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Spark Just Passed Hadoop in Popularity on the Web–Here’s Why

Nov 21, 2014 |

Interest in Apache Spark surpassed Apache Hadoop for the first time last month, according to Google Trends. While it’s not a definitive statement of Spark’s actual impact on big data processing in the real world, it does indicate the enormous momentum the in-memory analytics software has garnered during a phenomenal run in 2014. As you can see from the Google Trends graphic–which compares the relative popularity of search terms that people enter and prevalence of news articles about given topics–Apache Read more…

How Big Data Analytics Is Shining a Light on Anonymous Web Traffic

Nov 20, 2014 |

They arrive suddenly at your website with no identification or cookies, browse product for minutes or hours on end, and then leave abruptly without a word. They’re anonymous Web visitors, and they’re the bane of the data-driven marketer. Attempts to catalog these shadowy creatures using traditional techniques often fail. The Web’s Wild West ways have led many people to crank up their privacy and security settings in an attempt to create a bubble of anonymity and protection from peering companies, Read more…

Why Twitter Is the Low-Hanging Fruit of Social Analytics

Nov 19, 2014 |

Nobody is mistaking the Twitter fire hose for a crystal ball. But big companies are increasingly turning to Twitter and other social media outlets for a range analytic tasks, from gauging customer sentiment about bendy smartphones to saving costs during product recalls. Corporations have been analyzing social media since it arrived on the scene year ago. But only recently have they figured out how to really make use of it, according to Katherine Matsumoto of Attensity, a big data analytics Read more…

FICO Improves Its Big Data Score with Trio of New Apps

Nov 18, 2014 |

FICO is best known as the company behind the software that calculates credit scores. But in fact the company does a whole lot more, and last week the company flexed its analytics muscles with the unveiling of several new offerings, including a new Hadoop app, a real-time streaming analytics app, and text analytics tool that can mine email and Twitter. The new Big Data Analyzer offering is a native Hadoop application that’s based on the technology FICO obtained with its Read more…

Hacking Your Way Onto the IoT

Nov 17, 2014 |

Elon “Ironman” Musk raised eyebrows recently when he said we are “summoning the demon” with artificial intelligence. While it’s debatable whether neural networks will give rise to evil spirits, a singularity of a different sort is clearly at hand when it comes to the Internet of Things, which is on the cusp of unleashing torrents of new data moving among consumers, devices, and device manufacturers. If you thought the data you have been dealing with was big, then you’re going Read more…

News In Brief

Hadoop RDBMS Ready for Primetime

Nov 19, 2014 |

Targeting database architects and application developers, Splice Machine Inc. announced general availability this week of its Hadoop database that had been in beta testing since May. The Hadoop relational database management system is designed to reduce the costs of developing real-time applications by, for example, eliminating the need for expensive proprietary hardware. The relational database for operational applications is being positioned as a replacement for Oracle and MySQL databases that might be running out of steam or are becoming too Read more…

Google Targets Big Genome Data

Nov 12, 2014 |

Google wants to leverage the infrastructure that runs its dominant search engine, Google Maps and Gmail to help analyze and share big genomic data. Google Genomics is being promoted as a way to store growing DNA data in the cloud. Users could load and export genomic data for free, then pay about $25 a year for storage and queries. Storage is calculated in terabytes per month, queries in millions of API calls. The search giant joins other cloud giants in Read more…

Tesco’s Collapse is a Cautionary Tale for Big Data

Nov 7, 2014 |

There is a tendency to view big data analytics as a magic bullet that can transform any company using it into a market leader. For some, however, the “magic bullet” has turned into what looks to be a self-inflicted wound. Case in point is the sudden downfall of the British retailer Tesco, ranked by some as the second largest retailer in the world after Wal-Mart. The U.K. chain was considered a pioneer in the use of customer loyalty programs intended Read more…

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…

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.