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The Weather Company Absorbs ‘Deep Thunder’ to Bolster Modeling

Jun 15, 2016 |

IBM is combining two of its weather forecasting resources—including The Weather Company’s regional and global models and local and hyperlocal forecasts from “Deep Thunder”—to create a single combined forecasting model that executives say will be more accurate than what came before. Deep Thunder has been an IBM Research project for 20 years, and has been used to produce extremely accurate forecasts for specific events or specific places, such as Brazilian monsoons in 2010, Hurricane Irene’s landfall in New York in Read more…

Speak Easy: Why Voice Data Is Poised for Big Growth

Jun 14, 2016 |

Thanks to continued improvements in the accuracy voice recognition technology, we’re closer than ever to having a natural conversation with computers, without the interaction devolving into a frustrating, phone-throwing experience. As Mary Meeker explains in her recent Internet Report, we could be near an inflection point for voice-based interactions. When Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) first launched Siri on iPhones four years ago, the personal assistant was a bit of a novelty. It was fun to ask Siri off-the-wall questions and see Read more…

Apache Spark Adoption by the Numbers

Jun 8, 2016 |

It’s been about three years since Apache Spark burst onto the big data scene and became one of the hottest technologies on the planet. Judging by the numbers surrounding Spark’s adoption—including things like salaries, attendance, and committers–the future of Spark looks quite bright. Wondering how much money Spark developers make? (We know you are!) According to Tech Overflow’s latest developer survey, Spark tied with Scala for the top-paying job in technology, with Spark developers in the U.S. earning an average Read more…

Unstructured Data Miners Chase Silver with Deep Learning

Jun 3, 2016 |

The traditional approach to mining unstructured data typically involves training machine learning models upon high-quality “gold standard” data that’s been meticulously groomed. But thanks to innovations in deep learning, more insight may be extracted at less cost by training upon larger amounts of raw data, or what’s being called “silver standard” data. This is the approach advocated by indico, a Boston startup that’s looking to make a mark in the burgeoning world of deep learning. The company is leveraging deep Read more…

Merging Batch and Stream Processing in a Post Lambda World

Jun 1, 2016 |

It wasn’t long ago that developers looked to the Lamba architecture for hints on how to design big data applications that needed elements of both batch and streaming data. But already, the Lamba architecture is falling out of favor, especially in light of a new crop of frameworks like Apache Spark and Apache Flink that can do it all. Nathan Marz, the creator of Apache Storm, first postulated the ideas behind the Lambda architecture in a 2011 blog post titled Read more…

News In Brief

IoT Seen Driving AI Adoption

Jun 2, 2016 |

While hardware vendors view it as another vehicle for selling more chips and servers that would allow enterprises to move processing power closer to data, the torrent of sensor and other information the Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to generate also is driving adoption of artificial intelligence technology, concludes a new survey of software developers. Evans Data Corp., the market intelligence specialist based on Santa Cruz, Calif., released a survey of developers this week that placed IoT at the Read more…

Chorus Upgrade Shifts Machine Learning Emphasis

May 25, 2016 |

The latest version of Alpine Data’s analytics platform seeks to combine data with machine learning for business users by shifting the focus from algorithms while adding human collaboration and governance capabilities to machine learning projects. San Francisco-based Alpine Data said Wednesday (May 25) its Chorus 6.0 analytics platform targets a wider swathe of the business analytics spectrum by accelerating “the delivery of data into action and to create a clear, repeatable process for continuous business improvement.” Among the reasons that Read more…

ThoughtSpot, Search Analytics Startup, Raises $50M

May 19, 2016 |

Citing the growing need for speed in accessing data for business intelligence applications, search-driven analytics specialist ThoughtSpot said it has more than doubled its equity investment total with the closing this week of a $50 million funding round. ThoughtSpot said Thursday (May 19) lead investor General Catalyst Partners was joined by Geodesic Capital. Existing investors include Lightspeed Ventures and Khosla Ventures. The startup based in Palo Alto, Calif., has so far raised more than $90 million. The company’s cofounders have Read more…

Data Literacy Campaign Takes Long View

May 18, 2016 |

Among the growing number of initiatives designed to fill the data science skills gap is a “data literacy” campaign designed to emphasize analytical skills as early as elementary school. These grass-roots efforts aim to develop the next generation of data scientists much as STEM curricula seeks to train future engineers. Educators and data analysts met recently during a workshop at IBM’s Almaden Research Center in San Jose, Calif., to explore the nature of data literacy and how analytical thinking can Read more…

Healthcare IT, Big Data Investments Surge in Q1

Apr 20, 2016 |

Venture capitalists poured more than $1 billion into the healthcare IT sector during the first quarter of 2016 as investors look to target data analytics and telemedicine for growth. The first three months also saw several large big data acquisitions as key players like IBM’s Watson Health unit continued their buying sprees. Market researcher Mercom Capital Group reported that venture funding for healthcare IT and “digital health” soared 27 percent over the previous quarter during the first three months of Read more…

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New Capabilities Announced for Alteryx Analytics Platform

Jun 28, 2016 |

June 28 — Alteryx, Inc., the leader in self-service data analytics, announced today new capabilities in its Alteryx Analytics platform that allow data analysts of all skill levels to deliver powerful predictive insights, harness big data analytic performance, and improve analytic understanding using a code-free, intuitive interface. “Over 1,500 companies, and tens of thousands of users worldwide, use Alteryx for data preparation, blending, and analytics. Our users span the gamut from data scientists at the cutting edge of descriptive, predictive, and Read more…

IBM and Acxion to Help Data Scientists Make More Accurate Predictions

Jun 21, 2016 |

ARMONK, N.Y., June 21 — IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Acxiom (NASDAQ: ACXM) today announced a planned alliance designed to empower data scientists to make faster and more accurate predictions by providing powerful analytics tools and curated data. Together, IBM and Acxiom will collaborate to help enterprises utilize advanced predictive customer analytics on IBM Cloud combined with extensive datasets to reduce time spent wrangling data, allowing them to focus on delivering key insights and driving growth. Data scientists typically spend up to 80% Read more…

Sidetrade Relies on Talend Big Data Technology to Power Predictive Analytics Application

Jun 2, 2016 |

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., June 2 — Talend, a global leader in big data and cloud integration solutions, today announced that Sidetrade, a European leader for customer financial management in the Cloud, is using Talend Data Fabric to offer its customers a new predictive analysis platform for inter-company payments, called Sidetrade Payment Intelligence (SPi). As well as opening up access to Hadoop technologies for cost effective data storage and fast data processing into Sidetrade’s Cloud, Talend is helping ensure the quality of the data being used for analysis. “The Read more…

Blazent Releases Findings From New Report

May 10, 2016 |

BURLINGAME, Calif., May 10 — Blazent, the leader in IT data quality management, today released new findings of its report, The Role of Data Quality Management in Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics, conducted in partnership with 451 Research. The report, which polled the opinions of 200 C-level and Senior IT leaders, revealed that despite the 67 percent of respondents that have a strong appetite for advanced analytics technologies, more than half (60 percent) have low confidence in their organization’s data quality management practices. Read more…

Dataiku Predictive Analytics Now On Microsoft Azure

Apr 19, 2016 |

April 19 — Dataiku, maker of Dataiku Data Science Studio (DSS), has today announced that the company’s flagship product is now available on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. DSS is an end-to-end platform that enables data teams of all skill levels to create powerful predictive analytics solutions using the latest data analysis and machine learning technologies. DSS provides data professionals with an intuitive interface that gives analytics teams the ability to explore data from multiple data sources (Hadoop, Spark, SQL databases, etc) and Read more…