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9 Places to Get Big Data Now

Jan 29, 2015 |

Discussions of big data often revolve around what new technologies and processes people are using to analyze data. Hadoop, in-memory databases, and machine learning algorithms are getting lots of attention in this regard. But sometimes we tend overlook the most important ingredient in big data analytics: the data itself. Much of big data that organizations want to analyze exists within their own four walls. Relational databases make great repositories for structured data like account records, orders, and customer lists. Depending Read more…

Three Ways Big Data and HPC Are Converging

Jan 27, 2015 |

Big data is becoming much more than just widespread distribution of cheap storage and cheap computation on commodity hardware.  Big data analytics may soon become the new “killer app” for high performance computing (HPC). There is more to big data than large amounts of information.  It also pertains to massive distributed activities such as complex queries and computations (a.k.a analytics).  In other words, deriving value through computation is just as “big” as the size of the data sets themselves.  In Read more…

Rethinking Hadoop for HPC

Jan 26, 2015 |

Hadoop’s momentum has caught the eye of those in the high performance computing (HPC) community, who want to participate and benefit from the fast pace of development. However, the relatively poor performance and high latency of Hadoop applications is a real concern. To address the problem and make Hadoop a better fit for HPC resources, some are exploring how they can rewrite certain components of Hadoop in a more HPC-like manner. Those in the HPC world look at what’s happening Read more…

Graph Databases Everywhere by 2020, Says Neo4j Chief

Jan 15, 2015 |

In a market rife with disruptive innovation, perhaps nothing will be as groundbreaking over the next five years as the widespread adoption of graph databases, according to Neo Technology CEO Emil Eifrem. Just four years since its founding, Neo Technology has risen to the top of the graph database heap, which itself has seen a remarkable amount of growth compared to other database types (see fig. 1). The company’s product, called Neo4j, is arguably the most mature of the graph Read more…

How LifeLock Uses Big Data to Fight Identity Fraud

Dec 1, 2014 |

About 9 million Americans fall victim to identity theft each year, leading to about $50 million in losses, according to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. While the big data explosion gives identify thieves more material to exploit, it can also make it easier to spot the fraudsters, provided you have the right tools. One of the companies that’s invested a considerable amount of time and money building tools to fight identity fraudsters is LifeLock. The Tempe, Arizona company banks on these Read more…

News In Brief

Watson’s Take on the State of the Union

Jan 29, 2015 |

Every year, as the State of the Union address comes to a close, analysts, political correspondents and politicians alike come forward to offer unique take on the president’s speech. This year, however, one new voice is chiming in: that of IBM’s Watson. Using a recording of President Obama’s address, MSNBC tapped the IBM Watson User Modeling service (one of IBM’s Watson Developer Cloud services) to take a deeper look at the language, tone, and topics covered to compare its outlook Read more…

The Humanist’s Emerging Role in Big Data

Jan 21, 2015 |

The combination of big data and advanced analytics can help us find answers to questions that may otherwise stay unknown. But what questions are we asking of our big data sets, and what data are we using? The answers are important, and point to the need for a humanist’s touch in big data projects. In a recent TED talk and report, Susan Etlinger, a social media analytics expert at the Altimeter Group, elaborated on the need to understand the context Read more…

Ex-Security Chief Dishes on Israel’s Big Data Ops

Jan 7, 2015 |

The former head of the Israel Security Agency’s IT unit says big data has been widely used by the Israeli military to track down and kill enemies of the Israeli state, including several senior Hamas leaders killed during the Israeli incursion into Gaza Strip last summer. “I am telling you with certainty that quite a few [dead] terrorists are looking at us from the sky owing to Big Data capabilities,” Ronen Horowitz told the web site IsraelDefense.com in his first Read more…

Can Big Data Help Dispense Justice?

Dec 12, 2014 |

A debate within the American judicial system is focusing on the growing use of data-driven predictions about future crime risks in shaping sentencing guidelines. According to reports this summer, at least 20 states have adopted so-called “evidence-based sentencing.” Outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder raised concerns about the trend during the summer, calling on the U.S. Sentencing Commission, which establishes sentencing guidelines for the federal courts, to “study the use of data-driven analysis in front-end sentencing,” then issue policy recommendations. Read more…

Data Tools Aid Open Source Intelligence

Dec 9, 2014 |

U.S. intelligence agencies and the military are increasingly leveraging analytics platforms based on machine learning to sift through data sources like social media. In the vernacular of the Pentagon, these efforts are generally referred to as open source intelligence initiatives. While the U.S. intelligence community is spending billions of dollars on geospatial intelligence—the analysis and exploitation of imagery and geospatial information—open source efforts focusing on unstructured data like web pages, emails, instant messaging and social media are augmenting those efforts. Read more…

This Just In

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…

Unisys Signs OEM and Managed-Cloud Agreements with SAP

Oct 14, 2014 |

DALLAS, Tex., Oct. 14 — Unisys Corporation today announced that it has signed an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement with SAP and plans to provide managed cloud services for the SAP HANA platform. These agreements strengthen Unisys’ capabilities to provide clients with real-time analytics solutions based on SAP software on the Forward! by Unisys enterprise computing platform. The OEM agreement will allow Unisys to deliver software licenses for SAP HANA in bundled data analytics solutions for banking, government, airlines, healthcare, and communications service providers. The Unisys Read more…

Auckland to Utilize HP Software for Big Data Project

Sep 30, 2014 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 30 — HP today announced that the city of Auckland, New Zealand has selected HP Software to deliver a visionary Big Data project designed to provide a safer community and more efficient roadways for its citizens. Auckland Transport, Auckland’s government agency responsible for all of its transportation infrastructure and services, will deploy video analytics powered by HP IDOL on servers and storage from HP Enterprise Group, and with support from HP Software Professional Services. “The safety and well-being of our citizens Read more…

KWA to Utilize IBM Big Data & Analytics Technology

Sep 23, 2014 |

BENGALURU, India, Sept. 23 — IBM today announced that Kerala Water Authority (KWA), Government of Kerala, India is using IBM Analytics and Mobility solutions to analyze, monitor and manage water distribution in the city of Thiruvananthapuram. With the solutions, KWA aims to achieve 100 percent success in equitable water supply with the ability to monitor and flag irregularities in water usage using sensors and intelligent meters. With a population of more than 3.3 million, providing connections with equitable water supply to 210,000 households Read more…

ICMA and SAS Launch Performance Analytics Tools

Sep 15, 2014 |

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 15 — ICMA today unveiled ICMA Insights, a new performance management and analytics solution for local governments. Developed by ICMA and its members in partnership with SAS, a leading analytics software developer, ICMA Insights helps communities synthesize data they collect across the services they provide—such as police, fire, trash collection, building permits—to track performance metrics and drive improvements in service delivery. ICMA Insights also offers communities the ability to compare their performance data to other participating jurisdictions using a Read more…