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Hadoop Labor Update: Cloudera Talks Impala 2.0 as Hortonworks Previews Kafka

Aug 29, 2014 |

Say what you will about Hadoop (and we do), the big data platform is evolving at an incredible rate. This week, two of the biggest Hadoop distributors, Hortonworks and Cloudera, shared how they’re working to improve two key aspects of the platform: real-time data pipelining via Apache Kafka and SQL-based data warehousing via Impala. Let’s start with Cloudera. This week, the Hadoop distributor announced that the upcoming release of Impala 2.0 will add much more complete SQL functionality to CDH, Read more…

How a Top Ad Firm Stopped Fearing Big Data and Learned to Love Analytics

Aug 18, 2014 |

Competition in the $500-billion global advertising industry is brutal, and ad firms that fail to deliver are quickly shown the door by their clients. But in this age of big data analytics, delivering results is not enough, as clients increasingly demand to know exactly how their media buys boosted demand. As the sixth largest media buying and marketing firm in the world, Havas Media has created and executed print, online, display, and TV advertising strategies for some of the world’s Read more…

TPC Crafts More Rigorous Hadoop Benchmark From TeraSort Test

Aug 18, 2014 |

While Moore’s Law has made computing and storage capacity less expensive with each passing year, the amount of data that companies are storing and the number and sophistication of the algorithms that they want to employ on that data to perform analytics is growing faster than the prices are dropping. And that means the bang for the buck of the underlying hardware and the analytics software that runs atop it matter. The trouble is that benchmarking systems takes far too Read more…

Here’s Another Option for Hadoop Enterprise Search

Aug 8, 2014 |

The software stacks of many Hadoop distributions feature Apache Lucene and Solr as the enterprise search component. But the folks at the French firm Sinequa say Hadoop customers will get more actual work done–and quickly analyze massive amounts of poly-structured data from dozens of other sources in multiple languages–by using its enterprise search solution. Hadoop, machine learning algorithms, and graph databases may get most of the headlines in our big data world, but good old search engines continue to be Read more…

How Streaming Analytics Helps Telcos Overcome the Data Deluge

Jul 30, 2014 |

Real-time streaming analytics is all the rage these days, as organizations seek to wring value from their data as quickly as possible. While the technology is bleeding edge for many, it’s commonplace in the telecommunications industry, where vendors like Guavus are leveraging the power of Hadoop and streaming analytics to help telcos not only survive the data deluge, but thrive within it. Things are a bit different in telecommunications. While companies in other fields may experiment with new technologies, tier-one Read more…

News In Brief

Poll: SAS Use Surges for Data Mining

Aug 26, 2014 |

A recent poll querying data scientists on which programming and statistics languages they used in 2014 for analytics, data mining and data science found that four main languages dominated. The data mining community web site KDnuggets reported earlier this month that respondents identified R, Python, SAS and SQL (in that order) as a preferred programming language. Fully 91 percent of respondents used one of the four languages. The R programming language led the way, cited by 49 percent of respondents Read more…

Performance Analytics Tackles Sports Injuries

Aug 25, 2014 |

In the human demolition derby known as the National Football League, season-ending, often career-threatening, injuries are already piling up like lineman on a loose football. And it’s only preseason! An injury to a star player—the St. Louis Rams lost their starting quarterback Sam Bradford to his second torn ACL in as many years over the weekend—can ruin a team’s season before it begins. That translates into empty seats in stadiums, lost revenues from missing the playoffs and potentially years of Read more…

Gauging Human Emotions at the Stroke of a Key

Aug 22, 2014 |

Indian researchers using text pattern analysis and “keystroke dynamics” claim they have designed a computer program that can accurately recognize a computer user’s emotions. “Depending on the emotion,” the researchers claimed, they accurately recognized and “emotional states” most of the time, indeed with great precision: 87 percent. Writing in the journal Behavior & Information Technology, a team of Indian researchers asked volunteer typists to note their emotional state after typing “fixed” text along with prescribed intervals of regular computer use. Read more…

Automakers Embrace Predictive Analytics to Boost Sales

Aug 20, 2014 |

The use of predictive analytics to discern consumer preferences is expanding to car dealerships where manufacturers led by Ford Motor Co. are trying to convince local dealers that big data can help them reduce the number of days cars sit unsold on their lots. While some dealers are resisting new analytical tools like Ford’s Smart Inventory Management System rolled out in 2009, industry analysts recently told the publication Automotive News that predictive analytics could help save dealerships $100 or more Read more…

Health Tracker Said to Spot Ebola Outbreak Before WHO

Aug 11, 2014 |

HealthMap, a web-based utility and algorithm used by public health agencies and others to track disease outbreaks and deliver real-time intelligence about emerging infectious diseases, may have spotted the Ebola outbreak in West Africa days before it was officially revealed. The web site PublicHealthWatch reported on August 10 that the HealthMap algorithm flagged a “mystery hemorrhagic fever” in forested areas of southeastern Guinea nine days before the World Heath Organization (WHO) announced the Ebola epidemic. HealthMap tracks thousands of government Read more…

This Just In

Segment Announces Support for Top E-commerce Platforms

Aug 28, 2014 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Aug. 28 – Segment, the universal integration platform, today announced support for top e-commerce networks Magento, WooCommerce, WordPress eCommerce and Goodsie. With Segment’s latest e-commerce plugins, hundreds of thousands of businesses built on these templates can easily install analytics and marketing tools with zero code. Segment is a single platform that collects, translates and routes user data to analytics tools like Google Analytics, Adobe Catalyst and Facebook Audiences with the flip of a switch. “E-commerce companies are becoming increasingly data-savvy, Read more…

ISC Big Data Conference to Begin Oct. 1

Aug 28, 2014 |

Aug. 28 — The second annual ISC Big Data conference will build on the success of the 2013 event, presenting attendees with the latest developments in data-centric computing from both industry players and researchers. The conference theme – From Data to Knowledge – reflects the nature of all big data applications, encapsulating the challenges as well as the solutions. ISC Big Data will explore all aspects of that data-to-knowledge path. At center-stage is Hadoop, a rapidly evolving parallel framework for digesting some Read more…

University of Tennessee Hosts Business Analytics Forum

Aug 27, 2014 |

Aug. 27 — The University of Tennessee presents its 9th bi-annual Business Analytics Forum. The Business Analytics Program will host two keynote speakers: Stephen Few, one of the world’s renowned experts and thought leaders on business analytics, quantitative techniques and data analysis and Tim Wilson, a partner at Web Analytics Demystified. The forum seminar will also include open discussions, small group sessions and the Business Analytics Program job fair for Business Analytics bachelor’s and master’s students. The event will take place Thursday, September 11, Read more…

Splice Machine Announces Advisory Board

Aug 26, 2014 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Aug. 26 — Splice Machine, provider of the only Hadoop RDBMS, today announced its initial Board of Advisors, which includes technology luminaries Roger Bamford, Mike Franklin, Marie-Anne Neimat and Ken Rudin. “We are honored and pleased to have support and expert guidance from some of the smartest and most experienced individuals in the database space,” said Monte Zweben, co-founder and CEO, Splice Machine. “We are confident that the deep knowledge and unique backgrounds of our advisors, in combination with the skill sets of the Read more…

DataStax’s Cassandra Summit Announces Keynote Speakers and Sponsors

Aug 26, 2014 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 26 – DataStax, the company that delivers Apache Cassandra to the enterprise, today announced featured keynote speakers Jeff Ludwig, VP Network Platform Data and Engineering from Sony Network Entertainment and Yi Li, CEO of image recognition software start-up Orbeus. These industry experts will share with more than 3,000 global attendees how Life on Cassandra has transformed their business. The event is set to take place September 10-11 at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco and will also showcase keynotes from Apache Cassandra Project Read more…