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One on One with LinkedIn’s VP of Engineering

Jun 29, 2015 |

Why are data scientists tripping over themselves to get their hands on LinkedIn’s data? What’s it like to run one of the world’s biggest social media sites, and how can machine learning algorithms contribute to the creation of economic opportunity for a global workforce? We recently posed those questions (and more!) to Igor Perisic, Vice President of Engineering at LinkedIn. Alex Woodie: Igor, thank you for agreeing to this interview. First, please tell us about yourself and your role at Read more…

Future of Connected Cities on Display in L.A.

Jun 26, 2015 |

Cities are sitting on mounds of data generated by everything from parking meters to traffic lights to water meters, but they’re having difficulty harnessing that data effectively. As the big data and Internet of Things (IoT) trends evolve, we’ll see cities competing with one another to use data to serve citizens, and that’s where vendors like Los Angeles-based Civic Resource Group International are hoping to step in. Yesterday in downtown LA, CRGI showcased what the future of a connected city Read more…

How TrueCar Uses Hadoop to Deliver Price Transparency

Jun 15, 2015 |

If you’re in the market for a new car, you might be using the car pricing service from TrueCar to figure out how much you should pay. With just a few clicks on a mobile app, you can pull find what a car is worth on the company’s mobile app. It all seems very simple, but behind the scenes at TrueCar is a sophisticated big data system powered by Hadoop. TrueCar was founded about 10 years ago with a premise Read more…

Hortonworks Tightens Up Its Distro for Enterprise Adoption

Jun 11, 2015 |

Hortonworks unveiled the first new release of its Hadoop distribution in six months earlier this week. With Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) 2.3, the company is focusing on strengthening security, governance, and operations, and just generally making Hadoop easier and more visual to use. A lot has transpired since Hortonworks shipped HDP 2.2 last December, including the company’s IPO in December, the formation of the controversial Open Data Platform (ODP) industry consortium in February, the opening of a new headquarters in Read more…

Can Smarter Machines End the Pain and Expense of Data Wrangling?

Jun 11, 2015 |

Like Alan Turing’s vision to create smarter machines to crack the Enigma Code in World War II, we now sit at a critical juncture to solve the significant pain and expense of data wrangling that most big companies face with smarter machines to blend and prepare big data. Up to 80 percent of data experts’ time is spent on converting data into a usable form instead of having more time for modeling, analysis and collaboration. And like Turing and team’s Read more…

News In Brief

Adaptive Insights Raises $75M

Jul 1, 2015 |

Adaptive Insights, the cloud services and business intelligence startup, said this week it has secured $75 million in its latest funding round. The startup announced on Tuesday (June 30) it would use the latest cash infusion to accelerate its product roadmap along with expanding its global operations. Adaptive Insights claims 2,700 customers in 85 countries—three times greater than the customer base of other cloud corporate performance management (CPM) vendors. The startup delivers cloud-based CPM and business intelligence tools via a Read more…

Kyvos Debuts OLAP for Hadoop

Jun 30, 2015 |

Many technology pros view OLAP as a legacy technology, a holdover from the days of data warehousing that doesn’t have a place in today’s big data world. But several startups are fighting to change that perception, including Kyvos Insights, which today unveiled its OLAP-on-Hadoop solution. Twenty years ago, online analytical processing (OLAP) was the center of many enterprise data warehouse (EDW) initiatives. The technology, which is largely synonymous with the term “multi-dimensional database,” gave organizations a way to pre-index and Read more…

Consortium Makes Business Case For R Language

Jun 30, 2015 |

As more data scientists and researchers embrace the R programming language and statistical computing environment, the Linux Foundation has moved to strengthen the user community and, with it, the development of more business applications through a collaborative development initiative called the R Consortium. Founding members of the R Consortium include Alteryx, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Mango Solutions, Microsoft, Oracle, RStudio and Tibco Software, the Linux Foundation announced on Tuesday (June 30). Microsoft and RStudio were listed as “platinum” members. The open source Read more…

Dell Upgrades Toad Database Tools

Jun 23, 2015 |

Dell Software unveiled a series of database tool upgrades this week aimed at easing the management of data across a variety of platforms. Dell promotes its Toad database tool family as agnostic toward data and data management. The updates are designed to simplify the automation of development operations while whipping data into shape for analysis and reporting. The upgrades also are intended to provide greater flexibility in choosing a database platform. The company said the upgrades come in response to Read more…

CFOs Cling to Excel, ‘Gut’ Instincts

Jun 17, 2015 |

Despite the waterfall of information piling up in corporate databases every business day, a new survey of chief financial officers finds there is actually a “data deficit” when it comes to making decisions based on quick access to that data. The upshot is lingering reliance on gut instinct in making critical decision that affect profitability and a surprising reliance on aging data access tools like the venerable Excel spreadsheet. The survey of more than 1,500 financial decision makers sponsored by Read more…

This Just In

Cloudera Partners With Fortscale

Jul 1, 2015 |

July 1 — Fortscale Security Ltd., a leader in the rapidly growing field of User Behavior Analytics for enterprise security, today announced a new partnership with Cloudera, the leader in enterprise analytic data management powered by Apache Hadoop. The joint solution delivers a massively scalable Hadoop-based user behavior analytics solution to the enterprise that is the foundation for responsive enterprise security. The partnership enables customers to build end-to-end Hadoop-based security analytics solutions that help collect, manage and analyze logs to effectively Read more…

Latest Release of MemSQL Ops Unveiled

Jun 30, 2015 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., June 30 — MemSQL, the leader in real-time databases for transactions and analytics, today announced the latest release of MemSQL Ops, which provides a simple graphical interface for MemSQL installation and cluster deployment, and a real-time view of key usage metrics in a cluster. As part of the release, MemSQL Ops now offers users the unique ability to run a 30-second performance benchmark test on MemSQL deployments. The new database speed test creates a lightweight database table, Read more…

Concurrent and Analytics Inside Partner

Jun 30, 2015 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. and WESTERVILLE, Ohio, June 30 — Concurrent, Inc., the leader in data application infrastructure, and Analytics Inside LLC, a company that specializes in advanced analytical solutions for intelligence, law enforcement and healthcare, today announced they are teaming up to help businesses speed development of Hadoop-based enterprise data applications. Analytics Inside provides products, services and training across these and other industry verticals. This alliance between Concurrent, whose Cascading platform and Driven solution help enterprises create, deploy, run and manage data applications at scale, and Read more…

Metanautix Launches Quest 2.0 With Software-Defined Data Mart

Jun 23, 2015 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., June 23 — Metanautix, a big data analytics company focused on simplifying the data supply chain, today announced the launch of Quest 2.0 which includes the first of its kind Software-Defined Data Mart (SDDM). Quest 2.0’s SDDM enables teams to rapidly and securely build data marts using existing virtualization infrastructure like VMware, instead of buying new hardware. Business units like finance need only see the data that matters to them, while IT can provide centralized operations and apply necessary audit Read more…

Sumo Logic Delivers Comprehensive Analytics for Microservices and Containers

Jun 22, 2015 |

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., June 22 —  Sumo Logic, the industry’s leading cloud-native machine data analytics platform, today announced comprehensive analytics capabilities for organizations embracing DevOps practices, microservices architectures and containers to build applications. As application architectures evolve toward microservices, containers continue to gain traction for providing the ideal environment to build, deploy and operate these applications across distributed systems. The volume and complexity of data generated by these environments make monitoring and troubleshooting an enormous challenge for development and operations teams. Read more…