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A Virtual Reality Lens for Big Data Visualization

Mar 9, 2015 |

Visualization tools such as Tableau and QlikView have become indispensable for exploring and identifying trends hidden within data. But now a company called Space-Time Insight is taking big data visualizations to a new level with an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Space-Time Insight is a Silicon Valley firm that helps public utilities, logistics companies, oil and gas firms, and federal agencies utilize their field assets–like electric grids, delivery truck fleets, and drilling rigs–in more effective and efficient manners. The company’s motto–“Situation Read more…

Driving Analytics into Facilities Management

Feb 4, 2015 |

The world of facilities management is not a particularly advanced one when it comes to information technology, let alone the use of big data. But that’s starting to change, particularly with the type of self-service analytics that ServiceChannel is making available to its network of professional contractors and building owners. ServiceChannel is a software as a service (SaaS) company that helps facilities managers and tradesmen connect with each other. More than 220 corporations, including Wal-Mart, Gap, and Ruby Tuesday, use Read more…

We’re All Chefs in the Business Intelligence Kitchen

Jan 9, 2015 |

When I grew up, meatloaf was a feast.  Today, it’s at best “old-school.” Recipes are less frequently “passed down” than they are improved upon, deconstructed or “played on.”  Cooking shows seem to be on every channel at every hour. Why is it cooking so much more than food?  As psychologists would say, cooking can be a “flow” activity: not too hard, but not too easy, provides quick feedback, and gets better with practice. It’s creative, even if our only flare Read more…

Hacking Your Way Onto the IoT

Nov 17, 2014 |

Elon “Ironman” Musk raised eyebrows recently when he said we are “summoning the demon” with artificial intelligence. While it’s debatable whether neural networks will give rise to evil spirits, a singularity of a different sort is clearly at hand when it comes to the Internet of Things, which is on the cusp of unleashing torrents of new data moving among consumers, devices, and device manufacturers. If you thought the data you have been dealing with was big, then you’re going Read more…

How Motorola Uses Big Data Analytics to Improve Its Smartphones

Nov 11, 2014 |

When Motorola launched its RAZR M two years ago, a rumor started spreading that you couldn’t use Wi-Fi and the 4G cellular networks at the same time. It wasn’t true, but thanks to a customer sentiment analysis project Motorola was prototyping at the time, the company detected the rumor and worked to correct the misinformation before it damaged the brand. Such is the razor-thin margin for error for consumer device manufacturers these days. Whenever a new smartphone launches, consumers pore Read more…

News In Brief

Neo Tech Cranks Up Speed on Upgraded Neo4j

Mar 25, 2015 |

Graph database specialist Neo Technology has rolled out an updated version of its Neo4j tool that includes faster read and write performance capabilities aimed at critical graph database applications. Neo4j 2.2 released on Wednesday (March 25) comes with souped-up write and read scalability, the company said. Expanded write capacity targets highly concurrent applications while leveraging available hardware via faster buffering of updates. A new unified transaction log is designed to serve both graphs and their indexes. Graph databases are an Read more…

How Madden’s Ratings Czar Rules NFL Analytics

Mar 13, 2015 |

Donny Moore probably knows more about the 2,600 players in the National Football League than anybody. As the so-called Ratings Czar for EA Sports, the company behind the Madden football video game franchise, Moore’s numeric assessment of how well each player runs, passes, catches, and tackles holds an improbable level of sway over the game. While the ratings Moore assigns to each NFL player are used for the purpose of simulating their athletic skills in the Madden video game, it Read more…

Apache Spark Ecosystem Continues To Build

Feb 25, 2015 |

Apache Spark was everywhere at the recent Strata + Hadoop World conference. From Tableau’s new Spark interface to the new Spark as a service (SaaS) offerings and Intel’s new Spark initiative, the big data framework was very hard to miss. Intel jumped on Spark’s bandwagon last week when it announced it was forming a new initiative around the in-memory framework. “We have engaged with Databricks, one of the pioneers of Apache Spark, to advance analytics capability for the Spark on Read more…

Patriots Vs. Seahawks: The Big Game by the Numbers

Jan 30, 2015 |

Nobody knows what will happen when the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots take the field on Sunday for Super Bowl XLIX.  But thanks to data analytics, we can get an idea how certain aspects of the teams match up. In these two visualizations from Tableau Software, we can see how the Patriots and Seahawks line up against each other. In the first viz (below), the data shows the Pats’ offense and the Hawk’s defense are clearly the superior units. Read more…

Watson’s Take on the State of the Union

Jan 29, 2015 |

Every year, as the State of the Union address comes to a close, analysts, political correspondents and politicians alike come forward to offer unique take on the president’s speech. This year, however, one new voice is chiming in: that of IBM’s Watson. Using a recording of President Obama’s address, MSNBC tapped the IBM Watson User Modeling service (one of IBM’s Watson Developer Cloud services) to take a deeper look at the language, tone, and topics covered to compare its outlook Read more…

This Just In

Datawatch to Speak at Gartner Business Intelligence & Analytics Summit

Mar 24, 2015 |

CHELMSFORD, Mass., March 24 — Datawatch Corporation, a leading global provider of visual analytics solutions, announced the company’s VP of Product Marketing, Dan Potter will speak at Gartner Business Intelligence & Analytics Summit 2015 in Las Vegas. The session titled “Visual Analytics for Any Data at Real-Time Speed” is scheduled for Monday, March 30th at 10:45 a.m PST. The discussion will focus on how the ability to prepare, incorporate and visualize multi-structured data for visual analysis is essential to making more meaningful and timely business decisions. At their Read more…

AquaFold Releases Aqua Data Studio 16

Mar 23, 2015 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 23 — AquaFold, Inc. has released Aqua Data Studio 16, a major upgrade to its universal database management and analytics software, giving users more charts, features, capabilities, and options to produce the data visualizations they need. The latest version introduces new chart types, and more options to current charts, making it quicker and easier for users to understand and execute on their underlying data. Along with enhancements to the Query Analyzer, Visual Explain, FluidShell, and support for newer Read more…

TIBCO Spotfire 7 Launched

Mar 3, 2015 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., March 3 — TIBCO Software Inc., a global leader in infrastructure and business intelligence software, today announced the general availability of TIBCO Spotfire 7, the most powerful version of its industry-leading analytics and data visualization platform. Every aspect of Spotfire 7 was designed for ease of use, empowering users of all skill levels to gain insights faster and easier than ever before. Leveraging built-in “smart” analytics, even novice users can instantly start analyzing data with Recommendations, a new and Read more…

Qlik and JerthroData Partner

Feb 19, 2015 |

RADNOR, Pa. and SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 19 — Qlik and JethroData today announced a partnership to enable true interactive business intelligence over Hadoop. A major innovation delivering 100x faster queries, JethroData’s unique indexing technology enables companies using Hadoop to start harvesting their big data at the speed of business. JethroData works with both QlikView and Qlik Sense to directly provide interactive access to information in Hadoop, displaying the results in a Qlik visualization or dashboard. Unique Architecture Enables Truly Interactive Business Intelligence on Hadoop JethroData’s breakthrough indexing Read more…

SFI to Utilize Technology from Datawatch

Feb 4, 2015 |

CHELMSFORD, Mass., Feb. 4 — Simplified Financial Information (SFI) has chosen next-generation visual data access and discovery technology from Datawatch Corporation to ensure proper and effective use of market data streams. Founded in 2013, SFI wanted to take a new approach to solving a persistent industry problem – understanding, managing and improving the use of market data. By selecting Datawatch to power its service-based offerings, SFI got the broad data access capabilities and highly customizable data visualization it needed in one platform. SFI’s Market Read more…