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Apache Spark Surrounded By Cloud Data Services at IBM

Feb 4, 2016 |

IBM has made no secret about its admiration for Apache Spark, which it sees as the future for in-memory analytics. Today the IT giant unveiled a host of new cloud-based data services that bolsters its hosted Apache Spark business with NoSQL, graph, and machine learning capabilities. IBM added a number of new offerings to Cloud Data Services, which is a portfolio of more than two dozen database engines and related data-oriented services that it runs for customers as part of Read more…

Happy Birthday, Hadoop: Celebrating 10 Years of Improbable Growth

Jan 28, 2016 |

It’s hard to believe, but the first Hadoop cluster went into production at Yahoo 10 years ago today. What began as an experiment in distributed computing for an Internet search engine has turned into a global phenomenon and a focal point for a big data ecosystem driving billions in spending. Here are some thoughts on the big yellow elephant’s milestone from the people involved in Hadoop’s early days. Hadoop’s story started before January 2006, of course. In the early 2000s, Doug Read more…

Data Quality Trending Down? C’est La Vie

Jan 26, 2016 |

One of the biggest impediments to becoming a data-driven organization is tackling the problem of data quality. Data is often too dirty and discombobulated for use in high-end decision-making, and the increasing volume and diversity of data compounds this problem. But according to data quality experts, executives brush off the problem with a choice French phrase or two. Blazent today unveiled the results of a study commissioned by analysts at 451 Group that looked into data quality. Executives with the Read more…

Finding Your Way in the New Data Economy

Jan 25, 2016 |

In big data analytics today, the goal is to capture, cleanse, and analyze as much data as possible. The leading practitioners are blending dozens of external sources with their own data sets, maybe more. But in the emerging data economy, you’ll not only be tapping into a pool of available data that’s exponentially larger, but you’ll be contributing your data to it as well. There is so much activity underway in the data and analytic space at the moment that Read more…

Connected Assets, Big Data and Better Decision-Making

Jan 25, 2016 |

New power does not come from data itself, but from the evolution of connectivity. First we connected computers, then we connected 2.3 billion people annually and then we connected sensors and machines. There is no doubt that our lives as humans are evolving. New technologies, including everything from our refrigerators and Fitbits to our cars and drones, have a huge impact on our lives. But they also have an even bigger ability to impact our business operations. Ninety percent of Read more…

News In Brief

Tech ‘Democratization’ Seen Fueling Analytics Boom

Feb 4, 2016 |

The “democratization” of analytics illustrated by the transition to self-service business intelligence and foolproof BI platforms promises to boost to global analytics market to new heights in 2016 and beyond, market researcher forecast. Gartner Inc. (NYSE: IT) predicted the worldwide BI and analytics market would reach $16.9 billion this year, up 5.2 percent over 2015. Last month, it projected the “advanced analytics” market would grow at a 14-percent clip this year to $1.5 billion as more data is shared on Read more…

Startup Enlists AI to Predict Cyber Threats

Feb 3, 2016 |

While major players are increasingly emphasizing human “intelligence-led” approaches to cyber security, artificial intelligence along with advanced analytics continue to make inroads in the “threat intelligence” market. Among the AI startups is Jask, which emerged from stealth mode this week after raising $2 million in seed financing in a funding round led by Battery Ventures. San Francisco-based Jask said Wednesday (Feb. 3) it is building a “predictive security operations center” designed to help enterprises automate security operations while reacting faster Read more…

Microsoft Joins SnapLogic Investors

Dec 10, 2015 |

SnapLogic Inc., the purveyor of a platform designed to integrate data and applications, said it has completed a Series E funding round that includes Microsoft. Along with Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), SnapLogic said Thursday (Dec. 10) its latest funding round that raised $37.5 million also included new investor Silver Lake Waterman. They joined existing investors that include Andreessen Horowitz, Ignition Partners and Triangle Peak Partners. SnapLogic, San Mateo, Calif., said the cash infusion would be used to expand its global operations. Read more…

Sensor Net Startup Looks to Speed Data Delivery

Dec 8, 2015 |

Steady advances in chip technology coupled with ubiquitous wireless connectivity have made it easier to deploy cheap sensors nearly anywhere. However, enterprise-scale sensor systems sweeping up huge data volumes still require relatively complex compute, networking and storage infrastructure. Samsara, a San Francisco-based startup launched earlier this year by the founders of cloud networking leader Meraki (acquired by Cisco Systems in 2012) is attempting to turn the traditional sensor network on its ear with a “software-centric” approach hosted in the cloud. Read more…

Startup to Offer Neural Network Training in the Cloud

Dec 7, 2015 |

One of the most time-consuming components of using deep neural networks is training the algorithms to do their jobs. It can often take weeks to train or re-train the network–and that’s after you set it up. A startup called minds.ai today announced how it plans to tackle that problem: by allowing customers to train their neural network on its speed cloud-based GPU cluster. Deep neural networks have recently emerged as a competitive differentiator for organizations hoping to make sense of Read more…

This Just In

Research and Markets Adds New Big Data Report to Offering

Jan 28, 2016 |

DUBLIN, Ireland, Jan. 28 — Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Big Data in Leading Industry Verticals: Retail, Insurance, Healthcare, Government, and Manufacturing 2015 – 2020” report to their offering. There are certain sectors that are early adopters of Big Data and Analytics and expect to be big beneficiaries of advancing solutions. This comprehensive research offering includes detailed analysis, insights, and forecast for 2015 – 2020 for the following industries: Retail Insurance Healthcare Government Manufacturing This research evaluates unique problems in each industry, Read more…

Leverage Big Data Announces Formation of Advisory Board & Driving Themes for 2016 Summit

Jan 5, 2016 |

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Jan. 5 — The Leverage Big Data ’16 summit, the market-leading live hosted summit dedicated to exploring the infrastructure challenges that organizations face as they navigate the build-out of Big Data systems, today announced the formation of an advisory board for its summit program aimed at equipping technology leaders who are scaling their infrastructures for big data workflows with the knowledge and experiences of peers and solution providers who are actively engaged in addressing these challenges. Leverage Big Read more…

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…