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Are Meetings a Waste of Time? Data Analytics Weighs In

Aug 27, 2014 |

Have you ever wondered whether big meetings are a giant waste of everybody’s time? Now a data analytics startup named VoloMetrix is putting data science to that age-old question, and the answers it’s generating might surprise you. In most industries, the cost of human capital is the most expensive line item on the annual budget (the oil and gas business is one exception). The salaries and benefits that companies pay their workers routinely account for 50 to 70 percent of Read more…

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…

News In Brief

EnterpriseDB Throws Down PostgreSQL Gauntlet

Aug 29, 2014 |

A new database development environment released earlier this month has been tweaked to leverage the NoSQL capabilities in PostgreSQL, the open source object-relational database tool, to build next-generation web applications. EnterpriseDB, the Postgres specialist based in Bedford, Mass., said its Postgres Extended Datatype Development Kit would allow application developers to use Postgres for the types of applications that previously required a specialized NoSQL-only tool. To enable this, the kit is said to expand Postgres capabilities for handling document databases with Read more…

Data Startup Targets Machine Learning for Healthcare

Aug 27, 2014 |

A medical diagnostic startup is attempting to use recent advances in machine learning as a way to make it easier for doctors to sort through medical information in the form of images, unstructured data like notes on a patient’s history and structured laboratory test results. “Medical diagnostics is, at its heart, a data problem,” notes Jeremy Howard, founder and CEO of Enlitic, a San Francisco-based startup that wants to use machine-learning technology to transform diagnostic healthcare. “Recent applied machine learning Read more…

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…

This Just In

IBM Announces Advances in Watson’s Cognitive Computing Capabilities

Aug 28, 2014 |

NEW YORK, N.Y., Aug. 28 – IBM today announced significant advances in Watson‘s cognitive computing capabilities that are enabling researchers to accelerate the pace of scientific breakthroughs by discovering previously unknown connections in Big Data. Available now as a cloud service, IBM’s Watson Discovery Advisor is designed to scale and accelerate discoveries by research teams. It reduces the time needed to test hypotheses and formulate conclusions that can advance their work — from months to days and days to just hours — bringing new levels of Read more…

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…