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What the NFL Teaches Us About Business Intelligence

Apr 27, 2016 |

When people think of leaders in business intelligence, the National Football League probably isn’t the first to come to mind. After all, the league just hired its first chief information officer three years ago, and it’s more well-known for bone-crunching hits than for information technology. Appearances can be deceiving, however. Today, the NFL is reshaping itself to look more like an enterprise technology company than a traditional corporation, and early results are promising. If the company that provides America’s most popular Read more…

Apache Beam’s Ambitious Goal: Unify Big Data Development

Apr 22, 2016 |

If you’re tired of using multiple technologies to accomplish various big data tasks, you may want to consider Apache Beam, a new distributed processing tool from Google that’s now incubating at the ASF. One of the challenges of big data development is the need to use lots of different technologies, frameworks, APIs, languages, and software development kits. Depending on what you’re trying to do–and where you’re trying to do it–you may choose MapReduce for batch processing, Apache Spark SQL for Read more…

In-Memory Analytics to Boost Flight Ops for Major US Airline

Apr 11, 2016 |

A major US airline is about to go live on a new in-memory analytics system that will help it better anticipate and respond to disruptions in flight operations, potentially saving it tens of millions of dollars per year and improving the experience of its passengers, according to its developer. Flying a modern airliner is an expensive affair. According to airlines.org, direct operating costs in items such as fuel, crew, and maintenance runs about $81 per minute, or about $20,000 for Read more…

How Big and Fast Data Can Transform the Oil and Gas Industry

Apr 4, 2016 |

The oil industry has generally lagged behind other industries when it comes to new technology. For example, most other blue chip industries have gone paperless for most things. The obvious benefit of going paperless is a faster and more efficient movement of information across the organization. With as many processes in place internally, not to mention the vast amount of data being exchanged from one oil operator and supplier’s firewall to another, they seem like perfect candidates for going paperless, Read more…

ODPi Defines Hadoop Runtime Spec; Operations Up Next

Mar 28, 2016 |

Today the ODPi issued the first set of documents that describes a standard distribution of basic runtime components for Hadoop, including YARN, HDFS, and MapReduce. Going forward, the organization is preparing a management specification for Hadoop as it considers which Hadoop problem area it will tackle next. The ODPi was founded a year ago  on the eve of the Spring Strata + Hadoop World conference as the Open Data Platform initiative to help reign in some of the complexity that’s impacting Read more…

News In Brief

Qlik Acquires Partner Industrial CodeBox

May 2, 2016 |

As more users shift their analytics operations to cloud platforms, larger analytics vendors are eyeing startups providing them with quick access to emerging capabilities that can help plug gaps in their technology portfolios. The latest example comes from visual analytics vendor Qlik, which announced Monday (May 2) it is acquiring technology partner Industrial CodeBox, developer of a tool used to feed data from cloud sources such a social media into their analytics applications. Orlando-based Qlik (NASDAQ: QLIK) also said the Read more…

Apache Kafka Gains Traction Among Enterprise Users

Apr 27, 2016 |

The embrace of stream processing and real-time data access is driving enterprise adoption of the Apache Kafka distributed messaging system, according to an industry survey released at a Kafka summit this week. Confluent Inc., the Palo Alto, Calif., company founded by the creators of Apache Kafka, reported that its industry survey revealed that 88 percent of companies polled said they expect to adopt the tool for their data and application infrastructures by 2017. Moreover, nearly one-third of respondents said they Read more…

Redis, Samsung Team on In-Memory Boost

Apr 26, 2016 |

Seeking a “generational change” in the economics of in-memory computing, database specialist Redis Labs Inc. has collaborated with South Korean memory chip powerhouse Samsung Electronics to accelerate the processing and analysis of bulging datasets using next-generation memory technology designed to significantly cut memory costs. Redis Labs, Mountain View, Calif., said this week its flash-based platform running on standard x86 servers is available now as part of the company’s enterprise cluster. Along with standard SSD instances available on public clouds, a Read more…

AI Services Firm Bonsai Wins Strata Startup Showcase

Mar 30, 2016 |

An artificial intelligence (AI) startup out of Berkeley, California called Bonsai.ai won the Startup Showcase at the Strata + Hadoop World today. The second and third-place winners were also announced, as was the winner of the audience choice award. Bonsai (bonsai.ai) has created a cloud-based platform where users can build and deploy AI services, as well as a marketplace where the services can be bought and sold. Key components of its platform include the core intelligence server called BRAIN, which Read more…

Architecting Immediacy-The Design of a High-Performance Portable Wrangling Engine

Mar 30, 2016 |

At Strata + Hadoop World San Jose this week, I will present with my fellow Trifacta colleague, co-founder Joe Hellerstein, a session entitled “Architecting immediacy: The design of a high-performance, portable wrangling engine.” A big part of our session will be discussing  our new Photon Compute Framework, an enhancement at the core of Trifacta’s data wrangling interface. Photon is specifically architected to provide Trifacta’s users with a richly interactive and intelligent data wrangling experience on large, in-memory data sets. Why Read more…

This Just In

Logi Analytics Appoints New CEO

May 3, 2016 |

MCLEAN, Va., May 3 — Logi Analytics today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Steven Schneider as Chief Executive Officer. Brett Jackson will assume the role of Executive Chairman and will continue to serve as the Chairman of Logi’s Board. “I can think of no better candidate than Steven Schneider to succeed me as CEO and lead Logi in its next phase of growth, ensuring that we will continue to have strong leadership for the long-term future. Over the past Read more…

Denver Broncos Speed Draft Day Decisions With NetApp

May 2, 2016 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 2 — “In preparation for draft day, our team crunches a significant amount of data, from a player’s medical history and average speed to body movement and reactions and how players perform in certain situations,” said Russ Trainor, vice president of IT for the Denver Broncos. “NetApp FAS systems not only enable us to analyze all of this data in or near real-time, they actually power our entire infrastructure, business apps, fan engagement applications, coaching tools and decision making Read more…

Qlik Acquires Industrial CodeBox

May 2, 2016 |

ORLANDO, Fla., May 2 — Qlik (NASDAQ: QLIK), a leader in visual analytics, today announced it has acquired Industrial CodeBox, the company behind QVSource, which allows Qlik Sense and QlikView users to include data from cloud-based sources such as social media, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications, and other web-based APIs into their applications for deeper levels of insight. A Qlik partner since 2011, QVSource provides over 40 out-of-the-box connectors to specific applications within popular Web-based services such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google, as well as cloud-based applications including Read more…

Alteryx Welcomes Chuck Cory and Tim Maudlin to Board of Directors

Apr 27, 2016 |

IRVINE, Calif., April 27 — Alteryx, Inc., the leader in self-service data analytics, announced it has appointed Chuck Cory, former Chairman, Technology Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley, and Tim Maudlin, an Independent Financial Services Professional, to its Board of Directors. “Establishing a strong board of directors ensures a strategically sound organization, backed by the disciplined execution needed to drive shareholder value and long-term prosperity. Together, with our current board, Chuck and Tim create just that to help guide Alteryx as we advance Read more…

4C Decision, ArenaData, and AsiaInfo Join ODPi to Promote Open Big Data Ecosystem

Apr 27, 2016 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 27 — ODPi, a nonprofit organization accelerating the open ecosystem of big data solutions, today announced that 4C Decision, ArenaData, and AsiaInfo, have joined the initiative to advance efforts to create a common reference specification called ODPi Core. Many vendors have focused on productizing Apache Hadoop as a distribution, which has led to inconsistency that increases the cost and complexity for application vendors and end-users to fully embrace Apache Hadoop. Founded last year, ODPi is an industry effort Read more…