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Big Data Challenges in Social Sciences & Humanities Research

Sep 8, 2014 |

One commonly mentioned benefit of the study of history is that we may gain insight into the thoughts and behavior of our ancestors. Learning where we came from can help us better prepare for where we are going. At the launch of this age of Big Data, we are only now well positioned to accomplish that ambition. Armed with Big Data Analytics, we can improve the well-being of ourselves and our offspring, particularly in Social Sciences & Humanities Research. In Read more…

Can Your BI Tool Be the FitBit of the Workplace?

Aug 6, 2014 |

Today we track our fitness, sync our calendars and even monitor our financial activities all from one constant accessory: our mobile device. Consumers are embracing technologies like FitBit and Nike Fuel to give them access to mobile analytics that matter to their specific fitness goals. Much like consumers, business analytics users are increasingly demanding the same type of access to mobile business intelligence (BI) technology that is personalized to their role and their overarching business goals. With a quick glance Read more…

3D Visualizer Goes from Cybersecurity to Open Source

Aug 4, 2014 |

A 3D visualization tool developed by the network security firm OpenDNS to identify malicious websites and domains will soon be available to anybody via open source license. While OpenGraphiti was developed to solve problems in the security realm, the GPU-powered software can be used to visualize large datasets for any use case. OpenDNS security researcher Thibault Reuille started developing OpenGraphiti about a year ago to help the firm ferret out malicious websites and domains, and identify the cybercriminals controlling them. Read more…

For Esri, Analytics All About Location, Location, Location

Jul 18, 2014 |

Certain analytic tools excel at manipulating with certain types of data. When it comes to data with a geographic bent, there may be no more influential vendor than Esri, a Southern California company that has quietly gobbled up a majority share of the geographic information systems (GIS) market. But now the company is positioning GIS as powerful way to visualize all types of data. Esri owns anywhere from 40 to 70 percent of the market for GIS software, according to Read more…

Meshing Advanced Analytics with Hadoop

Jun 18, 2014 |

The rapid maturation of Hadoop is evident not only with the progress of open source Apache projects that drive the core stack, but also with the vendor community that build commercial tools. This week, two advanced analytic tool vendors, Alteryx and RapidMiner, revealed new ways they’re helping to drive insight out of data stored in Hadoop. Alteryx today announced that the next release of its flagship analytic tool, Alteryx Analytics, will feature read-write access into HDFS, which will give users Read more…

News In Brief

IBM Moves to Make Watson Accessible to the Masses

Sep 17, 2014 |

IBM is promising data crunching for the masses with its Watson Analytics natural-language cognitive service. The big data leader said Sept. 16 the extended release of the cloud-based analytics service promises to broaden access to predictive and visual analytic tools. The free version 1 release will run on desktops as well as mobile device, IBM said. The self-service analytics package includes data refinement and warehousing services that would allow users to move beyond simple spreadsheets to analyze and visualize data. Read more…

LA Data: Cities Ponder Responsible Use of Big Data

Sep 12, 2014 |

Given its traffic, sprawl and glitz, Los Angeles has to be one of the great data-generating cities on Earth. In response, Mayor Eric Garcetti has appointed the City of Angels’ first “chief data officer” tasked with overseeing its new open data portal. Ex-Google strategist Abhi Nemani, the city’s new data czar, will work with municipal agencies to collect and analyze data ranging from crime to building inspections to air quality. Nemani assumed his new post on Sept. 2 and works Read more…

Data Startup Targets Machine Learning for Healthcare

Aug 27, 2014 |

A medical diagnostic startup is attempting to use recent advances in machine learning as a way to make it easier for doctors to sort through medical information in the form of images, unstructured data like notes on a patient’s history and structured laboratory test results. “Medical diagnostics is, at its heart, a data problem,” notes Jeremy Howard, founder and CEO of Enlitic, a San Francisco-based startup that wants to use machine-learning technology to transform diagnostic healthcare. “Recent applied machine learning Read more…

Selfies Spawn Photo Analytics

Aug 21, 2014 |

An estimated 1.8 billion photos are shared on social media each day. Current “social listening tools” can’t analyze all this data. Enter Ditto Labs Inc., which touts its proprietary “visual recognition engine” that locates brand names in social media posts, then turns the information over to marketing geniuses. It’s the brave new world of “photo analytics,” according to Ditto, that uses its recognition engine to scan photos for corporate logos that might hint at how consumers “interact” with products and Read more…

From Data Wrangling to Data Harmony

Aug 18, 2014 |

More and better automation tools such as machine-learning technologies are needed to free data scientists from mundane “data-wrangling” chores. Those tools would allow scientists to focus on gleaning insights from prepared data, a range of experts told the New York Times in a recent survey of the state of big data. The newspaper reported that data scientists spend from 50 percent to 80 percent of their time organizing data, or “data janitor work,” before they could begin sifting through it Read more…

This Just In

ParStream Signs Reseller Agreement with Allegro BI

Sep 23, 2014 |

SILICON VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 23 — ParStream, provider of the leading Real-time Database for Fast Data Analytics, today announced that the company has signed a reseller agreement with Allegro BI, a technology consulting firm specializing in QlikView. Under the terms of the reseller agreement, Allegro BI will offer ParStream’s patented real-time analytics database to organizations throughout North America. QlikView, an in memory BI leader, utilizes patented software technology to deliver business insights and intuitive solutions for self service data visualizations Read more…

GoodData Updates Extensible Analytics Engine

Sep 17, 2014 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Sept. 17 — GoodData today announced major updates to its Extensible Analytics Engine (XAE), improving support for predictive analysis, and the introduction of Automation and Visualization Software Development Kits (SDKs), simplifying countless data tasks. These updates enable organizations to work more efficiently and collaboratively, reducing operational overhead and expanding data visualization and discovery capabilities. “With these updates, GoodData continues to streamline how organizations analyze their data to make data-driven decisions,” said Gaurav Agarwal, Senior Director, Product Management and Strategy at GoodData. “The offering combines Read more…

SAP Updates Lumira and InfiniteInsight

Sep 12, 2014 |

Sept. 12 — SAP provides an end-to-end analytics solution that empowers users to engage, visualize and make predictions from their data. SAP today announced updates to SAP Lumira software and the SAP InfiniteInsight solution to help further extend capabilities in enterprise business intelligence and agile visualizations as well as advanced predictive analytics. Updates to the latest version of SAP Lumira include the ability for users to access suggested visualizations automatically generated from their data, create interactive stories from their desktop, server or the cloud and present Read more…

Alteryx Analytics 9.1 Released

Sep 5, 2014 |

IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 5 — Alteryx, Inc., the leader in data blending and advanced analytics, today announced the availability of Alteryx Analytics 9.1 which continues to empower analysts with more data blending for all of the sources of insight they need to use – all in an intuitive workflow and with no coding required. From Excel to Big Data, this latest release empowers analysts to rapidly blend data from even more sources of insight, expands access to sophisticated predictive analytics to every analyst Read more…

Ageas Deploys Offerings from SAS

Sep 3, 2014 |

CARY, N.C., Sept. 3 – Ageas, one of the UK’s leading insurance providers, has modernized its business intelligence infrastructure to exploit big data and better understand its customers thanks to technology provided by business analytics leader SAS. The insurer, which employs over 6,000 people at offices across the UK and has approximately 9 million policyholders, has upgraded its IT systems with a new SAS Grid Manager environment. This will deliver new analytics capability and provide the executives and management teams with a full picture of Read more…