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Today’s Baseball Analytics Make Moneyball Look Like Child’s Play

Oct 24, 2014 |

Baseball has always been a game of numbers and statistics. But thanks to an explosion of data over the past seven years and the advent of new analytic software running on supercomputers, the game is on the cusp of changes that will make Moneyball look like it belongs in the minor leagues. When the San Francisco Giants take the field against the Kansas City Royals in game three of the World Series tonight, you can bet that the choices made Read more…

What You May Have Missed at Strata + Hadoop World 2014

Oct 21, 2014 |

Talk about information overload. If you were one of the lucky 5,000 to attend the Strata + Hadoop World conference last week, then you were subject to a marathon session of big data keynotes delivered continually for the better part of two days. It’s understandable that you missed out on some of the big data news announced at the show, including Cray’s new Hadoop appliance, or the latest tools from Revolution Analytics and Tableau. Don’t worry: We’ll get you back Read more…

A Storyboard Approach to Big Data Insights

Oct 17, 2014 |

Big data by itself is just a worthless collection of numbers and characters. To make big data work, you need to show how the information is meaningful. Taking a storytelling approach to analytics is one way to put big data in context. One of the analytics vendors that’s well-versed in telling data-driven stories is ClearStory Data, which develops a Hadoop-based application that lets users explore big-data feeds, find relevant insights, and share them with others. ClearStory is one of the Read more…

Hadoop ISVs Break Away from MapReduce, Embrace Spark, In-Memory Processing

Oct 16, 2014 |

Big data analytic software vendors who run on Hadoop are increasingly replacing their MapReduce engines with Apache Spark and other in-memory analytic engines as the runtime of choice. Many of these next-gen Hadoop vendors are showcasing their upgraded goods at this week’s Strata + Hadoop World conference. One of the Hadoop vendors making the move to Spark is Platfora, which unveiled a new version of its Big Data Analytics offering during the first day of the Strata + Hadoop World Read more…

DataTorrent Raises the Bar for Real-Time Streaming

Oct 15, 2014 |

There’s a lot of talk these days about real-time streaming applications. If analyzing and acting on new data is good, then doing it immediately must be better. The truth is, building real-time streaming applications is not easy work. One company that’s pushing the bar higher in this area is DataTorrent. DataTorrent develops a distributed Hadoop 2 application called Real Time Streaming (RTS) that enables users to act upon and analyze time-sensitive data, including call data records, log and machine data, Read more…

News In Brief

Top Big Data Startups Honored at Strata

Oct 20, 2014 |

Hadoop virtualization startup BlueData took home the blue ribbon at the Startup Showcase competition during the Strata + Hadoop World conference last week. Also gaining recognition were Metanautix, an SQL data compute engine; graph analytics startup GraphLab; and SlamData, which develops an SQL add-on for MongoDB. As we previously reported, BlueData was founded in 2012 by two former VMware engineers, Kumar Sreekanti and Tom Phelan, who wanted to dramatically reduce the complexity in Hadoop deployments. The company’s offering, dubbed EPIC, Read more…

Zoomdata Raises $17M

Oct 7, 2014 |

Venture capitalists remain bullish on data analytics startups. Stream processing engine specialist Zoomdata Inc. said Oct. 6 it has raised $17 million in a Series B funding round led by Accel Partners. Zoomdata, Reston, Va., said it would use the funds to accelerate product development while expanding marketing and sales efforts. The startup has come up with a way to use a stream processing engine to analyze historical as well as real-time data. It combines open source stream processing engines Read more…

NSF Awards $31M in Big Data Research Grants

Oct 6, 2014 |

Backing up Obama administration rhetoric about the economic impact of big data, the National Science Foundation will fund 17 data science research programs totaling $31 million as part of its Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBS) program. NSF said Oct. 1 the new university projects cover areas ranging from data analytics to management to security and specific scientific applications like biomedicine and life sciences. The agency, which focuses on funding university R&D, stressed in making the awards that many of the Read more…

States Seek to Backstop U.S. Data Privacy Laws

Sep 25, 2014 |

California is poised to become the first state to restrict the use of student data by third-party technology vendors. Two student data privacy bills were sent to California Gov. Jerry Brown earlier this month, including one that prescribes privacy guidelines for contracts between school districts and technology vendors. Along with contracts, California State Assembly Bill 1584 covers the privacy of student records and digital storage services along with educational software that could be used with data analysis tools for marketing Read more…

Concerns About Big Data Abuses Grow

Sep 18, 2014 |

The tension between the rise of big data and concerns over privacy and fairness continues to mount as federal regulators convened this week to ponder whether big data is a “tool for inclusion or exclusion.” That was the title of a Sept. 15 Federal Trade Commission workshop examining the impact of big data on U.S. consumers, particularly the poor and underserved. “A growing number of companies are increasingly using big data analytics techniques to categorize consumers and make predictions about Read more…

This Just In

Intel and Mitsubishi Collaborate

Sep 30, 2014 |

TOKYO, Japan, Sept. 30 — Intel Corporation and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation today announced a new collaboration to develop next-generation factory automation (FA) systems with Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and a pilot program at Intel’s backend manufacturing facility in Malaysia. The pilot demonstrates the benefits of IoT in a factory setting with a focus on delivering productivity enhancement through innovative functions, such as predictive failure, by combining Intel’s expertise developing solutions for IoT and Mitsubishi Electric’s “e-F@ctory” automation capabilities. Intel realized Read more…

SAS to Host Two Big Data Events in October

Sep 24, 2014 |

CARY, N.C., Sept. 24 — From data visualization to cybersecurity, marketing analytics to the Internet of Things, the sources and uses of data are rapidly evolving. This October in Las Vegas, decision makers and data scientists from around the world will gather at two events to explore and share how critical technologies — data mining, data visualization, Hadoop, forecasting and more — create value from big data. And they’ll examine big data threats too, including cyber-attacks and fraud. The Premier Read more…

RapidMiner World Conference Concludes

Aug 25, 2014 |

BOSTON, Mass., Aug. 25 — Pioneering predictive analytics leader RapidMiner last week concluded its RapidMiner World conference, which brought together over 100 RapidMiner users and other data analytics industry experts from around the globe. The four-day conference, which took place from August 18 – 21 in Boston, explored the latest in predictive analytics, data mining, and the future of RapidMiner. With practical use cases and industry discussions, RapidMiner World attracted a wide-range of participants, ranging in skill-level and company role. In this inaugural U.S. Read more…

ProfitBricks Accelerating Big Data Projects with SDN and Infiniband

Apr 2, 2014 |

ProfitBricks, the price/performance leader in Cloud Computing IaaS, is now helping big data systems integrators like Altoros bring the power of the cloud to the high demand of its customers. Thanks to second generation technologies like software-defined networking (SDN) and InfiniBand that are at the heart of the ProfitBricks cloud, Altoros customers can easily deploy Hadoop clusters for both temporary projects and continuous big data analysis programs.

Dell Acquires StatSoft

Mar 24, 2014 |

Dell today announced the acquisition of StatSoft, a leading provider of advanced analytics solutions that deliver a wide range of data mining, predictive analytics and data visualization capabilities. StatSoft combines comprehensive statistical analysis with advanced analytics to help organizations better understand their businesses, predict change, increase agility and control critical systems.