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IBM Pre-Fab Analytics Targets Vertical Markets

May 28, 2015 |

IBM is retargeting retailers, banks, telecommunications carriers and the energy sector with a package of 20 “pre-built” predictive analytics capabilities tailored to specific industry requirements. The vertical analytics tools are based on more than 50,000 client engagements, the company said in announcing the targeted analytics tools. IBM said Thursday (May 28) it worked with clients and “signature design partners” to develop the predictive analytics suite. Development partners included Adelaide Bank, Deliotte, Interactive Data Managed Solutions and Urban Outfitters. Each tool Read more…

CIOs on the Hot Seat to Deliver with Big Data

May 22, 2015 |

The secret about big data analytics is out, and having a big data strategy is quickly becoming a requirement in the corporate suite. While it’s fashionable for business leaders outside of the IT department to initiate and even lead big data initiatives, when push comes to shove, executives look to chief information officers (CIOs) to deliver amid the data deluge. It can be tough to describe the potential impact of big data. On the one hand, big data analytics can Read more…

5 Ways Big Geospatial Data Is Driving Analytics In the Real World

May 21, 2015 |

Amid the flood of data we collect and contend with on a daily basis, geospatial data occupies a unique place. Thanks to the networks of GPS satellites and cell towers and the emerging Internet of Things, we’re able to track and correlate the location of people and objects in very precise ways that were not possible until recently. But putting this geospatial data to use is easier said than done. Here are five ways organizations can use geospatial data to Read more…

Forget Big Data–Small Data Is Where the Money Lies

May 20, 2015 |

Big Data continues to be a big topic. Experts promise a world where the Internet of Things (IoT) proliferates and tiny, inexpensive sensors collect massive amounts of data. New, powerful databases coupled with information storage technology and analytical tools offer the promise of gleaning amazing insights and finding patterns we never before imagined. However, for most businesses, it’s still too early to become actual practitioners of Big Data. Some may remember the 2013 findings from research organization SINTEF that 90% Read more…

How Machine Learning Is Eating the Software World

May 18, 2015 |

Marc Andreessen famously said in 2011 that software was eating the world. Four years later, that trend has accelerated, only now it appears that machine learning technology is on the cusp of eating software, and that algorithms will take over the world, with a little help from their friends: the APIs. Not that this is a bad thing, at least not as Elon Musk envisions, with AI-powered overlords enslaving the human race (a separate story for another day). But if Read more…

News In Brief

Farm Net Seeks to Plant Seeds of Big Data

May 26, 2015 |

Farmers used to swap stories and discuss the weather at the feed store or the grain elevator. Now they are just as likely to be gathered around a computer screen analyzing data on crop yields across the country. That’s at least one of the goals of the Farmers Business Network launched last fall to break down agricultural data on millions of acres of U.S. farmland while providing “real-world” results on the performance of different seed and crop strains as well Read more…

Spark Gets New Machine Learning Framework: KeystoneML

May 26, 2015 |

The AMPLab this week announced the release of KeystoneML, a framework for building and deploying large-scale machine-learning pipelines within Apache Spark. While the software is still in alpha stage, it’s stable enough for developers to begin using it, project backers say. KeystoneML is designed to be a faster and more sophisticated alternative to SparkML, the machine learning framework that’s a full member of the Apache Spark club. Whereas SparkML comes with a basic set of operators for processing text and Read more…

Analytics Leaders Target Speed, Context, Functionality

May 13, 2015 |

Among the emerging trends in the data analytics business is the desire for faster access to business insights with improved context along with greater functionality in areas like predictive analytics and cognitive intelligence. Hence, the latest vendor rankings from market watcher Nucleus Research reveal that leading analytics vendors are pursuing both requirements with a mix of deep analytics architectures and flexible, cloud-based offerings. The Nucleus Research “value matrix” is among a growing list of vendor rankings that seeks to identify Read more…

Wikibon Analyst Kelly: Big Data is Entrenched

May 12, 2015 |

Back in 2011, when the respected Wikibon researcher Jeff Kelly began tracking big data, the technology was, in his view, “long on promise but short on specifics.” In his final blog post for the Wikibon Project, Kelly concludes that the technology has come full circle, asserting that its steady application has helped to solve real-world business challenges while evolving into a “competitive differentiator” in a world gone digital. It has even helped deliver sports championships. “Big data is no longer Read more…

Pentaho Eyes Spark to Overcome MapReduce Limitations

May 12, 2015 |

Pentaho today announced it’s supporting Apache Spark with its suite of data analytic tools. While supporting Spark gives Pentaho performance advantages over MapReduce when executing data transformations and running queries within Hadoop, the software company is approaching the in-memory framework for other use cases with a wary eye. Apache Spark will be a supported engine with the next release of Pentaho‘s analytical platform, which is due in mid to late June. Pentaho is eyeing two main use cases with this Read more…

This Just In

DataTorrent Joins the Open Data Platform Initiative, Brings Real-Time Processing of Data-In-Motion to ODP

May 21, 2015 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 21, – DataTorrent, the leader in real-time big data analytics and creator of DataTorrent RTS, the world’s first enterprise-grade unified platform for both stream and batch processing on Hadoop, today announced it joined the Open Data Platform (ODP) as a Silver member. In addition, DataTorrent RTS is certified and immediately available on the ODP Core. DataTorrent is focused on reducing time to market, increasing ROI and enabling success of big data projects. Joining ODP brings DataTorrent’s Read more…

Welltok Acquires Leading Healthcare Analytics Company Predilytics

May 19, 2015 |

May 19 — Welltok today announced the acquisition of leading healthcare predictive analytics company, Predilytics. The acquisition adds another powerful layer of consumer intelligence and analytical capabilities to Welltok’s CaféWell Health Optimization Platform, providing even more personalized guidance for consumers and delivering more value and insights to health plans, at-risk providers and other population health managers. Predilytics uses machine learning and propriety technologies to more accurately segment consumers based on risk, receptivity and impactabilty, which ultimately provides more actionable insights. Leveraging these Read more…

Skillsoft and IBM Research Unveil New Applications for Big Data in Learning and Talent Development

May 19, 2015 |

May 19–At its 2015 Global Skillsoft Perspectives customer conference in Orlando, Skillsoft, a global leader in learning and talent management, will present live demonstrations of the latest next-generation adaptive capabilities the company has been developing with IBM Research over the past 18 months. The demo will highlight stage two of the multi-phase joint development effort IBM and Skillsoft have undertaken to harness the power of big data in enterprise learning and development. At the event, attendees will see how IBM Read more…

Rosslyn Analytics Pioneers Analytics-as-a-Service on Microsoft Azure

May 19, 2015 |

May 19 —   Rosslyn Analytics, a global leader in big data cloud technology, today announced that it is one of the first to offer companies Analytics-as-a-Service on Azure. “Traditional data warehousing has failed to keep pace with the ever changing information needs of the business,” said Charles Clark, CEO of Rosslyn Analytics. “Rosslyn Analytics has addressed the greatest data challenge facing all organizations, which is delivering relevant and high quality data to decision-makers.” Rosslyn Analytics has developed a dynamic big data Read more…

DataHero Secures $6.1M in Series A Funding to Simplify Data Analysis

May 19, 2015 |

May 19 – DataHero, the leading provider of self-service Cloud BI, today announced a $6.1 million Series A funding round led by existing investor Foundry Group. In addition, software industry veteran Ed Miller has joined the company as CEO. Both the funding and new CEO reflect the company’s aggressive growth strategy in this rapidly emerging market. Self-service Cloud BI lets anyone go from sign-up to insight within minutes, enabling users to quickly identify and understand the metrics that drive their business. Read more…