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How Startups Are Using Big Data Tech to Disrupt Markets

Mar 17, 2015 |

Big data has made a dramatic impact on companies all over America, but running big data programs is only one side of the puzzle. After collecting the data, companies need to analyze it. A huge part of analysis is creating visuals that explain large amounts of seemingly abstract data in a clear, concise way. It’s no surprise then that many companies are turning to data visualization tools to streamline the transformation of their business data into something more useful. With Read more…

Making Sense of the ODP—Where Does Hadoop Go From Here?

Feb 24, 2015 |

It was no coincidence that Hortonworks and Pivotal unveiled Open Data Platform last week at the start of Strata + Hadoop World, which is Cloudera’s semi-annual parade to everything Hadoop. But now that the dust has settled on that bombshell, let’s look a little closer at the ODP, the organization’s key members, and what it means to the Hadoop stack and ecosystem going forward. To recap: the ODP was unveiled one week ago by Pivotal, Hortonworks, IBM, and 12 other Read more…

The Wild West and Last Frontier of Big Data

Feb 23, 2015 |

We are in the Wild West of big data. The speed of processing keeps getting faster, while the volume of data that can be processed is beyond what could have been imagined just a few years ago. The Last Frontier of big data, meanwhile, is the discovery of value hidden in disparate data sources that have yet to be blended and harmonized. Just like the gold-seeking pioneers from centuries past, big data pioneers who embrace this challenge and blaze their Read more…

Outsmarting Wine Snobs with Machine Learning

Feb 20, 2015 |

For most of us, picking good wine is a bit like picking ponies: Everybody has a method, but at the end of the day, they results aren’t much better than chance. But one budding wine connoisseur/hacker at a big data analytics firm thinks he may have landed upon an approach to predicting the quality of wine. His secret? Machine learning. When he’s not solving big data problems or riding his road bike, H2O’s Alex Tellez enjoys exploring the world of Read more…

The Data Foundation Driving YPlan’s Growth

Feb 2, 2015 |

The effective access and use of data company-wide is paramount for a company like us. At YPlan we supply a “going out” app that enables users to find and book events on short notice. We strive to provide the best content in every city so users wondering what to do at any given moment will find a variety of compelling events or outings from which to choose. Because we use data on a daily basis, every employee must be able Read more…

News In Brief

Neo Tech Cranks Up Speed on Upgraded Neo4j

Mar 25, 2015 |

Graph database specialist Neo Technology has rolled out an updated version of its Neo4j tool that includes faster read and write performance capabilities aimed at critical graph database applications. Neo4j 2.2 released on Wednesday (March 25) comes with souped-up write and read scalability, the company said. Expanded write capacity targets highly concurrent applications while leveraging available hardware via faster buffering of updates. A new unified transaction log is designed to serve both graphs and their indexes. Graph databases are an Read more…

How Madden’s Ratings Czar Rules NFL Analytics

Mar 13, 2015 |

Donny Moore probably knows more about the 2,600 players in the National Football League than anybody. As the so-called Ratings Czar for EA Sports, the company behind the Madden football video game franchise, Moore’s numeric assessment of how well each player runs, passes, catches, and tackles holds an improbable level of sway over the game. While the ratings Moore assigns to each NFL player are used for the purpose of simulating their athletic skills in the Madden video game, it Read more…

Splunk Goes ‘Light’ with Big Machine Data Analytics

Mar 10, 2015 |

Splunk yesterday unveiled a scaled-down version of its eponymous machine data analysis tool for use by smaller companies. Called Splunk Light, the solution starts at $75 per month, making it available to a much broader range of customers than the full Splunk version. Splunk has quietly become one of the most successful companies in the big data space. While we’ve yet to see a Hadoop distributor break the $100 million barrier, Splunk brought in more than $450 million last year Read more…

Patriots Vs. Seahawks: The Big Game by the Numbers

Jan 30, 2015 |

Nobody knows what will happen when the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots take the field on Sunday for Super Bowl XLIX.  But thanks to data analytics, we can get an idea how certain aspects of the teams match up. In these two visualizations from Tableau Software, we can see how the Patriots and Seahawks line up against each other. In the first viz (below), the data shows the Pats’ offense and the Hawk’s defense are clearly the superior units. Read more…

MapR Ponies Up with Free Hadoop Training

Jan 27, 2015 |

Hadoop is hard. There’s just no way around it. Without a set of specific technical skills, the chances of somebody developing or running a Hadoop cluster are not good. A new training program unveiled today by MapR Technologies may help to put a dent in the pent-up demand for Hadoop skills. MapR Technologies‘ Hadoop On-Demand Training is an online program designed to give developers, analysts, and administrators real-world Apache Hadoop skills. The program, which you can read more about at Read more…

This Just In

Saama and Tableau Team Up

Mar 31, 2015 |

CAMPBELL, Calif., March 31 — Saama Technologies, Inc., the leading pure-play Data and Analytics solution provider, has partnered with Tableau, a global leader in rapid-fire, easy-to-use business analytics software, to provide advanced analytics outcomes for insurance, high-tech, CPG, life sciences and healthcare customers. This combined offering will help companies quickly uncover and operationalize strategic data assets, and deploy pre-integrated analytics solutions across their companies. Saama will focus on the team-selling, implementation and deployment of Tableau together with the overall solution build. Read more…

TIBCO Releases Live Datamart 2.0

Mar 31, 2015 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., March 31 — TIBCO Software Inc., a global leader in infrastructure and business intelligence software, today announced the release of TIBCO Live Datamart 2.0, the second generation of the Live Datamart concept pioneered by TIBCO. TIBCO Live Datamart 2.0 breaks new ground with the latest implementation of its industry-first Continuous Query Processor for streaming data, new Javascript APIs, Internet of Things support, and native support for in-memory data grid technology with TIBCO ActiveSpaces. The TIBCO StreamBase LiveView Desktop Read more…

Neudesic Opens Centers of Excellence Focused on Big Data Analytics

Mar 30, 2015 |

IRVINE, Calif., March 30 — Neudesic held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today in Bangalore, India, celebrating the opening of a 22,000 square-foot facility specifically designed to enhance the company’s delivery of enterprise solutions that maximize the benefits of Big Data, mobility, cloud and the Internet of Things. Neudesic’s vision to bring several centers of excellence under one roof and staff it with experts in a wide range of disciplines enhances the company’s ability to quickly scale development teams to meet the changing needs of clients worldwide. Read more…

TIBCO Chief Data Officer to Speak at Gartner BI & Analytics Summit

Mar 30, 2015 |

LAS VEGAS, Nev., March 30 — TIBCO Software Inc., a global leader in infrastructure and business intelligence software, today announced Michael O’Connell will be presenting on “Visual Analytics & Data Integration: Key Components to a Successful Data Strategy” from the Gartner Business Intelligence & Analytics Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada on March, 31, 2015 at 3:45pm PT. Michael O’Connell, TIBCO’s chief data officer, will be speaking on the importance of appropriate BI and analytics software for extracting information from data to drive Read more…

Snowflake Computing Announces Survey Results

Mar 30, 2015 |

SAN MATEO, Calif., March 30 — Snowflake Computing, the cloud data warehousing company, announced today the results of an independent, national survey of more than 315 technology and analytics professionals with responsibility for corporate data initiatives. Conducted by Dimensional Research, the goal of the research was to understand the state of the data warehouse and Big Data initiatives — including experiences, challenges and trends in data warehousing and data analytics. “The State of the Data Warehouse” research findings indicate that data warehousing is still Read more…