow, which it’s selling through its hosted cloud service. Google Cloud Dataflow is a managed service for creating data pipelines that ingest, transform, and analyze massive amounts Read more…

News In Brief

Military Insurer USAA Embraces IBM’s Watson

Jul 24, 2014 |

IBM said this week it is expanding commercialization of its Watson cognitive computing technology through a deal with military financial services provider USAA that will result in what IBM said will be Watson’s first commercial application. The partnership calls for USAA to offer an app called “Watson Engagement Advisor” as part of a pilot program to help veterans transition back to civilian life. The app is designed to advise USAA members on their separation from the military based on Watson’s Read more…

Couchbase Doesn’t Take $60M Round Lying Down

Jun 26, 2014 |

NoSQL database developer Couchbase today announced a $60 million round of venture funding from venture firms, bringing its total funding to $115 million. Couchbase’s CEO Bob Wiederhold tells Datanami the $60 million will be used primarily to accelerate product development. “We have a number of projects that we’re very excited about and that have gotten a lot of interest in the market,” Wiederhold says. “The biggest one is our mobile strategy. We also will invest more aggressively in expanding our Read more…

Big Data is the New Engine of the Internet

Jun 5, 2014 |

Mobile devices and expanding networks of sensors are generating huge amounts of data that are increasingly searchable and can be shared to discern patterns and, potentially, to solve problems, according to an annual report on the state of the Internet. The “Internet Trends 2014″ survey by Mary Meeker, an analyst with venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins Caufield, Byers, also asserts that the “mining [of a] rising amount of data has the potential to yield patterns that help solve basic, previously Read more…

Fast Database Deal Seeks to Squeeze Revenue From Real-Time Analysis

Apr 14, 2014 |

A speedy operational database integrated with a real-time analytics platform widely used by telecommunications service providers could help carriers extract information about millions of mobile subscribers, then monetize data through revenue generators like contextual advertising.

VoltDB Nabs $8 Million in VC Funding to Tackle IoT

Mar 18, 2014 |

VoltDB, the company behind the in-memory relational database of the same name, has completed a Series B funding round $8 million richer. The round was led by existing stakeholders Sigma Ventures and Kepha Partners, plus three new unnamed “strategic investors,” bringing the firm’s total venture capital investment to $18.7 million.

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