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Under New CEO, Lucidworks Aims to Redefine Search and Itself

Sep 18, 2014 |

Lucidworks today unveiled an ambitious new enterprise search application called Fusion that uses advanced signal processing and analytics to drive a new level of personalization and push-delivery of information to users. The product is the culmination of a year-long development initiative under new CEO Will Hayes, who aims to carve a new big data niche for the Solr backer. Search is a ubiquitous component of the Internet, the original “killer app.” Type in your query, hit enter, and voila: a Read more…

Tape Gets Second Wind as Big Data Mounts

Sep 16, 2014 |

Think tape is dead in our big data world? Think again. This week, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) announced that it bought 20PB of tape capacity to expand the world’s biggest data archive. Meanwhile, the LTO Program has plotted out a roadmap for the next decade that will eventually see a single LTO tape cartridge storing 120 TB of data. While tape is looked down upon in our speed-obsessed culture, the old standby has proven its relevance in Read more…

DataStax Nabs $106 Million, Sets Sites on International Expansion

Sep 4, 2014 |

DataStax, the company behind the NoSQL database Apache Cassandra, today announced it has brought in $106 million in new financing, bringing its total financing figure to $190 million. Much of the Series E round will go toward expanding DataStax’s international presence, particularly in Asia, company executives say. “Things are definitely good,” Matt Pfeil, co-founder and chief customer officer at DataStax, told Datanami in an interview this week. “We’ve got over 25 percent of the Fortune 100 as customers, and more Read more…

Big Data Outliers: Friend or Foe?

Sep 2, 2014 |

The bigger your dataset, the greater your chance of stumbling into an outlier. It’s practically a certainty you’ll find isolated, unexpected, and possibly bizarre data you never expected to see in your data. But how you respond to these outliers could mean the difference between big data success and failure. How should you deal with data outliers? The answer is simple: It depends. On the one hand, the presence of outliers may be a sign of serious data quality issues, Read more…

The Evolution of the Data Scientist

Aug 25, 2014 |

The role of the data scientist is currently one of the most in-demand jobs in the tech industry. As more businesses turn to big data analytics for insights into their customers, trends in their industries and to gain a competitive edge, this role is constantly evolving and moving from obscure to mainstream. Coined by Jeff Hammerbacher and DJ Patil in Silicon Valley in 2008, the data scientist is facing new challenges as the information this individual works with is growing Read more…

News In Brief

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…

MapR Reports Accelerated OpenTSDB Performance

Sep 9, 2014 |

Eyeing new Internet of Things (IoT) applications, MapR Technologies said its open-source distribution of Apache Hadoop “ingested” more than 100 million data points per second. The performance benchmark for the MapR distribution with its in-Hadoop NoSQL database, MapR-DB, was achieved using only four nodes of a ten-node cluster. By accelerating its OpenTSDB software by a factor of 1,000 on a small cluster, MapR claimed the performance clears the way for managing huge amounts of data along with IoT and other 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…

Big Data Salaries, Job Offers on the Rise

Sep 3, 2014 |

As demand for predictive analytics professionals grows, median base salaries and retention bonuses continue to rise as more companies in more industries jump on the big data bandwagon. According to a salary survey of predictive analytics professionals released Sept. 3 by Burtch Works, the executive recruiting consultant, median base salaries over the last 12 months ranged from $95,000 for data analysts to $145,000 for managers. Seventy-one percent of data workers surveyed said they were eligible for bonuses while 91 percent Read more…

Automakers Embrace Predictive Analytics to Boost Sales

Aug 20, 2014 |

The use of predictive analytics to discern consumer preferences is expanding to car dealerships where manufacturers led by Ford Motor Co. are trying to convince local dealers that big data can help them reduce the number of days cars sit unsold on their lots. While some dealers are resisting new analytical tools like Ford’s Smart Inventory Management System rolled out in 2009, industry analysts recently told the publication Automotive News that predictive analytics could help save dealerships $100 or more Read more…

This Just In

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…

Siemens to Deploy Teradata Technology

Apr 23, 2014 |

Teradata, the leading analytic data platforms, applications and services company announced today that Siemens AG will be able to enhance its manufacturing processes and product quality by deploying Teradata technology. For the first time, Siemens will be able to combine and analyze data from sensors, the manufacturing process, and machine data, along with data from various source systems.

Attunity to Host Webinar on Harnessing Big Data

Feb 27, 2014 |

Attunity Ltd., a leading provider of information availability software solutions, announced that it will host a free webinar TODAY entitled, ‘Harnessing Big Data from the ‘Industrial Internet of Things,’ on Thursday, February 27, 2014, from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern Time. Today’s informational webinar will feature Noel Yuhanna, Principal Analyst, Enterprise Architecture, of Forrester Research, Inc.

PROS to Showcase Big Data Solutions at Microsoft Global Energy Forum

Feb 19, 2014 |

PROS, a big data software company, today announced its participation in the Microsoft Global Energy Forum scheduled for Feb. 20, 2014. The one-day event will be held at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center. The company plans to provide demonstrations of how PROS solutions on Microsoft platforms help global energy companies use their big data to sell more effectively. PROS will be in booth 709.

Kronos Transforms Big Data Workforce Analytics

Nov 11, 2013 |

Kronos Incorporated today announced transformative changes coming to its Workforce Analytics solution, putting the power of workforce data analytics into the hands of the managers who can immediately act on it.