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Big Data’s Cold Feet Syndrome

Jul 31, 2015 |

With all the hype around big data, it sometimes seems that everybody and her grandmother are doing it. But the truth is that implementing big data analytics can be almost as difficult as it is potentially profitable. And while the technical complexity makes it challenging, just getting employees to climb aboard the big data bandwagon, change their daily work patterns, and believe in the new analytic-powered systems is a challenge in itself. The secret about big data is out, and Read more…

Analytics Big Role in New Healthcare Model

Jul 28, 2015 |

Big data analytics is having a transformative impact on almost every industry it touches. But when it comes to the $3-trillion healthcare industry, the impact is personal in more ways than one. For a look at how analytics is impacting healthcare, let’s take a look at Premise Health. Formed by the June 2014 merger between two workplace clinic companies, Premise Health is now the nation’s largest provider of employer-based onsite healthcare services. Premise Health has more than 500 clinics nationwide, Read more…

Can Workforce Analytics Help Us Find Work-Life Balance?

Jul 27, 2015 |

Organizations are the sum of their constituent parts. If employees aren’t achieving at the highest level, then chances are good the organization is underperforming as well. Organizations are awash in all types of data, but when it comes to tracking how employees are spending their time at work—and whether they’re wasting it with frivolous meetings and excessive Facebook use–most organizations are woefully lacking, experts say. There’s no question that employees are generating results for the companies they work for. According Read more…

Understanding Trumps Insight

Jul 23, 2015 |

“What have you done for me lately?” That’s the question many companies are asking of big data, which stands accused of being nothing more than a fad. For many, advanced analytics is still just that – too advanced. Data is difficult to access, blend and understand, and the market is over-saturated with advanced analytics tools. So what’s the solution? A combination of machine intelligence and visualization. We’re all familiar with business intelligence (BI) software. It’s great at presenting trends in Read more…

Big Data, Big Misnomer

Jul 22, 2015 |

Outside of the data warehouse profession, the phrase “Big Data” is still widely misunderstood. Even Google is confused: a Google search for “define ‘big data’” returns the definition: “extremely large data sets that may be analyzed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behavior and interactions.” But on a modern laptop with Excel you can easily analyze hundreds of millions of rows of data. Google (a “Big Data” pioneer) should know better. This article looks at Read more…

News In Brief

Crypto Tools Target Hadoop Security Gaps

Jul 31, 2015 |

Growing concerns about the lack of built-in security for open source databases such as Hadoop has created a need for tighter data security as these databases are scaled up to perform big data analytics. A data encryption and key management tool released this week by cyber-security specialist Thales e-Security Inc. and big data security vendor Zettaset targets open source big data distributions of Hadoop and NoSQL. The standards-based key management appliance and companying encryption software is also intended to help Read more…

Embedded Analytics Upgrade Looks to Bypass IT

Jul 23, 2015 |

Seeking to break down barriers to bypassing the IT department to deliver “self-service” analytics, embedded analytics specialist Logi Analytics has rolled out an upgraded platform that can be customized for individual enterprise users. Logi Analytics, McLean, Va., said this week its Logi 12 platform attempts to address the growing need to get around the one-size-fits-all approach to business intelligence and enterprise analytics. It cited a recent study that found fully 93 percent of enterprises want to deliver access to business Read more…

Fusion Upgrade Boosts Search Analytics

Jul 22, 2015 |

Lucidworks rolled out version 2.0 of its Fusion enterprise search application this week that includes a new user interface and redesigned UI workflows. The upgrade also is intended to make it easier for users to create and configure the search application, particularly for new users or those unfamiliar with the Solr architecture. Fusion sits on top of the open source Solr engine that is included in most distributions of Hadoop along with other enterprise applications. The updated Fusion UI also Read more…

Despite Startup Slowdown, VCs Keep Investing in Big Data

Jul 16, 2015 |

The number of software startups is down almost 50 percent since the start of the Great Recession, according to a new report from Evan’s Data Corp. Despite the slowdown, anecodocal evidence points to venture capital firms continuing to invest in big data analytics. According to the latest Developer Population and Demographics study from IT research firm Evan’s Data, the percentage of new software startups decreased by 49 percent since 2009. “We’re obviously still seeing the effects of the great recession Read more…

Microsoft Unites Analytics Under ‘Cortana,’ Adds Spark Support

Jul 13, 2015 |

Microsoft today unveiled a new suite of hosted analytic services named after Cortana, the software giant’s personal assistant software for smartphones. Meanwhile, the company is prepping to begin support for Apache Spark on Azure, its public cloud platform. If you have a Windows-based smartphone, you’re probably familiar with Cortana, the smooth-talking female voice that does various digital chores at your behalf. The new Cortana Analytics Suite takes the personal assistant role and injects big data into it. The new suite Read more…

This Just In

Cloudera Joins Lockheed Martin Healthcare Technology Alliance

Aug 3, 2015 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 3 — Cloudera, the leader in enterprise analytic data management powered by Apache Hadoop, today announced it has joined a new healthcare technology alliance formed by Lockheed Martin. This alliance seeks to combine the expertise of leading health IT providers, medical technology companies, and academic institutions to advance public health. The members of the Lockheed Martin Healthcare Technology Alliance will collaborate on technology solutions that help improve care in rapidly evolving and growing areas of health technology, such Read more…

Inovalon and HP Partner to Provide Healthcare Quality Analytics for Government Programs

Jul 29, 2015 |

BOWIE, Md., July 29 — Inovalon, a leading technology company providing advanced, cloud-based analytics and data-driven intervention platforms to the healthcare industry, today announced a new, multi-year agreement with HP to provide an industry-leading solution for healthcare quality analytics for the State of Georgia Department of Community Health’s (DCH) Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids programs. With the increasing importance of clinical and quality outcomes in Medicare Advantage, managed Medicaid, Commercial, accountable care organizations (ACOs) and other value-based programs, sophisticated analytical platforms have Read more…

Sysorex Lands New IT Infrastructure Deal With Health Care Provider

Jul 6, 2015 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., July 6 — Big data software solutions and infrastructure provider Sysorex today announced a new IT infrastructure development engagement with a Fortune 500 health care services provider based in California. Sysorex will develop and deploy a new advanced systems architecture that will provide high availability, security and compliance for proprietary health care systems currently under development by the client. The project is worth slightly more than $500,000. This is the second such engagement between the two companies. In Read more…

Peter Coveney to Keynote ISC Cloud & Big Data Conference

Jun 30, 2015 |

FRANKFURT, Germany, June 30 – ISC Events, the organizer of the inaugural ISC Cloud & Big Data conference is pleased to announce Professor Peter V. Coveney of University College London (UCL) as the conference keynoter. Prof Coveney will be talking about the current state-of-the-art in the development of personalized medicine on September 30. In a presentation titled “The Virtual Human: In Silico Methods for Personalised Medicine,” Coveney will talk about the opportunities and challenges involved in developing personalized medical treatment for patients. Currently one of Read more…

QualMetrix Raises $5M

Jun 10, 2015 |

MIAMI, Fla., June 10 — QualMetrix, Inc., an emerging leader in Software as a Service (SaaS) analytics, focused on solutions for healthcare payors and providers, announced today it has closed a $5 million Series B round led by Terence M. Breslin bringing the total funding of the company to $9.3M. The funding will support the company’s accelerated go-to-market strategy and further expansion in the healthcare analytics market. “We are excited about our series B financing,” said Dr. Larry Schimmel, Chairman of Read more…