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Inside the Analytic Transformation of Pitney Bowes

Apr 28, 2016 |

Who is Pitney Bowes? For some, the 96-year-old company is synonymous with 20th century technology, like mailing machines and postage meters. But after Tuesday’s launch of its new Commerce Cloud, it’s clear the company sees its future helping small and midsize businesses better navigate the global commerce, with data and analytics playing key roles. Tuesday’s launch of the Commerce Cloud is the culmination of several years of work to remake Pitney Bowes (NYSE: PTI) into a modern digital organization. Yes, the Read more…

SnappyData Gets Funded for Spark-GemFire Combo

Apr 27, 2016 |

SnappyData today announced it has received $3.65 million in Series A funding to build a business around its real-time analytics platform that combines Apache Spark, Pivotal’s GemFire data grid, and an innovative data approximation method that makes big data more manageable. SnappyData was spun out of Pivotal earlier this year to pursue development of its technology platform, which essentially combines the data manipulation capabilities of Apache Spark and Spark Streaming, the in-memory persistence of the GemFire’s data grid, and an Read more…

Training Firm’s Unexpected Growth Exposes Weakness of Relational Tech

Apr 26, 2016 |

When CPL Training Group started providing Web-based training several years ago, the UK company expected strong but steady growth.  But when unexpected demand threatened to freeze the relational database serving the application, the company turned to big data tech for solutions. If you work in certain fields in the UK, you’re required by law to receive a certification, or a “personal license,” that shows you have received a minimum level of training. So bartenders, for instance, must possess personal licenses Read more…

Apache Beam’s Ambitious Goal: Unify Big Data Development

Apr 22, 2016 |

If you’re tired of using multiple technologies to accomplish various big data tasks, you may want to consider Apache Beam, a new distributed processing tool from Google that’s now incubating at the ASF. One of the challenges of big data development is the need to use lots of different technologies, frameworks, APIs, languages, and software development kits. Depending on what you’re trying to do–and where you’re trying to do it–you may choose MapReduce for batch processing, Apache Spark SQL for Read more…

Merging Big Data Analytics Into the Business Fastlane

Apr 20, 2016 |

The abundance of big new data types is creating a feeding frenzy among companies as they gorge themselves at a veritable smorgasbord of information. In every industry, entrepreneurs are trying out new ways to harness big data for competitive advantage. But going from data science project to actionable insight is not as easy as it sounds, and the smart approach demands pragmatic solutions. There are good reasons to be excited about the big data phenomenon. We’re smack dab in the Read more…

News In Brief

Neo4j Pushes Graph DB Limits Past a Quadrillion Nodes

Apr 26, 2016 |

A graph database with a quadrillion nodes? Such a monstrous entity is beyond the scope of what technologist are trying to do now. But with the latest release of the Neo4j database from Neo Technology, such a graph is theoretically possible. There is effectively no limit to the sizes of graphs that people can run with Neo4j 3.0, which was announced today, says Neo Vice President of Products Philip Rathle. “Before Neo4j 3.0, graph sizes were limited to tens of Read more…

Upgrades Aid Access to Legacy Data

Mar 30, 2016 |

The latest release of a No+SQL database management platform adds integration capabilities for legacy COBOL and Btrieve systems designed to allow users to update the data management engine underneath their existing applications. Noting that a significant number of financial and other users continue to rely on legacy systems based on COBOL and Btrieve transactional database software, database specialist FairCom Corp. of Columbia., MO, unveiled the version 2 release of its c-treeRTG database manager this week at a financial technology conference. Read more…

Platfora Seeds Big Data Future in Openness

Mar 29, 2016 |

Platfora launched its end-to-end analytics application for Hadoop when the only other option was to build your own. To that end, Big Data Discovery has everything you need. But with today’s update to the tool–issued on the  second day of the Strata + Hadoop World conference–Platfora is opening up the kimono a bit more in an effort to better integrate with popular tools in the ecosystem, namely Tableau and Spark SQL. While Platfora‘s software comes with its own data visualizations, Read more…

Streaming Architecture–Why Flow Instead of State?

Mar 27, 2016 |

The way that computing is done is changing dramatically.  Instead of a program with a finite input, we now have programs with infinite streams as inputs. Why does this matter, and why is the change happening now? This matters because life doesn’t happen in neatly defined batches. Neither should your code. By adopting a streaming data architecture, we get a better fit between applications and real life. The advantages of this type of design are substantial: systems become simpler, more Read more…

Distributed Stream Processing with Apache Kafka

Mar 26, 2016 |

We’re only three months into 2016, but it has been an exciting year in open source and big data. With a marked jump in growth, usage and queries on Apache Kafka (Redmonk), the demand for engineering and DevOps jobs requiring Kafka talent is creating huge demand for training and skills development, as users look to leverage new features and create new deployments. Enterprises are in the midst of a paradigm shift around how they collect and process data to make Read more…

This Just In

Zettaset Big Data Encryption Suite Earns Triple HDP Certification From Hortonworks

Apr 5, 2016 |

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 5 — Zettaset, the leader in Big Data security, today announced that the company’s Big Data Encryption suite achieved an unprecedented triple HDP (Hortonworks Data Platform) certification from Hortonworks. The Zettaset Big Data Encryption suite includes BDEncrypt and BDEncrypt Plus, the only commercial encryption solution for Hadoop that can detect unauthorized data tampering and protect the integrity of encrypted data. Certified technologies are reviewed by Hortonworks for architectural best practices, validated against a comprehensive suite of integration test cases, benchmarked for scale Read more…

IBM Analytics Assists Russia’s Leading Airline

Mar 30, 2016 |

MOSCOW, Russia, March 30 — Russia’s largest airline Aeroflot, has turned to IBM (NYSE: IBM) analytics technologies to transform the customer experience of 40 million passengers who fly with Aeroflot annually, helping to increase passenger numbers and brand loyalty. Through the deal, Aeroflot will use IBM’s advanced analytics technologies to draw insight from vast amounts of structured and unstructured data from across the company’s various properties including travel booking website, social networks, IT and accounting systems amongst others. Utilizing this data to better understand Read more…

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…