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IBM Embraces the Twitter Fire Hose

Oct 30, 2014 |

IBM dove headfirst into the Twitter-sphere yesterday when it announced a “landmark partnership” with the social media giant. The union will see Big Blue helping its blue chip customers perform sentiment analysis upon Twitter’s fire hose, with the goal of helping them make better business decisions. The joys and fears of 300 million people are embodied within the Twitter fire hose, which streams at the rate of about 6,000 tweets per second, or 500 million messages per day. Twitter, you Read more…

‘What Is Big Data’ Question Finally Settled?

Oct 29, 2014 |

People have been debating what “big data” means ever since the term appeared in the lexicon. Researchers at Cal Berkeley recently pepper dozens of prominent data scientists and industry leader with the question in hopes of settling the big question once and for all. You’ve undoubtedly heard many definitions for big data over the years. For some, you have big data when it can’t be stored on a single computer, or it’s the combination of volume, velocity, and variety (some Read more…

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…

When Big Data Becomes Too Much Data

Oct 27, 2014 |

About 2.5 exabytes of data will be generated today, or roughly the amount of data that was generated from the dawn of time until 2004. What’s in there, and will any of it be useful? The reality is the amount of data is so vast, its quality so dubious, and our abilities so relatively weak that most of it will have no impact whatsoever. In a perfect world, each additional byte of data we generate and absorb would shave a 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…

Why Pay for Analytics When Open Source Is ‘Free?’

Oct 23, 2014 |

The free analytics question comes up over and over again, especially as it pertains to open source analytic offerings. I don’t think a day goes by when someone at a company doesn’t ask, “Why should I pay for analytics when I can use (fill in the blank) open source statistics/analytics?”  You will find many lengthy discussions all over the Web on just this topic.  Often the discussion is much more impassioned than it needs to be. I will address the 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…

Congratulations Hadoop, You Made It–Now Disappear

Oct 20, 2014 |

Hadoop has matured at a rapid rate since it broke into the mainstream several years ago. With billions in venture funding, an eager community of developers, and a thriving ISV community, the open source big data platform seems poised to take a big step into the wider enterprise. But according to Cloudera’s chief strategy officer Mike Olson, Hadoop’s next big move may be to just disappear. Olson predicted Hadoop’s disappearance during a keynote address at last week’s Strata + Hadoop Read more…

Trevor Mason and Big Data: Doing What Comes Naturally

Oct 20, 2014 |

For Trevor Mason, working with Big Data just came naturally. Mason is the vice president for Technology Research at IRI, a 30 year old Chicago-based company that provides information, analytics, business intelligence and domain expertise for the world’s leading CPG, retail and healthcare companies. “I’ve always had a love of mathematics and proved to be a natural when it came to computer science,” Mason says. “So I combined both disciplines and it has been my interest ever since. I joined Read more…