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Inside WebTrends’ Big Data Analytics Pipeline

Jul 1, 2015 |

WebTrends has been collecting and analyzing Web data on behalf of its customers since it was founded way back in 1993. Considering the exponenetial growth of the Net since then, it’s not a stretch to say WebTrends was doing big data before big data was a “thing.” But following the recent creation of a data analytics pipeline built with technologies like Hadoop, Spark, and Kafka, the company is taking its big data analytic services to a whole new level. WebTrends Read more…

One on One with LinkedIn’s VP of Engineering

Jun 29, 2015 |

Why are data scientists tripping over themselves to get their hands on LinkedIn’s data? What’s it like to run one of the world’s biggest social media sites, and how can machine learning algorithms contribute to the creation of economic opportunity for a global workforce? We recently posed those questions (and more!) to Igor Perisic, Vice President of Engineering at LinkedIn. Alex Woodie: Igor, thank you for agreeing to this interview. First, please tell us about yourself and your role at Read more…

How Apache Spark Is Helping IT Asset Management

Jun 24, 2015 |

There’s been a lot of energy focused on how big data technology can improve the sales, marketing, service, and support departments of corporations. Tools like Hadoop, Spark, and NoSQL databases are changing the rules for how work gets done, and it’s very exciting. But big data tech is slowly creeping into the IT department itself, which might need it most of all. While the typical IT department may be familiar with big data concepts and technologies, they’re typically working with Read more…

Ex-Googler Now Helping Cloudera Build Hadoop

Jun 17, 2015 |

Cloudera scored a coup recently when it nabbed former Google executive Daniel Sturman to head up its engineering department. In an interview with Datanami, Sturman explains how he intends to use his experience designing distributed systems at the Internet giant to help evolve Hadoop. Sturman was intimately involved in designing and running the software infrastructure that Google uses to run its massive online business. As vice president of engineering at Google, he led the teams responsible for the Google Compute Read more…

Alan El Faye, Tabor Communications Inc. President, Passes Away

Apr 17, 2015 |

The Tabor Communications family lost a dear member and the world lost a true gentleman yesterday when Alan El Faye, our President, passed away having fought cancer vigorously and with the unyieldingly positive attitude only someone like Alan brings to such a struggle. All of Tabor Communications extends deep condolences to Alan’s family and to his wife Jone, their children Kimberly and Sean, and their “adopted” son Matt Altman. I share this news with personal sadness. Alan and I were friends and Read more…

News In Brief

Elon Musk Donates $7M to Harness AI

Jul 6, 2015 |

Artificial intelligence is emerging as an indispensable tool for big data analytics. Still, some high-profile critics worry about “unintended, even potentially disastrous, consequences” should AI manage to get out of control. Hence, entrepreneur Elon Musk and the Open Philanthropy Project have donated about $7 million to fund a grant program aimed at “keeping AI robust and beneficial” while ensuring the technology “does what we want.” Musk pledged $10 million for AI research after the Future of Life Institute called for Read more…

Apache Spark: Now Offered on Amazon EMR

Jun 22, 2015 |

The number of places you can run Apache Spark increases by the week, and last week hosting giant Amazon Web Services announced that it’s now offering Apache Spark on its hosted Hadoop environment. The addition of Spark will give Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR) customers access to another big data processing engine to run, in addition to the ones already running, including Hive, Pig, HBase, Presto, and Impala, among others. While this is not the first time Apache Spark has graced Read more…

Bonneville Power Uses Analytics to Manage Demand

Jun 18, 2015 |

Among the challenges faced by electric utilities, especially during the summer cooling season, is managing peak demand while figuring out how to integrate intermittent power sources into the grid. Increasingly, big data analytics tools are being applied to the emerging smart grid as a way to gauge demand while improving grid reliability and lowering costs. The latest example comes from the Bonneville Power Administration, the U.S. Energy Department agency that oversees power distribution in the Pacific Northwest. AutoGrid Systems, a Read more…

IBM, Databricks Join Forces to Advance Spark

Jun 15, 2015 |

IBM has jumped on the Apache Spark bandwagon, revealing it would throw its considerable weight behind the open source in-memory processing framework that has been gaining momentum over the last year. Separately, Databricks, the company formed by the creators of the analytics engine, released Apache Spark 1.4 that includes the SparkR API, its first new language API since 2012. IBM said Monday (June 15) it would integrate Spark software into the “core” of its analytics and commerce platforms while offering Read more…

Farm Net Seeks to Plant Seeds of Big Data

May 26, 2015 |

Farmers used to swap stories and discuss the weather at the feed store or the grain elevator. Now they are just as likely to be gathered around a computer screen analyzing data on crop yields across the country. That’s at least one of the goals of the Farmers Business Network launched last fall to break down agricultural data on millions of acres of U.S. farmland while providing “real-world” results on the performance of different seed and crop strains as well Read more…

This Just In

Bright Computing Announces New and Enhanced Partner Program

Jul 7, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., July 7 — Bright Computing today announced its new and enhanced partner program with a special rollout at ISC High Performance 2015 in Frankfurt July 13-15. Bright has added a Partner Marketing Team to oversee the program and work directly with OEMs, partners, resellers, and system integrators on individual joint marketing plans. The program’s main goals are to: Create tools to make it easier for Bright partners to understand and sell Bright solutions Provide demand generation tools to drive demand for partners’ Bright solutions Read more…

TekLink Joins Hortonworks Systems Integrator Partner Program

Jul 7, 2015 |

July 7 — TekLink International Inc., thought leader and implementer of Business Intelligence and Analytics, today announced that it has joined the Hortonworks Systems Integrator Partner Program and will be delivering big data solutions powered by Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP). Hortonworks is the leading contributor to and provider of Apache Hadoop. TekLink International’s customers can now benefit from easier integration with Hadoop. By joining the Hortonworks Systems Integrator Partner program, TekLink International will strengthen its ability to implement enterprise-level big data solutions Read more…

New Report Says Text Analytics Market Expected to Reach $6.5 Billion by 2020

Jul 7, 2015 |

July 7 — According to a new market research report titled “Global Text Analytics Market- Size, Industry Analysis, Trends, Growth and Forecast, 2014- 2020,” the global text analytics market has a potential to reach $6.5 billion by 2020, registering a CAGR of 25.2% during 2014-2020. Predictive analytics is the most attractive application within text analytics, which provides insights on unstructured text and helps the companies to formulate business strategies accordingly. Retail sector largely uses text analytics software, which approximately contributes Read more…

Hortonworks Appoints Ingrid Burton as CMO

Jul 7, 2015 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 7 — Hortonworks, the leading contributor to and provider of enterprise Apache Hadoop, today announced it has appointed Ingrid Burton as Chief Marketing Officer. She will be responsible for the company’s global go-to-market strategy, overseeing all corporate product, digital, field and partner marketing functions. Ingrid is an experienced marketing executive and brings more than 25 years of technology marketing experience to Hortonworks. “Open Enterprise Hadoop is accelerating, and Hortonworks is well positioned to lead this rapidly-growing market category,” said Rob Bearden, chief Read more…

Peter Coveney to Keynote ISC Cloud & Big Data Conference

Jun 30, 2015 |

FRANKFURT, Germany, June 30 – ISC Events, the organizer of the inaugural ISC Cloud & Big Data conference is pleased to announce Professor Peter V. Coveney of University College London (UCL) as the conference keynoter. Prof Coveney will be talking about the current state-of-the-art in the development of personalized medicine on September 30. In a presentation titled “The Virtual Human: In Silico Methods for Personalised Medicine,” Coveney will talk about the opportunities and challenges involved in developing personalized medical treatment for patients. Currently one of Read more…