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Cloud Era Rising for Analytics?

Aug 19, 2014 |

Big organizations have traditionally run analytics on-site, for a number of reasons, including data security concerns. But the rise of flexible cloud deployment models and the rapid pace of product development are helping cloud offerings to chip away at on-site deployments, especially for analyzing data that originates in the cloud. The IT world has not been the same since Amazon Web Services first took to the Net way back in 2006. Suddenly, a business of any size had an easy Read more…

How a Top Ad Firm Stopped Fearing Big Data and Learned to Love Analytics

Aug 18, 2014 |

Competition in the $500-billion global advertising industry is brutal, and ad firms that fail to deliver are quickly shown the door by their clients. But in this age of big data analytics, delivering results is not enough, as clients increasingly demand to know exactly how their media buys boosted demand. As the sixth largest media buying and marketing firm in the world, Havas Media has created and executed print, online, display, and TV advertising strategies for some of the world’s Read more…

AMPLab’s Tachyon Promises to Solidify In-Memory Analytics

Aug 14, 2014 |

U.C Berkeley’s AMPLab first landed on the radar screens of data scientists with Apache Spark, which promises to provide an in-memory data processing framework to replace or augment MapReduce. More recently, the tech wizzes at AMPLab have whipped up Tachyon, a new distributed file system that sits atop HDFS and aims to allow multiple Hadoop or Spark applications and jobs to access the same data at memory speeds without fears of corrupting it. The rapid rise of Apache Spark demonstrates Read more…

MapR Says Its Hadoop Tweaks Scale to Meet IoT Volumes

Aug 13, 2014 |

Hadoop is naturally positioned as a key architectural platform that organizations will turn to for analyzing Internet of Things (IoT) data. But according to the folks at MapR Technologies, limitations in plain vanilla Apache Hadoop make it unsuitable for big IoT workloads. We’re at the beginning of a huge boom in the IoT. Gartner estimates the Internet will have 25 billion connected devices by 2020, while Cisco pegs the number at 50 billion. Any way you cut it, the amount Read more…

How GE Drives Big Machine Optimization in the IoT

Aug 11, 2014 |

The folks at General Electric Intelligent Platforms get to play with big toys. Whether it’s a 200-foot tall wind turbine, a $10-million jet engine, or a giant industrial rock crusher, the object of their professional attention is easy to see. What’s harder to grasp is how they transform the terabytes of data streaming off the big machines’ sensors in ways that save their owners millions of dollars. The Intelligent Platforms branch of General Electric uses a combination of data science, Read more…

News In Brief

From Data Wrangling to Data Harmony

Aug 18, 2014 |

More and better automation tools such as machine-learning technologies are needed to free data scientists from mundane “data-wrangling” chores. Those tools would allow scientists to focus on gleaning insights from prepared data, a range of experts told the New York Times in a recent survey of the state of big data. The newspaper reported that data scientists spend from 50 percent to 80 percent of their time organizing data, or “data janitor work,” before they could begin sifting through it Read more…

Analytics Drives Tesla Customer Loyalty

Aug 8, 2014 |

As the auto industry is transformed by upstarts like Tesla Motors, analytics is being applied to bring customers and car makers closer together. The Tesla S twin-engine electric sedan is a case in point, having been variously described by one observer of auto technology as an “iPad on wheels” and “highly modular,” a reference to the amount of computing power in the mid-range electric car. As the technology pundit Rob Enderle notes, “Tesla often knows about a problem before the Read more…

HP Taps Hortonworks to Supply Hadoop for HAVEn

Jul 24, 2014 |

Hewlett-Packard and Hortonworks today announced a strategic partnership that will see the vendors work together around Hadoop. In exchange for HP’s $50 million investment in Hortonworks, HP gets the right to distribute the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) as the Hadoop component of its HAVEn big data suite. While HP offers a range of IT solutions for big data problems, the IT giant has not had a very aggressive Hadoop strategy. It strengthened its Hadoop story in June 2013, when it Read more…

Teradata Acquires Revelytix, Hadapt

Jul 22, 2014 |

Teradata Corp., the analytic data platform vendor, said it has expanded its big data portfolio with a pair of recent acquisitions. Teradata, based in Dayton, Ohio, said July 22 it has acquired the assets of Revelytix, an information management specialist, along with big data technologists and intellectual property from Hadapt. The Revelytix deal was completed on July 16; the Hadapt acquisition on July 17, Teradata said. Terms of the two acquisitions were not disclosed, the company said, because they are Read more…

Talend’s ‘Sandbox’ Aims to Speed Big Data Projects

Jul 17, 2014 |

Data integration software vendor Talend said it hopes to speed the launch of new data projects with a preconfigured virtual platform it calls the “Big Data Sandbox.” Talend, headquartered in Los Altos, Calif., and Suresnes, France, announced the availability of the virtual environment on July 16. The sandbox provides real-world use cases and interactive learning tools with the goal of getting big data projects off the ground faster. The company noted the need for more big data automation tools as Read more…

This Just In

GoodData to Utilize Splunk Enterprise

Aug 21, 2014 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Aug. 21 – Splunk Inc., provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, today announced that GoodData, a leader in cloud business intelligence, is using Splunk Enterprise to gain better visibility into its service in order to drive customer growth. GoodData relies on Splunk software to help ensure that its end-to-end Open Analytics Platform is always available for its customers and ready to handle any amount of data. As GoodData has rapidly expanded, Splunk Enterprise has helped the Read more…

Vensai Technologies to Expand Big Data Practice in 2015

Aug 19, 2014 |

ATLANTA, Ga., Aug. 19 — Vensai Technologies announces plans to expand its Big Data practice in 2015 to meet rapidly growing client and market demand for data management and business analytics technology and services. Vensai has partnered with leading providers in the Hadoop space such as Cloudera and Hortonworks to establish a service line based on best practices to help companies make sense of endlessly increasing amounts of business data and harness it for growth-oriented insights. “Vensai’s BD2i framework is Read more…

Speakers Announced for EnterpriseHPC’14 Summit

Aug 18, 2014 |

CARLSBAD, Calif., Aug. 18 – The EnterpriseHPC’14 summit, the world’s first live event dedicated to exploring the emergence of advanced scale enterprise computing, today announced the line-up of speakers for the program, including keynotes Vince Gennaro, President of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), Ren Wu, Distinguished Scientist, Baidu IDL, Pete Ungaro, CEO of Cray, Inc., and Paul Bloch, President & Co-founder of DataDirect Networks, Inc. The summit takes place September 7-9, 2014 in Carlsbad, CA, and is dedicated to Read more…

Zettaset Introduces Fast-PATH

Aug 14, 2014 |

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 14 – Zettaset, the leader in Big Data security, today announced Fast-PATH, an advanced software configuration management solution that automates and accelerates Hadoop deployment, significantly reducing the over-reliance on costly and time-consuming professional services that burdens today’s Big Data environment. Hadoop is rapidly evolving, but has not yet reached the level of maturity and sophistication that traditional relational databases offer. As a result, users expecting lower operational costs by using Hadoop software and infrastructure are surprised to find Read more…

Aimia and Fractal Analytics Partner

Aug 13, 2014 |

Aug. 13 — Aimia, a global leader in loyalty management, has formed a strategic long-term partnership with Fractal Analytics, a leading provider of advanced analytics. The exclusive commercial agreement will deepen Aimia’s analytics capabilities, extending its unparalleled customer insights to deliver a more comprehensive understanding of consumer behavior and improve marketing return-on-investment. It will also extend Aimia’s loyalty expertise to Fractal’s existing clients. As part of the partnership, Aimia is making a minority equity investment in Fractal. The partnership expands Aimia’s Read more…