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CIOs on the Hot Seat to Deliver with Big Data

May 22, 2015 |

The secret about big data analytics is out, and having a big data strategy is quickly becoming a requirement in the corporate suite. While it’s fashionable for business leaders outside of the IT department to initiate and even lead big data initiatives, when push comes to shove, executives look to chief information officers (CIOs) to deliver amid the data deluge. It can be tough to describe the potential impact of big data. On the one hand, big data analytics can Read more…

5 Ways Big Geospatial Data Is Driving Analytics In the Real World

May 21, 2015 |

Amid the flood of data we collect and contend with on a daily basis, geospatial data occupies a unique place. Thanks to the networks of GPS satellites and cell towers and the emerging Internet of Things, we’re able to track and correlate the location of people and objects in very precise ways that were not possible until recently. But putting this geospatial data to use is easier said than done. Here are five ways organizations can use geospatial data to Read more…

Forget Big Data–Small Data Is Where the Money Lies

May 20, 2015 |

Big Data continues to be a big topic. Experts promise a world where the Internet of Things (IoT) proliferates and tiny, inexpensive sensors collect massive amounts of data. New, powerful databases coupled with information storage technology and analytical tools offer the promise of gleaning amazing insights and finding patterns we never before imagined. However, for most businesses, it’s still too early to become actual practitioners of Big Data. Some may remember the 2013 findings from research organization SINTEF that 90% Read more…

Apache Drill Poised to Crack Tough Data Challenges

May 19, 2015 |

It’s been three years in the making, and today the Apache Drill project announced that version 1 of the eponymous tool is ready for business. MapR Technologies, which develops Hadoop and NoSQL database software, wasted no time adding it to its software stack, and declaring war on fixed schemas everywhere. Apache Drill is revolutionary in the way it allows users to explore, visualize, and query large and diverse data sets, particularly semi-structured data generated on the Web and via machines. Read more…

How Machine Learning Is Eating the Software World

May 18, 2015 |

Marc Andreessen famously said in 2011 that software was eating the world. Four years later, that trend has accelerated, only now it appears that machine learning technology is on the cusp of eating software, and that algorithms will take over the world, with a little help from their friends: the APIs. Not that this is a bad thing, at least not as Elon Musk envisions, with AI-powered overlords enslaving the human race (a separate story for another day). But if Read more…

Beyond Social: How Text Analytics Can Improve Business

May 15, 2015 |

There’s been a lot of time and attention dedicated to mining social media with big data techniques. With more than 400 million tweets a day, you’re almost certain to find a trending Twitter topic that’s relevant to you. But text analytics’ potential is much bigger than social media, and some of its applications may surprise you. Humans can read and process only so much text, but computers can process enormous strings of words. Provalis Research‘s recently released WordStat for Stata Read more…

Big Data, Giant Return

May 14, 2015 |

Sales drive business. And technology drives sales. The trick is to figure out how to make the two work together. That opportunity arose when a long-term client, National Registered Agents, Inc. (NRAI), determined the time was right to rev up their sales engine. By way of background, NRAI are in the Registered Agent industry. Their business? In short, any entity conducting business within a state must register to do business in that state, designate and maintain a registered agent, and Read more…

Data as a Service: Where It Works, Where It Still Doesn’t

May 13, 2015 |

The latest craze in the business intelligence market today is data as a service (DaaS), i.e. the idea that data or analysis can be sold and ‘served’ to end users on a per-usage basis, with data management, storage and integration handled by the vendor rather than the end user. Data is supplied “on-demand” via cloud platforms, as opposed to the traditional models in which the data remains in the customer’s hands, and the vendor provides the tools that make it Read more…

NoSQL Battle Heats Up As MarkLogic Hauls In $102M

May 12, 2015 |

Just a year ago, MarkLogic CEO Gary Bloom couldn’t get any respect in the Wild West shootout that is the NoSQL database market. But today, with $102 million in new financing and a valuation north of $1 billion for MarkLogic, Bloom has a little swagger to his step as he takes aim at his direct competitors Datastax, Couchbase, and MongoDB. The NoSQL database market has seen its share trash talking over five years as a motley crew of commercial open Read more…

Unlocking the Hidden Benefits of Industrial Data

May 11, 2015 |

We’ve heard extensively about how companies are analyzing data born on the consumer Web to improve customer service, boost probability, and otherwise remake the business-to-consumer relationship. But industrial data is also experiencing an analytic revolution, and it promises to remake how work gets done on factory floors, along railroads, and in mining operations around the world. The so-called industrial Internet journey is not nearly as well-documented as the big data revolution taking place on the public Web. But thanks to Read more…