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Driving Analytics into Facilities Management

Feb 4, 2015 |

The world of facilities management is not a particularly advanced one when it comes to information technology, let alone the use of big data. But that’s starting to change, particularly with the type of self-service analytics that ServiceChannel is making available to its network of professional contractors and building owners. ServiceChannel is a software as a service (SaaS) company that helps facilities managers and tradesmen connect with each other. More than 220 corporations, including Wal-Mart, Gap, and Ruby Tuesday, use Read more…

We’re All Chefs in the Business Intelligence Kitchen

Jan 9, 2015 |

When I grew up, meatloaf was a feast.  Today, it’s at best “old-school.” Recipes are less frequently “passed down” than they are improved upon, deconstructed or “played on.”  Cooking shows seem to be on every channel at every hour. Why is it cooking so much more than food?  As psychologists would say, cooking can be a “flow” activity: not too hard, but not too easy, provides quick feedback, and gets better with practice. It’s creative, even if our only flare Read more…

Hacking Your Way Onto the IoT

Nov 17, 2014 |

Elon “Ironman” Musk raised eyebrows recently when he said we are “summoning the demon” with artificial intelligence. While it’s debatable whether neural networks will give rise to evil spirits, a singularity of a different sort is clearly at hand when it comes to the Internet of Things, which is on the cusp of unleashing torrents of new data moving among consumers, devices, and device manufacturers. If you thought the data you have been dealing with was big, then you’re going Read more…

How Motorola Uses Big Data Analytics to Improve Its Smartphones

Nov 11, 2014 |

When Motorola launched its RAZR M two years ago, a rumor started spreading that you couldn’t use Wi-Fi and the 4G cellular networks at the same time. It wasn’t true, but thanks to a customer sentiment analysis project Motorola was prototyping at the time, the company detected the rumor and worked to correct the misinformation before it damaged the brand. Such is the razor-thin margin for error for consumer device manufacturers these days. Whenever a new smartphone launches, consumers pore Read more…

Hunting Down Ebola with Big Data

Nov 3, 2014 |

Big data analytics firms are stepping forward to help African nations combat the massive Ebola outbreak that has claimed thousands of lives. Much of the focus is currently focused on leveraging data collected from cell phone networks, which are relatively well developed in West Africa. Officials say that nearly 5,000 people have died and more than 13,000 have been infected in the Ebola outbreak that began six months ago. But due to underreporting, officials warn that many more have been Read more…

News In Brief

Apache Spark Ecosystem Continues To Build

Feb 25, 2015 |

Apache Spark was everywhere at the recent Strata + Hadoop World conference. From Tableau’s new Spark interface to the new Spark as a service (SaaS) offerings and Intel’s new Spark initiative, the big data framework was very hard to miss. Intel jumped on Spark’s bandwagon last week when it announced it was forming a new initiative around the in-memory framework. “We have engaged with Databricks, one of the pioneers of Apache Spark, to advance analytics capability for the Spark on Read more…

Patriots Vs. Seahawks: The Big Game by the Numbers

Jan 30, 2015 |

Nobody knows what will happen when the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots take the field on Sunday for Super Bowl XLIX.  But thanks to data analytics, we can get an idea how certain aspects of the teams match up. In these two visualizations from Tableau Software, we can see how the Patriots and Seahawks line up against each other. In the first viz (below), the data shows the Pats’ offense and the Hawk’s defense are clearly the superior units. Read more…

Watson’s Take on the State of the Union

Jan 29, 2015 |

Every year, as the State of the Union address comes to a close, analysts, political correspondents and politicians alike come forward to offer unique take on the president’s speech. This year, however, one new voice is chiming in: that of IBM’s Watson. Using a recording of President Obama’s address, MSNBC tapped the IBM Watson User Modeling service (one of IBM’s Watson Developer Cloud services) to take a deeper look at the language, tone, and topics covered to compare its outlook Read more…

Making the Business Case for Location Analytics

Jan 21, 2015 |

What role, if any, could locations analytics–defined as the ability to gain insight from the location or geographic component of business data–play in enhancing the value of business intelligence? The answer to the geo-data puzzle, according to a proponent of this business intelligence approach, has three parts. San Diego-based Centigon Solutions Inc. argues that combining business and geographical data can unlock insights but most organizations don’t know where to begin. The company is of course offering a roadmap for how Read more…

Data Tools Aid Open Source Intelligence

Dec 9, 2014 |

U.S. intelligence agencies and the military are increasingly leveraging analytics platforms based on machine learning to sift through data sources like social media. In the vernacular of the Pentagon, these efforts are generally referred to as open source intelligence initiatives. While the U.S. intelligence community is spending billions of dollars on geospatial intelligence—the analysis and exploitation of imagery and geospatial information—open source efforts focusing on unstructured data like web pages, emails, instant messaging and social media are augmenting those efforts. Read more…

This Just In

Qlik and JerthroData Partner

Feb 19, 2015 |

RADNOR, Pa. and SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 19 — Qlik and JethroData today announced a partnership to enable true interactive business intelligence over Hadoop. A major innovation delivering 100x faster queries, JethroData’s unique indexing technology enables companies using Hadoop to start harvesting their big data at the speed of business. JethroData works with both QlikView and Qlik Sense to directly provide interactive access to information in Hadoop, displaying the results in a Qlik visualization or dashboard. Unique Architecture Enables Truly Interactive Business Intelligence on Hadoop JethroData’s breakthrough indexing Read more…

SFI to Utilize Technology from Datawatch

Feb 4, 2015 |

CHELMSFORD, Mass., Feb. 4 — Simplified Financial Information (SFI) has chosen next-generation visual data access and discovery technology from Datawatch Corporation to ensure proper and effective use of market data streams. Founded in 2013, SFI wanted to take a new approach to solving a persistent industry problem – understanding, managing and improving the use of market data. By selecting Datawatch to power its service-based offerings, SFI got the broad data access capabilities and highly customizable data visualization it needed in one platform. SFI’s Market Read more…

Skytree Partners with Tableau to Combine Machine Learning and Data Visualization

Jan 29, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 29 — Skytree, the Machine Learning Company, today announced its partnership with Tableau, a global leader in rapid-fire, easy-to-use business analytics software, to bring Skytree Infinity’s advanced machine learning technology to Tableau’s data analytics software. The partnership furthers Skytree’s footprint within the big data ecosystem. Now, Tableau’s global user base can benefit from Skytree’s best-in-class machine learning without having to leave their dashboard. “Machine learning is an important part of gaining the greatest amount of value from Read more…

Cloud9 Charts Announces Analytics Partnership with MongoDB

Jan 23, 2015 |

OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 23 — Cloud9 Charts, a reporting-as-a-service company that simplifies data plumbing, analysis and visualizations from Big Data stores, today announced it has certified against MongoDB Enterprise. MongoDB is the next-generation database that helps businesses transform their industries by harnessing the power of data. Built for modern-day multi-structured data, Cloud9 Charts provides insights from MongoDB instantly to discover, visualize and analyze data from MongoDB as well blend data from other sources. With innovations around the querying and processing of unstructured data, Cloud9 Read more…

University of Alabama Utilizing SAS Data Visualization Technologies

Jan 22, 2015 |

CARY, N.C., Jan. 22 — By tackling real-world business challenges, University of Alabama students are poised to gain highly marketable analytical skills using the latest in SAS data visualization technologies. SAS, the leader in business analytics software, is donating software at no cost for use in the new Business Analytics Lab at the university’s Culverhouse College of Commerce. “Our goal at the college is to ensure that our students have the education and skills they need to succeed in their careers Read more…