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Can Workforce Analytics Help Us Find Work-Life Balance?

Jul 27, 2015 |

Organizations are the sum of their constituent parts. If employees aren’t achieving at the highest level, then chances are good the organization is underperforming as well. Organizations are awash in all types of data, but when it comes to tracking how employees are spending their time at work—and whether they’re wasting it with frivolous meetings and excessive Facebook use–most organizations are woefully lacking, experts say. There’s no question that employees are generating results for the companies they work for. According Read more…

Understanding Trumps Insight

Jul 23, 2015 |

“What have you done for me lately?” That’s the question many companies are asking of big data, which stands accused of being nothing more than a fad. For many, advanced analytics is still just that – too advanced. Data is difficult to access, blend and understand, and the market is over-saturated with advanced analytics tools. So what’s the solution? A combination of machine intelligence and visualization. We’re all familiar with business intelligence (BI) software. It’s great at presenting trends in Read more…

From Data Lakes to State Analytics

Jul 21, 2015 |

Earlier this year, I published my thoughts around a data lake use case that I called “The Union of the State.” Since this post published, the topic of data lakes and data analytics has become more widely debated than ever before. And the more I’ve thought about it, the more I’ve read and heard from industry influencers such as Dan Woods and Adrian Bridgwater, I’ve come to realize something – there is an entire branch of analytics that no one Read more…

Corralling VM Complexity with Machine Learning

Jul 14, 2015 |

The widespread use of virtual machines (VMs) makes tracing performance problems in today’s enterprise applications a daunting task. Traditional tools designed to track slowdowns on physical hardware are no match for today’s fast-changing VM infrastructure. Now a software company called SIOS Technology is using machine learning algorithms and predictive techniques to cut through the VM complexity and give harried admins a jumpstart to resolving performance issues. The huge popularity of hypervisors like VMWare‘s ESX Server and Citrix‘s XenServer have had Read more…

Python Versus R in Apache Spark

Jul 13, 2015 |

The June update to Apache Spark brought support for R, a significant enhancement that opens the big data platform to a large audience of new potential users. Support for R in Spark 1.4 also gives users an alternative to Python. But which language will emerge as the winner for doing data science in Spark? We spoke to Databricks Ali Ghodsi for answers. According to Ghodsi, who is Databricks’ vice president of engineering and product management, the company has been bombarded Read more…

News In Brief

SAP Combines In-Memory Engine With Hadoop

Sep 2, 2015 |

A new in-memory query engine designed to boost interactive analytics capabilities on Hadoop has been added to SAP HANA along with other new cloud platform services. SAP HANA Vora software released this week aims to leverage and extend the Apache Spark execution framework to boost the performance of Hadoop. The query engine is designed to target distributed data to provide contextual awareness while improving “business process awareness” across enterprise applications and analytics, the company said Tuesday (Sept. 1). Vora aims Read more…

Apache Spark Gets IBM Mainframe Connection

Sep 1, 2015 |

IBM’s recent embrace of Apache Spark is beginning to generate dividends in the form of open source contributions for a mainframe big data link to Spark. Big data software vendor Syncsort, Woodcliff Lake, N.J., said Tuesday (Sept. 1) it is contributing an IBM z System mainframe connector for Apache Spark that would allow easier access to mainframe data using Spark’s analytics and Spark SQL. The company described its latest mainframe connector as being similar to the Apache Sqoop link it Read more…

Spark 1.5 to Incorporate ‘Tungsten’ Upgrades

Aug 25, 2015 |

A preview release of the Apache Spark open source in-memory processing framework incorporates major performance upgrades, according to Databricks Inc., the big data processing company founded by Spark’s creators. Databricks said Aug. 18 is expects to release Apache Spark 1.5 in a “few weeks,” adding the preview release would allow the Spark community to conduct quality assurance testing. Databricks said Spark 1.5 would focus on “under-the-hood changes to improve Spark’s performance, usability and operational stability.” Included in the latest release Read more…

McKinsey: Hype Understates Value of IoT Data

Aug 24, 2015 |

Growing skepticism in reaction to the endless hype about the Internet of Things has spawned yet another IoT forecast that actually embraces the hoopla by concluding that the “hype may actually understate the full potential of the Internet of Things.” Not usually given to hyperbole, the staid management consultant McKinsey & Co. attributes that assertion to several key findings centered on leveraging the massive amounts of data expected to be generated by the IoT: “Most of the IoT data collected Read more…

Data Tool Links Business Services Buyers, Sellers

Aug 7, 2015 |

An aptly named business intelligence tool dubbed Blur Data unveiled this week is being pitched as bringing into focus the blur of data encountered when trying to purchase business services. The tool is said to provide a broad overview of specific trends in business services along with handling quotes, contracts and other details related to procuring design, marketing and other services. The tool is the most recent addition to U.K.-based blur Group’s enterprise services platform used to manage and deliver Read more…

This Just In

NEXCOM Works With IBM to Harness Big Data in Industrial IoT Applications

Aug 25, 2015 |

FREMONT, Calif., Aug. 25 — NEXCOM has collaborated with IBM to help manufacturers delve into big data using analytic applications in the cloud. Sweeping the industrial and manufacturing sector, big data is catalyzing the convergence of operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT). In response to the momentous wave of digital transformation, the collaboration between NEXCOM and IBM is aimed to facilitate the use of big data harnessed from industrial IoT to allow for more data-driven decision-making. The industrial and manufacturing sector Read more…

Altiscale and InnovAccer Partner for Industry-Targeted Big Data Solutions

Aug 11, 2015 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 11 — Altiscale, Inc., the leading provider of Big Data-as-a-Service, and InnovAccer, Inc., a leading provider of data science applications, today announced a strategic partnership to quickly bring targeted, analytical applications to healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, and academic research organizations. With the recent explosion in data sources and data volumes, it is generally recognized that only a small fraction of data that’s produced today is actually being analyzed to drive business forward. This challenge is twofold; first, companies need Read more…

Austrian Manufacturing Giant Selects Qlik to Gain Better Insights into Sales Data

Aug 10, 2015 |

RADNOR, Pa., Aug. 10 — Qlik, a leader in visual analytics, today announced that Eternit-Werke Ludwig Hatschek AG, a leading Austrian manufacturer of roof and façade coverings, has selected QlikView to drive increased visibility into its sales performance and supply chain data with help from Qlik Elite Solution Partner, Data GmbH. QlikView provides a visually appealing, user-friendly business intelligence (BI) solution that gives Eternit the transparency, consistency, and effective information they need across their various management levels and divisions. The QlikView solution complements their Read more…

Romi Selects Glassbeam Offering for Machine Data Analytics

Jun 23, 2015 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 23 — Glassbeam, Inc., the machine data analytics company, today announced that Romi, a premier global manufacturing company has selected Glassbeam’s business IoT analytics solution to examine real-time machine data information and provide valuable insights into its equipment performance. The analysis will increase Romi’s Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE) by increasing uptime and reducing the mean time to resolutions for any equipment problems. Brazilian based, Romi S.A. is a global leader in Machine Tools, Plastic Processing Machines and Rough or Read more…

Accenture Launches Advanced Analytics Applications Platform

May 14, 2015 |

May 14 — Accenture is launching the Accenture Analytics Applications Platform to develop industry- and function-specific advanced analytics applications, delivering actionable insights to users that enable swift data-driven decisions that can create a competitive advantage or an improved bottom line. Configured through Accenture’s platform, four advanced analytics applications are now available to support the retail industry’s trade marketing, demand forecasting, and fraud detection strategies, and an inventory optimization application is available for manufacturers. These applications simplify analytics as they are configurable, reusable, Read more…