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Smart Billboards Powered by Data Analytics

May 25, 2016 |

If you thought it was a coincidence that a digital billboard displayed an advertisement for a handbag you just checked out at a high-end retailer downtown, think again–that digital billboard advertisement was, indeed, meant for you. Well, maybe not for you, in particular. But somebody like you. Thanks to companies’ unprecedented capability to track people’s movements via cell phones and categorize their interests, the age of the smart billboard is here. It may seem a little creepy to some people, Read more…

Kafka Creators Tackle Consistency Problem in Data Pipelines

May 24, 2016 |

One of the big questions surrounding the rise of real-time stream processing applications is consistency. When you have a distributed application involving thousands of data sources and data consumers, how can you be sure that the data going in one side comes out the other unchanged? That’s the challenge that Confluent is addressing with today’s launch of new software for Apache Kafka. If you’re moving big data today, you’re probably using Apache Kafka, or at least looking at it. The Read more…

Big Data Doesn’t Always Mean Better Business

May 24, 2016 |

There is an unprecedented volume of data being created, with an unprecedented number of people around the world regularly producing and storing data. Research shows that 90 percent of the data in the world today was created in the last two years alone. This may not be news to those of us who plan for, manage, or process this barrage of data, but questions still remain about best practices when taking on infrastructure changes to address big data in a big Read more…

Apache Foundation Keeps Eyes Wide Open with ODPi

May 20, 2016 |

If you’re looking for controversy in the Apache Hadoop community, you need look no further than the 2015 launch of the Open Data Platform Initiative (ODPi), which some perceived as an attempt to wrest control of Apache Hadoop from its open source roots. In fact, some Apache Software Foundation (ASF) leaders see potential good coming out of the ODPi, although there are valid concerns about negatives too. Jim Jagielski, a founding member of the ASF and a member of its Read more…

Hadoop Past, Present, and Future

May 17, 2016 |

Every few years the technology industry seems to be consumed with a shiny new object that gets hyped far beyond reality. At worst, the inevitable bursting of the hype bubble leads to the disappearance of the technology from relevance (remember Internet browsing on your TV?), but more often the hype subsides until a real but narrower focus for the technology is found. It’s been a decade since Hadoop was first created as an Apache top-level project, and during that decade Read more…

News In Brief

Trifacta Brings Partners Into Data Prep Fold

May 24, 2016 |

The market for self-service data preparation tools is having a golden moment in the sun, with analyst firms like Gartner deciding that it does, in fact, have legs to stand on its own. The health of that market is also why Trifacta today launched a formal business partner program. With the new Wrangler Partner Program, Trifacta aims to bring a variety of types of firm into the self-service data prep fold, including system integrators, consulting firms, software vendors, and Hadoop Read more…

Cray Bakes Big Data Software Framework Into Urika-GX Analytics Platform

May 24, 2016 |

Cray continued its courtship of the advanced scale enterprise market with today’s launch of the Urika-GX, a system that integrates Cray supercomputing technologies with an agile big data platform designed to run multiple analytics workloads concurrently. While Cray has pre-installed analytics software in previous systems, the new system takes pre-configuration to a new level with an open software framework designed to eliminate installation, integration and update headaches that stymie big data implementations. Available in the third quarter of this year, the Read more…

NASA Helps Launch Data Science Grad Program

May 23, 2016 |

Another U.S. university is adding a data science specialization to its curriculum, this one as part of an online Masters of Science degree in engineering. The University of California at Riverside said the data science track was developed in collaboration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) science staff. The partners said the data science program is aimed at engineers, scientists along with medical and social media professionals seeking to expand their training in data mining, data visualization, machine learning and Read more…

Skills Gap Also Includes ‘Failure to Communicate’

May 17, 2016 |

The data science skills gap continues to widen, with emerging automation tools like machine learning only just now starting to take up some of the slack. PayScale, the online salary database, released a report Tuesday (May 17) on the state of the “skills economy” that ranks data analytics, programming and cloud computing skills among the most sought-after by U.S. employers. Nevertheless, the skills survey also highlights a continuing lack of writing and other communications skills among recent college graduate along Read more…

Big Data Deals Sustain Tech M&A Activity

May 16, 2016 |

Big data analytics drove an estimated 70 percent of merger and acquisition activity during the first quarter of 2016, according to a new survey. EY (formerly Ernst & Young) also reported last week that technology sector deal making “stabilized” during the first three months of this year following the M&A boom of 2015. New York-based EY said Chinese companies were the biggest spenders from January to the end of March with 34 deals, doubling the volume from a year ago Read more…

This Just In

Datameer 6 Unveiled

May 24, 2016 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., May 24 — Further democratizing big data analytics by making traditionally complex tasks easy, Datameer today unveiled Datameer 6 to enable a new class of data-driven business analysts. Datameer 6 introduces an elegant new front end that reinvents the entire user experience, making the previously linear steps of data integration, preparation, analytics and visualization a single, fluid interaction. Shifts in context, tools or teams are no longer required every time a data change is needed saving both time and cost Read more…

Trifacta Launches Wrangler Partner Program

May 24, 2016 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., May 24 — Trifacta, the global leader in data wrangling, today announced the launch of the Wrangler Partner Program, a global program to support and enable partners selling, implementing and innovating with Trifacta. The program expands upon the largest data preparation ecosystem to include reseller and consulting partners, technology partners in business intelligence (BI), Hadoop and relational data platforms, and cloud services, among other technologies. With the Wrangler Partner Program, Trifacta brings together best-of-breed technology solutions and services Read more…

Cray Unveils the Urika-GX System

May 24, 2016 |

SEATTLE, Wash., May 24 — Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced the launch of the Cray Urika-GX system — the first agile analytics platform that fuses supercomputing technologies with an open, enterprise-ready software framework for big data analytics. The Cray Urika-GX system gives customers unprecedented versatility for running multiple analytics workloads concurrently on a single platform that leverages the speed of a Cray supercomputer. The size, scope, and complexity of big data analytics is exploding and creating problems for customers who Read more…

Confluent Enterprise 3.0 Now Available

May 24, 2016 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 24 — Confluent, founded by the creators of Apache Kafka, today announced the general availability of Confluent Enterprise 3.0, featuring the company’s first commercial product. The new Confluent Control Center is designed to help data engineering teams operationalize Kafka throughout their organization. A comprehensive management system for Kafka clusters, Confluent Control Center is the first enterprise-class tool that delivers visibility and operational strength to managing a Kafka environment. It offers DevOps teams a powerful dashboard to configure Read more…

Information Builders’ iWay Big Data Integrator 1.2 Named Cloudera Certified Technology

May 24, 2016 |

NEW YORK, N.Y., May 24 — Information Builders, a leader in business intelligence (BI) and analytics, information integrity, and integration solutions, today announced that its iWay Big Data Integrator (BDI) 1.2 is now certified on Cloudera Enterprise 5.7. News Facts  Information Builders’ iWay Big Data Integrator simplifies the creation and maintenance of data lakes. Its easy-to-use interface helps users quickly marshal native Hadoop resources to ingest and integrate a broad assortment of enterprise data. The combination of Cloudera Enterprise and iWay BDI Read more…