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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…

Most Hyped Tech: Big Data Out, IoT In

Aug 20, 2014 |

The Internet of Things (IoT) has displaced big data as the most hyped emerging technology according to the latest release of Gartner’s Hype Cycle. Big data’s drop into the “Trough of Disillusionment” and the IoT’s rise to the “Peak of Inflated Expectations” indicate continued evolution of these related concepts, but are reminders that these are early days for both, and the claims of salesmen may not match reality. For the past two years, the hype surrounding big data has been Read more…

MapR Says Its Hadoop Tweaks Scale to Meet IoT Volumes

Aug 13, 2014 |

Hadoop is naturally positioned as a key architectural platform that organizations will turn to for analyzing Internet of Things (IoT) data. But according to the folks at MapR Technologies, limitations in plain vanilla Apache Hadoop make it unsuitable for big IoT workloads. We’re at the beginning of a huge boom in the IoT. Gartner estimates the Internet will have 25 billion connected devices by 2020, while Cisco pegs the number at 50 billion. Any way you cut it, the amount Read more…

How GE Drives Big Machine Optimization in the IoT

Aug 11, 2014 |

The folks at General Electric Intelligent Platforms get to play with big toys. Whether it’s a 200-foot tall wind turbine, a $10-million jet engine, or a giant industrial rock crusher, the object of their professional attention is easy to see. What’s harder to grasp is how they transform the terabytes of data streaming off the big machines’ sensors in ways that save their owners millions of dollars. The Intelligent Platforms branch of General Electric uses a combination of data science, Read more…

Five Ways CDOs Turn Data into Dollars

Aug 7, 2014 |

The number of people in the C-suite has grown, often including the addition of the Chief Data Officer. If an organization doesn’t have one yet, it likely will soon. By one estimate, roughly 25 percent of all global corporations will have CDOs by 2015. The CDO is the visionary behind a company’s overall data strategy and responsible for the integrity and security of the data, as well as its monetization. The title may seem faddish, but it’s not. In fact, Read more…

News In Brief

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…

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.

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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.