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Inside WebTrends’ Big Data Analytics Pipeline

Jul 1, 2015 |

WebTrends has been collecting and analyzing Web data on behalf of its customers since it was founded way back in 1993. Considering the exponenetial growth of the Net since then, it’s not a stretch to say WebTrends was doing big data before big data was a “thing.” But following the recent creation of a data analytics pipeline built with technologies like Hadoop, Spark, and Kafka, the company is taking its big data analytic services to a whole new level. WebTrends Read more…

How Apache Spark Is Helping IT Asset Management

Jun 24, 2015 |

There’s been a lot of energy focused on how big data technology can improve the sales, marketing, service, and support departments of corporations. Tools like Hadoop, Spark, and NoSQL databases are changing the rules for how work gets done, and it’s very exciting. But big data tech is slowly creeping into the IT department itself, which might need it most of all. While the typical IT department may be familiar with big data concepts and technologies, they’re typically working with Read more…

Why Big Data Prep Is Booming

Jun 22, 2015 |

The big data analytics space is growing as organizations attempt to turn massive sets of data into a competitive advantage. But this trend is also driving a secondary boom in the market for data preparation tools that clean big data prior to analysis. The hype surrounding big data masks a dirty little secret: Most data sets are relatively dirty and must be thoroughly cleaned, lest the resulting analytic results be tainted and unusable. Necessity is the mother of all invention, Read more…

Ex-Googler Now Helping Cloudera Build Hadoop

Jun 17, 2015 |

Cloudera scored a coup recently when it nabbed former Google executive Daniel Sturman to head up its engineering department. In an interview with Datanami, Sturman explains how he intends to use his experience designing distributed systems at the Internet giant to help evolve Hadoop. Sturman was intimately involved in designing and running the software infrastructure that Google uses to run its massive online business. As vice president of engineering at Google, he led the teams responsible for the Google Compute Read more…

A Tournament of Machine Learning Champions

Jun 16, 2015 |

Behind today’s powerful predictive applications are machine learning models that identify patterns in the data. But getting these models trained and tuned is not an easy process. Analytics giant SAS thinks it has a solution with a new offering called Factory Miner that allows you to run tournaments to pick the best machine learning model for a particular data set. Factory Miner lets users build and test a slew of different machine learning models using seven different algorithm families. Testing more Read more…

News In Brief

Ford, HP Analyze Commuting Patterns

Jun 24, 2015 |

American drivers logged a record number of miles in April, Reuters reported this week, citing U.S. government data showing that an increase in road travel over the last year is continuing. The U.S. Federal Highway Administration said Americans logged 267.9 billion miles on U.S. roads in April, the highest monthly total since 1990 and up 3.9 percent from a year earlier. With that as backdrop, Ford Motor Co. and Hewlett-Packard conducted an experiment designed to discern patterns in HP workers’ Read more…

Software AG Platform Targets Predictive Analytics

Jun 23, 2015 |

Software AG is adding high-end predictive analytics tools to its Digital Business Platform as it looks to extend the reach of the flagship analytics platform across retail, manufacturing, financial services and other industry sectors. The German software vendor said Tuesday (June 23) it has embedded Adaptive Decision and Predictive Analytics (Adapa) from San Diego-based Zementis Inc. into its Apama Streaming Analytics platform in a bid to offer enterprises a “one-stop shop” for business intelligence and analytics. Adapa is billed as Read more…

Apache Spark: Now Offered on Amazon EMR

Jun 22, 2015 |

The number of places you can run Apache Spark increases by the week, and last week hosting giant Amazon Web Services announced that it’s now offering Apache Spark on its hosted Hadoop environment. The addition of Spark will give Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR) customers access to another big data processing engine to run, in addition to the ones already running, including Hive, Pig, HBase, Presto, and Impala, among others. While this is not the first time Apache Spark has graced Read more…

CFOs Cling to Excel, ‘Gut’ Instincts

Jun 17, 2015 |

Despite the waterfall of information piling up in corporate databases every business day, a new survey of chief financial officers finds there is actually a “data deficit” when it comes to making decisions based on quick access to that data. The upshot is lingering reliance on gut instinct in making critical decision that affect profitability and a surprising reliance on aging data access tools like the venerable Excel spreadsheet. The survey of more than 1,500 financial decision makers sponsored by Read more…

Analytics Arms Race: Cards Accused of Hacking Astros’ Database

Jun 16, 2015 |

Baseball has thrived for decades on an early form of data analytics known as Sabermetrics. The reliance on data analysis has only grown in the years since Billy Beane of the Oakland Athletics pioneered the use of statistical analysis, or what popularly came to be known as Moneyball. Now it appears that the professional baseball’s positional arms race to stay one step ahead of the competition via analytics has taken a troubling turn: The National League St. Louis Cardinals, among Read more…

This Just In

Research and Markets Adds New Predictive Analytics Report to Offering

Jul 2, 2015 |

DUBLIN, Ireland, July 2 — Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “North America Predictive Analytics Market by Application, by Vertical – Analysis & Forecast to 2019″ report to their offering. The predictive analytics market in North America was valued at $761.3 million and is expected to reach $2,276.4 million by 2019 at a CAGR of 24.5%. The major driver for this growth is the amount of unstructured data present in the ecosystem. The high volume of unstructured data needs proper analysis Read more…

Prevedére Raises $6.7 Million to Fuel Big Data Predictive Analytics Solution

Jun 30, 2015 |

COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 30 — Prevedére, a leading big data predictive analytics solution, today announced that it has closed a $6.7 million Series A led by PointGuard Ventures. The investment in Prevedére will be used to accelerate go-to-market strategies and product development. Since its founding 2012, Prevedére has seen rapid expansion of its customer base, with 266% year-over-year growth. Prevedére’s patent-pending software helps companies increase profits and outperform competition by identifying and leveraging external economic performance drivers. Ultimately, Prevedére enables its customers to improve forecast Read more…

Razorsight Launches New Cloud-Based Predictive Analytics Offering

Jun 17, 2015 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., June 17 — MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the top-ranked distribution for Apache Hadoop, announced today at Spark Summit that Razorsight, a provider of cloud-based predictive analytics solutions, is using the MapR Distribution including Hadoop, along with Apache Spark, to take advantage of big data storage and compute.  Razorsight evolved its technology stack with Hadoop from MapR to scale cost effectively and to generate valuable insights using data science and predictive analytics for communications service providers. “We selected MapR for several Read more…

SAP Expands Analytics Portfolio

Jun 16, 2015 |

NICE, France, June 16 — SAP SE today unveiled innovations to its analytics portfolio with the 2.2 version of SAP Predictive Analytics software, now generally available, which extends the power of predictive analytics by enabling customers to get predictive insights on ultra-wide datasets to help make fast and accurate predictions in real time.SAP also introduced a new mobile app, SAP Cloud for Planning. These announcements were made at SAPinsider BI 2015, co-located with SAPinsider Financials 2015 and SAPinsider GRC 2015 and being held June 16–18 in Nice, France. “There is immense, untapped value in data and Read more…

IC Manage Unveils Big Data Predictive Analytics Tool

Jun 9, 2015 |

CAMPBELL, Calif., June 9 — IC Manage today announced its Big Data Predictive Analytics tool Envision, which provides real-time design progress analytics to allow project leaders, engineering managers, and integration leads to predict and manage their projects – keeping them on target. Envision also achieves IP Theft Prevention, to protect a company’s design IP from insider threats. Design & IP Progress Analytics Managing design and verification projects to schedule is the top priority for design teams. As the design progresses, strategic resource allocation Read more…