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Big Data’s Dirty Little Secret

Jul 2, 2015 |

The twin phenomena of big data and machine learning are combining to give organizations previously unheard of predictive power to drive their businesses in new ways. But behind the big data headlines that tease us with tales of amazing insight and business optimization lurks an inconvenient truth: raw data is very dirty and requires an enormous amount of effort to clean. Data scientists are undoubtedly the rock stars of the big data movement, as they use their keen understanding of Read more…

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…

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…

Why Big Data Prep Is Booming

Jun 22, 2015 |

The big data analytics space is growing as organizations attempt to turn massive sets of data into a competitive advantage. But this trend is also driving a secondary boom in the market for data preparation tools that clean big data prior to analysis. The hype surrounding big data masks a dirty little secret: Most data sets are relatively dirty and must be thoroughly cleaned, lest the resulting analytic results be tainted and unusable. Necessity is the mother of all invention, Read more…

Getting MDM Off the Ground

Jun 18, 2015 |

Anyone who has been exposed to Master Data Management (MDM) realizes that the practice often comes with a price. While most individuals applaud the concept of implementing MDM, too often what initially appeared to be an adequately funded and well-planned project starts to miss key deadlines and milestones while accumulating unexpected costs. Before trying to tackle MDM, it’s important to understand exactly what MDM entails and how it will work within a larger big data management framework. This may sound Read more…

News In Brief

Kyvos Debuts OLAP for Hadoop

Jun 30, 2015 |

Many technology pros view OLAP as a legacy technology, a holdover from the days of data warehousing that doesn’t have a place in today’s big data world. But several startups are fighting to change that perception, including Kyvos Insights, which today unveiled its OLAP-on-Hadoop solution. Twenty years ago, online analytical processing (OLAP) was the center of many enterprise data warehouse (EDW) initiatives. The technology, which is largely synonymous with the term “multi-dimensional database,” gave organizations a way to pre-index and Read more…

Consortium Makes Business Case For R Language

Jun 30, 2015 |

As more data scientists and researchers embrace the R programming language and statistical computing environment, the Linux Foundation has moved to strengthen the user community and, with it, the development of more business applications through a collaborative development initiative called the R Consortium. Founding members of the R Consortium include Alteryx, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Mango Solutions, Microsoft, Oracle, RStudio and Tibco Software, the Linux Foundation announced on Tuesday (June 30). Microsoft and RStudio were listed as “platinum” members. The open source 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…

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…

Accenture Analytics Apps Target ‘Domain Experts’

Jun 11, 2015 |

Among the largest consumers of data analytics is the financial services sector. As vendors tout new analytics platforms for the masses that push tools deeper into organizations and beyond data scientists, even management consultants are getting into the act. Among them is Accenture Analytics, the big data arm of management consultant and technology services giant Accenture. Its analytics unit rolled out a batch of big data applications this week aimed at placing market insights at the “fingertips” of more corporate Read more…

This Just In

DataTorrent Joins the Open Data Platform Initiative, Brings Real-Time Processing of Data-In-Motion to ODP

May 21, 2015 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 21, – DataTorrent, the leader in real-time big data analytics and creator of DataTorrent RTS, the world’s first enterprise-grade unified platform for both stream and batch processing on Hadoop, today announced it joined the Open Data Platform (ODP) as a Silver member. In addition, DataTorrent RTS is certified and immediately available on the ODP Core. DataTorrent is focused on reducing time to market, increasing ROI and enabling success of big data projects. Joining ODP brings DataTorrent’s Read more…

Smartsheet Announces Real-Time Data Exchange with Tableau

May 21, 2015 |

BELLEVUE, WASH., May 21 – Smartsheet, the spreadsheet-inspired collaborative work management tool used by millions worldwide, today announced the general availability of the Smartsheet Live Data Connector. The new functionality uses industry standard Open Database Connector (ODBC) capabilities to link live data in Smartsheet with other ODBC-compliant tools like Tableau Software, Microsoft Excel, QlikView and Qlik Sense. “This new live connection will help Smartsheet users get more out of their data,” said Francois Ajenstat, Vice President, Product Management at Tableau. “The Read more…

Ryft Open API Library Extends Lightning-Fast Batch and Streaming Analysis to Existing Big Data Environments 

May 21, 2015 |

ROCKVILLE, MD., May 21 — Ryft announced today the availability of the Ryft Open API Library, expanding the company’s Ryft ONE high-performance data analysis capabilities into existing big data environments. Developers can now invoke or extend the Ryft Open API to add hardware-driven acceleration to applications that demand real-time intelligence from all types of batch and streaming data. Now, Ryft combines the flexibility of an open, future-proof 1U platform with the speed, simplicity, scalability and security of a purpose-built analytics accelerator for 100X faster enterprise decision-making Read more…

Clarabridge Acquires Engagor

May 21, 2015 |

RESTON, VA., May 21 — Clarabridge, Inc., the leading provider of Customer Experience Management (CEM) solutions for the world’s top brands, today announced the acquisition of Engagor, the most comprehensive platform for real-time social customer service and engagement. The combined offering provides a complete, end-to-end technology solution for marketers, customer care organizations and operations teams to create more profitable customer relationships. Founded by Folke Lemaitre in 2011, Belgium-based Engagor offers a robust social listening and engagement platform for marketers and customer Read more…

Zettaset Boosts Big Data Protection for IBM Power Systems servers with Enterprise-Class Encryption for Hadoop and NoSQL Databases

May 20, 2015 |

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 20, – Zettaset, a leader in Big Data security, today announced it has successfully completed integration of Zettaset’s Big Data Encryption software solution, BDEncrypt™, with IBM’s Power Systems scale-out servers running Linux. IBM POWER8 customers seeking an encryption solution which is optimized for Big Data environments and distributed computing architectures including Hadoop and NoSQL can now utilize Zettaset BDEncrypt.  BDEncrypt with IBM Power Systems is designed to deliver a high level of compute performance and solution Read more…