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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

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…

As Pollution Worsens, China Turns to Big Data

Jul 8, 2014 |

You’ve got to see, smell, feel Beijing’s smog to believe it. Looking out a high window of a tall building, the air is opaque. Despite rules against them, vendors cook and sell food on side streets using charcoal grills. Prevailing winds from the Gobi Desert distribute dust throughout the sprawling capital. The desert dust along with particulates from high-sulfur coal burned in the city’s power plants prompt car owners to brush off their vehicles the way we might clear snow Read more…

This Just In

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…

Pentaho Introduces Streamlined Data Refinery for HP Vertica

Aug 11, 2014 |

BOSTON, Mass., Aug. 11 – Delivering the future of analytics, Pentaho Corporation today announced the Streamlined Data Refinery solution architecture, optimized for the HP Vertica Analytics Platform. With a Streamlined Data Refinery, organizations can create analytic datasets within Hadoop and immediately push that data to HP Vertica, for fast and highly interactive analytics. With the combined Pentaho and HP Vertica solution, customers can unlock their investment in Hadoop to blend, explore, analyze, and visualize all of their data at scale with exceptional Read more…

Glassbeam Partners with Tableau

Aug 6, 2014 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 6 – Glassbeam, Inc., the machine data analytics company, today announced a technology partnership with Tableau Software, a global leader in rapid-fire, easy-to-use business analytics software. This partnership enables Glassbeam’s customers to easily plug in Tableau on top of Glassbeam SCALAR, a next-generation platform to facilitate high performance analysis of machine data relevant to business operations across the enterprise. While Tableau helps users analyze, visualize and share information, Glassbeam’s scalable platform pipes valuable machine data to Tableau, allowing Read more…

MapR to Present at Several Key Industry Events in August

Aug 5, 2014 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 5 – MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the top-ranked distribution for Apache Hadoop, today announced it will be presenting at several key industry events during the month of August. Company executives will be speaking about big data and Hadoop at the Hive Big Data Think Tank, Flash Memory Summit, NoSQL Now! and the Cognitive Computing Forum. Highlights include: Hive Big Data Think Tank The Hive Big Data Think Tank brings together experts and visionaries from academia and the Read more…