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Analytics Set to Take Down ‘Felony Lane’ Gang

Feb 18, 2015 |

A notorious criminal organization known as the Felony Lane Gang has been perpetrating its brand of thievery largely unnoticed for the past decade. While each individual crime is relatively small–$500 here, $1,400 there—collectively it adds up to tens of millions of dollars. But now, a group of law enforcement organizations is looking to put the group out of business using the power of advanced analytics. The Felony Lane Gang has its roots in South Florida, where a group of small-time Read more…

A Black Mark(et) for Big Data

Feb 6, 2015 |

Yesterday’s revelation of a massive data breach at Anthem Blue Cross is a potent reminder of the tenuousness of our personal information in today’s digital environment. While corporations maintain large databases by necessity, the ease at which hackers extract that data and sell it on the black market should be a concern to everybody. Anthem disclosed that the personal data of about 80 million people was stolen in a “very sophisticated external cyber attack” that it says it discovered last Read more…

Will Big Metadata Rat You Out?

Feb 5, 2015 |

Data scientists are usually taught to be cautious with personally identifiable (PII) data and take pains to ensure that it’s properly anonymized and aggregated for authorized uses. But as MIT researchers recently showed, it’s quite possible to “reidentify” a person by analyzing credit card metadata even after it has been anonymized. Writing in the magazine Science, four MIT researchers demonstrated a method that can be used to identify individuals by finding links among relatively course-grained credit card metadata. While the Read more…

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…

News In Brief

U.S. Names First Chief Data Scientist

Feb 24, 2015 |

An industry veteran and college math professor who is partially credited with coining the title “data scientist” has been named the nation’s first chief data scientist. The White House announced the appointment of DJ Patil to the new post last week. Patil also will serve as the Obama administration’s deputy chief technology officer for data policy, the White House said. Patil most recently served as a vice president at RelateIQ, a customer relationship management specialist acquired by Salesforce in July Read more…

Will Poor Data Security Handicap Hadoop?

Feb 19, 2015 |

Companies around the world are looking to Hadoop as a platform on which to perform big data analytics. Every day, petabytes of data are flowing into Hadoop clusters with the aim of giving them a competitive edge. However, the overall lack of built-in security threatens to hamper the open source platform’s spread before it’s really gotten off the ground. If you set out to build a big data platform today, chances are good that data security would be one of Read more…

Plugging Leaks in Big Data Lakes

Feb 17, 2015 |

The big data lake phenomenon is in full swing at the moment, with Hadoop playing a central role in the storage and processing of massive amounts of data. But without certain processes in place, a data lake will not stand the test of time. Unfortunately, most of those processes must be implemented manually today. People today are expecting too much out of Hadoop, and therefore setting themselves up for failure. While Hadoop provides the basic structure for storing and analyzing Read more…

MarkLogic Goes All In with JavaScript

Feb 9, 2015 |

One of the knocks on MarkLogic’s has been the need for specialized training to develop applications that run on its NoSQL database. With today’s unveiling of MarkLogic 8, the company has addressed that criticism by enabling programmers to access all of the database’s functionality using the lingua franca of the Web today: JavaScript. JavaScript rose to prominence over the past decade as the language to write browser-side code that powered Web 2.0 applications. As JavaScript code flourished on the Web, Read more…

MongoDB Goes Pluggable with Storage Engines

Feb 3, 2015 |

MongoDB is taking a page out of the MySQL playbook and adopting a new architecture that allows customers to run a variety of different storage engines that are optimized to do specific tasks on its database. The company is also addressing database management concerns with a new OpsManager console in MongoDB 3.0. One of the features that made MySQL so popular a decade ago was its pluggable storage architecture. Depending on the different needs that a customer had–such as processing Read more…

This Just In

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…

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…