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Finding the Right Path for Your Data Science Education

May 5, 2016 |

When it comes to learning data science, there’s no shortage of options available. You can pick up a book, read articles on the Web, or participate in a massively open online course (MOOC). Or, if you desire a more structured approach, you can take a six-month boot camps or even apply to a two-year degree programs. So which one should you choose? Like most things in life, there are no hard and fast rules, and what works well for one Read more…

The Rise of Data Science Notebooks

May 4, 2016 |

Interactive notebooks are experiencing a rise in popularity. How do we know? They’re replacing PowerPoint in presentations, shared around organizations, and they’re even taking workload away from BI suites (more on that later). Even though they’ve become prominent in the past few years, they have a long history. First notebooks were available in packages like Mathematica and Matlab, used primarily in academia. More recently they’ve started getting traction in Python community with iPython Notebook. Today there are many notebooks to Read more…

How Credit Card Companies Are Evolving with Big Data

May 3, 2016 |

As overseers of our digitized marketplaces, credit card companies have a bird’s eye view of what we buy. If you want to know what American consumers are interested in, there’s perhaps no better way that to examine their purchase histories, so it’s no wonder that credit card companies, such as American Express, Capital One, JP Chase Morgan, and Citibank are at the forefront of big data mining. One of the credit card companies doing a lot of work in this Read more…

Spark Takes On Dataflow in Benchmark Test

May 2, 2016 |

Google Cloud Dataflow crunched data two to five times faster than Apache Spark in a benchmark test of batch analytics performed by Mammoth Data. While Dataflow’s raw power is impressive, don’t throw in the towel on Spark just yet. If you’re looking to choose a framework to analyze your big data, good luck. With so many options out there, you’ve got your work cut out for you. This embarrassment of big data riches keeps the tech experts at North Carolina Read more…

How Big Data Improves Logging and Compliance

May 2, 2016 |

Compliance has never been easy. Organizations have to meet a myriad of external regulations, frameworks, and internal mandates such as PCI, HIPAA, FISMA, NERC, ISO and the EU Data Directive, many of which have a long list of required technical controls. Many large organizations have five or more regulations or mandates they must comply with. Organizations face many challenges to meet these requirements including experiencing difficulty complying with the technical controls required by the regulations and mandates, especially: Requirements around Read more…

AI to Surpass Human Perception in 5 to 10 Years, Zuckerberg Says

Apr 29, 2016 |

Machine learning-powered artificial intelligence will match and exceed human capabilities in the areas of computer vision and speech recognition within five to 10 years, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg predicted this week. Like most of the Web giants, Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) uses machine learning technology to leverage its massive data set and deliver better services to its customers. Algorithms work behind the scenes at Facebook to do things like recommend new connections to Facebook users, to present content that matches a Read more…

A Big Data App to Help You Travel Safer

Apr 28, 2016 |

Let’s face it: the world is a dangerous place. From terrorist attacks and earthquakes to outbreaks of hemorrhagic fever and pickpockets, there are a thousand ways for an American to stumble into trouble when travelling abroad. Now a new app from Prescient aims to help travelers stay safe by tapping into real-time data feeds, analyzing threats, and sending alerts when users wander too close to danger. Prescient Traveler is a mobile app that functions as a digital concierge for businesspeople, Read more…

Inside the Analytic Transformation of Pitney Bowes

Apr 28, 2016 |

Who is Pitney Bowes? For some, the 96-year-old company is synonymous with 20th century technology, like mailing machines and postage meters. But after Tuesday’s launch of its new Commerce Cloud, it’s clear the company sees its future helping small and midsize businesses better navigate the global commerce, with data and analytics playing key roles. Tuesday’s launch of the Commerce Cloud is the culmination of several years of work to remake Pitney Bowes (NYSE: PTI) into a modern digital organization. Yes, the Read more…

SnappyData Gets Funded for Spark-GemFire Combo

Apr 27, 2016 |

SnappyData today announced it has received $3.65 million in Series A funding to build a business around its real-time analytics platform that combines Apache Spark, Pivotal’s GemFire data grid, and an innovative data approximation method that makes big data more manageable. SnappyData was spun out of Pivotal earlier this year to pursue development of its technology platform, which essentially combines the data manipulation capabilities of Apache Spark and Spark Streaming, the in-memory persistence of the GemFire’s data grid, and an Read more…

What the NFL Teaches Us About Business Intelligence

Apr 27, 2016 |

When people think of leaders in business intelligence, the National Football League probably isn’t the first to come to mind. After all, the league just hired its first chief information officer three years ago, and it’s more well-known for bone-crunching hits than for information technology. Appearances can be deceiving, however. Today, the NFL is reshaping itself to look more like an enterprise technology company than a traditional corporation, and early results are promising. If the company that provides America’s most popular Read more…