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Can Workforce Analytics Help Us Find Work-Life Balance?

Jul 27, 2015 |

Organizations are the sum of their constituent parts. If employees aren’t achieving at the highest level, then chances are good the organization is underperforming as well. Organizations are awash in all types of data, but when it comes to tracking how employees are spending their time at work—and whether they’re wasting it with frivolous meetings and excessive Facebook use–most organizations are woefully lacking, experts say. There’s no question that employees are generating results for the companies they work for. According Read more…

Understanding Trumps Insight

Jul 23, 2015 |

“What have you done for me lately?” That’s the question many companies are asking of big data, which stands accused of being nothing more than a fad. For many, advanced analytics is still just that – too advanced. Data is difficult to access, blend and understand, and the market is over-saturated with advanced analytics tools. So what’s the solution? A combination of machine intelligence and visualization. We’re all familiar with business intelligence (BI) software. It’s great at presenting trends in Read more…

Big Data’s Small Lie – The Limitation of Sampling and Approximation in Big Data Analysis

Jul 20, 2015 |

Volume is the most prominent of big data’s “3 Vs.” Yet, the “big” in big data analysis is often a misnomer. Most big data analysis doesn’t look at a complete, large dataset. Instead, it looks at a subsample and works on approximations, which prevents enterprises from getting the most valuable insight from their data. Many companies spend vast amounts of resources to collect, transform and store the massive amounts of data that flows through their business processes. However, when it Read more…

How to Turn Your Company Into a Data-Driven Enterprise

Jul 15, 2015 |

Business executives are feeling enormous pressure to ensure their companies are data-driven, be they at startups or global enterprises. Yet C-Suite surveys show there’s confusion about how to implement an effective data culture. According to a recent report by KPMG Capital, the vast majority of executives at large enterprises are struggling with “how to turn data into insights, and insights into real business advantage.” In this race to embrace big data, the reflexive move would be to hire more data Read more…

Corralling VM Complexity with Machine Learning

Jul 14, 2015 |

The widespread use of virtual machines (VMs) makes tracing performance problems in today’s enterprise applications a daunting task. Traditional tools designed to track slowdowns on physical hardware are no match for today’s fast-changing VM infrastructure. Now a software company called SIOS Technology is using machine learning algorithms and predictive techniques to cut through the VM complexity and give harried admins a jumpstart to resolving performance issues. The huge popularity of hypervisors like VMWare‘s ESX Server and Citrix‘s XenServer have had Read more…

News In Brief

IBM Adds Spark to z Systems Mainframe

Jul 27, 2015 |

In a bid to promote “mainframe analytics,” IBM said it would support Apache Spark for Linux on its latest z Systems offering while working with data mining specialists to expand analytic software to leverage additional z Systems processing power. IBM said Monday (July 27) the “enablement” of Apache Spark is part of an effort to expand its z Systems ecosystem. It plans to integrate Spark later this year with its z/OS. Spark support on IBM mainframes and components would also Read more…

Embedded Analytics Upgrade Looks to Bypass IT

Jul 23, 2015 |

Seeking to break down barriers to bypassing the IT department to deliver “self-service” analytics, embedded analytics specialist Logi Analytics has rolled out an upgraded platform that can be customized for individual enterprise users. Logi Analytics, McLean, Va., said this week its Logi 12 platform attempts to address the growing need to get around the one-size-fits-all approach to business intelligence and enterprise analytics. It cited a recent study that found fully 93 percent of enterprises want to deliver access to business Read more…

Fusion Upgrade Boosts Search Analytics

Jul 22, 2015 |

Lucidworks rolled out version 2.0 of its Fusion enterprise search application this week that includes a new user interface and redesigned UI workflows. The upgrade also is intended to make it easier for users to create and configure the search application, particularly for new users or those unfamiliar with the Solr architecture. Fusion sits on top of the open source Solr engine that is included in most distributions of Hadoop along with other enterprise applications. The updated Fusion UI also Read more…

Despite Startup Slowdown, VCs Keep Investing in Big Data

Jul 16, 2015 |

The number of software startups is down almost 50 percent since the start of the Great Recession, according to a new report from Evan’s Data Corp. Despite the slowdown, anecodocal evidence points to venture capital firms continuing to invest in big data analytics. According to the latest Developer Population and Demographics study from IT research firm Evan’s Data, the percentage of new software startups decreased by 49 percent since 2009. “We’re obviously still seeing the effects of the great recession 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…

This Just In

NICE Reports Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results

Jul 30, 2015 |

RA’ANANA, Israel, July 30 — NICE Systems today announced results for the second quarter and first half of the year ended June 30, 2015. Second Quarter 2015 Non-GAAP Financial Highlights:              Revenue of $235 million, up 6% year-over-year Product revenue increased 12% year-over-year Operating profit increased to $52 million, up 25% year-over-year Operating margin increased to 22.3% compared to 18.9% last year Fully diluted earnings per share of $0.70, up 21% year-over-year Cash flow from operations more than doubled to $57 million Read more…

Tableau Reports Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results

Jul 29, 2015 |

SEATTLE, Wash., July 29 — Tableau Software today reported results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2015. Total revenue grew to $149.9 million, up 65% year over year. License revenue grew to $96.7 million, up 60% year over year. International revenue grew to $36.7 million, up 83% year over year. Added more than 3,000 new customer accounts. Closed 233 transactions greater than $100,000. Diluted GAAP loss per share was $0.27; diluted non-GAAP earnings per share were $0.07. “Tableau executed another strong quarter as we continue to acquire new customers, Read more…

PMC Reports Second Quarter 2015 Results

Jul 24, 2015 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 24 — PMC-Sierra, Inc., the semiconductor and software solutions innovator transforming networks that connect, move and store big data, today reported results for the second quarter ended June 27, 2015. Net revenues in the second quarter of 2015 totaled $124.8 million, a decrease of 1.6 percent, compared to $126.8 million in the second quarter of 2014, and a decrease of 6.2 percent from $133.1 million in the first quarter of 2015. GAAP net loss in the second quarter of 2015 totaled $8.6 Read more…

VoltDB Secures $9.8M in Funding

Jul 24, 2015 |

BEDFORD, Mass., July 24 — VoltDB today announced that it has raised a $9.8 million round of funding to extend its SQL in-memory database to power the next wave of real-time, fast data-driven applications. The round was led by strategic investors with participation from existing investors Kepha Partners and Sigma Prime Ventures. Innovations in today’s enterprises are occurring at the intersection of fast data and Big Data through in-memory computing, streaming analytics and operational database technology. The rapid growth of mobility and the Internet of Things Read more…

Datawatch Announces Third Quarter 2015 Financial Results

Jul 23, 2015 |

CHELMSFORD, Mass., July 23 — Datawatch Corporation, a leading global provider of managed analytics solutions, today announced that total revenue for its third fiscal quarter of 2015 ended June 30, 2015 was $7.78 million, an increase of 4% from revenue of $7.46 million in the second fiscal quarter but a decrease of 16% from revenue of $9.23 million in the third quarter a year ago.  License revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 was $4.12 million, an increase of 5% Read more…