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The Land of a Thousand Big Data Lakes

Nov 25, 2014 |

The prospect of storing and processing all of one’s data in an enterprise data lake running on Hadoop is gaining momentum, particularly when it comes to today’s massive unstructured data flows. However, given what we know of technological evolution and human nature itself, the chance of eliminating data silos and centralizing storage and compute is slim this big-data age. Data lakes make a lot of sense conceptually. Instead of allowing silos to perpetuate, an organization pools all of its resources Read more…

The Aspirational Data Lake Value Proposition

Nov 24, 2014 |

The industry hype around Hadoop and the concept of the Enterprise Data Lake has generated enormous expectations reaching all the way to the executive suite. Yet, when trying to establish a Modern Data Architecture, organizations are vastly unprepared how to house, analyze and manipulate the massive quantities of data available. All too often, they believe the only requirement is to download the Hadoop software, install it on a bunch of servers, commence loading the Data Lake, unplug the enterprise Data 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…

Expanding Beyond Your Hadoop Ecosystem

Nov 14, 2014 |

Leveraging the predictive benefits of data science was not so long ago an under-the-radar secret of smart businesses that recognized the value of interpreting and projecting data. Today, although the secret is out, the true value of data science is still being largely untapped, as many companies investing in data science go only halfway. Given the vastness and complexity of big data, the methods used to take advantage of it must be proportionately vast and complex. Unfortunately, the list of Read more…

Plotting a Big Data Career Change

Nov 13, 2014 |

When MIT opened up its “Tackling the Challenge of Big Data” course earlier this year, administrators were optimistic they had put together a good online program for working professionals to learn about big data analytics. But they had no idea it would turn out the way it did. “It blew me away,” says Clara Piloto, Director of Global Programs at MIT Professional Education. “We did our proper diligence and did our forecasting and a lot of sales and marketing around Read more…

News In Brief

Teradata Has Hadoop Covered with MapR Partnership

Nov 19, 2014 |

Teradata completed a trifecta of sorts today when it announced a strategic partnership with MapR Technologies. The partnership comes on the heels of similar deals Teradata formed with the two other pure-play Hadoop providers, Cloudera and Hortonworks. But this deal is different insofar as what MapR can bring to the table, the new partners say. As part of the deal, Teradata will become a reseller for all of MapR‘s products and services, which is similar to the reseller deals it Read more…

Vertica Gets Hadoop Upgrade

Nov 18, 2014 |

An analytics platform unveiled this week by Hewlett-Packard allows access to data residing on a range of Apache Hadoop distributions. HP said Nov. 17 its Vertica for SQL on Hadoop platform provides a pathway to data residing on Apache-based data lakes as well as Cloudera, Hortonworks, MapR or any combination the these Hadoop distributions. The new analytics platform reflects HP’s push to integrate the distributed computing technology for exploring data stored on the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS). While large Read more…

Banks Sit on Customer Data as Needs Go Unmet

Nov 13, 2014 |

The nation’s retail banks have a potentially bigger problem than complaints about fees and low interest rates on savings accounts: Despite sitting on a “gold mine” of data, a survey finds that financial institutions use little of this business intelligence to better understand their customers. The inaction compounds a larger problem faced by banks, according to survey results released this week by enterprise data management specialist NGDATA. The survey found that nearly half of respondents rank customer service highest when 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…

Self-Serve BI Demand Up, User Satisfaction Down

Nov 5, 2014 |

Despite a growing consensus among business users about the value of do-it-yourself data analytics, less than a quarter of the respondents to a recent survey said they have the means to use self-service business intelligence tools. A review of self-service trends by BI software developer Logi Analytics Inc., McLean, Va., reported that more than 90 percent of executives surveyed endorsed the ability to access data with out IT assistance. But only 22 percent said they have access to or use Read more…

This Just In

Progress Partners with DataStax to Provide Data Integration for Cassandra

Nov 20, 2014 |

BEDFORD, Mass., Nov. 20 — Progress today announced that it has partnered with DataStax, the company that delivers Apache Cassandra to the enterprise, to provide customers with enterprise-ready data connectivity and integration solutions for Cassandra. Cassandra is an open source distributed NoSQL database management system that is increasingly popular among developers looking to manage large amounts of data across many commodity servers with no single point of failure. The Cassandra database offers robust support for clusters spanning multiple data centers while allowing for low latency Read more…

Glassbeam Introduces New Version of SCALAR Tightly Integrated with Spark

Nov 18, 2014 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 18 — Glassbeam, Inc., the machine data analytics company, today announced a new version of Glassbeam SCALAR tightly integrated with Apache Spark, enhancing its cutting-edge Internet of Things (IoT) analytics platform with new capabilities around advanced machine learning and real-time analytics. These features strengthen Glassbeam offerings as it continues to maintain market leadership in ingesting, parsing and transforming complex machine data for some of the largest product manufacturers worldwide. As the volume and variety of IoT-connected devices Read more…

Context Relevant Wins Cloudera 5 Certification

Nov 18, 2014 |

Nov. 18 — Context Relevant today announced that it has been certified on Cloudera 5 (CDH5), the latest version of Cloudera’s unified analytic data management platform, Cloudera Enterprise. Built on Apache Hadoop, CDH5 serves as the core of enterprise data hubs globally and is widely regarded as the category leader, setting the standard for Apache Hadoop in the enterprise. As one of the early partners to certify on CDH5, Context Relevant continues to define the next-generation of financial information capabilities Read more…

Cloudera Releases New Connectors for SAP HANA and BusinessObjects

Nov 13, 2014 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 13 — Cloudera, the leader in enterprise analytic data management powered by Apache Hadoop, today announced that through its partnership with SAP, it is now offering enterprises compelling solutions to the challenges of Big Data, enterprise data management and analytics. Cloudera is now providing connectors from its enterprise data hub (EDH) that integrate with the SAP HANA platform and SAP BusinessObjects business intelligence (BI) solutions to help further facilitate access to, and unification of, multiple data sources. “Customers recognize the challenges and Read more…

MetiStream Recognized by Databricks as Spark Certified Systems Integrator

Nov 13, 2014 |

MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 13 — MetiStream, a leader in implementing highly scalable real-time analytic and streaming solutions using innovative open source technologies, announced today that it has become a Spark Certified Systems Integrator and Certified Spark Trainer by Databricks, the company founded by the team that created and continues to drive Apache Spark, the most active open source project in the Big Data ecosystem. MetiStream realized early on the potential of what Apache Spark could do to simplify Big Data Read more…