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Apache Spark Surrounded By Cloud Data Services at IBM

Feb 4, 2016 |

IBM has made no secret about its admiration for Apache Spark, which it sees as the future for in-memory analytics. Today the IT giant unveiled a host of new cloud-based data services that bolsters its hosted Apache Spark business with NoSQL, graph, and machine learning capabilities. IBM added a number of new offerings to Cloud Data Services, which is a portfolio of more than two dozen database engines and related data-oriented services that it runs for customers as part of Read more…

Keeping on Top of Data Drift

Feb 3, 2016 |

Data is often thought to be constant and immutable. A given piece of data is defined by 1s and 0s, and it never changes. But there’s an emerging school of thought in the big data world that sees data as constantly drifting and mutating in response to forces around it. Without processes put in place to detect it, this data drift can wreak havoc on one’s understanding, expert warn. Organizations that collect huge amounts of data from many different sources, and Read more…

Knowing What’s Possible a Big Obstacle for Big Data

Feb 1, 2016 |

There are many reasons why a given organization may be lagging on big data analytics adoption. The shortage of data scientists is one, and the tightening of budgets is another. But according to analytic experts, one of the biggest obstacles to adopting big data is just knowing what is possible. “The biggest obstacle we’re running into is not knowing what’s possible. This is the single biggest problem we’re running into,” says Praveen Kankariya, the founder and CEO of Impetus Technologies, Read more…

Happy Birthday, Hadoop: Celebrating 10 Years of Improbable Growth

Jan 28, 2016 |

It’s hard to believe, but the first Hadoop cluster went into production at Yahoo 10 years ago today. What began as an experiment in distributed computing for an Internet search engine has turned into a global phenomenon and a focal point for a big data ecosystem driving billions in spending. Here are some thoughts on the big yellow elephant’s milestone from the people involved in Hadoop’s early days. Hadoop’s story started before January 2006, of course. In the early 2000s, Doug Read more…

Data Quality Trending Down? C’est La Vie

Jan 26, 2016 |

One of the biggest impediments to becoming a data-driven organization is tackling the problem of data quality. Data is often too dirty and discombobulated for use in high-end decision-making, and the increasing volume and diversity of data compounds this problem. But according to data quality experts, executives brush off the problem with a choice French phrase or two. Blazent today unveiled the results of a study commissioned by analysts at 451 Group that looked into data quality. Executives with the Read more…

News In Brief

Tech ‘Democratization’ Seen Fueling Analytics Boom

Feb 4, 2016 |

The “democratization” of analytics illustrated by the transition to self-service business intelligence and foolproof BI platforms promises to boost to global analytics market to new heights in 2016 and beyond, market researcher forecast. Gartner Inc. (NYSE: IT) predicted the worldwide BI and analytics market would reach $16.9 billion this year, up 5.2 percent over 2015. Last month, it projected the “advanced analytics” market would grow at a 14-percent clip this year to $1.5 billion as more data is shared on Read more…

Real-Time Streaming Gone ‘Bananas’

Jan 26, 2016 |

Akuda Labs is touting the throughput and power of a real-time stream data processing system it released last week. The company says the software, dubbed Bananas, runs 10 times faster that Apache Spark Streaming, with considerably less latency. The Spark comparison comes from an internal benchmark test that Akuda Labs performed on a 16-core virtual cluster equipped with 16GB of RAM and a 10Gbps connection. The goal of the test was to see how quickly Spark Streaming and Bananas could Read more…

Big Data Spreading Everywhere Like Air, Deloitte Says

Jan 13, 2016 |

For some, the downward trend of the term “big data” on Web word counters and disappearance off hype curves is an indication that the phenomenon has past, that big data is now neither a problem to be solved nor an opportunity to be taken advantage of. But some smart folks see the situation differently, including those at Deloitte Consulting, who say big data has become like the air we breathe. Deloitte uses the phrase “everywhere analytics” to describe how the Read more…

Survey: Big Data Goes Mainstream

Jan 11, 2016 |

Financial services firms remain the biggest users of big data technologies in the most recent survey of adoption rates for Fortune 1000 companies. However, the annual survey by management consultant NewVantage Partners found that the life sciences and healthcare sectors are rapidly embracing big data, beginning to develop what it called a “robust data management capabilities” akin to those employed by the financial services sector for several decades. “It is clear that Big Data is now mainstream, and even the Read more…

Google Is Using Big Data to Debunk Sickness Mysteries

Jan 6, 2016 |

Google has announced a new project called Verily that will use big data to more quickly identify disease and sickness before it becomes a deadly issue for the affected. Unlike other healthcare options, this project aims to collect information about each individual that chooses to participate in order to provide direct and personalized courses of action. The Verily project was previously part of the Google X (lunar exploration team) sector in addition to the Google Life Sciences department. The company, Read more…

This Just In

Yandex Data Factory Partners With AstraZeneca and RUSSCO to Improve Cancer Diagnostic Methods

Jan 29, 2016 |

Jan. 29 — The biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, the Russian Society of Clinical Oncology (RUSSCO), and Yandex Data Factory announced signing of the trilateral Memorandum of Cooperation in Development of the RAY Diagnostic Platform in Oncology, which can be used in molecular-genetic diagnosis laboratories. This cooperation between a medical organization, a pharmaceutical and an IT company may lay the groundwork for a service that would contribute to better cancer diagnostics methods, as well as to identification of pre-dispositions to cancers in Read more…

Research and Markets Adds New Big Data Report to Offering

Jan 28, 2016 |

DUBLIN, Ireland, Jan. 28 — Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Big Data in Leading Industry Verticals: Retail, Insurance, Healthcare, Government, and Manufacturing 2015 – 2020” report to their offering. There are certain sectors that are early adopters of Big Data and Analytics and expect to be big beneficiaries of advancing solutions. This comprehensive research offering includes detailed analysis, insights, and forecast for 2015 – 2020 for the following industries: Retail Insurance Healthcare Government Manufacturing This research evaluates unique problems in each industry, Read more…

Dataiku Releases “Advanced Analytics for Efficient Healthcare”

Jan 15, 2016 |

Jan. 15 — Dataiku – the software developer behind the advanced analytics platform Data Science Studio (DSS) – uses their data science expertise to outline clear steps to build and run predictive applications that leverage data to answer specific needs and solve costly problems in healthcare. The fact is that the healthcare industry has a data problem.  There is an abundance of raw data and few really know what to do with it.  From patient records to heart rate monitors, hospitals produce Read more…

Research and Markets Adds New Big Data in Healthcare Report to Offering

Jan 11, 2016 |

DUBLIN, Ireland, Jan. 11 — Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Global Big Data in Healthcare – Estimates & Forecast, 2015-2022” report to their offering. The Big Data Analytics in the healthcare sector is estimated to grow over $34.27 billion by the end of 2022. The healthcare industry is in a period of rapid change. Advancements in the fields of genetics, biomedical, and information technology are paving a way towards effective personalized treatments in accordance to the individual characteristics of the Read more…

Leverage Big Data Announces Formation of Advisory Board & Driving Themes for 2016 Summit

Jan 5, 2016 |

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Jan. 5 — The Leverage Big Data ’16 summit, the market-leading live hosted summit dedicated to exploring the infrastructure challenges that organizations face as they navigate the build-out of Big Data systems, today announced the formation of an advisory board for its summit program aimed at equipping technology leaders who are scaling their infrastructures for big data workflows with the knowledge and experiences of peers and solution providers who are actively engaged in addressing these challenges. Leverage Big Read more…