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Why Pay for Analytics When Open Source Is ‘Free?’

Oct 23, 2014 |

The free analytics question comes up over and over again, especially as it pertains to open source analytic offerings. I don’t think a day goes by when someone at a company doesn’t ask, “Why should I pay for analytics when I can use (fill in the blank) open source statistics/analytics?”  You will find many lengthy discussions all over the Web on just this topic.  Often the discussion is much more impassioned than it needs to be. I will address the Read more…

Graph Analytics Startup Has Roots in IBM Watson

Oct 22, 2014 |

IBM Watson’s 2011 victory on Jeopordy! was a watershed moment for artificial intelligence and ushered in a new age of cognitive computing for big data. But as powerful as Watson is with natural language processing, it’s limited in the types of data and analytics it can perform. Today, a group of former IBMers led by the founder of Watson Labs formally unveiled Cognitive Scale, a big data startup that’s building upon Watson with the power of graph analytics. Cognitive Scale Read more…

What You May Have Missed at Strata + Hadoop World 2014

Oct 21, 2014 |

Talk about information overload. If you were one of the lucky 5,000 to attend the Strata + Hadoop World conference last week, then you were subject to a marathon session of big data keynotes delivered continually for the better part of two days. It’s understandable that you missed out on some of the big data news announced at the show, including Cray’s new Hadoop appliance, or the latest tools from Revolution Analytics and Tableau. Don’t worry: We’ll get you back Read more…

Congratulations Hadoop, You Made It–Now Disappear

Oct 20, 2014 |

Hadoop has matured at a rapid rate since it broke into the mainstream several years ago. With billions in venture funding, an eager community of developers, and a thriving ISV community, the open source big data platform seems poised to take a big step into the wider enterprise. But according to Cloudera’s chief strategy officer Mike Olson, Hadoop’s next big move may be to just disappear. Olson predicted Hadoop’s disappearance during a keynote address at last week’s Strata + Hadoop Read more…

A Storyboard Approach to Big Data Insights

Oct 17, 2014 |

Big data by itself is just a worthless collection of numbers and characters. To make big data work, you need to show how the information is meaningful. Taking a storytelling approach to analytics is one way to put big data in context. One of the analytics vendors that’s well-versed in telling data-driven stories is ClearStory Data, which develops a Hadoop-based application that lets users explore big-data feeds, find relevant insights, and share them with others. ClearStory is one of the Read more…

News In Brief

Execs Go With Their Guts Until Data Improves

Oct 24, 2014 |

When it comes to appreciating the value of big data and analytics, seeing is apparently believing. That’s among the key findings of a recent data and analytics survey of 1,135 senior executives from industries ranging from energy to transportation released by market researcher PwC, better known as PricewaterhouseCoopers. The data analytics survey sought to define the role played by data and analytics in what the survey dubbed “big decision making,” or “the most significant decisions about the strategic direction of Read more…

Survey: Mega-Vendors Still Dominate Database Management Market

Oct 22, 2014 |

Industry analyst Gartner’s “Magic Quadrant” survey of the operational database management systems market found a widening gap between market leaders and niche players, identifying only one “challenger,” MongoDB, and a handful of “visionary” DBMS companies. The latter category, according to the annual Gartner survey, includes DataStax, Couchbase and Aerospike, in that order. Heavy hitters Oracle, Microsoft, SAP and IBM continue to dominate the data base management market with four others trying to keep pace among the industry leaders: Intersystems, EnterpriseDB, 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…

Israeli Startup Looks to Ease Hadoop Rollouts

Oct 20, 2014 |

An Israeli big data processing startup said this week it has secured $3 million in early-round funding and will launch its Hadoop-based platform in the U.S. Tel Aviv-based Xplenty announced Oct. 20 the Series A funding from Waarde Capital and existing seed investor Magma Venture Partners. The funding will be used to expand platform features on its cloud-based processing engine while the company expands globally. Xplenty also announced plans to offer its big data processing technology directly to U.S. customers. Read more…

EMC, Pivotal Add Compute to Hadoop Data Lake

Oct 15, 2014 |

Storage vendor EMC Corp. and cloud specialist Pivotal have partnered to roll out a new version of a Data Lake Hadoop Bundle that adds a compute option to the big data product along with accelerated analytics that come with scaled out storage and computing along with analytics software. As data lakes gain momentum as scalable repositories for data generated from current and advanced workloads, EMC and Pivotal are positioning Data Lake Hadoop Bundle 2.0 as a tool for plumbing the Read more…

This Just In

SAS Visual Analytics Updated

Oct 22, 2014 |

LAS VEGAS, Nev., Oct. 22 — Controlling customer churn. Understanding marketplace sentiment. Pulling detailed graphical reports while traveling. Setting and meeting aggressive organizational goals. These challenges and more are met with enhancements to SAS Visual Analytics. “With SAS Visual Analytics, organizations can seamlessly manipulate, analyze and view data of any size, helping them transform it into stronger customer relationships, increased sales and efficiency, even healthier patients,” said Jim Davis, SAS Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “Enhancements in the new version Read more…

Ayasdi Forms Alliance with Teradata

Oct 21, 2014 |

MENLO PARK, Calif., Oct. 21 — Ayasdi, the leading provider of accelerated learning software for complex data, today announced a strategic partnership with Teradata Corp. to empower enterprises to rapidly find critical intelligence within their growing datasets. Ayasdi’s advanced analytics application will be integrated with the Teradata Unified Data Architecture. Using this integration, healthcare, financial services, energy, retail and life science organizations can quickly discover new insights that increase profit margins, strengthen customer relationships, prevent fraud, mitigate risk and meet regulatory Read more…

Cloudera Announces Product Integration with Microsoft Azure

Oct 21, 2014 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 21 — Cloudera, the leader in enterprise analytic data management powered by Apache Hadoop, today announced an effort to integrate and enable Cloudera Enterprise to be Microsoft Azure Certified. In a world where every incremental advantage matters, Cloudera and Microsoft will work to enable quick implementation of Cloudera’s enterprise data hub with the power of Hadoop on demand in Microsoft Azure. Cloudera will also work to certify integration with Microsoft data warehousing and security technologies including Analytics Platform Read more…

SnapLogic Receives $20M in Series D Financing

Oct 21, 2014 |

SAN MATEO, Calif., Oct. 21 — SnapLogic, Inc., the Elastic Integration company, today announced the initial closing of its $20 million Series D financing led by Ignition Partners, which will bring the company’s total financing to $60 million. Also participating in this closing are Andreessen Horowitz, H. Barton Asset Management, Pharus Capital Management and Triangle Peak Partners. The company will use the funds to grow its field sales, marketing and operations while continuing to build upon the big data wrangling and Read more…

Looker Partners with Teradata

Oct 20, 2014 |

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 20 — Looker, an innovative software company with a unique approach to business analytics, today announced a partnership with Teradata Corp., the big data analytics and marketing applications company. The combined technology integration leverages the powerful analytic capabilities of the Teradata Aster Discovery platform and Looker’s business intelligence platform to analyze Big Data for a modern business. With an integrated Looker and Teradata Aster environment, user organizations will be able to eliminate much of the complexity associated with getting value Read more…