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‘What Is Big Data’ Question Finally Settled?

Oct 29, 2014 |

People have been debating what “big data” means ever since the term appeared in the lexicon. Researchers at Cal Berkeley recently pepper dozens of prominent data scientists and industry leader with the question in hopes of settling the big question once and for all. You’ve undoubtedly heard many definitions for big data over the years. For some, you have big data when it can’t be stored on a single computer, or it’s the combination of volume, velocity, and variety (some Read more…

Your Big Data Will Read To You Now

Oct 28, 2014 |

One of the biggest challenges in big data analytics is communicating insights back to users. Many organizations rely on dashboards and visualization tools to display the analytic results. Now a new crop of tools is using big data to generate written narratives that explain to users what’s happening in plain English. Advances in artificial intelligence have led to a wave of new applications that can automatically analyze massive amounts of data and write stories about them, and do so at Read more…

Graph Analytics Startup Has Roots in IBM Watson

Oct 22, 2014 |

IBM Watson’s 2011 victory on Jeopordy! was a watershed moment for artificial intelligence and ushered in a new age of cognitive computing for big data. But as powerful as Watson is with natural language processing, it’s limited in the types of data and analytics it can perform. Today, a group of former IBMers led by the founder of Watson Labs formally unveiled Cognitive Scale, a big data startup that’s building upon Watson with the power of graph analytics. Cognitive Scale Read more…

What You May Have Missed at Strata + Hadoop World 2014

Oct 21, 2014 |

Talk about information overload. If you were one of the lucky 5,000 to attend the Strata + Hadoop World conference last week, then you were subject to a marathon session of big data keynotes delivered continually for the better part of two days. It’s understandable that you missed out on some of the big data news announced at the show, including Cray’s new Hadoop appliance, or the latest tools from Revolution Analytics and Tableau. Don’t worry: We’ll get you back Read more…

Congratulations Hadoop, You Made It–Now Disappear

Oct 20, 2014 |

Hadoop has matured at a rapid rate since it broke into the mainstream several years ago. With billions in venture funding, an eager community of developers, and a thriving ISV community, the open source big data platform seems poised to take a big step into the wider enterprise. But according to Cloudera’s chief strategy officer Mike Olson, Hadoop’s next big move may be to just disappear. Olson predicted Hadoop’s disappearance during a keynote address at last week’s Strata + Hadoop Read more…

News In Brief

Data Science Helps Troubleshoot the Datacenter

Oct 29, 2014 |

Data science is being enlisted to help troubleshoot scaled-up IT infrastructure. A data science platform unveiled this week by startup BigPanda seeks to use analytics to automate the increasingly complicated task of IT incident management. BigPanda said its platform analyzes the steady stream of daily IT alerts and essentially triages them into high-level alerts. The startup based in Mt. View, Calif., also announced a $7 million Series A funding round that will be used to accelerate data science product development. Read more…

Content Analytics Gets a Natural Language Boost

Oct 28, 2014 |

Natural language processing technology continues to be integrated with “data exploration” and content analytics as vendors seek to offer better tools designed to help enterprises tap into more data and leverage analytics in real time. Among the leading promoters of this cognitive approach to data exploration is, of course, IBM with its Watson cognitive computing platform. A variation on its earlier data analytics offerings released this week called Watson Explorer seeks to marry natural language capabilities with data exploration and Read more…

Push to Extend Use of Data Tools Continues

Oct 27, 2014 |

An updated of an overarching analytics platform continues the trend toward breaking down organizational barriers to expand access to data crunching technologies beyond just data analysts. San Francisco-based Alpine Data Labs said the latest version of its Chorus analytics platform is intended to help enterprises unify data access and control into a single environment. The Chorus 5.0 release is also said to add functionality that allows corporate managers to leverage their analytics tools to promote collaboration. The updated version also Read more…

Execs Go With Their Guts Until Data Improves

Oct 24, 2014 |

When it comes to appreciating the value of big data and analytics, seeing is apparently believing. That’s among the key findings of a recent data and analytics survey of 1,135 senior executives from industries ranging from energy to transportation released by market researcher PwC, better known as PricewaterhouseCoopers. The data analytics survey sought to define the role played by data and analytics in what the survey dubbed “big decision making,” or “the most significant decisions about the strategic direction of Read more…

Machine Learning Gets a Boost from Google

Oct 23, 2014 |

Search giant Google announced a partnership with Oxford University researchers that will target artificial intelligence applications such as image recognition and natural language understanding. Google said U.K. researchers with its recently acquired DeepMind initiative would work with Oxford AI specialists who earlier this year cofounded Dark Blue Labs. The cofounders, Nando de Freitas, Phil Blunson, Edward Grefenstette and Karl Moritz Hermann, are considering leading experts in the use of “deep learning” for machine understanding of natural language. The researchers “will Read more…

This Just In

Attunity Reports Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results

Oct 30, 2014 |

BURLINGTON, Mass., Oct. 30 — Attunity, Ltd., a leading provider of information availability software solutions, today reported its unaudited financial results for the three-month period ended September 30, 2014. Recent Operational Highlights: Big Data product – Attunity Replicate total license revenues increased by 53%, compared with the third quarter of 2013 Increased activity with go-to-market partners including Teradata, Microsoft PDW and Pivotal led to growth in volume and size of Attunity Replicate deals Closed a $0.8 million follow-on deal with a U.S.-based managed healthcare provider, amounting Read more…

Brillio Acquires Marketelligent

Oct 29, 2014 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 29 — Brillio today announced that it has acquired Marketelligent, an advanced analytics solutions provider. Marketelligent’s solutions range from data visualization and reporting to advanced predictive analytics for global clients including technology companies and leading Fortune 500 companies. With this acquisition, privately-held Brillio will integrate Marketelligent’s 100 employees into Brillio’s Analytics Practice to deliver sophisticated analysis and detailed interpretation of data to improve business performance across consumer-focused industries including Banking, CPG, Retail, Telecom, Energy and Media. “We are proud Read more…

Couchbase Announces Q3 Growth

Oct 23, 2014 |

Oct. 23 — Couchbase, Inc., provider of the most complete NoSQL database, today announced accelerated growth in Q3, with record bookings of net new customers and expansion deals among existing customers. Deals closed during the third quarter included many of the world’s most recognized brands: AT&T, British Gas, Clear Channel, Cisco, Criteo, Hearst Magazine, Major League Baseball, Nike, StubHub and Walmart. During the quarter, Couchbase also announced multiple new and expanded partnerships that grow the Couchbase NoSQL ecosystem for deployment options, Read more…

Cognitive Scale Introduces Cognitive Cloud Platform

Oct 22, 2014 |

AUSTIN, Tex., Oct. 22 — After 18 months focused on product and technology development, Cognitive Scale today emerged from stealth with the industry’s first technology independent cognitive cloud platform, four vertical industry applications, new customers, partnerships with technology titans, and 22 patents filed. The company is on track to close 2014 with multi-million dollars in revenue resulting from several high-value customer contracts. Cognitive Scale is led by a team of serial entrepreneurs and technologists with in-depth enterprise software expertise in cognitive computing, Big Read more…

SnapLogic Receives $20M in Series D Financing

Oct 21, 2014 |

SAN MATEO, Calif., Oct. 21 — SnapLogic, Inc., the Elastic Integration company, today announced the initial closing of its $20 million Series D financing led by Ignition Partners, which will bring the company’s total financing to $60 million. Also participating in this closing are Andreessen Horowitz, H. Barton Asset Management, Pharus Capital Management and Triangle Peak Partners. The company will use the funds to grow its field sales, marketing and operations while continuing to build upon the big data wrangling and Read more…