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How Super Bowl 50 Will Feed Our Super Appetite…for Data

Feb 5, 2016 |

The Super Bowl is a lot of things to a lot of people. It’s the championship game for the National Football League, a showcase for clever ads from Madison Avenue, and for the rest of us, an excuse to splurge on food and drink. But the game is also a big test for the IT professionals tasked with keeping up with ever-increasing demands for data. On Sunday, more than 72,000 people are expected to cram into Levi’s Stadium in Santa Read more…

Lifting the Fog of Spark Adoption

Feb 1, 2016 |

Clients are often confused about Apache Spark, and this confusion sometimes hinders its adoption. The confusion is not about the features of Spark per se, but about installing and running the big data framework. One client was convinced that they needed MapR M5 to even make use of Spark and they were really confused on how it runs on the cluster, thinking multiple Spark jobs interacted directly. To help illustrate the flexibility with deploying Spark, I explained the following to Read more…

Distributed Computing Tops List of Hottest Job Skills

Jan 27, 2016 |

If you have cloud and distributed computing skills, your job prospects for 2016 are golden. That’s because those particular job skills—which parallel the rise of Hadoop and other distributed computing frameworks–topped a LinkedIn analysis of the top 25 skills to help you find a new job this year. The sudden arrival of cloud and distributed computing as the hottest skills in the land was somewhat unexpected, according to Sohan Murthy, the head of research for data analytics and strategy at LinkedIn Read more…

What Data Science Skills Employers Want Now

Jan 7, 2016 |

There’s good news if you’re for a job in data science in 2016 — the number of job openings in the field appears to be rising as companies look to leverage big data for competitive advantage. But actually landing a coveted data science job means having the right mix of skills, and you may be surprised to learn what skills are most in demand by employers. The folks at CrowdFlower recently did an analysis of the 3,490 postings for data Read more…

News In Brief

IBM Watson, NBA Raptors Seek Data ‘Slam Dunk’

Feb 11, 2016 |

“With the [to be determined] pick in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft, the Toronto Raptors—with the help of cognitive and analytics technology—select….” While it may not unfold that quickly, the professional basketball franchise announced this week it is partnering with IBM to use Watson cognitive computing and analytics as part of its talent evaluation process. IBM (NYSE: IBM) said it teamed with the Raptors and Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment to develop a platform called IBM Sports Read more…

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…

Redis Connector Aims to Boost Spark Performance

Feb 2, 2016 |

Adoption of the Apache Spark big data framework continues to build momentum with the release of NoSQL leader Redis Labs’ integration with Spark SQL along with the release of its Spark connector package. Redis Labs said Tuesday (Feb. 2) its Spark connector package is being released as an open source option that includes a library for writing to and reading from a Redis cluster. The release includes access to all data structures from Spark as a resilient distributed dataset (RDD) Read more…

Google, Chipmaker Collaborate on Deep Learning For Mobile

Jan 27, 2016 |

Google and Movidius, a specialist in low-power machine vision chips, said this week they would collaborate to bring deep learning technology to mobile devices. Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) said Wednesday (Jan. 27) it would integrate Movidius processors with the San Mateo, Calif., company’s software development tools. The search giant also said it would contribute to the Movidius neural network technology roadmap. The partners said the agreement would allow Google to deploy its neural computation engine on the Movidius low-power platform as Read more…

This Just In

RapidMiner Named a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Advanced Analytics Platforms

Feb 12, 2016 |

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 12 — RapidMiner, the industry’s #1 open source predictive analytics platform, today announced that Gartner, Inc. has positioned RapidMiner as a Leader in its 2016 Magic Quadrant for Advanced Analytics Platforms1. According to Gartner, the advanced analytics platform market was again the fastest-growing analytics segment in 2014 as organizations continue to move beyond descriptive and diagnostic analytics into predictive and prescriptive analytics. “We’re thrilled to be recognized as a Leader by Gartner for the third year in a row,” said Tom Read more…

BetVictor to Utilize Talend Big Data Integration

Feb 11, 2016 |

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Feb. 11 — Talend, a global leader in big data integration software, today announced that one of Europe’s leading online betting and gaming companies, BetVictor, which has a reputation as a technological innovator in the industry, has selected Talend to drive insight and analysis of customer behavior together with real-time predictive capabilities. “We are a data-driven organization and we recognize that the ability to harness data and leverage it across the organization in real-time will be critical to the business Read more…

Koverse Appoints New CEO and CPO

Feb 11, 2016 |

SEATTLE, Wash., Feb. 11 — Koverse announced the appointment of Jon Matsuo as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Paul Brown as Chief Product Officer (CPO). “Jon joins Koverse at an important time in the big data industry, as companies shift their focus to operationalizing critical data-driven applications,” said Michael Rodgers, Vice President in Credit Suisse Asset Management and Koverse Board Member. “Adding Jon’s experience building innovative companies to Koverse’s exceptional technical leadership is the perfect combination in this exciting space.” Read more…

Gartner Positions Tableau as a Leader in Magic Quadrant for BI and Analytics Platforms

Feb 10, 2016 |

SEATTLE, Wash., Feb. 10 — Tableau Software (NYSE: DATA), a global leader in rapid-fire, easy-to-use business analytics software, today announced that Gartner, Inc. has positioned Tableau as a Leader in its 2016 Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms report. This is the fourth year in a row that Tableau has appeared in the Leaders quadrant. A complimentary copy of the report is available from the Tableau website at http://get.tableau.com/gartner-magic-quadrant-2016.html. The report evaluated 24 different software vendors on 15 criteria and placed Tableau in Read more…

Saama’s Partner@Speed Program Achieves Global Support

Feb 9, 2016 |

CAMPBELL, Calif., Feb. 9 — Saama Technologies, Inc., a leading Big Data solutions and services company, today announced that its Partner@Speed Program has achieved global support by world leading big data and analytic companies including Cisco, Hyosung, Hortonworks, Informatica, Salesforce, and Tableau. By integrating Saama’s Fluid Analytics Engine (FAE) accelerators and industry specific consulting services with the world’s leading big data offerings, the data and analytics initiatives of the Global 2000 are better placed to deliver transformational business outcomes at speed. “Saama solves the complex data ingestion, digital enterprise Read more…