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Graph Analytics Startup Has Roots in IBM Watson

Oct 22, 2014 |

IBM Watson’s 2011 victory on Jeopordy! was a watershed moment for artificial intelligence and ushered in a new age of cognitive computing for big data. But as powerful as Watson is with natural language processing, it’s limited in the types of data and analytics it can perform. Today, a group of former IBMers led by the founder of Watson Labs formally unveiled Cognitive Scale, a big data startup that’s building upon Watson with the power of graph analytics. Cognitive Scale Read more…

What You May Have Missed at Strata + Hadoop World 2014

Oct 21, 2014 |

Talk about information overload. If you were one of the lucky 5,000 to attend the Strata + Hadoop World conference last week, then you were subject to a marathon session of big data keynotes delivered continually for the better part of two days. It’s understandable that you missed out on some of the big data news announced at the show, including Cray’s new Hadoop appliance, or the latest tools from Revolution Analytics and Tableau. Don’t worry: We’ll get you back Read more…

How Big Data Analytics Can Help Fight ISIS

Oct 14, 2014 |

The rapid rise of the terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) this summer grabbed the world’s attention and led to military action by the U.S. and its allies. While drones and smart bombs pick apart ISIS from the air, you can be assured that American cyber warriors and defense analysts are using big data analytic techniques to glean insights about the group as well. Of course, the intelligence gathering and cyber warfare activities undertaken by the U.S. Read more…

How Spark Drives Midsize Data Transformation for Trifacta

Oct 9, 2014 |

Trifacta was founded several years ago with the goal of automating the task of cleansing and transforming big data, and the combination of Hadoop and MapReduce was a good match. As customers adopted the product, they realized they needed to transform smaller data sets as well, and that led Trifacta to make several changes in version 2, including adopting the in-memory Spark engine. The first version of Trifacta‘s Data Transformation Platform supported two basic modes of operation. A browser-based client Read more…

Stealth Startup Looks to Crack the Time Barrier

Oct 7, 2014 |

One of the challenges of traditional databases and analytic tools is they don’t natively factor time into the equation. But tracking how things change over time has emerged as a critical need in today’s data-deluged world. Now a Silicon Valley startup called Interana has emerged with a database designed specifically for asking these types of questions. The concept of time may seem like a relatively simple thing to account for in a database. But it’s actually quite complex and not Read more…

News In Brief

Zoomdata Raises $17M

Oct 7, 2014 |

Venture capitalists remain bullish on data analytics startups. Stream processing engine specialist Zoomdata Inc. said Oct. 6 it has raised $17 million in a Series B funding round led by Accel Partners. Zoomdata, Reston, Va., said it would use the funds to accelerate product development while expanding marketing and sales efforts. The startup has come up with a way to use a stream processing engine to analyze historical as well as real-time data. It combines open source stream processing engines Read more…

NSF Awards $31M in Big Data Research Grants

Oct 6, 2014 |

Backing up Obama administration rhetoric about the economic impact of big data, the National Science Foundation will fund 17 data science research programs totaling $31 million as part of its Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBS) program. NSF said Oct. 1 the new university projects cover areas ranging from data analytics to management to security and specific scientific applications like biomedicine and life sciences. The agency, which focuses on funding university R&D, stressed in making the awards that many of the Read more…

Twitter Funds MIT ‘Social Machines’ Effort

Oct 3, 2014 |

Machines could become more social thanks to a new Twitter-funded initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s vaunted Media Lab that will seek to develop new technologies to make sense of social chatter ranging from tweets to data streams to digital content. MIT Media Lab announced Oct. 1 the creation of a Laboratory for Social Machines using $10 million in funding from Twitter over the next five years. Twitter said it also would provide the new MIT lab with full Read more…

Intel Capital Invests in GoodData

Oct 2, 2014 |

Intel Capital led the latest funding round for cloud analytics specialist GoodData, raking in an additional $25.7 million, the company said Oct. 2. The Series E funding round continues the sustained uptick in venture capital investment in big data analytics companies. Joining in GoodData’s largest funding round to date were Andreessen Horowitz, General Catalyst, Tenaya Capital, TOTVS, Next World Capital, Windcrest and Pharus Capital. GoodData also said Intel Capital Director Igor Taber would join its board of directors. “We are Read more…

MongoDB Teams with Weather Channel on Digital Alerts

Oct 1, 2014 |

Somebody is finally trying to do something about the weather. The Weather Channel has begun transitioning its digital platforms, including its mobile apps running on iOS and Android, to MongoDB’s database. The new platform will allow the Weather Channel to serve weather alerts and other real-time information to an estimated 40 million users, the database specialist announced Oct. 1. MongoDB said it would serve as the “data store” for all Weather Channel feeds and user information delivered by its digital Read more…

This Just In

Datawatch Teams with ParStream

Oct 20, 2014 |

CHELMSFORD, Mass., Oct. 20 – Datawatch Corporation, a leading global provider of visual data discovery solutions, today teamed with ParStream to add visual data discovery capabilities to the industry’s first analytics platform designed for the speed and scale of the Internet of Things (IoT). ParStream developed the industry’s first analytics platform purpose-built to handle the massive scale and velocity of IoT data streaming from applications, which often have hundreds to thousands of machines, devices and sensors. Using Datawatch as the visualization front-end, users of the Read more…

Revolution Analytics Introduces Revolution R Open and Plus

Oct 15, 2014 |

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. and NEW YORK, N.Y., Oct. 15 — Revolution Analytics, the only commercial provider of open source R software, today announced two new offerings that support the open source R community and elevate R’s capabilities to enterprise-level performance. Revolution R Open is a free, open source R distribution that enhances R performance, makes it easier to share R scripts and improves collaboration on R-based advanced analytics applications. Revolution R Plus is the only subscription-based technical support service for open source R, Read more…

Qlik Partners with Fujitsu To Integrate Big Data Offering

Oct 9, 2014 |

Oct. 9 — Qlik, a leader in data discovery, today announced that Fujitsu Limited has integrated QlikView into its Big Data solution, the Fujitsu Business Application Operational Data Management & Analytics (ODMA) solution, to provide improved data visualization and analysis for business users. The enhanced solution is available today in Japan only. Fujitsu identified a growing need to use data for quick decisions among departments that are directly involved in product strategy or sales. With a focus on usability in Read more…

Splunk and AWS to Integrate Hunk on Amazon Elastic MapReduce

Oct 7, 2014 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Oct. 7 — Splunk Inc., provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, today announced that Splunk and Amazon Web Services (AWS) will deliver Hunk priced on an hourly basis, directly from the Amazon Elastic MapReduce (Amazon EMR) console. Hunk: Splunk Analytics for Hadoop and NoSQL Data Stores is a full-featured, integrated analytics platform built so everyone in an organization can interactively explore, analyze and visualize big data, regardless of where the data is stored. By Read more…

ExtraHop Selects jSonar’s JSON Studio for Analytics Offering

Oct 6, 2014 |

LEXINGTON, Mass., Oct. 6 — jSonar today announced that JSON Studio, a MongoDB 2014 Innovation Award recipient, has been selected for use as part of ExtraHop’s Open Data Stream wire data analytics solution. IT Operations Analytics (ITOA) solutions have been rightfully criticized because they create restrictive silos of data that can only be accessed by a given vendor’s user interface or visualization tool. This practice limits data freedom, restricts customer choice, and inhibits the creation of valuable insight. ExtraHop’s Open Data Stream Read more…