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Biotech Crop Discovery Poised for Fast Growth Thanks to Big Data

May 19, 2016 |

Big agriculture companies have been using HPC techniques to understand and manipulate the genes of food staples like corn and soy for many years. Now, thanks to the big data revolution, that kind of fine-grained genetic control will soon be wielded by smaller firms targeting a much wider swath of biotech crops. One of the companies on the cutting edge of biotech crops is Benson Hill Biosystems. The company, which came out of the Donald Danforth Plance Science Center in Read more…

Hadoop 3 Poised to Boost Storage Capacity, Resilience with Erasure Coding

May 18, 2016 |

The next major version of Apache Hadoop could effectively double storage capacity while increasing data resiliency by 50 percent through the addition of erasure coding, according to a presentation at the Apache Big Data conference last week. Apache Hadoop version 3 is currently being developed by members of the Apache Hadoop team at the Apache Software Foundation. Akira Ajisaka, who is an Apache Hadoop committer and a PMC member, shared information about the next major release at last week’s Apache Read more…

ODPi Offers Olive Branch to Apache Software Foundation

May 11, 2016 |

The rift between the Open Data Platform Initiative (ODPi) and the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) is on the mend, thanks in part to a peace offering by ODPi, an admission of being indelicate, and a $40,000 check. It may not pacify everybody in the Apache Hadoop community who feel threatened by ODPi’s presence, but at least it’s a start. With its financial commitment, ODPi becomes a gold sponsor in the ASF, which manages 350 open source projects, about 10 percent Read more…

Why Winning Politics Is Now Tied to Big Data Analytics

May 10, 2016 |

One of the storylines in this year’s presidential election is how both major political parties are using big data analytics to inform their decisions and try to get ahead. But what you may not realize is how pervasive big data has become up and down the ticket. Here’s an inside look at how two of the leading analytic firms are helping their parties win with analytics. In the last two general elections, the capability of Barack Obama’s campaign team to Read more…

Statistica Embraces Python In Bid for ‘Collective Intelligence’

Apr 14, 2016 |

Organizations that use the new release of Dell’s Statistica software package can now incorporate separate Python models into their analytic workflows. It’s the latest in the computer giant’s new open approach to advanced analytics, dubbed “collective intelligence.” In the world of advanced analytics, there are often two camps: those who place their faith in proprietary suites from the likes of Statistica, SAS, Mathworks, and IBM‘s SPSS, and those who embrace open source tools like Python, R, S (a precursor to Read more…

News In Brief

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…

Matchmaker Vets Data Scientists as Talent Gap Widens

Apr 6, 2016 |

A company that creates standards for evaluating data skills has launched a matchmaking service connecting qualified data scientists with potential employers. Addressing the growing shortage of data scientists at a time when tool vendors are striving to make analytics tools easier to use, matchmaker Correlation One said its new vetting service is based on its proprietary suite of tests. The company provides a “report card” to prospective employers to help them evaluate potential candidates. The service seeks to take advantage Read more…

This Just In

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…

IBM and USC Collaborate to Develop New Solutions for Predictive Analytics

Apr 15, 2016 |

COLUMBIA, S.C., April 15 — The University of South Carolina and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a broadening of their collaboration, applying cognitive capabilities and the Internet of Things (IoT) to develop new solutions for predictive analytics and maintenance. On Thursday the two organizations are hosting the grand opening of the $25 million Center for Applied Innovation, where university, IBM and private sector researchers—including Fluor Corporation—will use the technology for a host of real-world applications. The initial projects include developing ways to enhance and personalize tools in higher education, Read more…

Dell Announces New Release of Statistica Advanced Analytics Platform

Apr 14, 2016 |

ROUND ROCK, Tex., April 14 — Dell today announced a major new release of its award-winning Statistica advanced analytics platform, Dell Statistica version 13.1. This latest version delivers a host of capabilities designed to empower citizen data scientists, help organizations better address growing IoT analytics requirements, and better leverage increasingly heterogeneous data environments. New features include functionality to help citizen data scientists easily prepare structured and unstructured data, the ability to deploy analytics on devices and gateways anywhere in the world for Read more…

MapR to Present on Spark, Security and Streaming Analytic Topics at Upcoming Events

Apr 4, 2016 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 4 — MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the industry’s only Converged Data Platform, today announced it will share its expertise on Spark, stream processing engines, security, and big data this month at leading industry events. Each event includes presentations aimed at helping attendees understand the technical, business and practical aspects of Hadoop, Spark and related big data technologies. Predictive Analytics World Predictive Analytics World is a cross-vendor event for predictive analytics professionals, managers and commercial practitioners. When: Tuesday, April 5 Read more…