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How Hadoop is Remaking Travel and Expense Reporting at Concur

Jul 7, 2014 |

If you’re like most people, filling out an expense report ranks right up there with getting a haircut or visiting the dentist. But thanks to the advanced analytics work that Concur is doing with Cloudera and Hadoop, the expense report process is becoming not only more enjoyable for business travelers, but more helpful too. Concur started working with Hadoop about three years ago as a place to combine and “munge” all the disparate data sources that the company deals with. Read more…

How T-Mobile Got More from Hadoop

Jun 24, 2014 |

When T-Mobile’s engineering department filled up a pair of 1 petabyte Netezza appliances from IBM, the cell phone carrier naturally turned to Hadoop. But when Hive and Pig turned out to be less than ideal query mechanisms on a cluster with half a trillion rows, the company searched for a suitable replacement, which it found from RainStor. T-Mobile had what you would call a big problem with its data warehouse; namely it was growing too fast. The cell phone company Read more…

Athletes Find an Edge with Performance-Enhancing Data

Jun 12, 2014 |

Many hallowed records fell during Major League Baseball’s dark “Steroid Era,” when illegal drugs boosted the power and stamina of hitters and pitchers alike. Today, competitors in baseball, soccer, and cycling are turning to a clean and legal performance-enhancing substance: big data. Statistics have always been a big part of baseball, but the MLB is taking that obsession to new heights in 2014 with a system that collects lots of data on every play. In select ballparks, the movement of Read more…

Facebook Adds Another 9 to HBase Availability

Jun 9, 2014 |

As one of the largest users of Hadoop in the world, Facebook knows a thing or two about running the big data platform for a high degree of availability. Last week, the social media giant’s engineering team explained how it built something called HydraBase to boost the reliability of the HBase data store to a mainframe-like 99.999 percent, or just five minutes of unexpected downtime per year. Facebook has been using the HBase key-value store for a variety of applications Read more…

Yahoo: We Run the Whole Company on Hadoop

Jun 4, 2014 |

Hadoop is absolutely critical to the operations of Yahoo, executives with the company said this week at the Hadoop Summit. While the company, which spun out Hortonworks in 2011, is moving away from “traditional” Hadoop components like MapReduce in favor of YARN, Tez, and Hive, the Hadoop platform remains absolutely core to its operations. There’s a stream of thought in the wider big data community that Hadoop is old hat, that Yahoo and Google, which developed the technology behind Hadoop Read more…

News In Brief

Teradata Acquires Revelytix, Hadapt

Jul 22, 2014 |

Teradata Corp., the analytic data platform vendor, said it has expanded its big data portfolio with a pair of recent acquisitions. Teradata, based in Dayton, Ohio, said July 22 it has acquired the assets of Revelytix, an information management specialist, along with big data technologists and intellectual property from Hadapt. The Revelytix deal was completed on July 16; the Hadapt acquisition on July 17, Teradata said. Terms of the two acquisitions were not disclosed, the company said, because they are Read more…

Talend’s ‘Sandbox’ Aims to Speed Big Data Projects

Jul 17, 2014 |

Data integration software vendor Talend said it hopes to speed the launch of new data projects with a preconfigured virtual platform it calls the “Big Data Sandbox.” Talend, headquartered in Los Altos, Calif., and Suresnes, France, announced the availability of the virtual environment on July 16. The sandbox provides real-world use cases and interactive learning tools with the goal of getting big data projects off the ground faster. The company noted the need for more big data automation tools as Read more…

Couchbase Doesn’t Take $60M Round Lying Down

Jun 26, 2014 |

NoSQL database developer Couchbase today announced a $60 million round of venture funding from venture firms, bringing its total funding to $115 million. Couchbase’s CEO Bob Wiederhold tells Datanami the $60 million will be used primarily to accelerate product development. “We have a number of projects that we’re very excited about and that have gotten a lot of interest in the market,” Wiederhold says. “The biggest one is our mobile strategy. We also will invest more aggressively in expanding our 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…

Job Recruiting Analytics Gets a Boost

Jun 6, 2014 |

A so-called U.S. “skills gap” has made it tougher for American companies to find qualified candidates. The result has been plenty of job listings but increasing difficulty in filling those positions despite the proliferation of job and professional websites. A New York-based “recruitment technology company” that is developing data analytics tools as part of its software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering said it has raised $20 million in a Series C funding round. Jibe Inc. said it would use the latest cash infusion Read more…

This Just In

Zettaset Simplifies Big Data Security and Management for the Enterprise

Jul 24, 2014 |

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 24 – Zettaset, the leader in Big Data security, today announced it is making Zettaset Orchestrator’s cornerstone Big Data security capabilities available as stand-alone product offerings. Customers now have the flexibility to leverage the complete platform, Orchestrator, or adopt individual feature applications as needed – such as enterprise data encryption and multi-service high availability – to customize and secure their Big Data environments. Businesses today are seeking Big Data solutions that complement their existing technology investments and Read more…

EnterpriseDB Extends Postgres’ Big Data Capacity With New MongoDB, Hadoop Extensions

Jul 24, 2014 |

BEDFORD, Mass., July 24 – EnterpriseDB (EDB), the leading worldwide provider of enterprise-class Postgres products and Oracle database compatibility solutions, today announced the first release of two new extensions that expand PostgreSQL’s ability to seamlessly integrate information from big data and NoSQL-only solutions. Providing a single view of data across multiple sources breaks down barriers between the siloes created by big data and NoSQL-only solutions and deepens end user insight into their data. EDB has released an updated Foreign Data Wrapper (FDW) for MongoDB Read more…

Trifacta Appoints New CEO

Jul 23, 2014 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., July 23 – Trifacta, a Data Transformation platform provider, today announced that Adam Wilson has joined the company as Chief Executive Officer. Wilson brings more than 18 years of experience in data management and analytics to Trifacta. As CEO, Wilson will lead Trifacta into the company’s next stage of business growth. Previous CEO and co-founder, Joe Hellerstein, will remain an integral part of the executive team in his new role as Chief Strategy Officer. Wilson will join Hellerstein Read more…

InfiniDB Offering New Accelerator Program

Jul 23, 2014 |

FRISCO, Tex., July 23 – InfiniDB, a leading provider of high-performance analytic data platforms, today unveiled the InfiniDB Accelerator Program that is geared to help organizations fast track an enterprise deployment of InfiniDB. The program gets highly skilled InfiniDB Solution Architects involved early in the process to help assess the customer’s technical problems to be solved, determine how InfiniDB can best provide a solution, and provide a framework to help the organization meet milestones for implementation success. InfiniDB provides unparalleled technical Read more…

InfiniDB Expands Global Partner Program

Jul 22, 2014 |

FRISCO, Tex., July 22 – InfiniDB, a leading provider of high-performance analytic data platforms, today announced enhancements to its Global Partner Program which offers exclusive product access, sales support, financial incentives, and technical training designed to help its partners increase sales and grow market share. The InfiniDB Partner Program offers three distinct partnership categories – Silver, Gold and Platinum – with corresponding levels of commitment. Access to InfiniDB resources and financial incentives become greater as partners move up levels of the Read more…