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Behavior I/O: Using Machine Learning to Empower Human Learning

Jun 17, 2016 |

At lunch last week, I learned that a couple colleagues were engaged in a little duel—trying to out-walk each other, as tracked by their new Fitbits. Self-improvement was definitely the goal, but seeing peer performance and benchmarks provided the required motivation to achieve that goal. If you’re a data science or analytics leader, your job is to manage analysts who produce insights.  Insights drive innovation which in turn drive profits.  So, if you want to drive your business through these Read more…

The Weather Company Absorbs ‘Deep Thunder’ to Bolster Modeling

Jun 15, 2016 |

IBM is combining two of its weather forecasting resources—including The Weather Company’s regional and global models and local and hyperlocal forecasts from “Deep Thunder”—to create a single combined forecasting model that executives say will be more accurate than what came before. Deep Thunder has been an IBM Research project for 20 years, and has been used to produce extremely accurate forecasts for specific events or specific places, such as Brazilian monsoons in 2010, Hurricane Irene’s landfall in New York in Read more…

Slow But Steady Progress Spotted in Operationalization of Big Data

Jun 2, 2016 |

It might be a tough word to get out of your mouth, but “operationalization” remains a central element of the big data opportunity. And according to a new Capgemini and Informatica study titled “The Big Data Payoff: Turning Big Data into Business Value,” companies are making slow but steady progress in the operationalization of big data projects. To operationalize something in the business world is to make it tangible, to make it real and repeatable and reliable. In the context Read more…

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…

News In Brief

Twitter Buys Another Machine Learning Startup

Jun 20, 2016 |

Machine learning continues to make inroads among hyper-scalers who are increasingly using it to train rather then program algorithms. As if the technology needed any more promotion, Twitter announced its acquisition of a London-based company that has developed machine-learning techniques for visual processing. According to reports, Twitter (NYSE: TWTR ) paid about $150 million for AI startup Magic Pony Technology. Other details of the deal announced Monday (June 20) were not disclosed. The social media company’s stock rose on news Read more…

Proliferation of Data Driving Machine Learning

Jun 16, 2016 |

Machine learning is a hot topic, but what applications is the technology driving and what drives machine learning? The short answer, concludes a new research report on machine learning, is data—lots of data. “Data is available in volumes never dreamed of, which means the algorithms have more to get their teeth into,” concluded a survey by market watcher 451 Research, noting that “machine learning lives or dies depending on the quantity and quality of the data available.” Moreover, the rise Read more…

Big Data Career Notes

Jun 15, 2016 |

In this monthly feature, we’ll keep 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! Steve Smith Steve Smith, CEO and President of Equinix, has joined NetApp’s board of directors. Prior to joining Equinix in 2007, Smith was the Read more…

Machine Learning Enlisted to Fight Ransomware

Jun 14, 2016 |

Everyone seemingly is complaining about the spread of ransomware, and now somebody is trying to do something about it using machine learning-based behavioral analytics techniques to track suspicious behavior on company networks. As the scale of the ransomware threat grows, including ransom payments by hospitals and universities and growing fears that it will soon spread to other sectors, a Silicon Valley security intelligence firm has rolled out an approach for detecting ransomware via machine learning. Exabeam, a specialist in user Read more…

AI is Coming, Prompting New IT Security Concerns

Jun 10, 2016 |

Intelligent, often autonomous, systems are making headway in the datacenter as developers seek to offload manual processes and move beyond traditional approaches like prescriptive IT automation as they struggle to keep up. That’s the conclusion of a vendor-backed survey of IT executives about the adoption of intelligent machines and systems based on new AI approaches and other expert systems. Still, the survey sponsored by IT management software specialist Ipswitch notes that early adopters of automated systems are struggling to gauge Read more…

This Just In

SnapLogic and 451 Research to Host Big Data Webinar

Jun 24, 2016 |

SAN MATEO, Calif., June 24 — SnapLogic, an industry leader in enterprise integration platform as a service (iPaaS), announced that the company will be hosting a webinar on the big data landscape with 451 Research Director of Data Platforms and Analytics Matt Aslett. The discussion is designed for organizations preparing for big data, data lakes, cloud computing and IoT. The world of big data is constantly changing and IT leaders are looking for new innovations to address the growing complexity of Read more…

Spectra Logic CEO Publishes New Book

Jun 23, 2016 |

BOULDER, Colo., June 23 — Spectra Logic, the deep storage experts, today announced that Spectra Logic Chief Executive Officer, Nathan C. Thompson, with colleagues Bob Cone and John Kranz, published a new book, “Society’s Genome: Genetic Diversity’s Role in Digital Preservation.” “Society’s Genome: Genetic Diversity’s Role in Digital Preservation” is a guide to understanding greater trends in information storage and data preservation. The book details how vital it is to store our information, and the astounding statistics around society’s digital data Read more…

NGINX Launches Public Beta of NGINX Amplify Monitoring Tool

Jun 22, 2016 |

June 22 — NGINX, Inc., the engine delivering sites and applications for the modern web, today announced the public beta release of NGINX Amplify, a new diagnostic tool created to give users visibility and control over NGINX instances and NGINX-delivered applications. As a platform designed specifically for NGINX and the applications it powers, NGINX Amplify complements and extends existing Application Performance Management (APM) and monitoring tools. Users can get started in minutes, and get access to powerful features such as recommended Read more…

SnapLogic Introduces New Partner Program

Jun 22, 2016 |

SAN MATEO, Calif., June 22 — SnapLogic, the industry’s first unified data and application integration platform as a service (iPaaS), today introduced their new partner program, SnapLogic Partner Connect. The program is intended to recruit, retain and enable a rich, global ecosystem of technology, services and reseller partners that help joint customers to accelerate adoption of big data technologies, software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications and cloud data management by accelerating integration and driving digital transformation in the enterprise. “The SnapLogic Partner Connect Program is Read more…

Impetus Technologies to Lead Four Thought Leadership Sessions at Hadoop Summit

Jun 22, 2016 |

LOS GATOS, Calif., June 22 — Impetus Technologies, a big data software products and services company, today announced it will be a platinum-level sponsor at the 2016 Hadoop Summit, a leading conference for the Apache Hadoop community. Taking place June 28-30 in San Jose, California, Impetus Technologies will be exhibiting and leading a number of sessions on a range of advanced big data analytics thought leadership topics. “As an early adopter of Apache Hadoop, Impetus Technologies has been a long time Hortonworks partner. This partnership provides Read more…