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Can Your BI Tool Be the FitBit of the Workplace?

Aug 6, 2014 |

Today we track our fitness, sync our calendars and even monitor our financial activities all from one constant accessory: our mobile device. Consumers are embracing technologies like FitBit and Nike Fuel to give them access to mobile analytics that matter to their specific fitness goals. Much like consumers, business analytics users are increasingly demanding the same type of access to mobile business intelligence (BI) technology that is personalized to their role and their overarching business goals. With a quick glance Read more…

3D Visualizer Goes from Cybersecurity to Open Source

Aug 4, 2014 |

A 3D visualization tool developed by the network security firm OpenDNS to identify malicious websites and domains will soon be available to anybody via open source license. While OpenGraphiti was developed to solve problems in the security realm, the GPU-powered software can be used to visualize large datasets for any use case. OpenDNS security researcher Thibault Reuille started developing OpenGraphiti about a year ago to help the firm ferret out malicious websites and domains, and identify the cybercriminals controlling them. Read more…

For Esri, Analytics All About Location, Location, Location

Jul 18, 2014 |

Certain analytic tools excel at manipulating with certain types of data. When it comes to data with a geographic bent, there may be no more influential vendor than Esri, a Southern California company that has quietly gobbled up a majority share of the geographic information systems (GIS) market. But now the company is positioning GIS as powerful way to visualize all types of data. Esri owns anywhere from 40 to 70 percent of the market for GIS software, according to Read more…

Meshing Advanced Analytics with Hadoop

Jun 18, 2014 |

The rapid maturation of Hadoop is evident not only with the progress of open source Apache projects that drive the core stack, but also with the vendor community that build commercial tools. This week, two advanced analytic tool vendors, Alteryx and RapidMiner, revealed new ways they’re helping to drive insight out of data stored in Hadoop. Alteryx today announced that the next release of its flagship analytic tool, Alteryx Analytics, will feature read-write access into HDFS, which will give users Read more…

The Storytelling Mandate of Big Data

Jun 13, 2014 |

Data has become a natural resource, pouring from every nook and cranny in our digital universe. But data by itself is useless, requiring humans or machines to mold it and refine it and make something useful from it. One way we’re deriving benefit from big data is through the power of storytelling, which is the focus of Tableau Software‘s latest development effort. We collect data and use data effectively to enhance our experiences and tell stories, says Ramesh Jain, a Read more…

News In Brief

Data Startup Targets Machine Learning for Healthcare

Aug 27, 2014 |

A medical diagnostic startup is attempting to use recent advances in machine learning as a way to make it easier for doctors to sort through medical information in the form of images, unstructured data like notes on a patient’s history and structured laboratory test results. “Medical diagnostics is, at its heart, a data problem,” notes Jeremy Howard, founder and CEO of Enlitic, a San Francisco-based startup that wants to use machine-learning technology to transform diagnostic healthcare. “Recent applied machine learning Read more…

Selfies Spawn Photo Analytics

Aug 21, 2014 |

An estimated 1.8 billion photos are shared on social media each day. Current “social listening tools” can’t analyze all this data. Enter Ditto Labs Inc., which touts its proprietary “visual recognition engine” that locates brand names in social media posts, then turns the information over to marketing geniuses. It’s the brave new world of “photo analytics,” according to Ditto, that uses its recognition engine to scan photos for corporate logos that might hint at how consumers “interact” with products and Read more…

From Data Wrangling to Data Harmony

Aug 18, 2014 |

More and better automation tools such as machine-learning technologies are needed to free data scientists from mundane “data-wrangling” chores. Those tools would allow scientists to focus on gleaning insights from prepared data, a range of experts told the New York Times in a recent survey of the state of big data. The newspaper reported that data scientists spend from 50 percent to 80 percent of their time organizing data, or “data janitor work,” before they could begin sifting through it Read more…

Databases Used to Trace Western Migrations

Aug 15, 2014 |

Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas used three databases of “notable individuals” over the last 2,000 years to trace western migration patterns. While Rome remained the cultural center of the European continent through the early Middle Ages, the researchers also found that Paris, locations in what is now the Netherlands and northern Italy were among the emerging cities that attracted European intellectuals and those elites who’s birth and death records made it into the databases. According to the Read more…

Health Tracker Said to Spot Ebola Outbreak Before WHO

Aug 11, 2014 |

HealthMap, a web-based utility and algorithm used by public health agencies and others to track disease outbreaks and deliver real-time intelligence about emerging infectious diseases, may have spotted the Ebola outbreak in West Africa days before it was officially revealed. The web site PublicHealthWatch reported on August 10 that the HealthMap algorithm flagged a “mystery hemorrhagic fever” in forested areas of southeastern Guinea nine days before the World Heath Organization (WHO) announced the Ebola epidemic. HealthMap tracks thousands of government Read more…

This Just In

Trifacta Teams with Tableau to Simplify the Analysis of Big Data on Hadoop

Aug 28, 2014 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Aug. 28 — Trifacta, a leading Data Transformation platform provider, today announced deep integration with Tableau, a global leader in rapid-fire, easy-to-use business analytics software. The integration builds on Trifacta’s strategic partnership with Tableau. With the release of Trifacta Data Transformation Platform 1.5, Tableau customers now have the option of writing the output of Trifacta data transformations directly to a Tableau Data Extract format or registering the output with Hadoop’s HCatalog for more scalable, interactive data discovery Read more…

Birst Launches New European Public Cloud Offering

Aug 28, 2014 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Aug. 28 – Birst, the global leader in Cloud BI, today announced that it has extended its partnership with Amazon Web Services by launching a European-based public cloud offering hosted in Ireland. The partnership enables Birst to offer customers a complete enterprise Business Intelligence (BI) platform in the cloud including rich visualization and analytical tools as well as automated data warehouse creation that is hosted in Europe. “With today’s announcement we are able to offer businesses a choice Read more…

Alteryx to Sponsor Tableau Conference

Aug 28, 2014 |

Aug. 28 – Alteryx, Inc., the leader in data blending and advanced analytics, announced that it will once again be the top sponsor for the upcoming 2014 Tableau Conference (TC14). At the conference, which takes place in the Seattle area September 8-12, Alteryx will highlight how business analysts can dramatically reduce the time to create the best analytical data set, so they can spend more time creating opportunities with data, and less time preparing it. Alteryx also will distribute a new version Read more…

Fujitsu Enhances Big Data Analytics Product

Aug 14, 2014 |

TOKYO, Japan, Aug. 14 — Fujitsu Limited today announced that QlikView, a business intelligence (BI) tool from data visualization product market leader Qlik Technologies, Inc., has been embedded into the data analysis model provided by FUJITSU Business Application Operational Data Management & Analytics, a Fujitsu solution that enables the effective use of big data. The enhanced solution is available as of today in Japan only. QlikView offers an interface that can be operated intuitively and that requires no special ICT Read more…

Logi Analytics Introduces Logi Vision for HP Vertica

Aug 12, 2014 |

MCLEAN, Va., Aug. 12 – Logi Analytics, the analytics everywhere company, today introduced Logi Vision for HP Vertica, a fresh approach to data discovery that empowers every person in an organization to analyze, visualize and socialize insights culled from some of the largest data sets in the world. Previously, such insights were accessible only to a limited number of the most sophisticated analysts and data scientists. Logi Vision re-imagines data discovery into a simple but smart analytical experience by building data science Read more…