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IBM Pre-Fab Analytics Targets Vertical Markets

May 28, 2015 |

IBM is retargeting retailers, banks, telecommunications carriers and the energy sector with a package of 20 “pre-built” predictive analytics capabilities tailored to specific industry requirements. The vertical analytics tools are based on more than 50,000 client engagements, the company said in announcing the targeted analytics tools. IBM said Thursday (May 28) it worked with clients and “signature design partners” to develop the predictive analytics suite. Development partners included Adelaide Bank, Deliotte, Interactive Data Managed Solutions and Urban Outfitters. Each tool Read more…

Basho Goes Vertical with Big Data Stack

May 27, 2015 |

Basho Technologies made a name for itself in the NoSQL database world by developing a scalable key-value store called Riak that’s used by the likes of Time Warner, The Weather Company, and Comcast. Today the company disclosed plans to move up the stack by integrating other big data products–including Apache Spark, Apache Solr, and Redis–into its new Basho Data Platform. Nobody solves a big data problem with a single set of tools or skills. Big data is bigger than just Read more…

Hadoop, Triple Stores, and the Semantic Data Lake

May 26, 2015 |

Hadoop-based data lakes are springing up all over the place as organizations seek low-cost repositories for storing huge mounds of semi-structured data. But when it comes to analyzing that data, some organizations are finding the going tougher than expected. One solution to the dilemma may be found in Hadoop-resident graph databases and the notion of the semantic data lake. Despite their growing popularity, data lakes have taken a bit of heat lately as analyst firms like Gartner call into question Read more…

CIOs on the Hot Seat to Deliver with Big Data

May 22, 2015 |

The secret about big data analytics is out, and having a big data strategy is quickly becoming a requirement in the corporate suite. While it’s fashionable for business leaders outside of the IT department to initiate and even lead big data initiatives, when push comes to shove, executives look to chief information officers (CIOs) to deliver amid the data deluge. It can be tough to describe the potential impact of big data. On the one hand, big data analytics can Read more…

5 Ways Big Geospatial Data Is Driving Analytics In the Real World

May 21, 2015 |

Amid the flood of data we collect and contend with on a daily basis, geospatial data occupies a unique place. Thanks to the networks of GPS satellites and cell towers and the emerging Internet of Things, we’re able to track and correlate the location of people and objects in very precise ways that were not possible until recently. But putting this geospatial data to use is easier said than done. Here are five ways organizations can use geospatial data to Read more…

News In Brief

Salesforce Analytics Cloud: Now with More Hadoop

May 28, 2015 |

Salesforce customers who use the vendor’s hosted Wave analytics platform now have an easier way to access data from their on-premise Hadoop clusters and cloud-based big data repositories. Today’s launch of Salesforce Wave for Big Data brings support for systems from Cloudera, Hortonworks, Google, and New Relic, among others. In October, Salesforce launched its Wave Analytics Cloud, a hosted analytics platform designed to give non-technical users in sales, marketing, and service positions access to information that improves sales and boosts Read more…

Gartner: Hadoop Adoption ‘Fairly Anemic’

May 14, 2015 |

Enterprise adoption of Hadoop remains “tentative,” according to a new survey, as lingering challenges posed by doubts about the business value of the software framework and database skills gap hinder uptake. Market researcher Gartner Inc. reported this week that only 125 respondents to a recent survey of 284 clients said they have invested in Hadoop or plan to over the next two years. The survey was conducted between February and March of this year. “Despite considerable hype and reported successes Read more…

Wikibon Analyst Kelly: Big Data is Entrenched

May 12, 2015 |

Back in 2011, when the respected Wikibon researcher Jeff Kelly began tracking big data, the technology was, in his view, “long on promise but short on specifics.” In his final blog post for the Wikibon Project, Kelly concludes that the technology has come full circle, asserting that its steady application has helped to solve real-world business challenges while evolving into a “competitive differentiator” in a world gone digital. It has even helped deliver sports championships. “Big data is no longer Read more…

Pentaho Eyes Spark to Overcome MapReduce Limitations

May 12, 2015 |

Pentaho today announced it’s supporting Apache Spark with its suite of data analytic tools. While supporting Spark gives Pentaho performance advantages over MapReduce when executing data transformations and running queries within Hadoop, the software company is approaching the in-memory framework for other use cases with a wary eye. Apache Spark will be a supported engine with the next release of Pentaho‘s analytical platform, which is due in mid to late June. Pentaho is eyeing two main use cases with this Read more…

Teradata Mixes, Matches Database Rows, Columns

May 11, 2015 |

Seeking to improve access to data stored in columnar tables and, with it, speed up query performance, big data and marketing applications specialist Teradata Corp. rolled out a hybrid row and column database that it said would allow users to mix and match row and column technologies. San Diego-based Teradata said May 7 its enhanced hybrid row and column in-database technology could help reduce the amount of data read in wide tables while “preserving pinpoint data access” for real-time queries. Read more…

This Just In

451 Research Predicts Total Data Market to Hit $115 Billion by 2019

May 28, 2015 |

NEW YORK, N.Y., May 28 – 451 Research announces significant revenue growth for the Total Data Market. Consisting of data platforms, data management, analytics, and data mining the Total Data Market is expected to nearly double in size, from $60bn in 2014 to $115bn in 2019. The specific market segments included in 451 Research’s analysis are Operational Databases, Analytic Databases, Reporting and Analytics, Data Management, Performance Management, Event/Stream Processing, Distributed Data Grid/Cache, Hadoop and Search-Based Data Platforms and Analytics.  The company predicts the focus on Read more…

DataTorrent Joins the Open Data Platform Initiative, Brings Real-Time Processing of Data-In-Motion to ODP

May 21, 2015 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 21, – DataTorrent, the leader in real-time big data analytics and creator of DataTorrent RTS, the world’s first enterprise-grade unified platform for both stream and batch processing on Hadoop, today announced it joined the Open Data Platform (ODP) as a Silver member. In addition, DataTorrent RTS is certified and immediately available on the ODP Core. DataTorrent is focused on reducing time to market, increasing ROI and enabling success of big data projects. Joining ODP brings DataTorrent’s Read more…

Smartsheet Announces Real-Time Data Exchange with Tableau

May 21, 2015 |

BELLEVUE, WASH., May 21 – Smartsheet, the spreadsheet-inspired collaborative work management tool used by millions worldwide, today announced the general availability of the Smartsheet Live Data Connector. The new functionality uses industry standard Open Database Connector (ODBC) capabilities to link live data in Smartsheet with other ODBC-compliant tools like Tableau Software, Microsoft Excel, QlikView and Qlik Sense. “This new live connection will help Smartsheet users get more out of their data,” said Francois Ajenstat, Vice President, Product Management at Tableau. “The Read more…

Ryft Open API Library Extends Lightning-Fast Batch and Streaming Analysis to Existing Big Data Environments 

May 21, 2015 |

ROCKVILLE, MD., May 21 — Ryft announced today the availability of the Ryft Open API Library, expanding the company’s Ryft ONE high-performance data analysis capabilities into existing big data environments. Developers can now invoke or extend the Ryft Open API to add hardware-driven acceleration to applications that demand real-time intelligence from all types of batch and streaming data. Now, Ryft combines the flexibility of an open, future-proof 1U platform with the speed, simplicity, scalability and security of a purpose-built analytics accelerator for 100X faster enterprise decision-making Read more…

Clarabridge Acquires Engagor

May 21, 2015 |

RESTON, VA., May 21 — Clarabridge, Inc., the leading provider of Customer Experience Management (CEM) solutions for the world’s top brands, today announced the acquisition of Engagor, the most comprehensive platform for real-time social customer service and engagement. The combined offering provides a complete, end-to-end technology solution for marketers, customer care organizations and operations teams to create more profitable customer relationships. Founded by Folke Lemaitre in 2011, Belgium-based Engagor offers a robust social listening and engagement platform for marketers and customer Read more…