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Unlocking Business Insights in Timecards

Dec 9, 2014 |

When it comes to big data analytics in the world of human capital management, most of the attention has focused on the hiring process. But companies are now starting to use advanced analytics to inspect the performance of the workforce after it’s been set. The source of the data? The humble timecard. It turns out there’s a wealth of potentially valuable data contained in timecards. The good stuff is not the obvious line item that shows Jane Smith worked 37 Read more…

Expanding Beyond Your Hadoop Ecosystem

Nov 14, 2014 |

Leveraging the predictive benefits of data science was not so long ago an under-the-radar secret of smart businesses that recognized the value of interpreting and projecting data. Today, although the secret is out, the true value of data science is still being largely untapped, as many companies investing in data science go only halfway. Given the vastness and complexity of big data, the methods used to take advantage of it must be proportionately vast and complex. Unfortunately, the list of Read more…

Hortonworks Files for IPO, Will Trade Under ‘HDP’

Nov 10, 2014 |

Hortonworks today announced that it plans to go public on the NASDAQ Global Select Market using the ticker symbol HDP, the name of its flagship product, Hortonworks Data Platform. The Silicon Valley firm did not reveal how much stock it will sell or at what price. But as the first Hadoop distributor with concrete initial public offering (IPO) plans, HDP is sure to grab a lot of attention. Unlike the dot-com boom that last from 1998 to 2000, few, if Read more…

Big Data Breach: Security Concerns Still Shadow Hadoop

Nov 6, 2014 |

Halloween has come and gone, but big scares lurk in the forecast for security officers, who should be frightened to the bone about the prospect of their Hadoop clusters getting hacked. Every week seems to bring news of a major data breach. In just the past two months, Home Depot and Staples have suffered data breaches involving credit card data, while JPMorgan Chase was the victim of a cyber attack. Russian criminals with computer skills get the credit (or the Read more…

Hybrid Analytics Yield Big Data Flexibility

Nov 5, 2014 |

You have a lot of choices when it comes to data analytics. Should you run on the cloud or on-premise? Use samples of data or the whole enchilada? Structured or unstructured? Traditional tech or Hadoop? Data scientist with Ph.Ds. or business analysts with MBAs? Typically, one would pick an approach and stick with it. But increasingly, users can take a hybrid approach that mixes different technologies and methodologies and personnel to best suit their needs. Gartner analyst Mark Beyer is Read more…

News In Brief

Mayo Clinic Eyes Data to Improve Health Care

Dec 10, 2014 |

Optum Labs, a health services and technology venture formed by the Mayo Clinic along with one of the nation’s largest health care insurers, is analyzing patient data to identify the best treatments, understand variations in health care and determine the effectiveness of patient care. The collaboration with the Mayo Clinic’s Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery will scour the records of about 149 million patients covered by insurance giant UnitedHealth Group in an attempt improve patient care Read more…

AI Startup Raises $103.5M to Expand Development

Nov 25, 2014 |

Artificial intelligence startup Sentient Technologies said it would use the $103.5 million raised in its most recent funding round to expand its distributed AI products and services. San Francisco-based Sentient said Nov. 24 that the Series C funding round boosts the amount of venture funding raised so far to $143 million. Access Industries led the latest round along with Tata Communications. Existing investors include Horizon Ventures and a group of private investors in the financial, consumer and real estate sectors. Read more…

Using Wiki-data to Monitor, Forecast Disease Outbreaks

Nov 17, 2014 |

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory used open source data culled from the online encyclopedia Wikipedia to develop a disease monitoring and forecasting tool they claim is more comprehensive than existing tools. Using Wikipedia access logs, the government researchers said they applied linear models, language (as a proxy for location) and a Wikipedia article selection procedure to test 14 combinations of location and disease outbreaks. The results suggest that their models could be transferred from one location to another without Read more…

‘Decision Science’ Meets Business Intelligence

Nov 6, 2014 |

A little-known company with roots in India and specializing in big data analytics along with “decision sciences” is pitching what it calls a “Google Map for decision makers.” Bangalore-based Mu Sigma, which also has a U.S. headquarters in Chicago along with offices in the U.K. and Australia, recently unveiled a platform dubbed muUniverse that is said to automate key aspects of the business intelligence process. Mu Sigma said it is targeting its analytics platform at Fortune 500 companies seeking to Read more…

Self-Serve BI Demand Up, User Satisfaction Down

Nov 5, 2014 |

Despite a growing consensus among business users about the value of do-it-yourself data analytics, less than a quarter of the respondents to a recent survey said they have the means to use self-service business intelligence tools. A review of self-service trends by BI software developer Logi Analytics Inc., McLean, Va., reported that more than 90 percent of executives surveyed endorsed the ability to access data with out IT assistance. But only 22 percent said they have access to or use Read more…

This Just In

Spanish Hospital Improves Patient Care with SAS Visual Analytics

Nov 3, 2014 |

CARY, N.C., Nov. 3 — Hospital Universitari i Politècnic La Fe de Valencia is the first Spanish hospital to use advanced analytics and visual data mining to help improve outcomes for patients with chronic conditions. Through the La Fe Institute for Health Research, the hospital will implement SAS Visual Analytics, SAS’ flagship analytics visualization software, to help improve patient management and care. Chronic care is a priority for Hospital La Fe’s Health Department, with five percent of its patients classified as Read more…

Cognitive Scale Introduces Cognitive Cloud Platform

Oct 22, 2014 |

AUSTIN, Tex., Oct. 22 — After 18 months focused on product and technology development, Cognitive Scale today emerged from stealth with the industry’s first technology independent cognitive cloud platform, four vertical industry applications, new customers, partnerships with technology titans, and 22 patents filed. The company is on track to close 2014 with multi-million dollars in revenue resulting from several high-value customer contracts. Cognitive Scale is led by a team of serial entrepreneurs and technologists with in-depth enterprise software expertise in cognitive computing, Big Read more…

Actian Express – Hadoop SQL Edition Released

Oct 16, 2014 |

NEW YORK, N.Y., Oct. 16 — Actian Corporation (“Actian”), the Hadoop analytics company, has launched the Actian Analytics Platform – Express Hadoop SQL Edition, a free community version of the industry’s first end-to-end analytics platform running 100 percent inside of Hadoop. With no limits on the number of Hadoop nodes, and data up to 500GB, Actian Express – Hadoop SQL Edition supercharges Hadoop adoption and accelerates time-to-value for organizations that have been struggling to get value from their Hadoop investments. Hadoop has Read more…

SAP Showcases Big Data Offerings Leveraging the SAP HANA Platform

Oct 16, 2014 |

NEW YORK, N.Y., Oct. 16 — SAP SE today showcases customers, partners and start-up companies leveraging SAP HANA platform for Big Data. With SAP HANA, partners and companies like CSX Corporation, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and Convergence CT (CCT) are simplifying the way people work and live. The announcement was made at Strata & HadoopWorld Conference being held October 15-17 in New York. SAP HANA enables organizations to acquire data from a variety of data sources including Apache Hadoop and Apache Spark, rapidly process and analyze large Read more…

Predixion Software Releases Latest Version of Predictive Analytics Platform

Oct 15, 2014 |

NEW YORK, N.Y., Oct. 15 — Predixion Software, a developer of cloud-based predictive analytics software, today released Predixion Insight 4.0, the latest version of its powerful predictive analytics platform. The new release expedites the deployment of predictive analytics directly to the point of front-line decisions, and expands predictive capabilities across a wider variety of production environments, such as applications, databases, data stores, real-time engines, devices and machines. By removing barriers to deploying predictive analytics, Predixion Insight 4.0 enables companies to achieve Read more…