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Streaming Analytics Ready for Prime Time, Forrester Says

Jul 22, 2014 |

Analytic platforms that generate insights from data in real time are mature enough for enterprises to begin adopting them, Forrester says in its latest report. While open source streaming analytic products like Apache Storm are proving popular, Forrester says they lack key functionality found in the offerings of proprietary vendors, such as top-rated Software AG. You don’t need a Forrester analyst to know that streaming analytics is red hot at the moment. If Hadoop has opened our eyes to what Read more…

For Esri, Analytics All About Location, Location, Location

Jul 18, 2014 |

Certain analytic tools excel at manipulating with certain types of data. When it comes to data with a geographic bent, there may be no more influential vendor than Esri, a Southern California company that has quietly gobbled up a majority share of the geographic information systems (GIS) market. But now the company is positioning GIS as powerful way to visualize all types of data. Esri owns anywhere from 40 to 70 percent of the market for GIS software, according to Read more…

Can You Trust Your Algorithms?

Jul 15, 2014 |

Algorithms are critical to how we interact with data. And as the volume and variety of data increases, so does our reliance on algorithms to give us the answers we seek. But how much faith should you put into those algorithms, and how can you be sure they’re not misleading you? They’re not simple questions, but through the use of algorithmic differentiation techniques, data scientists can get more precise answers. Algorithmic differentiation, sometimes called automatic differentiation, is a technique used Read more…

Where Does Spark Go From Here?

Jul 11, 2014 |

The excitement behind Apache Spark reached an apex last week during the 2014 Spark Summit put on by Databricks, the company behind the in-memory analytics phenomenon. With a large community of users and growing support from software vendors, the future for Spark certainly appears bright. But there’s a large amount of work ahead to fulfill the promise of Spark, including hardening various components. Providing an easier-to-use alternative to MapReduce is the first use case for Spark, which is said to Read more…

Get Your Big Data Analytic Competition On

Jul 8, 2014 |

Are you interested in proving your big data analytic worth to a doubtful world? There may be no better way than participating in an officially sanctioned analytic competition, which will let you see how your skills stack up in pursuit of big data glory and cash prizes. AlgoMost is putting $15,000 on the table in a competition to see who can most accurately predict which publicly traded companies will get acquired through the end of the year. The Russian data Read more…

News In Brief

Auto Data Being Culled to Understand Driver Preferences

Jul 21, 2014 |

Automotive electronics that have enabled the installation of what amount to networks in vehicles are delivering a raft of new telematics and other features for drivers. These systems are also generating huge volumes of data – 25 gigabytes an hour, according to one estimate – that auto makers are struggling to harness as a way to better understand customer trends and preferences. Call centers, sales and marketing were the traditional methods used to gather customer data. Emerging big data platforms Read more…

MIT Spinoff Mines Text With Analytics Engine

Jun 13, 2014 |

A data analytics spinoff from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab has developed a new text analytics engine it claims could give computers the ability to understand humans the way people understand each other. The startup, Luminoso, says it is attempting to give computing devices “a structural foundation of common-sense reasoning that sits at the forward edge of text analytics.” Luminoso’s founders spent years at MIT’s Media Lab building a cloud-based, multi-lingual tool for machine learning and, ultimately, “understanding Read more…

Climate Data Being Analyzed to Predict California Droughts

Jun 10, 2014 |

California’s prolonged drought and the threat it poses to the Golden State’s huge agricultural sector has prompted some technology companies to harness big data as a way of gauge future water supplies across the parched state. Meanwhile, a new NASA climate probe is expected to generate a database of information about the Earth’s carbon sinks and emissions. The climate situation on the U.S. West Coast is becoming so dire that California’s Central Valley is even experiencing declines in a local Read more…

BMW Preempts Problems with Predictive Analytics

Mar 12, 2014 |

In another example of how organizations around the world are using big data and analytics to transform their business, IBM revealed that luxury carmaker BMW Group is deploying IBM’s big data and analytics technology to address vulnerabilities early on in the production cycle. BMW is counting on the software to help it tackle some of the biggest challenges in the automotive industry: preventive maintenance, repairs and customer service.

Real-Life Miners Find Gold with Data Analytics

Mar 6, 2014 |

Part of the fun of watching Discovery Channel’s hit reality TV show “Gold Rush” is guessing which piece of equipment will break next. Will Todd Hoffman lose another excavator in the swamp? Or maybe Parker Schnabel will push his wash plant beyond the breaking point? It’s good stuff, but in the real world of mining, equipment failures are no laughing matter. Now IBM and mining giant Thiess are using big data analytics to minimize their impact.

This Just In

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.