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Tumultuous Times for BI and Analytic Tool Vendors

Feb 10, 2016 |

My, what a week it was for business intelligence (BI) and analytic tools. First, industry darling Tableau Software (NYSE: DATA) lost half its market capitalization following earnings that disappointed Wall Street, which quickly punished competitors Qlik (NASDAQ: QLIK) and MicroStrategy (NASDAQ: MSTR). Gartner then added fuel to the fire by issuing a report finding more competition than ever in the space, thanks to the arrival of a tipping point in the drive to self-service tooling. The balance of power in Read more…

Big Data and the Race To Be President

Feb 9, 2016 |

The U.S. presidential election is nine months away, and the race is still wide open. Just about anything could happen between now and November 8, and probably will. But one thing is clear: The winner will have a very good big data analytics strategy. Americans got their first taste of how big data analytics and social media could impact a political race in 2008, when Barack Obama’s campaign team wielded the combination to great effect. Four years later the Obama campaign Read more…

The Bright Future of Semantic Graphs and Big Connected Data

Feb 8, 2016 |

The big data revolution is generating a mess of unruly data that’s difficult to parse and understand. This is to be expected–explosions don’t generally occur in a nice, orderly fashion, after all. But if the folks at Cloudera and Franz have their way, the world of connected data will become more accessible and useful when viewed through the lens of semantic graph technologies. Semantic graph technology is shaping up to play a key role in how organizations access the growing Read more…

Apache Spark Surrounded By Cloud Data Services at IBM

Feb 4, 2016 |

IBM has made no secret about its admiration for Apache Spark, which it sees as the future for in-memory analytics. Today the IT giant unveiled a host of new cloud-based data services that bolsters its hosted Apache Spark business with NoSQL, graph, and machine learning capabilities. IBM added a number of new offerings to Cloud Data Services, which is a portfolio of more than two dozen database engines and related data-oriented services that it runs for customers as part of Read more…

Keeping on Top of Data Drift

Feb 3, 2016 |

Data is often thought to be constant and immutable. A given piece of data is defined by 1s and 0s, and it never changes. But there’s an emerging school of thought in the big data world that sees data as constantly drifting and mutating in response to forces around it. Without processes put in place to detect it, this data drift can wreak havoc on one’s understanding, expert warn. Organizations that collect huge amounts of data from many different sources, and Read more…

News In Brief

IBM Watson, NBA Raptors Seek Data ‘Slam Dunk’

Feb 11, 2016 |

“With the [to be determined] pick in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft, the Toronto Raptors—with the help of cognitive and analytics technology—select….” While it may not unfold that quickly, the professional basketball franchise announced this week it is partnering with IBM to use Watson cognitive computing and analytics as part of its talent evaluation process. IBM (NYSE: IBM) said it teamed with the Raptors and Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment to develop a platform called IBM Sports Read more…

Trifacta Tops Off with $35 Million Round as Big Data Sales Kick In

Feb 9, 2016 |

Data wrangling software developer Trifacta today announced that it took in another $35 million in venture funding, bringing the three-year-old company’s total funding to $76 million to date. The company’s CEO tells Datanami the money will be used to prime the pump on a sales machine that saw 700 percent growth last year. “It was really a tremendous year for customer success with Trifacta and I think the financing will allow us to continue to expand our global presence,” says Read more…

Investors Await Clearer Big Data Strategies

Feb 1, 2016 |

Institutional investors and financial market analysts are bullish about the value of data analytics, according to a recent survey by financial advisor KPMG, but are still waiting to see how it can create a competitive advantage for early adopters. Data and analytics “will indeed alter the competitive landscape—rewarding some companies and punishing others—especially in the longer term,” concluded Bradley Fisher, U.S. leader for data and analytics at KPMG and a partner in the firm. “Investors and analysts see greatest opportunity for Read more…

Aerospike Adds GeoSpatial Data to Speedy NoSQL

Jan 28, 2016 |

Organizations that are looking to leverage location data in their operational apps have another option in Aerospike, which today announced support for geospatial data in its NoSQL database. Aerospike is a key-value data store designed to run within a combination of RAM and Flash storage. The database, which essentially bypasses the file system to speed up processing, is widely used among ad tech companies thanks to its capability to process mixed read and write workloads at high speeds with low latencies. Read more…

Gartner Sees Analytics Boom as More Data is Shared

Jan 28, 2016 |

Advanced analytics techniques like data and text mining, machine learning and visualization are poised to shake up entire industries as more enterprises leverage proprietary algorithms along with emerging platforms to securely share more data, a market watcher predicts. In a forecast released Thursday (Jan. 28), Gartner Inc. predicted the red-hot advanced analytics market will grow 14 percent this year to $1.5 billion. By 2018, it predicts more than half of large global enterprises will leverage analytics and proprietary algorithms on Read more…

This Just In

Ascolta Partners With Atigeo

Feb 3, 2016 |

HERNDON, Va., Feb. 3 — Ascolta, an advanced analytics company focused on cyber threat assessment, announced today that it is partnering with Atigeo. Together the companies will leverage their combined expertise and capabilities in big data analytics and cyber security to better serve the U.S. Department of Defense, federal government and major enterprise organizations. “Ascolta is proud to partner with Atigeo to deliver the next generation of cyber readiness and threat discovery and deterrence to our combined customers,” said Richard Breakiron, Read more…

PostgreSQL 9.5 Unveiled

Jan 7, 2016 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Jan. 7 — The PostgreSQL Global Development Group announces the release of PostgreSQL 9.5.  This release adds UPSERT capability, Row Level Security, and multiple Big Data features, which will broaden the user base for the world’s most advanced database.  With these new capabilities, PostgreSQL will be the best choice for even more applications for startups, large corporations, and government agencies. Annie Prevot, CIO of the CNAF, the French Child Benefits Office, said, “The CNAF is providing services for 11 million Read more…

Dataguise Announces Secured Database Access and Sensitive Data Protection on Microsoft Azure Cloud

Dec 10, 2015 |

FREMONT, Calif., Dec. 10 — Dataguise, the leading provider of data-centric security solutions for detecting and protecting confidential information across the enterprise and in the cloud, today announced that Dataguise DgSecure now secures relational databases, including Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle, as well as Teradata data warehouses, deployed on Microsoft Azure cloud infrastructure. Dataguise DgSecure is an integrated security solution that provides enterprises with accurate, detailed optics and fine-grained control over sensitive data protection at the element level for reduced risk. Read more…

Splunk Delivers Security Analytics and Threat Prevention to Integra Customers

Nov 10, 2015 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Nov. 10 — Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLK), provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, today announced Splunk Enterprise and Splunk Enterprise Security (ES) are at the heart of an expanded security operations center (SOC) for Integra. Integra’s SOC is utilizing Splunk ES to detect, prevent and respond to attacks, and to provide customers with 24/7 security analysis for the Integra network and services. Integra is also using Splunk Enterprise to enhance its operations in ways that will Read more…

Dataguise Delivers Big Data Security for Microsoft Azure HDInsight

Oct 9, 2015 |

Oct. 9 — Dataguise, a leading provider of data-centric discovery and data protection for Hadoop and other big data environments, has announced integration with Microsoft Azure HDInsight to support improved security and compliant Hadoop deployments on Microsoft Azure. Now integrated with Microsoft Azure’s HDInsight Hadoop distribution, Dataguise DgSecure helps organizations safely unlock the benefits of big data with a precise security solution for detecting, auditing, protecting, and monitoring sensitive data assets in real time. DgSecure makes data security for Azure HDInsight Read more…