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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…

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…

Beyond Social: How Text Analytics Can Improve Business

May 15, 2015 |

There’s been a lot of time and attention dedicated to mining social media with big data techniques. With more than 400 million tweets a day, you’re almost certain to find a trending Twitter topic that’s relevant to you. But text analytics’ potential is much bigger than social media, and some of its applications may surprise you. Humans can read and process only so much text, but computers can process enormous strings of words. Provalis Research‘s recently released WordStat for Stata Read more…

Big Data, Giant Return

May 14, 2015 |

Sales drive business. And technology drives sales. The trick is to figure out how to make the two work together. That opportunity arose when a long-term client, National Registered Agents, Inc. (NRAI), determined the time was right to rev up their sales engine. By way of background, NRAI are in the Registered Agent industry. Their business? In short, any entity conducting business within a state must register to do business in that state, designate and maintain a registered agent, and Read more…

Data as a Service: Where It Works, Where It Still Doesn’t

May 13, 2015 |

The latest craze in the business intelligence market today is data as a service (DaaS), i.e. the idea that data or analysis can be sold and ‘served’ to end users on a per-usage basis, with data management, storage and integration handled by the vendor rather than the end user. Data is supplied “on-demand” via cloud platforms, as opposed to the traditional models in which the data remains in the customer’s hands, and the vendor provides the tools that make it Read more…

News In Brief

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…

NOAA Launches Big Data Project

May 6, 2015 |

A big data project launched by the U.S. Commerce Department brings together major cloud analytics vendors and the Open Cloud Consortium to develop infrastructure needed to access the more than 20 terabytes of satellite weather data generated each day. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a Commerce Department agency, currently manages the daily torrent of observational data collected by weather satellites and other ocean- and land-based sensors. Last month, NOAA and Commerce officials announced a research agreement with cloud Read more…

Who’s ‘Cool’ In Storage Now?

May 1, 2015 |

Storage hardware may not get the glory in our software-dominated world, but it’s a critical element of a big data environment nonetheless. So when Gartner trotted out its “Cool Vendors” in storage last month, Datanami had to take a look. Five storage vendors made the cut in the analyst firm’s report, including  DataGravity, Infinidat, Infinio, Maxta, and Storiant. We’ll take a look at each of these vendors, as well as why Gartner thinks they’re so “cool.” DataGravity — This Nashua, Read more…

WANdisco Opens Up the Dance Floor Beyond Just Hadoop

Apr 21, 2015 |

WANdisco today launched WANdisco Fusion, its new flagship data replication product for Hadoop. The new software delivers real-time replication of data not just among plain-vanilla Hadoop clusters, but also among HDFS-compatible file systems, such as those used by MapR Technologies, EMC Isilon, Amazon S3, and Teradata. WANdisco made its name in the Hadoop world with NonStop Hadoop, which provided very fast and reliable data replication for enterprises like banks that required strong high availability and disaster recovery capabilities with its Read more…

Experfy: The Uber of Big Data Projects

Apr 20, 2015 |

Starting a big data analytics project can be tough, especially for mid-size firms that can’t justify the cost of a full-time data scientist and don’t want to deal with traditional consulting firms. But a company called Experfy is finding success by emulating the sharing-economy model popularized by Uber, and matching freelance data scientists with analytic projects of clients. Experfy came out of the Harvard Innovation Lab about a year ago with the goal of creating a marketplace for high-end consulting Read more…

This Just In

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…

Paxata Parters With Carahsoft

Mar 13, 2015 |

March 13 — Paxata today announced its partnership with Carahsoft Technology Corp., the trusted government IT solutions provider, to bring the award-winning Paxata Adaptive Data Preparation application and platform to government agencies to help them automate, collaborate and dynamically govern the data integration, data quality and enrichment process in a self-service fashion. “Paxata fills a critical technology gap between the industry-leading data management capabilities provided by Cloudera and innovative data visualization functionality pioneered by Tableau,” said Michael Shrader, Vice President, Intelligence and Innovative Read more…

Analytics Hub to “Predict” General Election Outcome

Mar 6, 2015 |

March 6 — BirdSong Analytics (http://www.birdsonganalytics.com/politics/) will provide daily statistics for the key parties on Twitter and Facebook showing who are the winners and losers as the political race heats up. The daily updates will track all major political parties trending their growth (or loss) of followers day by day and highlighting the most popular tweets each day. As the election nears, these tables will help identify which parties are best at engaging on social media. It will show who is Read more…

The White House Names Dr. DJ Patil as the First U.S. Chief Data Scientist

Feb 19, 2015 |

Feb. 19 — Today, I am excited to welcome Dr. DJ Patil as Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy and Chief Data Scientist here at the White House in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. President Obama has prioritized bringing top technical talent like DJ into the federal government to harness the power of technology and innovation to help government better serve the American people. Across our great nation, we’ve begun to see an acceleration of the power of data Read more…

NSA Releases New Technology for Open Source Community

Nov 26, 2014 |

Nov. 26 — The National Security Agency announced today the public release of its new technology that automates data flows among multiple computer networks, even when data formats and protocols differ. The tool, called “Niagarafiles (Nifi),” could benefit the U.S. private sector in various ways. For example, commercial enterprises could use it to quickly control, manage, and analyze the flow of information from geographically dispersed sites – creating comprehensive situational awareness. The software is “open source,” which means its code Read more…