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How Intuit Personalizes TurboTax Experiences with Big Data

Apr 15, 2016 |

If you’re like millions of Americans who use TurboTax, you know how the program makes preparing your individual tax return easy—at least compared to actually reading and understanding the 70,000-page tax code. What you may not know is that your particular experience with TurboTax is unique, and that experience is driven by how Intuit crunches big data. Income taxes aren’t due until April 18, thanks to the Federal Government’s wise decision not to let taxes ruin a perfectly good Friday. Read more…

Statistica Embraces Python In Bid for ‘Collective Intelligence’

Apr 14, 2016 |

Organizations that use the new release of Dell’s Statistica software package can now incorporate separate Python models into their analytic workflows. It’s the latest in the computer giant’s new open approach to advanced analytics, dubbed “collective intelligence.” In the world of advanced analytics, there are often two camps: those who place their faith in proprietary suites from the likes of Statistica, SAS, Mathworks, and IBM‘s SPSS, and those who embrace open source tools like Python, R, S (a precursor to Read more…

GPU-Powered Deep Learning Emerges to Carry Big Data Torch Forward

Apr 13, 2016 |

The big data analytic ecosystem has matured over the last few years to the point where techniques such as machine learning don’t seem as exotic as they once were. In fact, consumers have even come to expect their products and services to be adaptive to their behavior, which is one of the hallmarks of machine learning. As we look to the future, the field of deep learning on GPUs is poised to carry the big data analytics torch forward into Read more…

In-Memory Analytics to Boost Flight Ops for Major US Airline

Apr 11, 2016 |

A major US airline is about to go live on a new in-memory analytics system that will help it better anticipate and respond to disruptions in flight operations, potentially saving it tens of millions of dollars per year and improving the experience of its passengers, according to its developer. Flying a modern airliner is an expensive affair. According to airlines.org, direct operating costs in items such as fuel, crew, and maintenance runs about $81 per minute, or about $20,000 for Read more…

Inside the Panama Papers: How Cloud Analytics Made It All Possible

Apr 7, 2016 |

In late 2014, an anonymous person offered to send a German journalist 11.5 million encrypted documents detailing the structure of offshore business entities created and managed by a Panamanian law firm in the world’s most notorious tax havens. The massive data set was simply too big for one reporter to comprehend. But thanks to the power of big data analytics running in the cloud, a large team of journalists started piecing it together. This is the story of how the Read more…

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Machine Vision Used to Wrangle Image Explosion

Apr 7, 2016 |

We live in a world besotted with images: selfies, Instagram photos, video clips running on social media platforms that make it easy to instantly post images captured by smartphones and other devices. The explosion of images is making keyword searches less effective, prompting companies that sell photos and music to come up with new approaches to sorting through the haystack for the relevant image. With that in mind, image and music licensor Shutterstock Inc. (NYSE: SSTK) has launched new search Read more…

New Platform Visualizes Open U.S. Data

Apr 4, 2016 |

Federal agencies are sitting on tons of data, particularly in areas like healthcare, employment, weather and education. A new initiative called Data USA seeks to unleash this trove via a free and open platform that collects, analyzes and visualizes government data to help policy makers and executives better understand critical issues. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab teamed with management consultant Deloitte and data platform builder Datawheel to create the data visualization engine. The partners said Monday (April 4) Read more…

R Consortium Expands Code to Meet Data Demand

Mar 28, 2016 |

An industry group promoting expanded use of the R programming language for data analysis, modeling and visualization is launching a series of initiatives designed to identify infrastructure projects that would forge standards and best practices for R code. The Linux Foundation’s R Consortium said last week it would fund seven R community projects and form two technical working groups to implement infrastructure projects while also promoting best practices. The initiatives respond to the growing popularity of R code that is Read more…

BI on Hadoop–What Are Your Options?

Mar 28, 2016 |

In the era of RDBMS and modern data warehouses, business intelligence was mostly a solved problem. Any reasonably advanced tool would work with any reasonable database, and the only real work was deciding what to collect and how to present it. However. the rise of big data and its associated technologies has forced the market solve all these old problems all over again, and we’re now left with a proliferation of software that can be difficult to differentiate. During the Read more…

Splunk Upgrades Security, Behavior Analytics Tools

Mar 1, 2016 |

Analytics, cloud and other IT vendors are using a major cyber security conference this week to roll out new enterprise security products and enhancements. Among them is “operational intelligence” vendor Splunk Inc., which unveiled new versions of its security and user behavior analytics packages during the RSA security conference in San Francisco. The new capabilities are said to combine the best features of machine learning and anomaly detection to sift through and prioritized data breaches and other threats. The user Read more…

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Lavastorm and Qlik Team Up to Offer Integrated Analytic Applications

May 2, 2016 |

BOSTON, Mass., May 2 — Lavastorm, the leading agile analytics company, today announced that it has partnered with Qlik (NASDAQ: QLIK), a leader in visual analytics, to put a powerful, fully-integrated modern analytics platform into the hands of data analysts and business users directly through Qlik Sense. The dynamic, integrated solution provides an intuitive, comprehensive platform that eliminates the complexity of advanced analytics while empowering business users of all skill levels to uncover unique, transformative business insights. “Almost half of our existing customers are leveraging Qlik to Read more…

Qlik and Arrow Electronics Team to Expand Market Reach of Self-Service Analytics

Apr 13, 2016 |

April 13 — Qlik (NASDAQ: QLIK), a leader in visual analytics, today announced its strategic alliance with Arrow Electronics, Inc., a global provider of enterprise computing solutions. Under this agreement, Arrow will distribute Qlik’s intuitive platform solutions for self-service data visualization, guided analytics applications, embedded analytics, and reporting. Companies of all sizes, across all industries and geographies, use Qlik solutions to visualize and explore information, generate insight, and make better decisions. “Qlik is an essential addition to our Big Data solutions portfolio Read more…

Zoomdata Developer Network Launched

Mar 24, 2016 |

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., March 24 — Zoomdata, developers of the world’s fastest visual analytics solution for big data, today launched the Zoomdata Developer Network (ZDN). ZDN is designed for developers who want to embed Zoomdata’s advanced data visualization capabilities into their applications to meet the need for data-driven solutions. It includes a comprehensive software developer’s kit (SDK) along with the online Zoomdata Developer Zone. Developers can easily get started with Zoomdata either by downloading Docker or Ubuntu instances or spinning up a free cloud Read more…

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…