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Streaming Analytics Ready for Prime Time, Forrester Says

Jul 22, 2014 |

Analytic platforms that generate insights from data in real time are mature enough for enterprises to begin adopting them, Forrester says in its latest report. While open source streaming analytic products like Apache Storm are proving popular, Forrester says they lack key functionality found in the offerings of proprietary vendors, such as top-rated Software AG. You don’t need a Forrester analyst to know that streaming analytics is red hot at the moment. If Hadoop has opened our eyes to what Read more…

For Esri, Analytics All About Location, Location, Location

Jul 18, 2014 |

Certain analytic tools excel at manipulating with certain types of data. When it comes to data with a geographic bent, there may be no more influential vendor than Esri, a Southern California company that has quietly gobbled up a majority share of the geographic information systems (GIS) market. But now the company is positioning GIS as powerful way to visualize all types of data. Esri owns anywhere from 40 to 70 percent of the market for GIS software, according to Read more…

Three Reasons to be Scared of the Internet of Things

Jul 10, 2014 |

We know the Internet of Things forecasts: 50 billion connected devices by 2020. Apparently, there’s huge money to be made from fridges reordering groceries, wearables speaking to doctors, and home systems chatting with cars. Most technologists, investors, and consumers are floating in a Fata Morgana dream, peppered with cool applications, automated living and saving the Earth in real time. All very inspiring; but how do we make it happen and, most importantly, what are the side effects? Theoretically, things are Read more…

The Storytelling Mandate of Big Data

Jun 13, 2014 |

Data has become a natural resource, pouring from every nook and cranny in our digital universe. But data by itself is useless, requiring humans or machines to mold it and refine it and make something useful from it. One way we’re deriving benefit from big data is through the power of storytelling, which is the focus of Tableau Software‘s latest development effort. We collect data and use data effectively to enhance our experiences and tell stories, says Ramesh Jain, a Read more…

It’s Sink or Swim in the IoT’s Ocean of Bigger Data

Jun 2, 2014 |

The network of connected devices commonly called the Internet of Things is poised to drive data growth to stratospheric levels. Our ability to wield analytics on these big, fast, and diverse data will determine whether we can successfully harness the IoT to improve livelihoods and boost bottom lines, or whether we’ll crumble under the weight of the new data. If you thought today’s data levels were big or fast or diverse, you haven’t seen anything yet. Analysts say the amount Read more…

News In Brief

Commerce Department to Hire Data Czar

Jul 23, 2014 |

In an effort to make greater use of government data, the U.S. Commerce Department is hiring its first chief data officer and convening an industry panel to make agency data more accessible. Several agencies within the Commerce Department like the National Weather Service produce and disseminate huge volumes of meteorological data that are used by private enterprises like the Weather Channel and AccuWeather. “The Department of Commerce is working to unleash more of its data to strengthen the nation’s economic Read more…

Big Data Practitioners Ponder Privacy Issues

Jul 9, 2014 |

A panel of big data executives acknowledged the need for trust, privacy and transparency in the handling of consumer information and called for rules of the road to ensure that privacy concerns do not derail technology innovation driven by big data. The executives addressed the issues during an event, “Big Data and the Policy Behind Big Ideas,” organized by the web site, The event was co-sponsored by the consumer electronics giant Philips. Brent Shafer, CEO of Philips North America, Read more…

As Pollution Worsens, China Turns to Big Data

Jul 8, 2014 |

You’ve got to see, smell, feel Beijing’s smog to believe it. Looking out a high window of a tall building, the air is opaque. Despite rules against them, vendors cook and sell food on side streets using charcoal grills. Prevailing winds from the Gobi Desert distribute dust throughout the sprawling capital. The desert dust along with particulates from high-sulfur coal burned in the city’s power plants prompt car owners to brush off their vehicles the way we might clear snow Read more…

Postal Service Eyes ‘Internet of Postal Things’

Jul 8, 2014 |

The U.S. Postal Service is launching a big data effort dubbed the “Internet of Postal Things” that officials stress will require expertise in data strategy and analytics as well as the workings of the emerging Internet of Things. Observers note that the effort is timely since the Postal Service likely collects more data than similar organizations around the world. Indeed, according to a recent industry solicitation, the post office “has always been a major creator of large datasets – from Read more…

Big Data Helps Drive Transportation Planning

Jul 2, 2014 |

Transportation planners are embracing big data analytics as the nation’s highways become more congested and data science in some instances replaces costly road-construction projects. The latest example comes from an outfit called Urban Insights Associates, a subsidiary of Cubic Transportation Systems specializing in predictive analytics for the transportation sector. Urban Insights launched a consulting practice in late June designed to help transportation agencies deploy resources for urban transportation networks more efficiently. “One of the biggest challenges facing the global transportation Read more…

This Just In

SGI Announces Partnership with GIS Federal and NVIDIA

Apr 16, 2014 |

SGI, the trusted leader in high performance computing and Big Data, today announced a partnership with GIS Federal, a supplier of high performing innovative solutions for big data, cloud computing and intuitive tools across all intelligence disciplines and NVIDIA, a pioneer in digital computing. The partnership will power a GAIA distributed database for the United States Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), to rapidly render complicated geospatial features and heat maps, providing real-time actionable insights with the goal of saving lives during military operations.

L-3 Acquires Data Tactics

Mar 5, 2014 |

L-3 Communications announced effective today that it has acquired Data Tactics Corporation. The business, renamed L-3 Data Tactics, is a specialized provider of Big Data analytics and cloud computing solution services, primarily to the U.S. Department of Defense. Headquartered in McLean, Va., Data Tactics employs approximately 200 people, including more than 150 data scientists, engineers, architects and developers, most of whom possess U.S. government security clearances. Its highly tailored solutions are used by the U.S. military and government agencies, including public safety and law enforcement organizations. The business is expected to generate sales of approximately $50 million for the year ending December 31, 2014.

Brookhaven Receives $3.4M Grant to Develop Big Data Computing Tools

Feb 20, 2014 |

The Russian Ministry of Education and Science has awarded a $3.4 million “mega-grant” to Alexei Klimentov, Physics Applications Software Group Leader at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, to develop new “big data” computing tools for the advancement of science.

Kainos Partners with Cloudera

Feb 18, 2014 |

Digital technology solutions company Kainos has today announced a pan-European industry partnership with Cloudera, the market leader in enterprise analytic data management powered by Apache Hadoop, through which new and existing Kainos customers will benefit from powerful, enterprise-class big-data analytics.

UL Lafayette Research Assists U.S. Military

Jan 30, 2014 |

Research at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is helping the U.S. military identify malware, software designed to disrupt computer systems.