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IBM Watson Learns Deeply, So You Don’t Have To

Jul 9, 2015 |

Advances in the field of cognitive computing are stacking up as researchers push the bounds of deep learning and related techniques like neural networks. But organizations won’t have to wait years for these advances to bubble up from academia thanks the work that groups like IBM Watson are doing to put the technology into people’s hands as quickly as possible. After Watson won on Jeopardy! in 2011, IBM doubled down on the technology in 2014 and formed the Watson Group. Read more…

Why Apple Isn’t Biting on ‘Data for Discounts’ Model

Jul 7, 2015 |

Apple is the most valuable company in the history of the world, with millions of loyal customers using its devices and software to communicate and connect to the Internet. Despite being in prime situation to mine its customer’s data for even bigger profits, Apple steadfastly refuses to partake of the “data for discounts” model, raising the inevitable question: Why? The big data business model was popularized by Silicon Valley firms like Google, Yahoo, and Facebook, which figured out they could Read more…

One on One with LinkedIn’s VP of Engineering

Jun 29, 2015 |

Why are data scientists tripping over themselves to get their hands on LinkedIn’s data? What’s it like to run one of the world’s biggest social media sites, and how can machine learning algorithms contribute to the creation of economic opportunity for a global workforce? We recently posed those questions (and more!) to Igor Perisic, Vice President of Engineering at LinkedIn. Alex Woodie: Igor, thank you for agreeing to this interview. First, please tell us about yourself and your role at Read more…

So You Want To Be a Data Scientist: A Guide for College Grads

Jun 4, 2015 |

Congratulations, recent college graduate, and welcome to the workforce! Of all the jobs that you’ll apply for, the one with the sexy title “data scientist” may be the toughest to get–and potentially the most rewarding too. But never fear: Datanami is here with advice from actual data scientists on how to become one of them. The first piece of advice for budding data scientists is not to get frustrated by the job requirements. No recent college grad can fill is Read more…

Five Ways Big Genomic Data Is Making Us Healthier

Jun 3, 2015 |

We’ve come a long ways since the human genome was first decoded 13 years ago. Thanks to continued advances in high performance computing and distributed data analytics, doctors and computer scientists are finding innovative new ways to use genetic data to improve our health. The economics of genetic testing is creating a flood of genomic data. The Human Genome Project took over a decade and cost $3 billion, but today whole-genome tests from Illumina can now be had in a Read more…

News In Brief

EU Project Looks to Scale Earth Data

Jul 21, 2015 |

Planet Earth is the ultimate source of big data, from weather to natural resources to the activities of the 7 billion or so human beings wondering about the surface of our precious blue home. A European Union big data project called EarthServer was launched in 2011 to establish a standards-based analytics framework for Earth science, or geospatial, data. The goal was to apply an integrated query language to crunch geospatial data, with data volumes scaling to exabyte levels. During the Read more…

Univa Gives ‘Pause’ to Big Data Apps

Jul 14, 2015 |

Scheduling workloads on today’s big analytic clusters can be a big challenge. Your team may have carefully everything lined up, only to have a last-minute change leave your schedule in shambles. One company that’s close to a solution is Univa, which today announced the addition of its “preemption” feature that allows admins to momentarily “pause” workloads so they can run a higher priority application. Historically, admins were loathe to stop HPC or big data jobs before they ended, because it could Read more…

Elon Musk Donates $7M to Harness AI

Jul 6, 2015 |

Artificial intelligence is emerging as an indispensable tool for big data analytics. Still, some high-profile critics worry about “unintended, even potentially disastrous, consequences” should AI manage to get out of control. Hence, entrepreneur Elon Musk and the Open Philanthropy Project have donated about $7 million to fund a grant program aimed at “keeping AI robust and beneficial” while ensuring the technology “does what we want.” Musk pledged $10 million for AI research after the Future of Life Institute called for Read more…

Consortium Makes Business Case For R Language

Jun 30, 2015 |

As more data scientists and researchers embrace the R programming language and statistical computing environment, the Linux Foundation has moved to strengthen the user community and, with it, the development of more business applications through a collaborative development initiative called the R Consortium. Founding members of the R Consortium include Alteryx, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Mango Solutions, Microsoft, Oracle, RStudio and Tibco Software, the Linux Foundation announced on Tuesday (June 30). Microsoft and RStudio were listed as “platinum” members. The open source Read more…

Bright Computing Rolls New Cluster Manager, Ceph Integration

Jun 10, 2015 |

Cluster and cloud management software specialist Bright Computing unveiled a new version of its cluster manager for Apache Hadoop during this week’s Hadoop Summit in San Jose. Separately, it announced on Wednesday (June 10) that its OpenStack management software now integrates with Ceph, the distributed object storage and file system. Bright Computer’s management platform is intended to help build and manage big data clusters via Apache Hadoop. Version 7.1 of the cluster manager expands automation of deployment and management for Read more…

This Just In

Universities Utilizing Splunk Software

Aug 3, 2015 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Aug. 3 — Splunk Inc., provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, today announced that Splunk software is being taught or used for research in more than 100 universities around the world. Using Splunk solutions in the classroom equips students and faculty with analytical skills and concepts that are in high demand in today’s business and public sector environment. Georgetown University, Nanyang Polytechnic (Singapore), Northwestern University, San Jose State University, Sapienza University (Italy), University of Read more…

Oregon State Launches Graduate Business Analytics Programs

Jul 31, 2015 |

PORTLAND, Ore., July 31 — Oregon State University’s College of Business now offers new options for Portland-area residents interested in the field of business analytics. After unveiling its MBA in Business Analytics track on the Corvallis campus last fall, the following options are now offered in Portland: A hybrid MBA track in business analytics that blends online course work with in-person classes. The program is delivered in conjunction with Oregon State Ecampus. A two-day, intensive workshop on the fundamentals of business analytics, offered Aug. Read more…

Yellowfin Teams With Melbourne Business School

Jul 24, 2015 |

July 24 — Yellowfin’s BI platform was used as a core piece of software for student learning and assessable coursework throughout MBS’ masters program, with the Melbourne-based BI vendor presenting a $2000 prize to the top-performing student group in the Master of Business Analytics Data Warehousing module (BUSA90500). “It’s important for MBS to provide its students with practical learning opportunities as well as industry pathways and exposure,” said Master of Business Analytics Program Director for MBS, Associate Professor Jennifer George. Read more…

Rady School of Management at UC San Diego Launches MSBA Degree Program

Jul 21, 2015 |

July 21 — The Rady School of Management at UC San Diego has launched a Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) degree program. This intensive new program will offer hands-on training to prepare students to use data and analytics to identify business opportunities, generate business insights and create business solutions. The MSBA program is the first in the University of California system and one of the very few in California. The program is designed to meet the rapidly growing Read more…

IBM and RTI International Forge Partnership for Data-Driven Development

Jul 15, 2015 |

NAIROBI, Kenya, July 15 — RTI International – a leading nonprofit research institute – and IBM’s Africa research lab have announced a partnership to deploy big data analytics and cognitive technologies to help transform development approaches in Africa and around the world. In one of the first projects, IBM and RTI are developing and testing intelligent systems to capture data about schools in Mombasa County, Kenya. Through the partnership, RTI and IBM Research – Africa will explore ways of using advanced technologies to capture Read more…