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Slicing and Dicing Music Data for Fun and Profit

Jul 21, 2014 |

The advent of big data analytics promises to have a profound impact on many aspects of human life, including how we work and play. Big data is even influencing the arts, where the field of music data science is rearranging our relationship with music. We’re in the midst of a boom in music data science that can be traced back to 1999, when two important events occurred. First, Shawn Fanning unleashed Napster to the world, thereby giving people the power Read more…

Inside Sibyl, Google’s Massively Parallel Machine Learning Platform

Jul 17, 2014 |

If you’ve ever wondered how your spam gets identified in Gmail or where personal video recommendations come from on YouTube, the answer is likely Sibyl, a massively parallel machine learning system that Google developed to make predictions and recommendations with user-specific data culled from its Internet applications. Dr. Tushar Chandra, a distinguished Google Research engineer, recently shared some information on Sibyl in a keynote presentation at the annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN). Sibyl is not Read more…

Three Ways Big Data is Impacting Financial Services

Jul 9, 2014 |

Companies across industries rely on complicated processes to generate the data they need to drive business. But all too often, these processes are slow and are limited by storage capacity.  Today, many companies in the financial services industry are tapping into the power of big data analytics to help them overcome these challenges. Big data is helping companies in the financial services industry in a variety of ways. For starters, it gives them more space for gathering and storing data. Read more…

How Hadoop is Remaking Travel and Expense Reporting at Concur

Jul 7, 2014 |

If you’re like most people, filling out an expense report ranks right up there with getting a haircut or visiting the dentist. But thanks to the advanced analytics work that Concur is doing with Cloudera and Hadoop, the expense report process is becoming not only more enjoyable for business travelers, but more helpful too. Concur started working with Hadoop about three years ago as a place to combine and “munge” all the disparate data sources that the company deals with. Read more…

Data Virtualization and Big Data Stacks—Three Common Use Cases

Jul 2, 2014 |

There is a critical need among businesses today for a platform that enables them to access any kind of data from anywhere it lives without necessarily moving it to a central location like a data warehouse. In fact, every new innovation in technology or business is driven by better use of increasingly complex and disparate data. Data virtualization represents a straightforward way to deal with the complexity, heterogeneity, and volume of information coming at us, while meeting the needs of Read more…

News In Brief

Survey Finds Business Insights in Operational Data

Jul 18, 2014 |

Operational intelligence derived from automated data collection and traditionally used to manage IT infrastructure could also be leveraged to gauge how transaction-based businesses are performing. Furthermore, machine-generated data could even be exploited to adjust business systems and processes in real-time to account for customer preferences, concludes a recent study that looked at ways of gleaning business insights from seemingly mundane operational intelligence. The study, “Masters of Machines: Business insight from IT operational intelligence,” argues that turning operational intelligence into business Read more…

GraphLabs Wises Up Machine Learning Platform

Jul 16, 2014 |

GraphLabs Inc., a machine learning startup, rolled out a new software platform this week it says will bring expanded machine-learning capabilities to enterprises struggling to find data scientists. The GraphLab Create 1.0 platform is said to automate key aspects of advanced big data analytics so a diverse range of companies can use machine learning to squeeze more business intelligence out of operational and other data. Seattle-based GraphLabs also claims its Create platform is the first to apply advanced machine learning Read more…

Big Data Practitioners Ponder Privacy Issues

Jul 9, 2014 |

A panel of big data executives acknowledged the need for trust, privacy and transparency in the handling of consumer information and called for rules of the road to ensure that privacy concerns do not derail technology innovation driven by big data. The executives addressed the issues during an event, “Big Data and the Policy Behind Big Ideas,” organized by the web site, Politico.com. The event was co-sponsored by the consumer electronics giant Philips. Brent Shafer, CEO of Philips North America, Read more…

As Pollution Worsens, China Turns to Big Data

Jul 8, 2014 |

You’ve got to see, smell, feel Beijing’s smog to believe it. Looking out a high window of a tall building, the air is opaque. Despite rules against them, vendors cook and sell food on side streets using charcoal grills. Prevailing winds from the Gobi Desert distribute dust throughout the sprawling capital. The desert dust along with particulates from high-sulfur coal burned in the city’s power plants prompt car owners to brush off their vehicles the way we might clear snow Read more…

Big Data Helps Drive Transportation Planning

Jul 2, 2014 |

Transportation planners are embracing big data analytics as the nation’s highways become more congested and data science in some instances replaces costly road-construction projects. The latest example comes from an outfit called Urban Insights Associates, a subsidiary of Cubic Transportation Systems specializing in predictive analytics for the transportation sector. Urban Insights launched a consulting practice in late June designed to help transportation agencies deploy resources for urban transportation networks more efficiently. “One of the biggest challenges facing the global transportation Read more…

This Just In

Enlightiks Develops Analytics Platform with Tableau at its Core

Jul 24, 2014 |

SEATTLE, Wash., July 24 – Enlightiks, a provider of data and predictive analytics products and services to healthcare providers, is using Tableau to help physicians understand and manage data about their patients and practices. To help its customers navigate the rapidly changing healthcare field, Enlightiks developed an analytics platform, with Tableau at its core, that lets physicians and administrators visualize massive amounts of data on patient history and patterns of care. Critically, the platform also helps physicians make accurate predictions on topics such Read more…

Dresner Publishes Advanced and Predictive Analytics Market Study

Jul 22, 2014 |

NASHUA, NH, July 22 — Dresner Advisory Services today issued a new report on Advanced and Predictive Analytics, defined as the use of statistics, modeling, machine learning, and data mining to analyze facts and make predictions about future, or otherwise unknown, events. The report, part of the Wisdom of Crowds series of research, provides an in-depth look at this important and growing phenomenon. The first edition of the Advanced and Predictive Analytics Market Study was written in collaboration with industry Read more…

Actuate’s Allen Bonde to Discuss Predictive Analytics in Upcoming Webinar

Jul 2, 2014 |

SAN MATEO, Calif., July 2 – Actuate Corporation, The BIRT Company and the leader in personalized analytics and insights, today announced its participation in an upcoming webinar called, “Predictive Analytics for the Business Analyst.” Allen Bonde (@abonde), Actuate’s Vice President of Product Marketing and Innovation, and Fern Halper (@fhalper), TDWI’s Research Director, will discuss how technologies and today’s software tools for examining and applying Big Data are becoming both more powerful and intuitive. This permits business users such as marketers and Read more…

Datawatch and Quant5 Team Up

Jun 17, 2014 |

CHELMSFORD, Mass., June 17 –  Datawatch Corporation, a leading provider of visual data discovery solutions, announced today it has teamed with Quant5 to add predictive analytics capabilities to Datawatch’s real-time visual data discovery technology. Quant5, a leading developer of marketing and sales analytics solutions, will become a Datawatch Technology Partner, integrating its predictive analytics software into the Datawatch Desktop platform. Datawatch Desktop integrates structured, unstructured, and semi-structured data sources into a rich visualization technology to glean business insights instantly. Marrying real-time visual discovery Read more…

RapidMiner Acquires Radoop

Jun 17, 2014 |

BOSTON, Mass., June 17 — Pioneering predictive analytics leader RapidMiner today announced that it has acquired Radoop, a leading big data analytics solution for Hadoop, making Hadoop implementations more powerful and easy to use with RapidMiner’s advanced analytics suite. Radoop extends RapidMiner’s data analysis capabilities and together these solutions provide one of the first enterprise-ready, commercially supported and full-featured predictive analytics suites running in Hadoop. Through their existing partnership Radoop is already fully integrated into RapidMiner’s enterprise-ready Studio and Server product lines. Read more…