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Unlocking Business Insights in Timecards

Dec 9, 2014 |

When it comes to big data analytics in the world of human capital management, most of the attention has focused on the hiring process. But companies are now starting to use advanced analytics to inspect the performance of the workforce after it’s been set. The source of the data? The humble timecard. It turns out there’s a wealth of potentially valuable data contained in timecards. The good stuff is not the obvious line item that shows Jane Smith worked 37 Read more…

Why Kafka Should Run Natively on Hadoop

Dec 2, 2014 |

Apache Kafka has become an instrumental part of the big data stack at many organizations, particularly those looking to harness fast-moving data. But Kafka doesn’t run on Hadoop, which is becoming the de-facto standard for big data processing. Now a group of developers led by DataTorrent are addressing that concern with a new project called KOYA, or Kafka on YARN. Getting Kafka into Hadoop would seem to be a no-brainer. After all, the open source message broker software already plays Read more…

Spark Just Passed Hadoop in Popularity on the Web–Here’s Why

Nov 21, 2014 |

Interest in Apache Spark surpassed Apache Hadoop for the first time last month, according to Google Trends. While it’s not a definitive statement of Spark’s actual impact on big data processing in the real world, it does indicate the enormous momentum the in-memory analytics software has garnered during a phenomenal run in 2014. As you can see from the Google Trends graphic–which compares the relative popularity of search terms that people enter and prevalence of news articles about given topics–Apache Read more…

Why Twitter Is the Low-Hanging Fruit of Social Analytics

Nov 19, 2014 |

Nobody is mistaking the Twitter fire hose for a crystal ball. But big companies are increasingly turning to Twitter and other social media outlets for a range analytic tasks, from gauging customer sentiment about bendy smartphones to saving costs during product recalls. Corporations have been analyzing social media since it arrived on the scene year ago. But only recently have they figured out how to really make use of it, according to Katherine Matsumoto of Attensity, a big data analytics Read more…

Hacking Your Way Onto the IoT

Nov 17, 2014 |

Elon “Ironman” Musk raised eyebrows recently when he said we are “summoning the demon” with artificial intelligence. While it’s debatable whether neural networks will give rise to evil spirits, a singularity of a different sort is clearly at hand when it comes to the Internet of Things, which is on the cusp of unleashing torrents of new data moving among consumers, devices, and device manufacturers. If you thought the data you have been dealing with was big, then you’re going Read more…

News In Brief

Teradata Has Hadoop Covered with MapR Partnership

Nov 19, 2014 |

Teradata completed a trifecta of sorts today when it announced a strategic partnership with MapR Technologies. The partnership comes on the heels of similar deals Teradata formed with the two other pure-play Hadoop providers, Cloudera and Hortonworks. But this deal is different insofar as what MapR can bring to the table, the new partners say. As part of the deal, Teradata will become a reseller for all of MapR‘s products and services, which is similar to the reseller deals it Read more…

Dairy Industry Asks: Got Big Data?

Oct 31, 2014 |

The bucolic days of the family dairy farm are long gone. Even in places like “America’s Dairyland” (aka, Wisconsin), huge dairy operations that milk thousands of Holstein cows twice a day are an increasingly common site. These days, the dairy industry is all about production. Enter big data technology as “big dairy” becomes the primary supplier of milk, cheese and, at least in the author’s home state, fried cheese curds. Among the big data applications being embraced by corporate farmers Read more…

Intel Capital Invests in GoodData

Oct 2, 2014 |

Intel Capital led the latest funding round for cloud analytics specialist GoodData, raking in an additional $25.7 million, the company said Oct. 2. The Series E funding round continues the sustained uptick in venture capital investment in big data analytics companies. Joining in GoodData’s largest funding round to date were Andreessen Horowitz, General Catalyst, Tenaya Capital, TOTVS, Next World Capital, Windcrest and Pharus Capital. GoodData also said Intel Capital Director Igor Taber would join its board of directors. “We are Read more…

Peaxy Launches Scalable Data Manager

Sep 30, 2014 |

Data management specialist Peaxy Inc. (pronounced “peak-see”) is targeting the enormous growth of unstructured data in industrial sectors with its Hyperfiler system designed to harness disparate data through controlled access and a “consistent data path.” San Jose-based Peaxy said this week its data management tool targets engineers and analysts who must search for datasets across geographic locations, platforms and storage devices. The unstructured data is then pieced together to aid, for example, the product lifecycle spanning design and simulation. By 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…

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…