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Are You Ready For a Data Scientist?

Jul 30, 2015 |

Are you wondering if now is the time to get a data scientist on board to help investigate the value of data assets, maybe even your big data? My advice: don’t do it if you are not ready. The demand for data scientists is currently much higher than the supply which naturally leads to difficulties finding a good hire. The return on the decision is critical; a data scientist is not a minor investment. So how do you know if Read more…

Big Data’s Next Big Thing: Sports Training and Personalized Medicine

Jul 29, 2015 |

Big data analytics is having a huge impact across lots of industries, with financial services and retail leading the pack. But according to one expert, there’s a curious lack of human analytics talent focused on the potential to apply big data techniques to personalized athletic training and medicine. There’s massive untapped potential to use big data analytics to develop personalized regimens to improve athletic performance and people’s overall health, says David Epstein, the author of The Sports Gene and longtime Read more…

Analytics Big Role in New Healthcare Model

Jul 28, 2015 |

Big data analytics is having a transformative impact on almost every industry it touches. But when it comes to the $3-trillion healthcare industry, the impact is personal in more ways than one. For a look at how analytics is impacting healthcare, let’s take a look at Premise Health. Formed by the June 2014 merger between two workplace clinic companies, Premise Health is now the nation’s largest provider of employer-based onsite healthcare services. Premise Health has more than 500 clinics nationwide, Read more…

Understanding Trumps Insight

Jul 23, 2015 |

“What have you done for me lately?” That’s the question many companies are asking of big data, which stands accused of being nothing more than a fad. For many, advanced analytics is still just that – too advanced. Data is difficult to access, blend and understand, and the market is over-saturated with advanced analytics tools. So what’s the solution? A combination of machine intelligence and visualization. We’re all familiar with business intelligence (BI) software. It’s great at presenting trends in Read more…

Big Data, Big Misnomer

Jul 22, 2015 |

Outside of the data warehouse profession, the phrase “Big Data” is still widely misunderstood. Even Google is confused: a Google search for “define ‘big data’” returns the definition: “extremely large data sets that may be analyzed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behavior and interactions.” But on a modern laptop with Excel you can easily analyze hundreds of millions of rows of data. Google (a “Big Data” pioneer) should know better. This article looks at Read more…

News In Brief

Crypto Tools Target Hadoop Security Gaps

Jul 31, 2015 |

Growing concerns about the lack of built-in security for open source databases such as Hadoop has created a need for tighter data security as these databases are scaled up to perform big data analytics. A data encryption and key management tool released this week by cyber-security specialist Thales e-Security Inc. and big data security vendor Zettaset targets open source big data distributions of Hadoop and NoSQL. The standards-based key management appliance and companying encryption software is also intended to help Read more…

IBM Adds Spark to z Systems Mainframe

Jul 27, 2015 |

In a bid to promote “mainframe analytics,” IBM said it would support Apache Spark for Linux on its latest z Systems offering while working with data mining specialists to expand analytic software to leverage additional z Systems processing power. IBM said Monday (July 27) the “enablement” of Apache Spark is part of an effort to expand its z Systems ecosystem. It plans to integrate Spark later this year with its z/OS. Spark support on IBM mainframes and components would also Read more…

Despite Startup Slowdown, VCs Keep Investing in Big Data

Jul 16, 2015 |

The number of software startups is down almost 50 percent since the start of the Great Recession, according to a new report from Evan’s Data Corp. Despite the slowdown, anecodocal evidence points to venture capital firms continuing to invest in big data analytics. According to the latest Developer Population and Demographics study from IT research firm Evan’s Data, the percentage of new software startups decreased by 49 percent since 2009. “We’re obviously still seeing the effects of the great recession Read more…

Zeta to Fund Big Data Buying Spree with $125M Round

Jul 15, 2015 |

Software companies with promising machine learning technologies will be on the radar of Zeta Interactive following the firm’s $125 million funding round. The company, which delivers analytics services primarily to marketers, is on the hunt for promising startups to help it grow. Zeta CEO David Steinberg told Bloomberg that the company is especially interested in acquiring analytics and machine learning technologies with the nine-digit round of funding, which was led by the credit unit of Blackstone Group. “What we found Read more…

Microsoft Unites Analytics Under ‘Cortana,’ Adds Spark Support

Jul 13, 2015 |

Microsoft today unveiled a new suite of hosted analytic services named after Cortana, the software giant’s personal assistant software for smartphones. Meanwhile, the company is prepping to begin support for Apache Spark on Azure, its public cloud platform. If you have a Windows-based smartphone, you’re probably familiar with Cortana, the smooth-talking female voice that does various digital chores at your behalf. The new Cortana Analytics Suite takes the personal assistant role and injects big data into it. The new suite Read more…

This Just In

Splunk Named a Leader in 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for SIEM

Jul 23, 2015 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., July 23 — Splunk Inc., provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, today announced it has been named a leader in Gartner’s 2015 Magic Quadrant for Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) for the third straight year. Splunk was the only vendor to improve its completeness of vision from last year’s results. Gartner evaluated the Splunk security portfolio, including Splunk Enterprise and the Splunk App for Enterprise Security, used by thousands of organizations around the world. To view the Read more…

Niara Partners With Cloudera on Big Data Security Analytics

Jul 23, 2015 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 23 — Niara, provider of big data security analytics for advanced threat discovery and investigation, today announced a new partnership with Cloudera, the most widely adopted big data platform in the world. The recently unveiled Niara Security Intelligence solution has been tested and validated to work with Cloudera Enterprise, the leading data management platform built on Apache Hadoop. Niara Security Intelligence is now included in the Cloudera Certified Technology Program, providing customers with confidence that the joint solution has been tested and validated. Read more…

Dataguise to Showcase DgSecure 5.0 at Microsoft WPC

Jul 13, 2015 |

ORLANDO, Fla., July 13 — Dataguise, the leading provider of data-centric discovery and data protection for Hadoop and other Big Data environments, today announced that it will showcase DgSecure 5.0 at the 2015 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Orlando from July 12th – 16th. Located in booth MC18, inside the Microsoft Cloud Platform Partners pavilion, Dataguise will demonstrate how its security and compliance platform allows organizations to scale sensitive data detection, apply data protection, and gain access to 360-degree monitoring of these data Read more…

SAS Factory Miner Launched

Jun 17, 2015 |

CARY, N.C., June 17 — With a well-documented shortage of skilled data scientists, a logical response is to boost the productivity of the ones we have. Analytics leader SAS now offers data scientists fast, automated creation of analytics models. These models can help a retailer identify the best customers for a marketing campaign, for example, or a health insurer uncover fraudulent claims. Part of a broad update to SAS Analytics, SAS Factory Miner software maximizes productivity of data science teams. Users work Read more…

Novetta Releases Entity Analytics v2.5

Jun 9, 2015 |

MCLEAN, Va., June 9 — Novetta today released Novetta Entity Analytics version ​2​.5, an enhanced entity resolution and data analysis application that delivers enhanced customer analytics, security threat assessments, and fraud detection capabilities. Novetta Entity Analytics version ​2​.5 streamlines data integration, entity resolution, and relationship analysis processes to make it easy for even novice users to combine and resolve disparate data sets and explore​ t​he underlying content and context.​ “Novetta Entity Analytics v2.5 has new visualization tools and other features designed Read more…