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5 Ways Big Geospatial Data Is Driving Analytics In the Real World

May 21, 2015 |

Amid the flood of data we collect and contend with on a daily basis, geospatial data occupies a unique place. Thanks to the networks of GPS satellites and cell towers and the emerging Internet of Things, we’re able to track and correlate the location of people and objects in very precise ways that were not possible until recently. But putting this geospatial data to use is easier said than done. Here are five ways organizations can use geospatial data to Read more…

Forget Big Data–Small Data Is Where the Money Lies

May 20, 2015 |

Big Data continues to be a big topic. Experts promise a world where the Internet of Things (IoT) proliferates and tiny, inexpensive sensors collect massive amounts of data. New, powerful databases coupled with information storage technology and analytical tools offer the promise of gleaning amazing insights and finding patterns we never before imagined. However, for most businesses, it’s still too early to become actual practitioners of Big Data. Some may remember the 2013 findings from research organization SINTEF that 90% Read more…

Apache Drill Poised to Crack Tough Data Challenges

May 19, 2015 |

It’s been three years in the making, and today the Apache Drill project announced that version 1 of the eponymous tool is ready for business. MapR Technologies, which develops Hadoop and NoSQL database software, wasted no time adding it to its software stack, and declaring war on fixed schemas everywhere. Apache Drill is revolutionary in the way it allows users to explore, visualize, and query large and diverse data sets, particularly semi-structured data generated on the Web and via machines. Read more…

How Machine Learning Is Eating the Software World

May 18, 2015 |

Marc Andreessen famously said in 2011 that software was eating the world. Four years later, that trend has accelerated, only now it appears that machine learning technology is on the cusp of eating software, and that algorithms will take over the world, with a little help from their friends: the APIs. Not that this is a bad thing, at least not as Elon Musk envisions, with AI-powered overlords enslaving the human race (a separate story for another day). But if Read more…

Beyond Social: How Text Analytics Can Improve Business

May 15, 2015 |

There’s been a lot of time and attention dedicated to mining social media with big data techniques. With more than 400 million tweets a day, you’re almost certain to find a trending Twitter topic that’s relevant to you. But text analytics’ potential is much bigger than social media, and some of its applications may surprise you. Humans can read and process only so much text, but computers can process enormous strings of words. Provalis Research‘s recently released WordStat for Stata Read more…

News In Brief

Gartner: Hadoop Adoption ‘Fairly Anemic’

May 14, 2015 |

Enterprise adoption of Hadoop remains “tentative,” according to a new survey, as lingering challenges posed by doubts about the business value of the software framework and database skills gap hinder uptake. Market researcher Gartner Inc. reported this week that only 125 respondents to a recent survey of 284 clients said they have invested in Hadoop or plan to over the next two years. The survey was conducted between February and March of this year. “Despite considerable hype and reported successes Read more…

Wikibon Analyst Kelly: Big Data is Entrenched

May 12, 2015 |

Back in 2011, when the respected Wikibon researcher Jeff Kelly began tracking big data, the technology was, in his view, “long on promise but short on specifics.” In his final blog post for the Wikibon Project, Kelly concludes that the technology has come full circle, asserting that its steady application has helped to solve real-world business challenges while evolving into a “competitive differentiator” in a world gone digital. It has even helped deliver sports championships. “Big data is no longer Read more…

Teradata Mixes, Matches Database Rows, Columns

May 11, 2015 |

Seeking to improve access to data stored in columnar tables and, with it, speed up query performance, big data and marketing applications specialist Teradata Corp. rolled out a hybrid row and column database that it said would allow users to mix and match row and column technologies. San Diego-based Teradata said May 7 its enhanced hybrid row and column in-database technology could help reduce the amount of data read in wide tables while “preserving pinpoint data access” for real-time queries. Read more…

Google Launches Bigtable Hosting Service

May 7, 2015 |

Google yesterday announced the beta launch of Google Cloud Bigtable, a hosted version of its wide-column NoSQL database. The service is accessible via the standard HBase API–making it instantly integrated with the Hadoop stack–and blows away other hosted NoSQL offerings in terms of latency and throughput, the company claims. You might know Bigtable as the database at the heart of many Google offerings, including Gmail, Google Search, YouTube, Google Earth, and Google Analytics. But the technology, which Google engineers Jeff Read more…

Intel Says Upgraded Haswells Will Speed Analytics

May 5, 2015 |

The new Xeon processors unveiled today by Intel will find their way into a number of applications. But one of the most prominent uses will be powering the next-generation of real-time analytics, the chip giant says. Encryption in Hadoop will also get a boost. Intel processors already run the lion’s share of big data workloads, thanks to the twin forces of open source development and commodity pricing. But with data analytics clearly on the executive agenda in companies across all 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…