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Tumultuous Times for BI and Analytic Tool Vendors

Feb 10, 2016 |

My, what a week it was for business intelligence (BI) and analytic tools. First, industry darling Tableau Software (NYSE: DATA) lost half its market capitalization following earnings that disappointed Wall Street, which quickly punished competitors Qlik (NASDAQ: QLIK) and MicroStrategy (NASDAQ: MSTR). Gartner then added fuel to the fire by issuing a report finding more competition than ever in the space, thanks to the arrival of a tipping point in the drive to self-service tooling. The balance of power in Read more…

Picking the Right SQL-on-Hadoop Tool for the Job

Jan 13, 2016 |

SQL is, arguably, the biggest workload many organizations run on their Hadoop clusters. And there’s good reason why: The combination of a familiar interface (SQL) along with a modern computing architecture (Hadoop) enables people to manipulate and query data in new and powerful ways. But not all SQL-on-Hadoop tools are equal, and that makes picking the right tool a challenge. There’s no shortage of SQL on Hadoop offerings, and each Hadoop distributor seems to have its preferred flavor.  The list Read more…

Industry Speaks: Top 33 Big Data Predictions for 2016

Dec 15, 2015 |

What will happen in big data in 2016? You’d think that would be a cinch to answer, what with all the deep neural net and prescriptive analytic progress being made these days. But in fact the big data predictions from the industry are all over the map. Datanami received dozens of predictions from prominent players in the industry. Here is a culled collection of the most interesting ones. Oracle sees the rise of a new type of user: the Data Read more…

Platfora Riding High on Wave of Big Data Growth

Dec 9, 2015 |

The big data analytics business at Platfora is booming these days, accounting for 100 percent revenue growth this year. With a $30 million round in funding announced yesterday and software industry veteran Jason Zintak now at the helm, Platfora is ready to scale the business to new heights. Before Zintak took over the CEO’s job from Ben Werther in August, he researched the San Mateo, California company and its products, customers, and business model. With 18 years of industry experience Read more…

Blue Cross of Idaho Builds BI Success on a Pyramid

Dec 1, 2015 |

Companies have many options today when it comes to business intelligence applications. When it came time for Blue Cross of Idaho to pick a platform, you may be surprised why it eschewed more popular names in favor of little known Pyramid Analytics. Blue Cross of Idaho is one of 36 independent health insurance organizations that are part of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA). The not-for-profit company, which was founded in 1945, provides insurance coverage for more than 850,000 Read more…

News In Brief

Gartner Sees Analytics Boom as More Data is Shared

Jan 28, 2016 |

Advanced analytics techniques like data and text mining, machine learning and visualization are poised to shake up entire industries as more enterprises leverage proprietary algorithms along with emerging platforms to securely share more data, a market watcher predicts. In a forecast released Thursday (Jan. 28), Gartner Inc. predicted the red-hot advanced analytics market will grow 14 percent this year to $1.5 billion. By 2018, it predicts more than half of large global enterprises will leverage analytics and proprietary algorithms on Read more…

Google, Chipmaker Collaborate on Deep Learning For Mobile

Jan 27, 2016 |

Google and Movidius, a specialist in low-power machine vision chips, said this week they would collaborate to bring deep learning technology to mobile devices. Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) said Wednesday (Jan. 27) it would integrate Movidius processors with the San Mateo, Calif., company’s software development tools. The search giant also said it would contribute to the Movidius neural network technology roadmap. The partners said the agreement would allow Google to deploy its neural computation engine on the Movidius low-power platform as Read more…

Data, Calculations Point to a New Planet

Jan 25, 2016 |

The predicted existence of a new member of our solar system, “Planet Nine,” as astronomers labeled it, is based on theoretical calculations that agree with observational and other data. But the researchers who published the findings predicting the existence of Planet Nine have yet to actually observe the distant body. Observers note this isn’t the first time astronomers relied heavily on data and theoretical mathematics to discover a planet before it was found by stargazing telescopes. What Caltech astronomers Michael Read more…

What Analytics Says About Patent Trials

Jan 22, 2016 |

Obtaining a patent is the best way to protect your intellectual property, but sometimes you must defend that patent in court. Lex Machina, a provider of analytics for the legal industry, recently used its big data capabilities to analyze what’s going on at the federal Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). The PTAB is an administrative law body of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that decides issues of patentability. The board was created in 2012, and employs Read more…

Fleet Manager Leverages Video Analytics

Jan 21, 2016 |

The management of transportation fleets is increasingly viewed as an ideal fit for big data tools like predictive analytics that can be used to cut costs and increase safety. A key hurdle to wider implementation is that a growing array of vehicle sensors generates mountains of behavioral and other data that soon becomes too large to manage. Leveraging all that data has become a market niche for vendors promoting data analytics tools designed to provide insights for more efficient fleet Read more…

This Just In

Avention Expands OneSource Solutions Portfolio With DataVision

Jan 20, 2016 |

CONCORD, Mass., Jan. 20 — Avention, maker of OneSource Solutions for smarter business insights, today announced the release of OneSource DataVision, a solution that increases the value of existing customer and prospect data and information by centralizing, analyzing and visualizing multiple data sources within a single view. Marketing professionals can now perform better business analysis and efficient and accurate customer segmentation for targeted campaigns. To meet the evolving marketing intelligence requirements within the enterprise, businesses must address their data accuracy needs to Read more…

Elekta Chooses Qlik Sense Visual Analytics Platform

Jan 12, 2016 |

RADNOR, Pa., Jan. 12 — Qlik (NASDAQ: QLIK), a leader in visual analytics, today announced that one of the world’s leading medical technology companies, Elekta, has selected Qlik Sense to more quickly meet customer needs and gain access to vast amounts of customer information from Salesforce CRM and M3 business systems. Qlik Sense is a next-generation, visual analytics platform and was selected for providing intuitive, dynamic dashboards that enable analysis of an unlimited number of data sources. By integrating Qlik, hundreds of users will Read more…

Sisense Version 6 Launched

Nov 18, 2015 |

Nov. 18 — Sisense, the leader in simplifying business analytics for complex data, today announced the launch of Sisense version 6. This new version of its business analytics software solution significantly expands Sisense’s advanced analytics capabilities, as well as furthers the platform’s ability to integrate across the business analytics ecosystem.  Sisense’s expertise in complex data includes both large data sets and data derived from multiple, disparate sources. Adding these new features on top ofSisense’s proven ability to deploy Business Intelligence solutions while eliminating data preparation efforts typically Read more…

University of Utah’s SCI Institute Chooses Qumulo Data-Aware Scale-Out NAS

Nov 16, 2015 |

AUSTIN, Tex., Nov. 16 — Qumulo, pioneer of the world’s first data-aware scale-out NAS, today announced that The University of Utah’s Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute has chosen Qumulo Core for increased performance and analytics necessary to make smarter decisions about data management. Qumulo also announced its presence at SC15, taking place Nov. 16-19 in Austin, Texas. The company will be exhibiting and demonstrating its Qumulo Core software at booth number #1951. The University of Utah’s SCI Institute is an internationally recognized facility specializing in Read more…

Glassbeam 4.8 Released

Nov 11, 2015 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 11 — Glassbeam, Inc., the machine data analytics company, announced today that it has released Glassbeam 4.8 — the latest version of its industry-leading machine data analytics platform. Glassbeam’s latest release is focused on addressing specific customer needs through significant improvements in its UI and Visualization capabilities, and through enhancements to integrations with platforms like Salesforce.com (SFDC). “Glassbeam’s latest innovations have tremendous appeal for the broad IoT audience,” commented Glen Allmendinger of Harbor Research. “The integration with Read more…