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Big Data’s Cold Feet Syndrome

Jul 31, 2015 |

With all the hype around big data, it sometimes seems that everybody and her grandmother are doing it. But the truth is that implementing big data analytics can be almost as difficult as it is potentially profitable. And while the technical complexity makes it challenging, just getting employees to climb aboard the big data bandwagon, change their daily work patterns, and believe in the new analytic-powered systems is a challenge in itself. The secret about big data is out, and Read more…

Big Data’s Next Big Thing: Sports Training and Personalized Medicine

Jul 29, 2015 |

Big data analytics is having a huge impact across lots of industries, with financial services and retail leading the pack. But according to one expert, there’s a curious lack of human analytics talent focused on the potential to apply big data techniques to personalized athletic training and medicine. There’s massive untapped potential to use big data analytics to develop personalized regimens to improve athletic performance and people’s overall health, says David Epstein, the author of The Sports Gene and longtime Read more…

Analytics Big Role in New Healthcare Model

Jul 28, 2015 |

Big data analytics is having a transformative impact on almost every industry it touches. But when it comes to the $3-trillion healthcare industry, the impact is personal in more ways than one. For a look at how analytics is impacting healthcare, let’s take a look at Premise Health. Formed by the June 2014 merger between two workplace clinic companies, Premise Health is now the nation’s largest provider of employer-based onsite healthcare services. Premise Health has more than 500 clinics nationwide, Read more…

Can Workforce Analytics Help Us Find Work-Life Balance?

Jul 27, 2015 |

Organizations are the sum of their constituent parts. If employees aren’t achieving at the highest level, then chances are good the organization is underperforming as well. Organizations are awash in all types of data, but when it comes to tracking how employees are spending their time at work—and whether they’re wasting it with frivolous meetings and excessive Facebook use–most organizations are woefully lacking, experts say. There’s no question that employees are generating results for the companies they work for. According Read more…

Understanding Trumps Insight

Jul 23, 2015 |

“What have you done for me lately?” That’s the question many companies are asking of big data, which stands accused of being nothing more than a fad. For many, advanced analytics is still just that – too advanced. Data is difficult to access, blend and understand, and the market is over-saturated with advanced analytics tools. So what’s the solution? A combination of machine intelligence and visualization. We’re all familiar with business intelligence (BI) software. It’s great at presenting trends in Read more…

News In Brief

IBM Adds Spark to z Systems Mainframe

Jul 27, 2015 |

In a bid to promote “mainframe analytics,” IBM said it would support Apache Spark for Linux on its latest z Systems offering while working with data mining specialists to expand analytic software to leverage additional z Systems processing power. IBM said Monday (July 27) the “enablement” of Apache Spark is part of an effort to expand its z Systems ecosystem. It plans to integrate Spark later this year with its z/OS. Spark support on IBM mainframes and components would also Read more…

Big Data Keeps on Truckin’

Jul 24, 2015 |

The trucking industry is the latest sector to embrace big data as fleet owners look for new ways to improve operating efficiencies and schedule maintenance. According to market researcher Frost & Sullivan, a handful of OEMS and Tier-1 suppliers have begun incorporating data analytics to drive efficiencies. Big data tools are also being leveraged in areas like design, manufacturing and warranty management. “Employing advanced data analytics tools with early detection capabilities will avoid large warranty claims,” the researcher noted by Read more…

Despite Startup Slowdown, VCs Keep Investing in Big Data

Jul 16, 2015 |

The number of software startups is down almost 50 percent since the start of the Great Recession, according to a new report from Evan’s Data Corp. Despite the slowdown, anecodocal evidence points to venture capital firms continuing to invest in big data analytics. According to the latest Developer Population and Demographics study from IT research firm Evan’s Data, the percentage of new software startups decreased by 49 percent since 2009. “We’re obviously still seeing the effects of the great recession Read more…

Microsoft Unites Analytics Under ‘Cortana,’ Adds Spark Support

Jul 13, 2015 |

Microsoft today unveiled a new suite of hosted analytic services named after Cortana, the software giant’s personal assistant software for smartphones. Meanwhile, the company is prepping to begin support for Apache Spark on Azure, its public cloud platform. If you have a Windows-based smartphone, you’re probably familiar with Cortana, the smooth-talking female voice that does various digital chores at your behalf. The new Cortana Analytics Suite takes the personal assistant role and injects big data into it. The new suite Read more…

Ford, HP Analyze Commuting Patterns

Jun 24, 2015 |

American drivers logged a record number of miles in April, Reuters reported this week, citing U.S. government data showing that an increase in road travel over the last year is continuing. The U.S. Federal Highway Administration said Americans logged 267.9 billion miles on U.S. roads in April, the highest monthly total since 1990 and up 3.9 percent from a year earlier. With that as backdrop, Ford Motor Co. and Hewlett-Packard conducted an experiment designed to discern patterns in HP workers’ Read more…

This Just In

Zementis and IBM Announce Joint Strategic Initiative

Jul 27, 2015 |

SAN DIEGO, Calif., July 27 — Zementis, Inc. and IBM Corporation today announced a joint strategic initiative and corresponding technology solution, “Zementis for IBM z Systems,” designed for companies seeking to optimize business decisions and formulate those decisions faster. The solution seeks to unlock the full potential of an organization’s data assets by integrating predictive analytics capabilities directly into transactional data flows that drive business processes. The joint offering combines Zementis’ solution for high-speed development, deployment and operation of predictive analytics models Read more…

Research and Markets Adds New Predictive Analytics Report to Offering

Jul 2, 2015 |

DUBLIN, Ireland, July 2 — Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “North America Predictive Analytics Market by Application, by Vertical – Analysis & Forecast to 2019″ report to their offering. The predictive analytics market in North America was valued at $761.3 million and is expected to reach $2,276.4 million by 2019 at a CAGR of 24.5%. The major driver for this growth is the amount of unstructured data present in the ecosystem. The high volume of unstructured data needs proper analysis Read more…

Prevedére Raises $6.7 Million to Fuel Big Data Predictive Analytics Solution

Jun 30, 2015 |

COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 30 — Prevedére, a leading big data predictive analytics solution, today announced that it has closed a $6.7 million Series A led by PointGuard Ventures. The investment in Prevedére will be used to accelerate go-to-market strategies and product development. Since its founding 2012, Prevedére has seen rapid expansion of its customer base, with 266% year-over-year growth. Prevedére’s patent-pending software helps companies increase profits and outperform competition by identifying and leveraging external economic performance drivers. Ultimately, Prevedére enables its customers to improve forecast Read more…

Razorsight Launches New Cloud-Based Predictive Analytics Offering

Jun 17, 2015 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., June 17 — MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the top-ranked distribution for Apache Hadoop, announced today at Spark Summit that Razorsight, a provider of cloud-based predictive analytics solutions, is using the MapR Distribution including Hadoop, along with Apache Spark, to take advantage of big data storage and compute.  Razorsight evolved its technology stack with Hadoop from MapR to scale cost effectively and to generate valuable insights using data science and predictive analytics for communications service providers. “We selected MapR for several Read more…

SAP Expands Analytics Portfolio

Jun 16, 2015 |

NICE, France, June 16 — SAP SE today unveiled innovations to its analytics portfolio with the 2.2 version of SAP Predictive Analytics software, now generally available, which extends the power of predictive analytics by enabling customers to get predictive insights on ultra-wide datasets to help make fast and accurate predictions in real time.SAP also introduced a new mobile app, SAP Cloud for Planning. These announcements were made at SAPinsider BI 2015, co-located with SAPinsider Financials 2015 and SAPinsider GRC 2015 and being held June 16–18 in Nice, France. “There is immense, untapped value in data and Read more…