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A Storyboard Approach to Big Data Insights

Oct 17, 2014 |

Big data by itself is just a worthless collection of numbers and characters. To make big data work, you need to show how the information is meaningful. Taking a storytelling approach to analytics is one way to put big data in context. One of the analytics vendors that’s well-versed in telling data-driven stories is ClearStory Data, which develops a Hadoop-based application that lets users explore big-data feeds, find relevant insights, and share them with others. ClearStory is one of the Read more…

Hadoop ISVs Break Away from MapReduce, Embrace Spark, In-Memory Processing

Oct 16, 2014 |

Big data analytic software vendors who run on Hadoop are increasingly replacing their MapReduce engines with Apache Spark and other in-memory analytic engines as the runtime of choice. Many of these next-gen Hadoop vendors are showcasing their upgraded goods at this week’s Strata + Hadoop World conference. One of the Hadoop vendors making the move to Spark is Platfora, which unveiled a new version of its Big Data Analytics offering during the first day of the Strata + Hadoop World Read more…

Hortonworks Goes Broad and Deep with HDP 2.2

Oct 15, 2014 |

From full support for Apache Spark, Apache Kafka, and the Cascading framework to updated management consoles and SQL enhancements in Hive, there’s something for everybody in Hortonworks’ latest Hadoop distribution, which was revealed today at the Strata + Hadoop World conference in New York City. Hadoop started out with two main pieces: MapReduce and HDFS. But today’s distributions are massive vehicles that wrap up and deliver a host of sub-components, engines, and consoles that are desired and needed for running Read more…

How Spark Drives Midsize Data Transformation for Trifacta

Oct 9, 2014 |

Trifacta was founded several years ago with the goal of automating the task of cleansing and transforming big data, and the combination of Hadoop and MapReduce was a good match. As customers adopted the product, they realized they needed to transform smaller data sets as well, and that led Trifacta to make several changes in version 2, including adopting the in-memory Spark engine. The first version of Trifacta‘s Data Transformation Platform supported two basic modes of operation. A browser-based client Read more…

Forrester Ranks the NoSQL Database Vendors

Oct 3, 2014 |

NoSQL databases have surged in popularity as organizations struggle to serve highly distributed Web applications, but navigating the various types of NoSQL databases and the vendors providing them has proven tricky. Shedding some light on the topic this week with a pair of reports was Forrester Research. The analyst group looked at two types of NoSQL databases in separate Forrester Wave reports, including document-oriented NoSQL databases and key-value NoSQL databases. Graph databases constitute the third type of NoSQL data store Read more…

News In Brief

Predixion Update Seeks to Ease Analytics Deployment

Oct 16, 2014 |

Continuing a trend toward easing the deployment of analytics while expanding access beyond data analysts to decision makers, analytics vendor Predixion Software has released the latest version of its predictive analytics platform. Predixion, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., said Oct. 15 version 4.0 of its “Insight” platform aims to expand access to predictive analytics to a range of production environments in vertical markets like health care and financial services. The company specializes in the “last mile of analytics,” that is, delivering Read more…

IBM Moves to Make Watson Accessible to the Masses

Sep 17, 2014 |

IBM is promising data crunching for the masses with its Watson Analytics natural-language cognitive service. The big data leader said Sept. 16 the extended release of the cloud-based analytics service promises to broaden access to predictive and visual analytic tools. The free version 1 release will run on desktops as well as mobile device, IBM said. The self-service analytics package includes data refinement and warehousing services that would allow users to move beyond simple spreadsheets to analyze and visualize data. Read more…

Food For Thought: Startup Targets Nutritional Data

Sep 16, 2014 |

A U.K. data startup that has developed a semantic platform targeting nutrition and health applications said it has added more than 500,000 U.S. products to its dataset in hopes of promoting new applications for everything from nutritional information to exercise devices to restaurant menus. London-based Klappo said earlier this month that the expansion of its dataset includes 525,000 U.S. product barcodes containing ingredient information about the nutritional value of U.S. food products. It said about 100,000 cover new food ingredients Read more…

Data Execs Thinking Big, Worried about Security, Skills

Sep 15, 2014 |

Another industry survey has concluded that big data is helping global companies identify new revenue sources while developing new products and services. But a majority of executives responding to a survey by consulting firm Accenture Analytics also said they remain concerned about data security and a growing lack of data analytics talent. New York-based Accenture said its study was based on a survey of C-level information, data, analytics, operations and financial officers from 19 countries and seven industries. “They’re recognizing Read more…

Survey: Big Data Deployments Reaching ‘Tipping Point’

Sep 8, 2014 |

Most big data deployments are still being evaluated but may be approaching a “tipping point” as they move toward production, according to big data market researcher Wikibon. Wikibon analysts stressed that much of its recent survey data represents the sentiments of early adopters of big data analytics, adding that analytics technologies are still “relatively immature.” Another Wikibon survey last year concluded that nearly half of big data practitioners had yet to realize a return on their data analytics investment. Despite Read more…

This Just In

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…

Unisys Signs OEM and Managed-Cloud Agreements with SAP

Oct 14, 2014 |

DALLAS, Tex., Oct. 14 — Unisys Corporation today announced that it has signed an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement with SAP and plans to provide managed cloud services for the SAP HANA platform. These agreements strengthen Unisys’ capabilities to provide clients with real-time analytics solutions based on SAP software on the Forward! by Unisys enterprise computing platform. The OEM agreement will allow Unisys to deliver software licenses for SAP HANA in bundled data analytics solutions for banking, government, airlines, healthcare, and communications service providers. The Unisys Read more…

PSC to Provide HPC Resources for Pitt Big Data Project

Oct 9, 2014 |

Oct. 9 — The National Institutes of Health has awarded the University of Pittsburgh an $11 million, four-year grant to lead a Big Data to Knowledge Center of Excellence, an initiative that will help scientists capitalize more fully on large amounts of available data and to make data science a more prominent component of biomedical research. The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center will provide HPC resources and expertise to support the effort. Much of science focuses on understanding the “why” or “how” Read more…