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Are Meetings a Waste of Time? Data Analytics Weighs In

Aug 27, 2014 |

Have you ever wondered whether big meetings are a giant waste of everybody’s time? Now a data analytics startup named VoloMetrix is putting data science to that age-old question, and the answers it’s generating might surprise you. In most industries, the cost of human capital is the most expensive line item on the annual budget (the oil and gas business is one exception). The salaries and benefits that companies pay their workers routinely account for 50 to 70 percent of Read more…

3D Visualizer Goes from Cybersecurity to Open Source

Aug 4, 2014 |

A 3D visualization tool developed by the network security firm OpenDNS to identify malicious websites and domains will soon be available to anybody via open source license. While OpenGraphiti was developed to solve problems in the security realm, the GPU-powered software can be used to visualize large datasets for any use case. OpenDNS security researcher Thibault Reuille started developing OpenGraphiti about a year ago to help the firm ferret out malicious websites and domains, and identify the cybercriminals controlling them. Read more…

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…

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U.S. Enlists Big Data to Fight Securities Fraud

Aug 19, 2014 |

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) moved to reform its enforcement practices after missing the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme and other financial fraud by creating an Office of Market Intelligence in 2010. The office was intended to make use of new intelligence tools like big data analysis to improve securities enforcement. So far, the results of the SEC efforts have been mixed, according to the author of a recent law review article focusing on how the office has leveraged Read more…

FTC Expands Scrutiny of Big Data Practices

Aug 14, 2014 |

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is stepping up its scrutiny of big data practices as concerns grow about misuse of private data collected by banks, retailers and other enterprises. The regulatory agency’s Bureau of Consumer Protection is hosting a Sept. 15 workshop. “Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?” The event comes in response to growing concerns about individual privacy as mobile devices, cloud computing and predictive analytics techniques proliferate. FTC said it would examine whether big data is Read more…

Climate Researchers Crunch Data on Weather Extremes

Aug 5, 2014 |

Few data science problems can top weather forecasting and climate modeling for sheer complexity. Hence, big data is playing a key role in tracking changes in global climate and, with it, weather and climate extremes. The application of data analysis to decades of weather and climate data can provide insights that inform billion-dollar investments in agriculture, commodities, insurance and the financial sector, experts stress. More insights could be drawn from recent research at Northeastern University in Boston that used climate Read more…

AG Says Big Data Can Reform Sentencing Rules

Aug 1, 2014 |

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder detailed a “Smart on Crime” initiative during an August 1 speech to a group of criminal defense attorneys that includes a “data-driven reforms” designed to fix the nation’s sentencing guidelines and relieve prison overcrowding. Speaking August 1 in Philadelphia to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Holder asserted that the “big data movement has immense potential to make the corrections process more effective and efficient when it comes to reducing recidivism rates.” “We’ve seen Read more…

This Just In

Former CMU Computer Science Dean Assisting in White House Policy Office

Aug 21, 2014 |

PITTSBURGH, Penn., Aug. 21 — Randal E. Bryant, who finished a decade of service as dean of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science on June 30, has begun a temporary assignment in the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to provide analysis and advice on Big Data. Bryant, who is on sabbatical from his position as University Professor of Computer Science, expects to spend 10-12 months in the OSTP’s Technology and Innovation Division, where he is working as an Read more…

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.