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Rating the Advanced Analytics Vendors

Feb 27, 2015 |

There are several ways you can go about obtaining the advanced analytic capabilities needed to extract insights from large amounts of data. You can outsource the whole thing to a services firm, you can buy pre-built applications for a specific industry, or you can buy tools that will let you build what you need. Last week, Gartner rated the top 16 such build-it-yourself tools in the advanced analytics category. The “Magic Quadrant for Advanced Analytics Platforms” that Gartner delivered last 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…

The Rise of Predictive Modeling Factories

Feb 9, 2015 |

So you installed Hadoop and built a data lake that can store petabytes of data. Now what? According to leaders in predictive analytics, the best thing you can do is to build a predictive model factory that automates much of the drudgery out of running machine learning algorithms at scale. “Every data lake needs a predictive modeling factory,” says SriSatish Ambati, the co-founder and CEO of H2O, a developer of in-memory machine learning technology. “Predictive analytics as a whole is Read more…

News In Brief

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…

IBM Embraces Hadoop in ‘BigInsight’ Push

Feb 19, 2015 |

IBM jumped onto the Hadoop bandwagon this week with the introduction of its BigInsights for Apache Hadoop offering along with machine learning with R statistical computing and other features designed to handle data analysis at massive scale. The introduction coincides with the launch of an industry initiative by IBM and others to promote Apache Hadoop and big data technologies in enterprises. IBM BigInsights for Apache Hadoop comes with a broad data science toolset to query data, visualize and carry out Read more…

MapR Delivers Bi-Directional Replication with Distro Refresh

Feb 18, 2015 |

A new release of the MapR Distribution including Hadoop unveiled today will enable companies to perform real-time, bi-directional data replication between Hadoop clusters that are thousands of miles apart. The new table replication feature was added to MapR-DB, the NoSQL database included with the high-end edition of MapR’s commercial Hadoop offering. As Hadoop adoption grows, companies are finding it increasingly difficult to ensure that they’re acting on the latest, freshest data. This fast-data problem is particularly evident in organizations that Read more…

Connecting the Dots on Dark Data

Feb 17, 2015 |

It’s estimated that 90 percent of the data in the average enterprise is “dark data”–that is, data that isn’t readily available for analytics—leaving only about 10 percent data exposed for doing analytics. While the inclusion of pertinent metadata and master data management (MDM) structure is the long term answer to the dark data problem, enterprises need a way to get value out of that data now. The dark data problem runs deep in many organizations, especially those that have implemented Read more…

MongoDB Goes Pluggable with Storage Engines

Feb 3, 2015 |

MongoDB is taking a page out of the MySQL playbook and adopting a new architecture that allows customers to run a variety of different storage engines that are optimized to do specific tasks on its database. The company is also addressing database management concerns with a new OpsManager console in MongoDB 3.0. One of the features that made MySQL so popular a decade ago was its pluggable storage architecture. Depending on the different needs that a customer had–such as processing Read more…

This Just In

X-ISS Announces New Release of DecisionHPC Analytics Software

Nov 11, 2014 |

HOUSTON, Tex., Nov. 11 – eXcellence in IS Solutions Inc. (X-ISS), a provider of High Performance Computing and Big Data solutions, today announced Version 14.2 of its DecisionHPC business analytics software. New functionality gives DecisionHPC clients greater customization, improved usability, and easier access to critical cluster performance information. X-ISS will officially release DecisionHPC 14.2 by year end and will be demonstrating several of the new capabilities in booth #3760 at SC14, an international conference of the HPC industry being held November 16-21, Read more…

Kepware Releases Updated Product for Splunk

Oct 21, 2014 |

SAN FRANCISCO — Splunk Inc., provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, and Kepware Technologies, developer of software solutions for Industrial Automation and Controls, today announced the availability of Kepware’s Industrial Data Forwarder (IDF) for Splunk. The forwarder, a plug-in for the widely deployed KEPServerEX platform, enables customers to send industrial data from sensors, devices and control systems to Splunk Enterprise and Splunk Cloud. Splunk users can easily collect, search and analyze industrial data to improve operations, accelerate troubleshooting, perform Read more…

Intel and Mitsubishi Collaborate

Sep 30, 2014 |

TOKYO, Japan, Sept. 30 — Intel Corporation and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation today announced a new collaboration to develop next-generation factory automation (FA) systems with Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and a pilot program at Intel’s backend manufacturing facility in Malaysia. The pilot demonstrates the benefits of IoT in a factory setting with a focus on delivering productivity enhancement through innovative functions, such as predictive failure, by combining Intel’s expertise developing solutions for IoT and Mitsubishi Electric’s “e-F@ctory” automation capabilities. Intel realized Read more…

TEKsystems Launches COE Lab for Big Data for Manufacturing Offering

Sep 29, 2014 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Sept. 29 — TEKsystems Global Services, the IT services division of TEKsystems, today announced the launch of the Center of Excellence (COE) lab that showcases its Big Data for Manufacturing solution created using Oracle products. This solution leverages the Oracle Manufacturing Operations Center, Oracle Manufacturing Analytics, Enterprise Signal Inc.’s EnterpriseSignal Cloud and TEKsystems Global Services. It offers manufacturing organizations a comprehensive solution that provides a 360-degree view of the shop floor and allows organizations to take corrective actions in real Read more…

Pioneer and Treasure Data Partner to Develop Big Data Services for Automotive Industry

Sep 4, 2014 |

TOKYO, Japan and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 4 — Japan-based Pioneer and Mountain View, Calif.-based Treasure Data today announced a business alliance to develop services for the global automobile industry, leveraging big data generated by telematics, such as data from vehicle electronics sensors. This continues Pioneer’s emphasis on cloud-based big data solutions and developing more products based on huge volumes of automobile-related data. Treasure Data was selected as its technology partner because of its global experience and unique managed cloud service for collecting, storing and analyzing Read more…