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Spark Steals the Show at Strata

Feb 25, 2015 |

There was a lot of good stuff on display at last week’s Strata + Hadoop World conference. But if there was one product or technology that stood out from the pack, that would have to be Apache Spark, the versatile in-memory framework that is taking the big data world by storm. At Strata, Spark creator Matei Zaharia showed how the technology will get even more powerful in the months to come. Spark has garnered an incredible amount of momentum, largely running Read more…

How Advances in SQL on Hadoop Are Democratizing Big Data–Part 2

Feb 19, 2015 |

In a previous article, we discussed several key advances in SQL on Hadoop that are making Big Data capabilities increasingly accessible to analytics organizations. While SQL democratizes Big Data by leveraging conventional skillsets, SQL access to data in isolation is not a guarantee of sustainable analytic agility. Architects successfully integrating Hadoop to accelerate and expand analytic capabilities understand the value of data governance, transparency and common vocabulary to ensure actionable value-add analytic capabilities. Similarly, effective managers engaging new SQL on Read more…

Pivotal Throws in with Hortonworks and Open Source

Feb 17, 2015 |

Pivotal today pulled the plug on its proprietary big data strategy and uncorked a major repositioning that involves making core products like HAWQ, Greenplum, and GemFire open source and aligning its Hadoop fortunes with one-time rival Hortonworks. The software company also was revealed to be a founding member of the new Open Data Platform, which also launched today. Pivotal’s partnership with Hortonworks has several components, including product integration, joint engineering, and technical support. While Pivotal will continue to develop its Read more…

Apache Spark Continues to Spread Beyond Hadoop

Feb 13, 2015 |

Apache Spark is most often thought of as a faster replacement for MapReduce, the batch-oriented programming framework that enabled first-gen Hadoop to catch traction 10 years ago. Indeed, Spark was initially created with Hadoop in mind. But Spark’s promise of speedy and accessible analytics is catching on with other data stores beyond Hadoop, including relational databases. Spark’s relationship to Hadoop is strong. All of the major Hadoop distributors include the in-memory processing framework with their particular Hadoop distributions. Core Spark Read more…

How Advances in SQL on Hadoop Are Democratizing Big Data–Part 1

Feb 10, 2015 |

September 2014 marked the anniversary of Edgar F. Codd’s 1969 introduction of “A Relational Model of Data for Large Shared Data Banks”, which is a compellation of research and theories that ultimately provided the foundation for  modern relational SQL databases. Since the start of widespread adoption of relational databases, analytics professionals have invested decades of experience in SQL expertise. More recently, Hadoop and other emerging platforms have disrupted the relational paradigm, introducing unfamiliar concepts for both data management and analysis. Read more…

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Apache Spark Ecosystem Continues To Build

Feb 25, 2015 |

Apache Spark was everywhere at the recent Strata + Hadoop World conference. From Tableau’s new Spark interface to the new Spark as a service (SaaS) offerings and Intel’s new Spark initiative, the big data framework was very hard to miss. Intel jumped on Spark’s bandwagon last week when it announced it was forming a new initiative around the in-memory framework. “We have engaged with Databricks, one of the pioneers of Apache Spark, to advance analytics capability for the Spark on Read more…

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…

Snowflake Differentiates Itself in Strata Startup Showcase

Feb 23, 2015 |

Snowflake Computing, a big data warehousing as a service provider, took home top honors at the Startup Showcase event held during last week’s Strata + Hadoop World conference. The award is a boost to the Silicon Valley company, which aims to be a one-stop shop for analyzing data generated on the cloud. Snowflake emerged from stealth mode in October with $26 million in cash and a vision to create an “elastic data warehouse” that lives in the cloud. The company, 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…

Cloudera Brings Kafka Under Its ‘Data Hub’ Wing

Feb 18, 2015 |

Cloudera is making Apache Kafka a supported part of its Hadoop distribution, the company announced today. While Kafka still doesn’t run on Hadoop, Cloudera says the changes it is instituting will help CDH customers build real-time analytics applications that span Hadoop and Kafka. Kafka is an open source message broker that’s designed to handle massive flows of streaming, real-time data, such as log data. The software was originally developed at LinkedIn, which uses it to process hundreds of millions of Read more…

This Just In

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…

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…