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5 Ways Big Geospatial Data Is Driving Analytics In the Real World

May 21, 2015 |

Amid the flood of data we collect and contend with on a daily basis, geospatial data occupies a unique place. Thanks to the networks of GPS satellites and cell towers and the emerging Internet of Things, we’re able to track and correlate the location of people and objects in very precise ways that were not possible until recently. But putting this geospatial data to use is easier said than done. Here are five ways organizations can use geospatial data to Read more…

Tracking the Rapid Rise in Cloud Data

May 1, 2015 |

In the last year we’ve seen organizations put more and more data in the cloud, but where are they putting all these data? The data cloud boom we’re seeing is the result of a radical change in economics (space in the cloud continues to drastically drop) and improvements in products that store data in the cloud. Additionally, the rise of “the Internet of Things” is generating massive data that needs to be stored somewhere, and perhaps more important accessed from Read more…

Startup Delivers Visual Search Tool for Neo4j Graphs

Apr 20, 2015 |

Organizations looking to give their business analysts a quick and easy way to explore and visualize data stored in Neo4j graph databases may want to check out Linkurius, which today debuted the enterprise version of its Web-based graph visualization tool. Graph databases are on the rise, thanks to the powerful way they organize connected data sets. The Neo4j database from Neo Technology–by far the most popular graph database today–provides a solid foundation for building next-generation apps that blend transactional and Read more…

The Big Data Behind Shell’s Super-Efficient Car Races

Apr 15, 2015 |

Most Americans are interested in the fuel efficiency of automobiles these days, a byproduct of higher gas prices and the growing acceptance of manmade climate change. But for the students who participated in last weekend’s Shell Eco-marathon in Detroit, getting 100 miles per gallon–or even 1,000 MPG–may not be enough to win. More than 1,000 high school and college students from the U.S. Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and Guatemala descended upon the Motor City last weekend to put their fuel-efficient creations Read more…

Can Amazon Make Machine Learning More Accessible?

Apr 13, 2015 |

First we had IBM Watson Analytics, then Microsoft launched Azure Machine Learning. With last week’s launch of Amazon Machine Learning, the e-commerce giant is the latest tech giant to attempt to democratize the development and use of machine learning models and make the technology useful to people who aren’t data scientists. “Have you noticed how applications seem to be getting smarter all the time?” Amazon says in a video on its website. Banks alert you when there is a suspected Read more…

News In Brief

Warning: ‘Big Data Paralysis’ Ahead

May 21, 2015 |

As the Internet of Things and other platforms generate ever-expanding volumes of data, a new survey finds that 73 percent of respondents are facing “big data paralysis.” The global survey by the U.S. branch of the Germany’s Software AG based in Reston, Va., included 750 respondents at organizations with more than $500 million in annual revenue. While a whopping 97 percent complained they are overwhelmed by the nonstop torrent of data, the survey paradoxically found “an incessant need for more Read more…

Cloud BI, Machine Learning Startups Attract Investors

May 19, 2015 |

A pair of analytics startups announced successful funding rounds this week as investment capital continues to pour into the big data market. San Francisco-based DataHero, a cloud business intelligence vendor, said Tuesday (May 19) it raised $6.1 million in Series A funding round led by existing investor Foundry Group. DataHero’s “self-service” business intelligence platform allows users to quickly log in and visualize cloud data. Separately, data science specialist Feedzai said Monday (May 18) it raised $17.5 million in a Series Read more…

Analytics Leaders Target Speed, Context, Functionality

May 13, 2015 |

Among the emerging trends in the data analytics business is the desire for faster access to business insights with improved context along with greater functionality in areas like predictive analytics and cognitive intelligence. Hence, the latest vendor rankings from market watcher Nucleus Research reveal that leading analytics vendors are pursuing both requirements with a mix of deep analytics architectures and flexible, cloud-based offerings. The Nucleus Research “value matrix” is among a growing list of vendor rankings that seeks to identify Read more…

Pentaho Eyes Spark to Overcome MapReduce Limitations

May 12, 2015 |

Pentaho today announced it’s supporting Apache Spark with its suite of data analytic tools. While supporting Spark gives Pentaho performance advantages over MapReduce when executing data transformations and running queries within Hadoop, the software company is approaching the in-memory framework for other use cases with a wary eye. Apache Spark will be a supported engine with the next release of Pentaho‘s analytical platform, which is due in mid to late June. Pentaho is eyeing two main use cases with this Read more…

Report: Plans Lacking to Fill Data Skills Gap

Apr 29, 2015 |

The soaring demand for data scientists and the resulting pressure on the analytics labor pool is placing a premium on analytics talent as more companies with more data to sift through discover they are trying to hire the same workers. That is among the key findings of yet another study documenting the growing data analytics skills gap. The MIT Sloan Management research report, “The Talent Dividend,” reaches a familiar conclusion: “Analytics talent is driving competitive advantage in data-oriented companies.” The Read more…

This Just In

Smartsheet Announces Real-Time Data Exchange with Tableau

May 21, 2015 |

BELLEVUE, WASH., May 21 – Smartsheet, the spreadsheet-inspired collaborative work management tool used by millions worldwide, today announced the general availability of the Smartsheet Live Data Connector. The new functionality uses industry standard Open Database Connector (ODBC) capabilities to link live data in Smartsheet with other ODBC-compliant tools like Tableau Software, Microsoft Excel, QlikView and Qlik Sense. “This new live connection will help Smartsheet users get more out of their data,” said Francois Ajenstat, Vice President, Product Management at Tableau. “The Read more…

H2O.ai Reinvents Machine Learning for Smart Applications with 3.0 Release

May 18, 2015 |

May 18, 2015 – Today H2O.ai, the leading provider of open source machine learning for building smarter applications, announces the general availability of H2O 3.0, the latest major release of the company’s flagship software. The new version offers  a single integrated and tested platform for enterprise and open-source use, enhanced usability through a new web user interface (UI) with embeddable workflows, elegant APIs, and direct integration for Python and Sparkling Water. “We have re-invented machine learning platforms with 3.0. H2O Read more…

Tableau Online 9.0 Makes Cloud Analytics Faster

May 18, 2015 |

May 18, 2015 – Tableau has updated its cloud analytics solution, Tableau Online, to version 9.0. The upgrade brings faster performance, additional live database connection support, single sign-on support, and a slew of new features designed to help people achieve more with their data in the cloud, such as: A complete redesign of Tableau Online to deliver a faster, more scalable, resilient, and extensible platform. Capabilities like parallel queries, query fusion, vectorization, and smarter query caches make Tableau Online as Read more…

Dell and Datawatch Announce Partnership

Apr 29, 2015 |

ROUND ROCK, Tex., April 29 — Dell Software today announced a new partnership with Datawatch Corporation, continuing the growing momentum of its analytics business by integrating highly interactive visualization and dashboarding capabilities directly into its Statistica advanced analytics platform. Already known for its robust offering of more than 16,000 analytical options, Statistica now will empower line of business users to stream data into compelling and interactive visual representations to better facilitate the sharing of information and discovery of hidden patterns. Statistica delivers a Read more…

Qlik Introduces Analytics Platform for Data Visualization and Analysis

Apr 28, 2015 |

April 28 — Qlik, a leader in visual analytics, introduced a modern analytics platform to support the development and creation of custom and guided analytics applications, including web mash-ups.  The Qlik Analytics Platform is designed specifically for developers to build data-driven apps to power and differentiate their organisation with the underlying performance of Qlik.  The Qlik Analytics Platform can be used to extend the reach of business intelligence (BI) strategies to partners and customers via their extranet and internet sites, Read more…