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How a Web Analytics Firm Turbo-Charged Its Hadoop ETL

Sep 10, 2014 |

The Web analytics firm comScore knows a thing or two about managing big data. With tens of billions of data points added to its 400-node Hadoop cluster every day, the company is no stranger to scalability challenges. But there’s one ETL optimization trick in particular that helped comScore save petabytes of disk and improve data processing times in the process. ComScore is one of the biggest providers of Web analytics used by publishers, advertising firms, and their clients. If you Read more…

Charting Safe Passages Through the Urban Jungle with Big Data

Sep 5, 2014 |

When you visit a big American city for the first time, you probably wonder where it’s safe to go, and what areas it would be best to avoid. Wouldn’t it be great to have an app that advised you? Researchers recently demonstrated the viability of using big public data and innovative algorithms to recommend the safest, shortest passages through the city. Three researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and Boston University recently published a paper titled “Safe Navigation in Urban Read more…

Big Data Outliers: Friend or Foe?

Sep 2, 2014 |

The bigger your dataset, the greater your chance of stumbling into an outlier. It’s practically a certainty you’ll find isolated, unexpected, and possibly bizarre data you never expected to see in your data. But how you respond to these outliers could mean the difference between big data success and failure. How should you deal with data outliers? The answer is simple: It depends. On the one hand, the presence of outliers may be a sign of serious data quality issues, Read more…

What Exactly Is Big Data, If It’s Neither About Big Nor Data?

Aug 29, 2014 |

Many people ask us why there doesn’t seem to be an accepted definition for Big Data in view of the massive press it receives. And given the amount of marketing effort expended by the global IT vendors who are targeting this bandwagon (and the venture-funded start-ups) they can be forgiven for being confused. Just as most consumer marketing – curiously – is focused on adolescent buyers with a fraction of the purchasing power of their parents and grandparents, so it Read more…

Who IBM’s Server Group Turns To for Machine Data Analytics

Aug 28, 2014 |

IBM’s engineering prowess is second to none, and its Systems and Technology Group builds the computers that run the world’s biggest companies. But when IBM’s STG unit went looking for a way to predict failures by analyzing log data returned by its customers’ servers and storage arrays, it looked externally to a little-known machine data analytics startup from Santa Clara. Glassbeam got its start five years ago, before the Internet of Things (IOT) became the industry’s hottest buzzword and out-hyped Read more…

News In Brief

MapR Reports Accelerated OpenTSDB Performance

Sep 9, 2014 |

Eyeing new Internet of Things (IoT) applications, MapR Technologies said its open-source distribution of Apache Hadoop “ingested” more than 100 million data points per second. The performance benchmark for the MapR distribution with its in-Hadoop NoSQL database, MapR-DB, was achieved using only four nodes of a ten-node cluster. By accelerating its OpenTSDB software by a factor of 1,000 on a small cluster, MapR claimed the performance clears the way for managing huge amounts of data along with IoT and other Read more…

Insurer Embraces Data Analytics to Shape Benefits Coverage

Sep 5, 2014 |

The U.S. insurance industry is attempting to move beyond actuarial tables to leverage data analytics in helping insurance brokers and employers tailor benefit plans for those workers still covered under employer benefit plans. Sun Life Financial Inc. said this week it has launched a benefits planning tool that uses data analytics to customized employee benefits plans. The “Benefit Profile” uses employer demographics and industry benchmark data to aide brokers in designing benefit plans and “enrollment strategies” for employers. Data analysis Read more…

Big Data Salaries, Job Offers on the Rise

Sep 3, 2014 |

As demand for predictive analytics professionals grows, median base salaries and retention bonuses continue to rise as more companies in more industries jump on the big data bandwagon. According to a salary survey of predictive analytics professionals released Sept. 3 by Burtch Works, the executive recruiting consultant, median base salaries over the last 12 months ranged from $95,000 for data analysts to $145,000 for managers. Seventy-one percent of data workers surveyed said they were eligible for bonuses while 91 percent Read more…

Big Data Gets Green Light for Traffic Management

Sep 2, 2014 |

Traffic management in the United States often focuses on maximizing limited capacity. For example, a truck breaks down in the center lane during the morning rush hour. For the drivers behind the broken down truck, traffic capacity on a three-lane expressway just dropped by at least one-third. It is unlikely that traffic capacity will increase in the United States since most jurisdictions are having a hard time finding the money to maintain existing roads, bridges and tunnels. Adding signaling smarts Read more…

Performance Analytics Tackles Sports Injuries

Aug 25, 2014 |

In the human demolition derby known as the National Football League, season-ending, often career-threatening, injuries are already piling up like lineman on a loose football. And it’s only preseason! An injury to a star player—the St. Louis Rams lost their starting quarterback Sam Bradford to his second torn ACL in as many years over the weekend—can ruin a team’s season before it begins. That translates into empty seats in stadiums, lost revenues from missing the playoffs and potentially years of Read more…

This Just In

SAP Updates Lumira and InfiniteInsight

Sep 12, 2014 |

Sept. 12 — SAP provides an end-to-end analytics solution that empowers users to engage, visualize and make predictions from their data. SAP today announced updates to SAP Lumira software and the SAP InfiniteInsight solution to help further extend capabilities in enterprise business intelligence and agile visualizations as well as advanced predictive analytics. Updates to the latest version of SAP Lumira include the ability for users to access suggested visualizations automatically generated from their data, create interactive stories from their desktop, server or the cloud and present Read more…

Lumiata Receives Additional $6M in Funding

Sep 11, 2014 |

SAN MATEO, Calif., Sept. 11 – Lumiata, a provider of predictive analytics based on medical science, announced today that it has added another $6 million to its Series A round to power a data-driven transformation of healthcare. A big data revolution is under way in healthcare across every major healthcare organization. Mckinsey estimates that more than $300 to 400 billion in healthcare cost savings can be realized from new protocols and effective use of data. While the healthcare system is just beginning to appreciate Read more…

AutoGrid CEO to Discuss Big Data at the World Economic Forum

Sep 10, 2014 |

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., Sept. 10 — AutoGrid Systems, a leader in Big Data analytics and cloud computing solutions for the energy industry, is pleased to announce that founder and CEO, Amit Narayan, will deliver an address at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2014 in Tianjin, China on how Big Data and software-based analytics can be leveraged to tackle some of the world’s most pressing energy challenges. AutoGrid has been recognized as a World Economic Forum Pioneer for 2015 for its Read more…

RapidMiner World Conference Concludes

Aug 25, 2014 |

BOSTON, Mass., Aug. 25 — Pioneering predictive analytics leader RapidMiner last week concluded its RapidMiner World conference, which brought together over 100 RapidMiner users and other data analytics industry experts from around the globe. The four-day conference, which took place from August 18 – 21 in Boston, explored the latest in predictive analytics, data mining, and the future of RapidMiner. With practical use cases and industry discussions, RapidMiner World attracted a wide-range of participants, ranging in skill-level and company role. In this inaugural U.S. Read more…

Beta Release of RapidMiner Cloud Announced

Aug 19, 2014 |

BOSTON, Mass., Aug. 19 — Pioneering predictive analytics leader RapidMiner today announced the beta release of RapidMiner Cloud, which allows businesses to deploy analytics in the cloud with the ease of a single button. RapidMiner Cloud easily integrates more than 300 leading cloud data sources including Amazon S3, Dropbox, Salesforce.com, Twitter, and many other cloud applications to power high value predictive insights and actions. RapidMiner World attendees will witness the first public demonstrations of RapidMiner Cloud this week during the user conference in Boston. Read more…