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Analyzing Video, the Biggest Data of Them All

May 26, 2016 |

Video data is the fastest growing data type on the Internet, and arguably one of the fastest growing period. Thanks to a proliferation of high-definition video cameras, the volume of video data is exploding. While Web-based delivery of video for entertainment purposes is projected to become a $100 billion industry unto its own, another big opportunity revolves around video analytics. We’re in the midst of a hockey-stick like curve with respect to the growth of video data. Consider that, in Read more…

How Intuit Personalizes TurboTax Experiences with Big Data

Apr 15, 2016 |

If you’re like millions of Americans who use TurboTax, you know how the program makes preparing your individual tax return easy—at least compared to actually reading and understanding the 70,000-page tax code. What you may not know is that your particular experience with TurboTax is unique, and that experience is driven by how Intuit crunches big data. Income taxes aren’t due until April 18, thanks to the Federal Government’s wise decision not to let taxes ruin a perfectly good Friday. 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…

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…

News In Brief

Twitter Buys Another Machine Learning Startup

Jun 20, 2016 |

Machine learning continues to make inroads among hyper-scalers who are increasingly using it to train rather then program algorithms. As if the technology needed any more promotion, Twitter announced its acquisition of a London-based company that has developed machine-learning techniques for visual processing. According to reports, Twitter (NYSE: TWTR ) paid about $150 million for AI startup Magic Pony Technology. Other details of the deal announced Monday (June 20) were not disclosed. The social media company’s stock rose on news Read more…

NASA Helps Launch Data Science Grad Program

May 23, 2016 |

Another U.S. university is adding a data science specialization to its curriculum, this one as part of an online Masters of Science degree in engineering. The University of California at Riverside said the data science track was developed in collaboration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) science staff. The partners said the data science program is aimed at engineers, scientists along with medical and social media professionals seeking to expand their training in data mining, data visualization, machine learning and Read more…

DataRobot Looks to Cut Data Science Backlog

May 9, 2016 |

The data science automation specialist DataRobot Inc. is gaining traction in the big data market for its machine-learning application as new investors like Intel Capital fund its expanding operations. Boston-based DataRobot has so far raised more than $57 million in four equity investment rounds, including a $33 million funding round completed in February. Along with Intel Capital, Recruit Strategic Partners joined the startup’s fourth funding round as new investors. The company’s machine-learning platform runs either on top of Hadoop as Read more…

Oracle Extends Buying Spree With Opower Deal

May 4, 2016 |

Oracle extended its reach into the industrial and analytics sectors this week with the acquisition of Opower, an energy analytics company and provider of cloud services to utilities in a deal worth about $532 million. Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) said it would pay $10.30 per share in cash for Opower (NYSE: OPWR), which is based in Arlington, Va. The acquisition is expected to close later this year. Oracle said the transaction is subject to some regulatory approvals. Opower’s big data platform Read more…

Machine Vision Used to Wrangle Image Explosion

Apr 7, 2016 |

We live in a world besotted with images: selfies, Instagram photos, video clips running on social media platforms that make it easy to instantly post images captured by smartphones and other devices. The explosion of images is making keyword searches less effective, prompting companies that sell photos and music to come up with new approaches to sorting through the haystack for the relevant image. With that in mind, image and music licensor Shutterstock Inc. (NYSE: SSTK) has launched new search Read more…

This Just In

Objectivity Becomes Tableau Technology Partner

Jun 15, 2016 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 15 — Objectivity, Inc. today announced its partnership with Tableau Software to allow its ThingSpan graph analytics platform to integrate with the industry’s leading visualization software tools. This new partnership will provide customers with a robust new combined capability. “Objectivity’s ThingSpan, in conjunction with Apache Spark and other open source components, can deliver unique scalability and graph analytics capabilities,” said Brian Clark, VP of Products at Objectivity, Inc. “Our partnership with Tableau Software makes it possible for Read more…

Sumo Logic App for AWS Lambda Now Available

May 25, 2016 |

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 25 — Sumo Logic, a leading cloud-native, machine data analytics service, today announced the availability of its Sumo Logic App for Amazon Web Services (AWS) Lambda allowing DevOps and developers to monitor the health of all AWS Lambda functions and better manage the associated costs. In addition, the Sumo Logic Lambda blueprint is now available to route Amazon CloudWatch logs to Sumo Logic for advanced analysis and real-time visualization. The Sumo Logic App and integration enable deeper, real-time visibility into building Read more…

Lavastorm and Qlik Team Up to Offer Integrated Analytic Applications

May 2, 2016 |

BOSTON, Mass., May 2 — Lavastorm, the leading agile analytics company, today announced that it has partnered with Qlik (NASDAQ: QLIK), a leader in visual analytics, to put a powerful, fully-integrated modern analytics platform into the hands of data analysts and business users directly through Qlik Sense. The dynamic, integrated solution provides an intuitive, comprehensive platform that eliminates the complexity of advanced analytics while empowering business users of all skill levels to uncover unique, transformative business insights. “Almost half of our existing customers are leveraging Qlik to Read more…

Qlik and Arrow Electronics Team to Expand Market Reach of Self-Service Analytics

Apr 13, 2016 |

April 13 — Qlik (NASDAQ: QLIK), a leader in visual analytics, today announced its strategic alliance with Arrow Electronics, Inc., a global provider of enterprise computing solutions. Under this agreement, Arrow will distribute Qlik’s intuitive platform solutions for self-service data visualization, guided analytics applications, embedded analytics, and reporting. Companies of all sizes, across all industries and geographies, use Qlik solutions to visualize and explore information, generate insight, and make better decisions. “Qlik is an essential addition to our Big Data solutions portfolio Read more…

Zoomdata Developer Network Launched

Mar 24, 2016 |

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., March 24 — Zoomdata, developers of the world’s fastest visual analytics solution for big data, today launched the Zoomdata Developer Network (ZDN). ZDN is designed for developers who want to embed Zoomdata’s advanced data visualization capabilities into their applications to meet the need for data-driven solutions. It includes a comprehensive software developer’s kit (SDK) along with the online Zoomdata Developer Zone. Developers can easily get started with Zoomdata either by downloading Docker or Ubuntu instances or spinning up a free cloud Read more…