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Apache Spark Surrounded By Cloud Data Services at IBM

Feb 4, 2016 |

IBM has made no secret about its admiration for Apache Spark, which it sees as the future for in-memory analytics. Today the IT giant unveiled a host of new cloud-based data services that bolsters its hosted Apache Spark business with NoSQL, graph, and machine learning capabilities. IBM added a number of new offerings to Cloud Data Services, which is a portfolio of more than two dozen database engines and related data-oriented services that it runs for customers as part of Read more…

Happy Birthday, Hadoop: Celebrating 10 Years of Improbable Growth

Jan 28, 2016 |

It’s hard to believe, but the first Hadoop cluster went into production at Yahoo 10 years ago today. What began as an experiment in distributed computing for an Internet search engine has turned into a global phenomenon and a focal point for a big data ecosystem driving billions in spending. Here are some thoughts on the big yellow elephant’s milestone from the people involved in Hadoop’s early days. Hadoop’s story started before January 2006, of course. In the early 2000s, Doug Read more…

Distributed Computing Tops List of Hottest Job Skills

Jan 27, 2016 |

If you have cloud and distributed computing skills, your job prospects for 2016 are golden. That’s because those particular job skills—which parallel the rise of Hadoop and other distributed computing frameworks–topped a LinkedIn analysis of the top 25 skills to help you find a new job this year. The sudden arrival of cloud and distributed computing as the hottest skills in the land was somewhat unexpected, according to Sohan Murthy, the head of research for data analytics and strategy at LinkedIn Read more…

Connected Assets, Big Data and Better Decision-Making

Jan 25, 2016 |

New power does not come from data itself, but from the evolution of connectivity. First we connected computers, then we connected 2.3 billion people annually and then we connected sensors and machines. There is no doubt that our lives as humans are evolving. New technologies, including everything from our refrigerators and Fitbits to our cars and drones, have a huge impact on our lives. But they also have an even bigger ability to impact our business operations. Ninety percent of Read more…

Data Scientists: The Myth and the Reality

Jan 22, 2016 |

Given the fact that the term “data scientist” has only been around since 2008, it is a surprising fact to learn that there is a major global shortage of the wonderful wizards of big data. In 2008, DJ Patil, who at the time was the head of analytics at LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD), created the “people you may know feature” through the interpretation of big data. This gives you an idea how the use of big data has shaped our everyday Read more…

News In Brief

Anaconda Platform Gets Boost From Intel

Feb 8, 2016 |

The latest version of the Anaconda open source analytics platform incorporates Intel Corp.’s math kernel library (MKL) to significantly boost performance. Version 2.5 extends Anaconda capabilities rolled out last fall. Along with the Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) library, Continuum Analytics said the 2.5 version of its Python-based platform also is bundled with Microsoft R Open, a leading enterprise R language distribution. The latter is dubbed the “R-Essentials” package. Anaconda is designed to ease installation and maintenance of open source Python environments. Read more…

Startup Enlists AI to Predict Cyber Threats

Feb 3, 2016 |

While major players are increasingly emphasizing human “intelligence-led” approaches to cyber security, artificial intelligence along with advanced analytics continue to make inroads in the “threat intelligence” market. Among the AI startups is Jask, which emerged from stealth mode this week after raising $2 million in seed financing in a funding round led by Battery Ventures. San Francisco-based Jask said Wednesday (Feb. 3) it is building a “predictive security operations center” designed to help enterprises automate security operations while reacting faster Read more…

Gartner Sees Analytics Boom as More Data is Shared

Jan 28, 2016 |

Advanced analytics techniques like data and text mining, machine learning and visualization are poised to shake up entire industries as more enterprises leverage proprietary algorithms along with emerging platforms to securely share more data, a market watcher predicts. In a forecast released Thursday (Jan. 28), Gartner Inc. predicted the red-hot advanced analytics market will grow 14 percent this year to $1.5 billion. By 2018, it predicts more than half of large global enterprises will leverage analytics and proprietary algorithms on Read more…

Fleet Manager Leverages Video Analytics

Jan 21, 2016 |

The management of transportation fleets is increasingly viewed as an ideal fit for big data tools like predictive analytics that can be used to cut costs and increase safety. A key hurdle to wider implementation is that a growing array of vehicle sensors generates mountains of behavioral and other data that soon becomes too large to manage. Leveraging all that data has become a market niche for vendors promoting data analytics tools designed to provide insights for more efficient fleet Read more…

Survey Sees Spark Emerging in 2016

Jan 19, 2016 |

This is the “Year of Spark,” asserts a new big data survey on analytics priorities. The survey of more than 250 data scientists and architects, IT managers and business intelligence analysts released on Tuesday (Jan. 19) found that nearly 70 percent of users expressed interest in deploying Apache Spark in the coming year. While current leader MapReduce is expected to remain the dominant compute framework in production, survey sponsor Syncsort noted that the “high level of interest should translate into Read more…

This Just In

ShowroomPrive.com Using Predictive Analytics to Anticipate and Reduce Churn

Jan 5, 2016 |

Jan. 5 — Data Science Studio (DSS), developed by Dataiku (www.dataiku.com), has been adopted by Showroomprive.com (www.showroomprive.com), one of the leading ecommerce websites in Europe, to develop and analyze its internal data to prevent churn and maximize the customer retention rates of its nearly 20 million members across Europe. Anticipating and Reducing Attrition Rate (Churn) In an ultra-competitive environment, optimizing retention rates is a major issue for commercial sites. Showroomprive.com soon realized the limitations of a generic marketing strategy to Read more…

Software AG Adds Predictive Analytics and New IoT Industry Standards to Apama

Nov 9, 2015 |

RESTON, Va., Nov. 9 — Software AG (Frankfurt TecDAX: SOW) today announced the availability of the Apama Streaming Analytics platform Release 9.9. Apama is the market-leading platform for streaming analytics and intelligent, automated action on fast-moving Big Data. It combines event processing, messaging, in-memory data management and visualization and is the most comprehensive platform for managing vast, fast-moving data streams and turning meaningful insight into action. Continuous Software Development Brings Significant Benefits to Apama Users Dr. Giles Nelson, senior vice president of Product Strategy Read more…

Absolutdata Partners With GoodData

Nov 4, 2015 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. and NEW YORK, N.Y., Nov. 4 — GoodData, a leading provider of business intelligence for data monetization to enterprises and ISVs, and Absolutdata, a leading big data analytics consulting firm to global organizations, today announced a partnership to jointly deliver predictive and advanced analytics capabilities on the GoodData platform. The companies will collaboratively build advanced models on the GoodData platform, enabling customers to move up the analytics maturity curve to experience predictive and prescriptive analytics. As a result Read more…

WSO2 Unveils Open Source Data Analytics Server 3.0

Nov 3, 2015 |

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 3 — From smart homes and smart cities to fitness devices and connected cars, Internet of Things (IoT) solutions are capturing new types of information. Not only do they provide insights into emerging trends; they also serve to trigger immediate alerts and actions based on conditions. At the same time, the sheer velocity and volume of data—with sensors generating new events every few seconds—bring new challenges to sift through events for meaningful information while keeping IoT applications Read more…

Brillio Announces Partnership With Arundo

Oct 14, 2015 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 14 — Brillio, a global technology consulting and business solutions company focused on digital technologies and big data analytics, today announced its investment in and partnership with Arundo, a predictive analytics software company for asset intensive industries. Arundo leverages deep industry expertise and advanced machine learning technologies to analyze real time data from complex industrial installations such as an oil rig that could have more than 100,000 sensors from 100s of different suppliers. Asset heavy industries like manufacturing, energy Read more…