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Your Big Data Will Read To You Now

Oct 28, 2014 |

One of the biggest challenges in big data analytics is communicating insights back to users. Many organizations rely on dashboards and visualization tools to display the analytic results. Now a new crop of tools is using big data to generate written narratives that explain to users what’s happening in plain English. Advances in artificial intelligence have led to a wave of new applications that can automatically analyze massive amounts of data and write stories about them, and do so at Read more…

Today’s Baseball Analytics Make Moneyball Look Like Child’s Play

Oct 24, 2014 |

Baseball has always been a game of numbers and statistics. But thanks to an explosion of data over the past seven years and the advent of new analytic software running on supercomputers, the game is on the cusp of changes that will make Moneyball look like it belongs in the minor leagues. When the San Francisco Giants take the field against the Kansas City Royals in game three of the World Series tonight, you can bet that the choices made Read more…

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…

News In Brief

Dairy Industry Asks: Got Big Data?

Oct 31, 2014 |

The bucolic days of the family dairy farm are long gone. Even in places like “America’s Dairyland” (aka, Wisconsin), huge dairy operations that milk thousands of Holstein cows twice a day are an increasingly common site. These days, the dairy industry is all about production. Enter big data technology as “big dairy” becomes the primary supplier of milk, cheese and, at least in the author’s home state, fried cheese curds. Among the big data applications being embraced by corporate farmers Read more…

Machine Learning Gets a Boost from Google

Oct 23, 2014 |

Search giant Google announced a partnership with Oxford University researchers that will target artificial intelligence applications such as image recognition and natural language understanding. Google said U.K. researchers with its recently acquired DeepMind initiative would work with Oxford AI specialists who earlier this year cofounded Dark Blue Labs. The cofounders, Nando de Freitas, Phil Blunson, Edward Grefenstette and Karl Moritz Hermann, are considering leading experts in the use of “deep learning” for machine understanding of natural language. The researchers “will Read more…

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…

This Just In

Santiane Group Utilizing SAS Visual Analytics

Oct 31, 2014 |

CARY, N.C., Oct. 31 – Santiane Group, the largest health insurance broker in France, is using SAS Visual Analytics to transform big data into improved sales. Santiane Group was the first online broker in France and is widely respected as an early adopter of technology. The purely online health insurance firm for individuals and businesses equipped its management teams with SAS, improving decision making with quick and easy data exploration on PCs and tablets. “Thanks to the processing and analysis power of SAS Read more…

Platfora Releases New Version of Big Data Analytics Platform

Oct 29, 2014 |

Oct. 29 — Platfora, which provides a big data analytics platform built natively on Hadoop and Spark, has introduced Platfora 4.0 with advanced visualizations, geo-analytics capabilities, and collaboration features to enable users with a range of skill levels to work iteratively with data at scale. A recent survey from Luth Research found that 52% of analytics users trying to work with big data must break it down into smaller parts to analyze it. “We pull the raw data into an in-memory Read more…

Brillio Acquires Marketelligent

Oct 29, 2014 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 29 — Brillio today announced that it has acquired Marketelligent, an advanced analytics solutions provider. Marketelligent’s solutions range from data visualization and reporting to advanced predictive analytics for global clients including technology companies and leading Fortune 500 companies. With this acquisition, privately-held Brillio will integrate Marketelligent’s 100 employees into Brillio’s Analytics Practice to deliver sophisticated analysis and detailed interpretation of data to improve business performance across consumer-focused industries including Banking, CPG, Retail, Telecom, Energy and Media. “We are proud Read more…

SAP Announces Results of Data Visualization Survey

Oct 27, 2014 |

Oct. 27 — SAP SE today announced the results of a survey into the use of data visualization tools by business decision makers. The survey conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of SAP found an overwhelming 86 percent of business decision makers say they believe all employees in a company will eventually need to be “data geeks,” meaning they will require skills to analyze company data and make decisions based on that analysis. In less than five years, the number of employees who Read more…

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…