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Apache’s Wacky But Winning Recipe for Big Data Development

May 12, 2016 |

When Doug Cutting set out to develop an open source Web search engine in the late 1990s, he initially chose the GPL license to distribute his wares. When that failed, he decided to give the Apache Software Foundation a shot–and in the process may have changed the course of open source software development for the next 20 years. Cutting initially developed the Lucene search engine with the idea of building a business around it, but later decided to give the Read more…

ODPi Offers Olive Branch to Apache Software Foundation

May 11, 2016 |

The rift between the Open Data Platform Initiative (ODPi) and the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) is on the mend, thanks in part to a peace offering by ODPi, an admission of being indelicate, and a $40,000 check. It may not pacify everybody in the Apache Hadoop community who feel threatened by ODPi’s presence, but at least it’s a start. With its financial commitment, ODPi becomes a gold sponsor in the ASF, which manages 350 open source projects, about 10 percent Read more…

What Lies Beneath Development

May 6, 2016 |

The world is all abuzz talking about big data and using analytics to help improve business results. Ironically, software teams rarely use data to analyze and improve their own processes. Many internal software teams today don’t track fairly simple metrics including: how often code is submitted, by whom and the quality impact. By monitoring basic activities and others, software teams can identify patterns of behavior and best practices. That’s not to say that engineering managers don’t see the need for Read more…

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…

News In Brief

Skills Gap Also Includes ‘Failure to Communicate’

May 17, 2016 |

The data science skills gap continues to widen, with emerging automation tools like machine learning only just now starting to take up some of the slack. PayScale, the online salary database, released a report Tuesday (May 17) on the state of the “skills economy” that ranks data analytics, programming and cloud computing skills among the most sought-after by U.S. employers. Nevertheless, the skills survey also highlights a continuing lack of writing and other communications skills among recent college graduate along Read more…

Big Data Career Notes

May 16, 2016 |

In our new monthly feature, we’ll be keeping you up-to-date on the latest career developments for individuals in the big data community. Whether it’s a promotion, new company hire, or even an accolade, we’ve got the details. Check in each month for an updated list and you may even come across someone you know, or better yet, yourself! Victor Lund Victor Lund has been elected President and CEO of Teradata. He is taking over for Mike Koehler who stepped down Read more…

An Open Source Tour de Force at Apache: Big Data 2016

May 11, 2016 |

There’s no question about it: open source drives big data. Some may forget how the big data software we use or write about every day actually gets made. But here at the Apache: Big Data North America conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, the well of innovation that is the open source community is on full display. Open source software is fundamental to big data, says Roman Shaposhnik, who runs the Apache Incubator project for the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the Read more…

Oracle Extends Buying Spree With Opower Deal

May 4, 2016 |

Oracle extended its reach into the industrial and analytics sectors this week with the acquisition of Opower, an energy analytics company and provider of cloud services to utilities in a deal worth about $532 million. Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) said it would pay $10.30 per share in cash for Opower (NYSE: OPWR), which is based in Arlington, Va. The acquisition is expected to close later this year. Oracle said the transaction is subject to some regulatory approvals. Opower’s big data platform Read more…

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…

This Just In

Simba Technologies Releases SimbaEngine X

May 23, 2016 |

VANCOUVER, B.C., May 23 — Simba Technologies Inc., the global leader in standards-based relational and multi-dimensional data connectivity, announced today the release of SimbaEngine X for rapid development of ODBC, JDBC, OLE DB or ADO.NET connectivity to any type of data (SQL, non-SQL, Cloud, Line of Business, and IoT). SimbaEngine is the foundation development environment and toolkit for creating robust and compliant custom ODBC and JDBC drivers for connecting the latest BI and analytics tools including Excel, Microsoft Power BI, MicroStrategy, Read more…

Splunk Becomes an EMC Select Partner

May 23, 2016 |

May 23 — Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK), provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, today announced they have become a Select partner in EMC’s Technology Connect Partner Program. EMC is a global leader that enables businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver information technology as a service (ITaaS). Under this reseller agreement, joint customers will have a simple way of purchasing EMC solutions with Splunk Enterprise, Hunk, Splunk Enterprise and Global Support, Splunk Professional Services and Splunk Education. The interoperability of Splunk Read more…

ANSYS Introduces New SeaHawk Software

May 19, 2016 |

PITTSBURGH, Penn., May 19 — ANSYS (NASDAQ: ANSS) has married the advanced computer science of elastic computing, big data and machine learning to the physics-based world of engineering simulation – offering the industry a first look at the future of product development. Available today, the unique ANSYS SeaScape architecture enables organizations to innovate faster than the ever. ANSYS SeaHawk is the first product taking advantage of this new platform capability to deliver accelerated design optimization of next-generation chips. Engineering simulation Read more…

Tabor Communications Launches New Native Advertising Platform: The Solution Channel

May 18, 2016 |

SAN DIEGO, Calif., May 18 — Tabor Communications Inc. (TCI), a leading international media and services company, and publishers of industry leading online advanced-scale computing publications including HPCwire, EnterpriseTech, and Datanami, today announced the release of the new native advertising platform, called “The Solution Channel,” as part of their network of high tech computing publications covering the people and technologies that are ushering in the next generation of computing. The Solution Channel launched this past week on HPCwire. The Solution Channel platform is a native advertising vehicle Read more…

Logi Analytics and 1010data Release Connector as Part of Their Partnership

May 18, 2016 |

MCLEAN, Va., May 18 — Logi Analytics, a leader in self-service analytics, and 1010data, the only integrated platform that combines self-service data management and analytics at scale with ready-to-use data sets, today announced the release of a connector as part of their certified partnership. With the connector, customers are able to run complex SQL and native 1010data queries on massive data sets in a fraction of the time it would take with other BI platforms. Logi uniquely translates queries to access the Read more…