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Crossing the Big Data Stream with DataTorrent

Crossing the Big Data Stream with DataTorrent

April 23, 2014 | Alex Woodie

Enterprises eager for a competitive edge are turning to in-memory stream processing technologies to help them analyze big data in real time. The Apache Spark and Storm projects have gained lots of momentum in this area, as have some analytic NoSQL databases and in-memory data grids. Another streaming technology worth keeping an eye on is DataTorrent.Read more...

Taking a Bite Out of 'Cookie Stuffers' with Big Data

Taking a Bite Out of 'Cookie Stuffers' with Big Data

April 3, 2014 | Alex Woodie

Traditionally, advertisers have accepted fraud as a cost of doing business on the Web because the volume of fake traffic generated by bots and malware was too great to do anything about. But recent advances in big data analytics are giving ad buyers and other companies new tools to detect "garbage traffic" and other unethical schemes, such as cookie stuffing, and to reclaim ad revenue previously lost to fraud.Read more...

How PayPal Makes Merchants Smarter through Data Mining

How PayPal Makes Merchants Smarter through Data Mining

March 10, 2014 | Alex Woodie

Since PayPal was founded 16 years ago, it's become the go-to place for payment transaction processing on the Internet, particularly among smaller merchants with limited resources. A couple of years ago, PayPal launched a new Hadoop-based data mining program with the goal of helping its parent company, eBay, but also with aims toward enabling smaller merchants to connect more successfully with their customers.Read more...

How Fast Data is Driving Analytics on the IoT Superhighway

How Fast Data is Driving Analytics on the IoT Superhighway

April 15, 2014 | Alex Woodie

The promise of big data is morphing into the fast data opportunity. Unless you have the capability to respond to the Internet of Things and the trillions of data points generated by smartphones, sensors, and social media, the business opportunities of fast data can pass you by.Read more...

This 'Bulldog' CPO Aims to Help Pentaho Grow

This 'Bulldog' CPO Aims to Help Pentaho Grow

April 16, 2014 | Alex Woodie

The data explosion has made the reporting and analytics field a very busy place right now. The latest release of Gartner's Magic Quadrant included 27 players in this market--with another 32 on the bubble. Smack dab in the middle of the pack is commercial open source software upstart Pentaho. With the hiring of chief product officer Christopher Dziekan--a BI veteran who's been called a "bulldog"--the company signaled it's ready for growth.Read more...

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Data 'Exhaust' Leads to Ambient Intelligence, Microsoft CEO Says

Data 'Exhaust' Leads to Ambient Intelligence, Microsoft CEO Says

April 15, 2014

Microsoft aims to help customers take the "data exhaust" that flows from ubiquitous computing and turn it into ambient intelligence, Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella said today in a webcast on the company's big data strategy.Read more...

Fast Database Deal Seeks to Squeeze Revenue From Real-Time Analysis

Fast Database Deal Seeks to Squeeze Revenue From Real-Time Analysis

April 14, 2014

A speedy operational database integrated with a real-time analytics platform widely used by telecommunications service providers could help carriers extract information about millions of mobile subscribers, then monetize data through revenue generators like contextual advertising.Read more...

Ad Specialists Join Forces to Leverage Customer Data

Ad Specialists Join Forces to Leverage Customer Data

April 4, 2014

London-based Dunnhumby Ltd., an online advertising specialist owned by U.K. retailer Tesco, said this week it will acquire Sociomantic Labs GmbH of Berlin, a developer of intelligent digital advertising technology.Read more...

Retailers Embrace Graph Databases

Retailers Embrace Graph Databases

April 3, 2014

Graph databases that use nodes and properties to represent and store data appear to be making significant inroads in the U.S. retail market.Read more...

Big Data Unlocks the Secret Behind Women's Shoes

Big Data Unlocks the Secret Behind Women's Shoes

March 20, 2014

The relationship between a woman and her shoes is a deep and mysterious one. For centuries, the factors that drive a woman's decision to acquire them have eluded researchers. Now, UK data scientists claim to have cracked the code with a big data-powered application that tears down the wall separating a woman from finding perfect pairs of shoes for every occasion.Read more...

 

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