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Most Hyped Tech: Big Data Out, IoT In

Aug 20, 2014 |

The Internet of Things (IoT) has displaced big data as the most hyped emerging technology according to the latest release of Gartner’s Hype Cycle. Big data’s drop into the “Trough of Disillusionment” and the IoT’s rise to the “Peak of Inflated Expectations” indicate continued evolution of these related concepts, but are reminders that these are early days for both, and the claims of salesmen may not match reality. For the past two years, the hype surrounding big data has been Read more…

If You’re Missing Fast Data, Big Data Isn’t Working for You

Aug 19, 2014 |

Big Data analytics are all the rage. There is little doubt some great things can be accomplished when an organization takes to mining its data to produce meaningful change in the business. Yet, 64 percent of enterprises that invest in Big Data projects struggle to unlock the value of their Big Data insights, according to analyst firm Gartner. A recent survey on Big Data by my company revealed that 72 percent of respondents could not utilize the majority of the Read more…

Cloud Era Rising for Analytics?

Aug 19, 2014 |

Big organizations have traditionally run analytics on-site, for a number of reasons, including data security concerns. But the rise of flexible cloud deployment models and the rapid pace of product development are helping cloud offerings to chip away at on-site deployments, especially for analyzing data that originates in the cloud. The IT world has not been the same since Amazon Web Services first took to the Net way back in 2006. Suddenly, a business of any size had an easy Read more…

How a Top Ad Firm Stopped Fearing Big Data and Learned to Love Analytics

Aug 18, 2014 |

Competition in the $500-billion global advertising industry is brutal, and ad firms that fail to deliver are quickly shown the door by their clients. But in this age of big data analytics, delivering results is not enough, as clients increasingly demand to know exactly how their media buys boosted demand. As the sixth largest media buying and marketing firm in the world, Havas Media has created and executed print, online, display, and TV advertising strategies for some of the world’s Read more…

TPC Crafts More Rigorous Hadoop Benchmark From TeraSort Test

Aug 18, 2014 |

While Moore’s Law has made computing and storage capacity less expensive with each passing year, the amount of data that companies are storing and the number and sophistication of the algorithms that they want to employ on that data to perform analytics is growing faster than the prices are dropping. And that means the bang for the buck of the underlying hardware and the analytics software that runs atop it matter. The trouble is that benchmarking systems takes far too Read more…

AMPLab’s Tachyon Promises to Solidify In-Memory Analytics

Aug 14, 2014 |

U.C Berkeley’s AMPLab first landed on the radar screens of data scientists with Apache Spark, which promises to provide an in-memory data processing framework to replace or augment MapReduce. More recently, the tech wizzes at AMPLab have whipped up Tachyon, a new distributed file system that sits atop HDFS and aims to allow multiple Hadoop or Spark applications and jobs to access the same data at memory speeds without fears of corrupting it. The rapid rise of Apache Spark demonstrates Read more…

MapR Says Its Hadoop Tweaks Scale to Meet IoT Volumes

Aug 13, 2014 |

Hadoop is naturally positioned as a key architectural platform that organizations will turn to for analyzing Internet of Things (IoT) data. But according to the folks at MapR Technologies, limitations in plain vanilla Apache Hadoop make it unsuitable for big IoT workloads. We’re at the beginning of a huge boom in the IoT. Gartner estimates the Internet will have 25 billion connected devices by 2020, while Cisco pegs the number at 50 billion. Any way you cut it, the amount Read more…

Masters of Big Data: New Graduate Programs Debut at U.S. Universities

Aug 12, 2014 |

This fall, thousands of budding data scientists around the country will begin their march toward advanced degrees–and the near certainty of multiple job offers upon graduation. At least seven new graduate-level programs are set to fire up at colleges and universities around the country, while a handful of new undergraduate programs are also popping up to give data scientists a head start on their schooling. The demand for data scientists remains extremely high as companies across all industries race to Read more…

How GE Drives Big Machine Optimization in the IoT

Aug 11, 2014 |

The folks at General Electric Intelligent Platforms get to play with big toys. Whether it’s a 200-foot tall wind turbine, a $10-million jet engine, or a giant industrial rock crusher, the object of their professional attention is easy to see. What’s harder to grasp is how they transform the terabytes of data streaming off the big machines’ sensors in ways that save their owners millions of dollars. The Intelligent Platforms branch of General Electric uses a combination of data science, Read more…

Here’s Another Option for Hadoop Enterprise Search

Aug 8, 2014 |

The software stacks of many Hadoop distributions feature Apache Lucene and Solr as the enterprise search component. But the folks at the French firm Sinequa say Hadoop customers will get more actual work done–and quickly analyze massive amounts of poly-structured data from dozens of other sources in multiple languages–by using its enterprise search solution. Hadoop, machine learning algorithms, and graph databases may get most of the headlines in our big data world, but good old search engines continue to be Read more…