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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…

GPU-Powered Deep Learning Emerges to Carry Big Data Torch Forward

Apr 13, 2016 |

The big data analytic ecosystem has matured over the last few years to the point where techniques such as machine learning don’t seem as exotic as they once were. In fact, consumers have even come to expect their products and services to be adaptive to their behavior, which is one of the hallmarks of machine learning. As we look to the future, the field of deep learning on GPUs is poised to carry the big data analytics torch forward into Read more…

In-Memory Analytics to Boost Flight Ops for Major US Airline

Apr 11, 2016 |

A major US airline is about to go live on a new in-memory analytics system that will help it better anticipate and respond to disruptions in flight operations, potentially saving it tens of millions of dollars per year and improving the experience of its passengers, according to its developer. Flying a modern airliner is an expensive affair. According to airlines.org, direct operating costs in items such as fuel, crew, and maintenance runs about $81 per minute, or about $20,000 for Read more…

The Real-Time Rise of Apache Kafka

Apr 6, 2016 |

Shiny new objects are easy to find in the big data space. So when the industry’s attention shifted towards processing streams of data in real time–as opposed to batch-style processing that was popular with first-generation Hadoop–we saw dozens of promising new technologies pop up seemingly overnight. One of them was Apache Kafka. The interesting thing is that Kafka wasn’t actually new. Jay Kreps started writing the software, which serves as a messaging layer for moving data, when he worked at Read more…

Reporter’s Notebook: 6 Key Takeaways from Strata + Hadoop World

Apr 5, 2016 |

The big data ecosystem was on full display at last week’s Strata + Hadoop World conference in San Jose. At the ripe old age of 10, Hadoop is still the driving force, but newer frameworks like Spark and Kafka are gaining steam. Here are some of the top trends your Datanami editor pulled from the show based on observations and discussions with attendees and vendors. Let’s start with the biggest news from Strata, which was the rise of Kafka and Read more…

News In Brief

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…

Spark Leads Big Data Boom, Researcher Says

Mar 31, 2016 |

The global big data market is poised to explode over the next decade, according to a new forecast, topping an estimated $92 billion by 2026 as new streaming analytics technologies emerge. Market researcher Wikibon said this week it expects the global demand for big data services to grow at a hefty 14.5 percent annual rate over the next decade. It currently pegs the worldwide big data market at about $18.2 billion. In a forecast released at this week’s Strata+Hadoop World Read more…

AI Services Firm Bonsai Wins Strata Startup Showcase

Mar 30, 2016 |

An artificial intelligence (AI) startup out of Berkeley, California called Bonsai.ai won the Startup Showcase at the Strata + Hadoop World today. The second and third-place winners were also announced, as was the winner of the audience choice award. Bonsai (bonsai.ai) has created a cloud-based platform where users can build and deploy AI services, as well as a marketplace where the services can be bought and sold. Key components of its platform include the core intelligence server called BRAIN, which Read more…

Architecting Immediacy-The Design of a High-Performance Portable Wrangling Engine

Mar 30, 2016 |

At Strata + Hadoop World San Jose this week, I will present with my fellow Trifacta colleague, co-founder Joe Hellerstein, a session entitled “Architecting immediacy: The design of a high-performance, portable wrangling engine.” A big part of our session will be discussing  our new Photon Compute Framework, an enhancement at the core of Trifacta’s data wrangling interface. Photon is specifically architected to provide Trifacta’s users with a richly interactive and intelligent data wrangling experience on large, in-memory data sets. Why Read more…

This Just In

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…

EXIA Attains Microsoft Gold Data Analytics Competency

Mar 30, 2016 |

MONTREAL, Quebec, March 30 — EXIA, a leader in business intelligence (BI) consulting, data management and predictive analytics, is proud to announce that it has achieved Gold status as a Microsoft Gold Data Analytics partner. This affirms EXIA’s leadership in business intelligence, demonstrating the extent of its knowledge and experience with Microsoft solutions dedicated to business intelligence. In obtaining this competency, EXIA undertook a rigorous process to demonstrate its skills in Microsoft business intelligence technologies. A thorough assessment of its technical expertise was Read more…