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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

Embedded Analytics Upgrade Looks to Bypass IT

Jul 23, 2015 |

Seeking to break down barriers to bypassing the IT department to deliver “self-service” analytics, embedded analytics specialist Logi Analytics has rolled out an upgraded platform that can be customized for individual enterprise users. Logi Analytics, McLean, Va., said this week its Logi 12 platform attempts to address the growing need to get around the one-size-fits-all approach to business intelligence and enterprise analytics. It cited a recent study that found fully 93 percent of enterprises want to deliver access to business Read more…

Fusion Upgrade Boosts Search Analytics

Jul 22, 2015 |

Lucidworks rolled out version 2.0 of its Fusion enterprise search application this week that includes a new user interface and redesigned UI workflows. The upgrade also is intended to make it easier for users to create and configure the search application, particularly for new users or those unfamiliar with the Solr architecture. Fusion sits on top of the open source Solr engine that is included in most distributions of Hadoop along with other enterprise applications. The updated Fusion UI also Read more…

Despite Startup Slowdown, VCs Keep Investing in Big Data

Jul 16, 2015 |

The number of software startups is down almost 50 percent since the start of the Great Recession, according to a new report from Evan’s Data Corp. Despite the slowdown, anecodocal evidence points to venture capital firms continuing to invest in big data analytics. According to the latest Developer Population and Demographics study from IT research firm Evan’s Data, the percentage of new software startups decreased by 49 percent since 2009. “We’re obviously still seeing the effects of the great recession Read more…

Microsoft Unites Analytics Under ‘Cortana,’ Adds Spark Support

Jul 13, 2015 |

Microsoft today unveiled a new suite of hosted analytic services named after Cortana, the software giant’s personal assistant software for smartphones. Meanwhile, the company is prepping to begin support for Apache Spark on Azure, its public cloud platform. If you have a Windows-based smartphone, you’re probably familiar with Cortana, the smooth-talking female voice that does various digital chores at your behalf. The new Cortana Analytics Suite takes the personal assistant role and injects big data into it. The new suite Read more…

Consortium Makes Business Case For R Language

Jun 30, 2015 |

As more data scientists and researchers embrace the R programming language and statistical computing environment, the Linux Foundation has moved to strengthen the user community and, with it, the development of more business applications through a collaborative development initiative called the R Consortium. Founding members of the R Consortium include Alteryx, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Mango Solutions, Microsoft, Oracle, RStudio and Tibco Software, the Linux Foundation announced on Tuesday (June 30). Microsoft and RStudio were listed as “platinum” members. The open source Read more…

This Just In

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…

Modus Operandi Unveils MOVIA Big Data Analytics Platform

Mar 30, 2015 |

MELBOURNE, Fla., March 30 — Modus Operandi, which for 30 years has provided contextual pattern recognition for government customers, today introduced its MOVIA Big Data analytics platform to the commercial sector.  MOVIA leverages extensive military intelligence analysis capabilities to help commercial organizations watch for important patterns in their data and generate instant alerts to users or other systems. MOVIA takes data analytics further, by enabling improved prediction of trends through advanced data modeling that captures situational context, so decisions are not ‘made in Read more…

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…