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Kafka Creators Tackle Consistency Problem in Data Pipelines

May 24, 2016 |

One of the big questions surrounding the rise of real-time stream processing applications is consistency. When you have a distributed application involving thousands of data sources and data consumers, how can you be sure that the data going in one side comes out the other unchanged? That’s the challenge that Confluent is addressing with today’s launch of new software for Apache Kafka. If you’re moving big data today, you’re probably using Apache Kafka, or at least looking at it. The Read more…

Apache Foundation Keeps Eyes Wide Open with ODPi

May 20, 2016 |

If you’re looking for controversy in the Apache Hadoop community, you need look no further than the 2015 launch of the Open Data Platform Initiative (ODPi), which some perceived as an attempt to wrest control of Apache Hadoop from its open source roots. In fact, some Apache Software Foundation (ASF) leaders see potential good coming out of the ODPi, although there are valid concerns about negatives too. Jim Jagielski, a founding member of the ASF and a member of its Read more…

How Big Data Improves Logging and Compliance

May 2, 2016 |

Compliance has never been easy. Organizations have to meet a myriad of external regulations, frameworks, and internal mandates such as PCI, HIPAA, FISMA, NERC, ISO and the EU Data Directive, many of which have a long list of required technical controls. Many large organizations have five or more regulations or mandates they must comply with. Organizations face many challenges to meet these requirements including experiencing difficulty complying with the technical controls required by the regulations and mandates, especially: Requirements around Read more…

AI to Surpass Human Perception in 5 to 10 Years, Zuckerberg Says

Apr 29, 2016 |

Machine learning-powered artificial intelligence will match and exceed human capabilities in the areas of computer vision and speech recognition within five to 10 years, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg predicted this week. Like most of the Web giants, Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) uses machine learning technology to leverage its massive data set and deliver better services to its customers. Algorithms work behind the scenes at Facebook to do things like recommend new connections to Facebook users, to present content that matches a Read more…

Training Firm’s Unexpected Growth Exposes Weakness of Relational Tech

Apr 26, 2016 |

When CPL Training Group started providing Web-based training several years ago, the UK company expected strong but steady growth.  But when unexpected demand threatened to freeze the relational database serving the application, the company turned to big data tech for solutions. If you work in certain fields in the UK, you’re required by law to receive a certification, or a “personal license,” that shows you have received a minimum level of training. So bartenders, for instance, must possess personal licenses Read more…

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Trifacta Brings Partners Into Data Prep Fold

May 24, 2016 |

The market for self-service data preparation tools is having a golden moment in the sun, with analyst firms like Gartner deciding that it does, in fact, have legs to stand on its own. The health of that market is also why Trifacta today launched a formal business partner program. With the new Wrangler Partner Program, Trifacta aims to bring a variety of types of firm into the self-service data prep fold, including system integrators, consulting firms, software vendors, and Hadoop Read more…

NASA Helps Launch Data Science Grad Program

May 23, 2016 |

Another U.S. university is adding a data science specialization to its curriculum, this one as part of an online Masters of Science degree in engineering. The University of California at Riverside said the data science track was developed in collaboration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) science staff. The partners said the data science program is aimed at engineers, scientists along with medical and social media professionals seeking to expand their training in data mining, data visualization, machine learning and Read more…

DDN Flashes New All-flash Arrays for Enterprise Use Cases at Scale

May 17, 2016 |

DDN, a high-end storage standard bearer, this morning joined the ranks of storage vendors offering new all-flash technology with the launch of Flashscale, a family of all-flash, scale-out and scale-up products designed for read, write and mixed workloads for enterprise data analytics, web scale cloud and HPC environments. Available in August, the SFA14KXi (the first model number within the Flashscale family) is targeted at organizations demanding storage platforms that deliver high performance capacity and latency across massive stores of data Read more…

More Tips For Navigating Big Data

May 3, 2016 |

As big users of big data try to bridge the widening analytical skills gap via everything from training programs and online courses to graduate school centers of excellence, a range of strategies are emerging to help master big data analytics. The latest is a tutorial covering the extremely promising jobs prospects in data analytics, what computer languages and skills are in most demand and, lastly, a tip sheet for mastering big data analytics. The guide was released this week by Read more…

Alliance Coalesces Around Mesosphere Platform

Apr 21, 2016 |

The datacenter operating system movement continues to gather momentum with the announcement by Apache Mesos developer Mesosphere of a broad alliance backing the beta release of an all-encompassing platform for building and scaling enterprise applications. The new platform, dubbed DC/OS, is based on Mesosphere’s datacenter operation system tool. The initial release of DC/OS announced on Tuesday (4/19) expands earlier capabilities to include running application containers at scale along with “single-click” installation of more than 20 services. DC/OS is further touted Read more…

This Just In

Erasmus MC to Utilize Denodo Platform for Data Virtualization

May 3, 2016 |

LONDON, U.K., May 3 — Denodo, the leader in data virtualization, today announced that the Erasmus University Medical Center (Erasmus MC) has purchased the Denodo Platform for data virtualization to reduce costs and enable the modernization of their data management. The Erasmus MC is the biggest university hospital of The Netherlands, averaging around 40,000 admissions and 500,000 patient visits a year. With its 9,300 FTE it is responsible for a healthy population and excellent healthcare. Currently the Erasmus MC is undergoing major change. Read more…

CloudMedx Enhances Analytics Platform

Apr 11, 2016 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., April 11 — CloudMedx, a big data health analytics company, announced today a new version of its analytics platform that provides real-time visual insights and predictive analytics around population clinical risk and outcomes based on machine learning and natural language processing. The new capabilities are ideal for healthcare organizations that are looking to deliver higher quality care and increased revenue through unmatched insights into patient risk and improved treatment. The CloudMedx analytics platform can process both structured and Read more…

IBM Watson Health Closes Acquisition of Truven Health Analytics

Apr 8, 2016 |

ARMONK, N.Y., April 8 — IBM (NYSE: IBM) Watson Health today announced it has completed the $2.6 billion acquisition of Truven Health Analytics, a leading provider of cloud-based healthcare data, analytics and insights. Truven brings more than 8,500 clients to the Watson Health portfolio, including U.S. federal and state government agencies, employers, health plans, hospitals, clinicians and life sciences companies. Data and insights from Truven inform benefit decisions for one in three Americans. With the completion of the acquisition, IBM and Truven Read more…

MapR to Present on Spark, Security and Streaming Analytic Topics at Upcoming Events

Apr 4, 2016 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 4 — MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the industry’s only Converged Data Platform, today announced it will share its expertise on Spark, stream processing engines, security, and big data this month at leading industry events. Each event includes presentations aimed at helping attendees understand the technical, business and practical aspects of Hadoop, Spark and related big data technologies. Predictive Analytics World Predictive Analytics World is a cross-vendor event for predictive analytics professionals, managers and commercial practitioners. When: Tuesday, April 5 Read more…

Clinical Data Launches Disruptive Clinical Technology Platform

Mar 8, 2016 |

March 8 — The cost of new drugs and medical devices is skyrocketing making them unaffordable to many in dire need. Bio-Pharma companies are required to conduct extensive clinical trials; to get their new drugs approved for launch by FDA and other global regulatory agencies.  The high cost and risk of conducting clinical trials, are a major driver in making new drugs unaffordable. Conducting clinical trials to launch a new drug costs $1.2 billion over 10 years with a success Read more…