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Teradata Makes Data Warehouse More Hadoop-ish

Teradata Makes Data Warehouse More Hadoop-ish

April 7, 2014 | Alex Woodie

It's no stretch to say that the folks at Teradata aren't the world's biggest fans of Hadoop. If nothing else, the hoopla surrounding Hadoop has caused some Teradata customers to question future investments in the company's traditional data warehouse technology. But with today's launch of the next generation of Teradata's flagship platform, the company has made its software a little more Hadoop-ish, particularly when it comes to taking the compute to the data and supporting semi-structured file formats.Read more...

How to Speed Your Data Warehouse by 148x

How to Speed Your Data Warehouse by 148x

April 4, 2014 | Alex Woodie

Data analytic applications built on a combination of IBM's DB2 BLU column-oriented data store and servers equipped with Intel's latest Xeon E7 v2 processors can run up to 148 times faster than if they were running on the standard row-oriented DB2 engine and first-gen Xeon E7 processors, the companies announced last month.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...

Hortonworks Drives Stinger Home with HDP 2.1

Hortonworks Drives Stinger Home with HDP 2.1

April 2, 2014 |

Hortonworks today unveiled a major new release of its Hadoop distribution that puts significant new capabilities into the hands of its customers. The speed and scale of SQL processing in Apache Hive were improved with the final phase of the Stinger initiative, while the additions of Apache Storm and Apache Solr in HDP 2.1 open up new ways for customers to manipulate their data. Security and data governance were bolstered with Apache Knox and Apache Falcon, respectively, while Apache Spark is now available as a tech preview.Read more...

Glimpsing Hadoop's Real-Time Analytic Future

Glimpsing Hadoop's Real-Time Analytic Future

March 31, 2014 | Alex Woodie

There's been a lot said about the need to move Hadoop away from the batch paradigm and remake it as a real-time system. But how will that work when it comes to the heavy-duty machine learning models and predictive analytics? That's an area that hasn't been fleshed out entirely, and is an area where Cloudera may help pave the way with its Oryx project.Read more...

Playing Ball with MLB's New Analytic Data Feed

Playing Ball with MLB's New Analytic Data Feed

March 28, 2014 | Alex Woodie

Baseball has always been a game of numbers and statistics. But Major League Baseball is taking that tradition to new heights this season with a pair of technology products, including a new play tracking system that will generate a big data feed of player movements on every play, as well as a new video replay system that's brand new for 2014.Read more...

Why Can't This Big Data CEO Get Any Respect?

Why Can't This Big Data CEO Get Any Respect?

March 27, 2014 | Alex Woodie

Gary Bloom doesn't seem like somebody who raises his voice a lot. But during a recent panel discussion at a financial conference, the president and CEO of NoSQL database firm MarkLogic had enough, and felt compelled to speak out about something said by the heads of his two closest NoSQL competitors, Couchbase and MongoDB.Read more...

Forget the Algorithms and Start Cleaning Your Data

Forget the Algorithms and Start Cleaning Your Data

March 26, 2014 | Alex Woodie

The idea that the combination of predictive algorithms and big data will change the world is a tempting one. And it may end up being true. But for right now, the industry is facing a reality check when it comes to big data analytics. Instead of focusing on what algorithms to use, your big data success depends more on how well you cleaned, integrated, and transformed your data.Read more...

What Color Is Your Data? Inside the Science of Data Visualization

What Color Is Your Data? Inside the Science of Data Visualization

March 25, 2014 | Alex Woodie

Data is the raw material of the 21st century, the commodity at the base of a booming digital economy. Like oil and gold, people mine it, refine it, and combine it with other things. Data has become the most sought-after substance in the world. But please: Just don't ask to see it.Read more...

How Dannon Upgraded Its Reporting Culture with Big Data Tooling

How Dannon Upgraded Its Reporting Culture with Big Data Tooling

March 24, 2014 | Alex Woodie

Like many large companies, Dannon is awash in data. Manufacturing and distribution data. Sales and marketing data. Internal data from SAP, and external data from third-party providers. Historically, getting all this data cleaned and prepped for analysis has taken a lot of time, effort, and money. But about a year ago, Dannon adopted an automated data transformation tool that has the potential to rewrite the company's relationship with data.Read more...

 

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