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Most Hyped Tech: Big Data Out, IoT In

Aug 20, 2014 |

The Internet of Things (IoT) has displaced big data as the most hyped emerging technology according to the latest release of Gartner’s Hype Cycle. Big data’s drop into the “Trough of Disillusionment” and the IoT’s rise to the “Peak of Inflated Expectations” indicate continued evolution of these related concepts, but are reminders that these are early days for both, and the claims of salesmen may not match reality. For the past two years, the hype surrounding big data has been Read more…

Cloud Era Rising for Analytics?

Aug 19, 2014 |

Big organizations have traditionally run analytics on-site, for a number of reasons, including data security concerns. But the rise of flexible cloud deployment models and the rapid pace of product development are helping cloud offerings to chip away at on-site deployments, especially for analyzing data that originates in the cloud. The IT world has not been the same since Amazon Web Services first took to the Net way back in 2006. Suddenly, a business of any size had an easy Read more…

MapR Says Its Hadoop Tweaks Scale to Meet IoT Volumes

Aug 13, 2014 |

Hadoop is naturally positioned as a key architectural platform that organizations will turn to for analyzing Internet of Things (IoT) data. But according to the folks at MapR Technologies, limitations in plain vanilla Apache Hadoop make it unsuitable for big IoT workloads. We’re at the beginning of a huge boom in the IoT. Gartner estimates the Internet will have 25 billion connected devices by 2020, while Cisco pegs the number at 50 billion. Any way you cut it, the amount Read more…

Five Ways CDOs Turn Data into Dollars

Aug 7, 2014 |

The number of people in the C-suite has grown, often including the addition of the Chief Data Officer. If an organization doesn’t have one yet, it likely will soon. By one estimate, roughly 25 percent of all global corporations will have CDOs by 2015. The CDO is the visionary behind a company’s overall data strategy and responsible for the integrity and security of the data, as well as its monetization. The title may seem faddish, but it’s not. In fact, Read more…

Can Your BI Tool Be the FitBit of the Workplace?

Aug 6, 2014 |

Today we track our fitness, sync our calendars and even monitor our financial activities all from one constant accessory: our mobile device. Consumers are embracing technologies like FitBit and Nike Fuel to give them access to mobile analytics that matter to their specific fitness goals. Much like consumers, business analytics users are increasingly demanding the same type of access to mobile business intelligence (BI) technology that is personalized to their role and their overarching business goals. With a quick glance Read more…

News In Brief

FTC Expands Scrutiny of Big Data Practices

Aug 14, 2014 |

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is stepping up its scrutiny of big data practices as concerns grow about misuse of private data collected by banks, retailers and other enterprises. The regulatory agency’s Bureau of Consumer Protection is hosting a Sept. 15 workshop. “Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?” The event comes in response to growing concerns about individual privacy as mobile devices, cloud computing and predictive analytics techniques proliferate. FTC said it would examine whether big data is Read more…

Startup Adatao Raises $13M for Big Data 2.0 Platform

Aug 13, 2014 |

Big data startup Adatao Inc. recently announced a $13 million funding round along with additions to its board of directors as it seeks to expand the customer base for big data analytics. Adatao [ah-DAY-tao], Sunnyvale, Calif., was founded in 2012 by former Google and Yahoo engineers. It is betting on Apache Spark as the best platform for deploying a simplified user interface. The interface is said to resemble Google Docs. The Series A funding round was led by Andreessen Horowitz, Read more…

Health Tracker Said to Spot Ebola Outbreak Before WHO

Aug 11, 2014 |

HealthMap, a web-based utility and algorithm used by public health agencies and others to track disease outbreaks and deliver real-time intelligence about emerging infectious diseases, may have spotted the Ebola outbreak in West Africa days before it was officially revealed. The web site PublicHealthWatch reported on August 10 that the HealthMap algorithm flagged a “mystery hemorrhagic fever” in forested areas of southeastern Guinea nine days before the World Heath Organization (WHO) announced the Ebola epidemic. HealthMap tracks thousands of government Read more…

Hospitals Use Predictive Analytics to Allocate Resources

Aug 7, 2014 |

Data analytics continues to make inroads in the efficient allocation of expensive healthcare resources. Among the latest examples is the use of predictive analytics at a Texas hospital that has helped reduce its 30-day readmission rate for heart failure patients by nearly half. Meanwhile, other efforts around the nation are designed to reduce initial hospitalization and readmission. Observers note that analytics is gradually moving from the administrative to the clinical side of healthcare delivery. At either end, big data tools Read more…

Big Data Survey Finds Growing Need for CEP

Jul 30, 2014 |

A global survey of software developers working on big data and advanced analytics projects found that the large majority of respondents require real-time, complex event processing for their applications. The survey, released July 29 by Evans Data Corp. of Santa Cruz, Calif., found that 71 percent of respondents said they require advanced processing more than half the time. “Hadoop’s batch processing model has worked well for several years,” Evans Data CEO Janel Garvin noted in a statement releasing the survey. Read more…

This Just In

SAS to Build Cloud-Based Big Data Analytics Platform for Dignity Health

Aug 19, 2014 |

CARY, N.C., Aug. 19 – Business analytics leader SAS and Dignity Health, one of the largest health systems in the US, are joining forces to use big data and predictive analytics to transform the way patients receive care. The Dignity Health-SAS collaboration will create a cloud-based, big data platform powered by a library of clinical, social and behavioral analytics. These analytics will help doctors, nurses and other health care providers better understand each patient and tailor care to improve health while reducing costs. Read more…

Good Samaritan Society Utilizing IBM Big Data and Analytics Technology

Jul 30, 2014 |

ARMONK, N.Y., July 30 – IBM today announced that The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society is using IBM Big Data and Analytics technology to transform health and wellness services for seniors so that they can live safely and more independently in their homes. Today, 80 percent of older Americans suffer from one or more chronic diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension and asthma.  Managing these complex illnesses is costly both to patients and to healthcare systems, and as life expectancy rises, there is an urgent Read more…

SAS Analytics Uncovers New Heart Attack Treatments That Extend Survival Rates

Jul 29, 2014 |

CARY, N.C., July 29 – Wake County (NC) heart attack victims have a better chance at survival thanks to new, analytics-driven recommendations from the county’s Emergency Medical Services. Based on a data analysis project conducted by the SAS Advanced Analytics Lab for State and Local Government, Wake County EMS changed its recommendations for how long to conduct CPR on cardiac arrest patients. Wake County EMS presented the findings at the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) annual meeting, where the paper was recognized as Read more…

Enlightiks Develops Analytics Platform with Tableau at its Core

Jul 24, 2014 |

SEATTLE, Wash., July 24 – Enlightiks, a provider of data and predictive analytics products and services to healthcare providers, is using Tableau to help physicians understand and manage data about their patients and practices. To help its customers navigate the rapidly changing healthcare field, Enlightiks developed an analytics platform, with Tableau at its core, that lets physicians and administrators visualize massive amounts of data on patient history and patterns of care. Critically, the platform also helps physicians make accurate predictions on topics such Read more…

DDN Joins Global Alliance for Genomics and Health

Jul 22, 2014 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 22 – DataDirect Networks (DDN) has joined the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health, an alliance working to accelerate world-wide efforts to responsibly share and analyze large amounts of genomic and clinical information with the research and healthcare communities. DDN joins more than 200 of the world’s leading research institutions, healthcare providers, information technology and life science companies, and disease and patient advocacy organizations across more than 40 countries as a key member of the Genomic Data and Security Read more…