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Apache Spark and Java 8: The Big Data Team for 2015

Dec 11, 2014 |

Apache Spark with Java 8 is proving to be the perfect match for Big Data. Spark 1.0 was just released this May, and it’s already surpassed Hadoop in popularity on the Web. Java 8, the latest version, came out in March and is spreading fast: As of October, a survey from Typesafe showed that two-thirds of developers had switched to Java 8 or were planning to switch soon, faster adoption than for earlier versions. Ten years ago, Hadoop set the Read more…

Stomping Out Criminal Scams with Hadoop

Dec 3, 2014 |

The growing technical sophistication of criminals is leading to an arms race to see who can scale more quickly to outmaneuver the other side. Cybercriminals are increasingly adopting hyperscale techniques to help them perpetrate fraud faster and more efficiently than ever before. That’s led the good guys to seek new capabilities of their own, including using Hadoop. One of the promising startups that’s looking to use the power of Hadoop and big data to put the kibosh on fraudsters and Read more…

How LifeLock Uses Big Data to Fight Identity Fraud

Dec 1, 2014 |

About 9 million Americans fall victim to identity theft each year, leading to about $50 million in losses, according to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. While the big data explosion gives identify thieves more material to exploit, it can also make it easier to spot the fraudsters, provided you have the right tools. One of the companies that’s invested a considerable amount of time and money building tools to fight identity fraudsters is LifeLock. The Tempe, Arizona company banks on these Read more…

Big Data and the $465 Billion Xmas Prize

Nov 26, 2014 |

Between now and December 25, Americans are expected to spend nearly half a trillion dollars on gifts and goodies for themselves and loved ones, according to the National Retail Federation. Retailers will use all the tricks in the book to get their share, including the latest in big data analytic technologies. There’s a lot on the line for retailers, especially with the annual year-end shopping extravaganza set to officially kick off on Friday. This year, retailers have been especially eager Read more…

How Big Data Analytics Is Shining a Light on Anonymous Web Traffic

Nov 20, 2014 |

They arrive suddenly at your website with no identification or cookies, browse product for minutes or hours on end, and then leave abruptly without a word. They’re anonymous Web visitors, and they’re the bane of the data-driven marketer. Attempts to catalog these shadowy creatures using traditional techniques often fail. The Web’s Wild West ways have led many people to crank up their privacy and security settings in an attempt to create a bubble of anonymity and protection from peering companies, Read more…

News In Brief

Can Big Data Help Dispense Justice?

Dec 12, 2014 |

A debate within the American judicial system is focusing on the growing use of data-driven predictions about future crime risks in shaping sentencing guidelines. According to reports this summer, at least 20 states have adopted so-called “evidence-based sentencing.” Outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder raised concerns about the trend during the summer, calling on the U.S. Sentencing Commission, which establishes sentencing guidelines for the federal courts, to “study the use of data-driven analysis in front-end sentencing,” then issue policy recommendations. Read more…

‘Datathons’ Emerge as Training, Recruitment Tool

Nov 24, 2014 |

As a big data ecosystem begins to flourish, “datathons” are emerging as a way to attract future data scientists since participants are required during competitions to collaborate with team members from other disciplines. The latest example comes from Ireland where a university working with a regional bank recently awarded a “big data prize” to a pair of brothers studying the commercial applications of computer science. The brothers, Sam and Jeremy Bowles, computer science students at the Dublin Institute of Technology Read more…

CNBC Looks to Scale Market Analytics

Nov 21, 2014 |

CNBC, the cable financial news channel, said this week it is joining forces with market analytics platform developer Kensho Technologies Inc. through a strategic investment and a content sharing agreement aimed at developing a new financial data analytics tool that adds another market ticker to the cable channel’s network feed. Terms of the investment and a separate content sharing deal were not disclosed. The deal is part of a strategic investment in Kensho by CNBC’s parent, NBCUniversal News Group. The Read more…

Using Wiki-data to Monitor, Forecast Disease Outbreaks

Nov 17, 2014 |

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory used open source data culled from the online encyclopedia Wikipedia to develop a disease monitoring and forecasting tool they claim is more comprehensive than existing tools. Using Wikipedia access logs, the government researchers said they applied linear models, language (as a proxy for location) and a Wikipedia article selection procedure to test 14 combinations of location and disease outbreaks. The results suggest that their models could be transferred from one location to another without Read more…

‘Decision Science’ Meets Business Intelligence

Nov 6, 2014 |

A little-known company with roots in India and specializing in big data analytics along with “decision sciences” is pitching what it calls a “Google Map for decision makers.” Bangalore-based Mu Sigma, which also has a U.S. headquarters in Chicago along with offices in the U.K. and Australia, recently unveiled a platform dubbed muUniverse that is said to automate key aspects of the business intelligence process. Mu Sigma said it is targeting its analytics platform at Fortune 500 companies seeking to Read more…

This Just In

Glassbeam Introduces New Version of SCALAR Tightly Integrated with Spark

Nov 18, 2014 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 18 — Glassbeam, Inc., the machine data analytics company, today announced a new version of Glassbeam SCALAR tightly integrated with Apache Spark, enhancing its cutting-edge Internet of Things (IoT) analytics platform with new capabilities around advanced machine learning and real-time analytics. These features strengthen Glassbeam offerings as it continues to maintain market leadership in ingesting, parsing and transforming complex machine data for some of the largest product manufacturers worldwide. As the volume and variety of IoT-connected devices Read more…

Alteryx to Distribute New Version of Visual Analytics Kit for QlikView Users

Nov 13, 2014 |

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 13 — Alteryx, Inc., the leader in data blending and advanced analytics, announced that it will distribute a new version of its free Visual Analytics Kit for users of QlikView, and now Qlik Sense, to get started with Alteryx.  As one of the top sponsors of next week’s Qlik World Conference 2014 (#Qlik14), Alteryx (Booth #501) can help empower business analysts by increasing their speed to insight with an easy-to-use platform that reduces the overall IT burden, allowing the analysts to focus on answering Read more…

Prelert Raises $7.5M

Nov 5, 2014 |

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Nov. 5 — Prelert, the anomaly detection company, today announced it has raised a $7.5 million round of venture capital financing from Intel Capital and existing investors, Fairhaven Capital and Sierra Ventures. This investment will enable Prelert to further expand its field sales and engineering organizations to leverage the growing interest in Anomaly Detective from enterprises, cloud service providers and IT management providers. As IT security and operations professionals struggle to find actionable insight within the overwhelming volume of machine-generated big data that their Read more…

Spanish Hospital Improves Patient Care with SAS Visual Analytics

Nov 3, 2014 |

CARY, N.C., Nov. 3 — Hospital Universitari i Politècnic La Fe de Valencia is the first Spanish hospital to use advanced analytics and visual data mining to help improve outcomes for patients with chronic conditions. Through the La Fe Institute for Health Research, the hospital will implement SAS Visual Analytics, SAS’ flagship analytics visualization software, to help improve patient management and care. Chronic care is a priority for Hospital La Fe’s Health Department, with five percent of its patients classified as Read more…

Brillio Acquires Marketelligent

Oct 29, 2014 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 29 — Brillio today announced that it has acquired Marketelligent, an advanced analytics solutions provider. Marketelligent’s solutions range from data visualization and reporting to advanced predictive analytics for global clients including technology companies and leading Fortune 500 companies. With this acquisition, privately-held Brillio will integrate Marketelligent’s 100 employees into Brillio’s Analytics Practice to deliver sophisticated analysis and detailed interpretation of data to improve business performance across consumer-focused industries including Banking, CPG, Retail, Telecom, Energy and Media. “We are proud Read more…