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Peek Inside a Hybrid Cloud for Big Genomics Data

Mar 30, 2015 |

Genomics, or the study of human genes, holds an enormous promise to improve the health of people. However, at 80GB to 250GB per sequenced genome, the sheer size of genomics data poses a considerable storage and processing challenge. To keep costs in check, Inova Translational Medical Institute (ITMI) adopted a hybrid cloud architecture for its ongoing genomics studies. ITMI is a branch of the non-profit Inova hospital network in the Washington D.C. area that received 150 million in funding by Read more…

What Lies Beneath the Data Lake

Mar 27, 2015 |

Hadoop and the data lake represents potential business breakthrough for enterprise big data goals, yet beneath the surface is the murky reality of data chaos. In big data circles, the “data lake” is one of the top buzzwords today. The premise: companies can collect and store massive volumes of data from the Web, sensors, devices and traditional systems, and easily ingest it in one place for analysis. The data lake is a strategy from which business-changing big data projects can Read more…

Why Graph Databases Are Becoming Part of Everyday Life

Mar 26, 2015 |

Zephyr Health, a San Francisco-based software company that offers a data analytics platform for pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies, wanted its customers to unlock more value from their data relationships. Doing so would enable pharmaceutical companies, for example, to find the right doctors for a clinical trial by understanding relationships among a complex mix of public and private data such as specialty, geography, and clinical trial history. Old-school SQL databases were not up to the task. Traditional SQL databases Read more…

Mapping the Shape of Complex Data with Ayasdi

Mar 25, 2015 |

Machine learning has emerged as the most useful technology for analyzing big and complex data sets. But all too often, it takes a highly skilled data scientists to effectively wield machine learning tools. A company called Ayasdi is positioning a technique it calls Topological Data Analysis as a way to shortcut that machine learning skills gap. And if today’s news is any indication, it’s having tremendous success with this technique. Ayasdi was created in 2008 when a Stanford University mathematics Read more…

Watch DDN’s Molly Rector’s Leverage Big Data 2015 Keynote

Mar 24, 2015 |

When it comes to finding value in big data, there are almost as many paths as there are data sets. In her introductory keynote at last week’s Leverage Big Data event, Molly Rector, the chief marketing officer at Data Direct Networks, provided guidance on how to find your own path. Like many of the world’s top data scientists, Rector took a roundabout path to working with big data that included two degrees in biology and chemistry and years of work Read more…

News In Brief

Market Regulators Tap Into Big Data

Mar 24, 2015 |

Big data has already become a competitive differentiator in the private sector. But government regulators in the US and the UK are showing they can apply big data lessons in the public realm too, and have launched big data programs of their own. The Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) went live in early 2013 with Market Information Data Analytics System (MIDAS), a computer system that tracks the complete order books for all the equities traded on each of the 13 Read more…

Couchbase Breaks Up NoSQL Database Functions for Scalability

Mar 23, 2015 |

Couchbase today unveiled a plan to boost the scalability and performance of its NoSQL database by allowing customers to separate key database functions and run them on dedicated servers. The multi-dimensional scaling capability that Couchbase plans to ship later this year with Couchbase Server 4.0 will allow customers to separate three key workloads that the database performs—indexing, queries, and reads/writes—and thereby get around a built-in limitation in the database’s scale-out architecture. “Multi-dimensional scaling basically allows you to separate these tasks Read more…

Can’t Ignore the Big Data Revolution

Mar 19, 2015 |

A new book titled Big Data Revolution documents the ever-widening impact that big data is having across the business world. “Data is the new intellectual property,” the authors write. “It can be harnessed for advantage or ignored at peril.” In Big Data Revolution: What farmers, doctors and insurance agents teach us about discovering big data patterns, authors Rob Thomas and Patrick McSharry–an IBM vice president and a senior research fellow at the University of Oxford–guide the reader through analyses of Read more…

Embedded Analytics Goes Mainstream

Mar 17, 2015 |

Embedded analytics, the integration of analytic capabilities within business applications, are becoming more pervasive as software vendors and software-as-a-service providers embrace the approach. According to a new survey, embedded analytics is poised to overtake traditional business intelligence tools as it is folded into more applications and as users seek greater functionality. In its third annual survey of the embedded analytics market, Logi Analytics also found that fully 65 percent of application providers it contacted embed business intelligence and analytics into Read more…

Survey: Big Data is Disrupting Business as Usual

Mar 11, 2015 |

As an American admiral famously said during the Second World War, “I don’t know what the hell ‘logistics’ is…but I want some of it!” The same could be said for the majority of nervous company’s in a recent big data report in which 65 percent of those surveyed acknowledged they had better figure out how to leverage data analytics or risk becoming irrelevant. Capgemini, the French business consulting firm, commissioned the big data survey along with storage giant EMC Corp. Read more…

This Just In

Saama and Tableau Team Up

Mar 31, 2015 |

CAMPBELL, Calif., March 31 — Saama Technologies, Inc., the leading pure-play Data and Analytics solution provider, has partnered with Tableau, a global leader in rapid-fire, easy-to-use business analytics software, to provide advanced analytics outcomes for insurance, high-tech, CPG, life sciences and healthcare customers. This combined offering will help companies quickly uncover and operationalize strategic data assets, and deploy pre-integrated analytics solutions across their companies. Saama will focus on the team-selling, implementation and deployment of Tableau together with the overall solution build. Read more…

Inovalon’s Big Data Platform Solution Achieves NCQA Measure Certification

Mar 19, 2015 |

BOWIE, Md., March 19 — Inovalon, a leading technology company providing advanced cloud-based data analytics and data-driven intervention platforms to the healthcare industry, today announced that on March 16, 2015, the next generation of big data platform for Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) quality measurement and reporting, Inovalon’s Quality Spectrum Insight (QSI-XL) solution, received National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Measure Certification for HEDIS 2015. The QSI-XL platform, the core analytics engine within Inovalon’s HEDIS Advantage solution, leverages big data processing Read more…

Certara to Launch Version 8.0 of D360 R&D Big Data Platform

Feb 18, 2015 |

PRINCETON, N.J., Feb. 18 – Certara, the global biosimulation technology-enabled drug development and drug safety consulting company, today announced that it will be launching version 8.0 of its D360 R&D “big data” platform for the biopharmaceutical industry at the 22nd International Molecular Medicine Tri-Conference to be held Feb. 15-20 at the Moscone North Convention Center in San Francisco. Certara’s D360 R&D data platform solves big data challenges faced by scientists and IT staff throughout biopharmaceutical organizations by integrating and leveraging the large Read more…

IBM Expands Global Research Network into South Africa

Feb 6, 2015 |

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Feb. 6 – IBM today announced plans to expand IBM Research – Africa with a new laboratory in Johannesburg beginning April 2015.  It will focus on advancing Big Data, cloud and mobile technologies to support South Africa’s national priorities, drive skills development and foster innovation-based economic growth. As part of a 10-year investment program through the Department of Trade and Industry and working closely with the Department of Science and Technology, the new research facility will be based at the University of Witwatersrand Read more…

Text Analytics Market Expected to Reach $6.5 Billion by 2020

Jan 16, 2015 |

Jan. 16 — According to a new market research report titled, “Global Text Analytics Market- Size, Industry Analysis, Trends, Growth and Forecast, 2014- 2020,” the global text analytics market has a potential to reach $6.5 billion by 2020, registering a CAGR of 25.2% during 2014-2020. Predictive analytics is the most attractive application within text analytics, which provides insights on unstructured text and helps the companies to formulate business strategies accordingly. Retail sector largely uses text analytics software, which approximately contributes 1/3rd of revenue amongst all industries. Use of Read more…