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‘What Is Big Data’ Question Finally Settled?

Oct 29, 2014 |

People have been debating what “big data” means ever since the term appeared in the lexicon. Researchers at Cal Berkeley recently pepper dozens of prominent data scientists and industry leader with the question in hopes of settling the big question once and for all. You’ve undoubtedly heard many definitions for big data over the years. For some, you have big data when it can’t be stored on a single computer, or it’s the combination of volume, velocity, and variety (some Read more…

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…

News In Brief

Push to Extend Use of Data Tools Continues

Oct 27, 2014 |

An updated of an overarching analytics platform continues the trend toward breaking down organizational barriers to expand access to data crunching technologies beyond just data analysts. San Francisco-based Alpine Data Labs said the latest version of its Chorus analytics platform is intended to help enterprises unify data access and control into a single environment. The Chorus 5.0 release is also said to add functionality that allows corporate managers to leverage their analytics tools to promote collaboration. The updated version also Read more…

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…

This Just In

Brillio Acquires Marketelligent

Oct 29, 2014 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 29 — Brillio today announced that it has acquired Marketelligent, an advanced analytics solutions provider. Marketelligent’s solutions range from data visualization and reporting to advanced predictive analytics for global clients including technology companies and leading Fortune 500 companies. With this acquisition, privately-held Brillio will integrate Marketelligent’s 100 employees into Brillio’s Analytics Practice to deliver sophisticated analysis and detailed interpretation of data to improve business performance across consumer-focused industries including Banking, CPG, Retail, Telecom, Energy and Media. “We are proud Read more…

New Versions of Splunk Enterprise and Hunk Now Generally Available

Oct 28, 2014 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Oct. 28 — Splunk Inc., provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, today announced the general availability (GA) of Splunk Enterprise 6.2, the latest version of the award-winning platform for machine data, and version 6.2 of Hunk: Splunk Analytics for Hadoop and NoSQL Data Stores. Splunk Enterprise 6.2 delivers simplified analysis and powerful pattern detection that enables more users across IT and the business to discover relationships in their data and build advanced analytics. Hunk is now also Read more…

IBM Brings Broad Portfolio of Big Data Capabilities to the Cloud Marketplace

Oct 28, 2014 |

LAS VEGAS, Nev., Oct. 28 – IBM today announced that its broad portfolio of analytics capabilities – including Cognos Business Intelligence, SPSS predictive analytics platforms and the newly announced Watson Analytics – will soon be available via IBM Cloud marketplace. IBM Cloud marketplace is a single online destination that serves as the digital front door to cloud innovation, bringing together IBM’s capabilities-as-a-service and those of partners and third-party vendors with the security and resiliency enterprises expect. As businesses increasingly look to data as the new basis of competitive Read more…

Skytree and IBM Partner to Elevate Big Data Analytics with Advanced Machine Learning

Oct 27, 2014 |

LAS VEGAS, Nev., Oct. 27 — Skytree, The Machine Learning Company, today announced a partnership with IBM, global leader in cutting-edge technology. The technical integration allows Skytree’s scalable, enterprise-grade machine learning platform, Skytree Infinity, to run on top of IBM PureData System for Analytics, powered by IBM Netezza technology. The integration creates a holistic big data solution that combines predictive analytics, advanced machine learning and high-performance data warehousing for a complete customer solution. “IBM’s PureData System for Analytics represents a best-in-class Read more…

NY Mets to Utilize SAS Analytics

Oct 27, 2014 |

CARY, N.C., Oct. 27 — The New York Mets and SAS, the leader in business analytics, today announced a partnership that will see the Club use SAS analytics to help analyze fan data at an individual level to engage with them in a meaningful way. This analytics initiative applies a data-driven approach to discover what fans want and how they behave so the team can design experiences that appeal to them on a personal level. The Mets are building a fan Read more…