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Building a Better (Google) Earth

Dec 16, 2014 |

About 10 years ago, the folks at Google finished indexing the Internet and turned their attention to indexing planet Earth. The resulting product, Google Earth, amazed nearly everybody who used it. But for individuals with geospatial backgrounds, the bubblegum and baling wire holding the product together signaled there had to be a better way. Andrew Rogers was one of the Google engineers who worked on the first iterations of Google Earth. He helped look for efficient ways to add “layers” Read more…

Unlocking Business Insights in Timecards

Dec 9, 2014 |

When it comes to big data analytics in the world of human capital management, most of the attention has focused on the hiring process. But companies are now starting to use advanced analytics to inspect the performance of the workforce after it’s been set. The source of the data? The humble timecard. It turns out there’s a wealth of potentially valuable data contained in timecards. The good stuff is not the obvious line item that shows Jane Smith worked 37 Read more…

How Big Data Is Remaking Customer Loyalty Programs

Dec 8, 2014 |

Retailers spend about $2 billion every year to build and run loyalty card programs in the hopes of creating lifelong, devoted customers. However, those loyalty programs often fail to deliver as advertised. But now, advanced analytic techniques running on big data platforms like Hadoop promise to help retailers get closer than ever to realizing their “one-to-one” marketing dreams. Part of the problem with traditional loyalty programs is the lack of good, clean data. When people sign up for programs, they Read more…

Transforming PostgreSQL into a Distributed, Scale-Out Database

Dec 4, 2014 |

PostgreSQL users who were considering adopting a distributed NoSQL database like MongoDB or Cassandra to gain scalability benefits for big data may want to think twice about that approach following today’s launch of new software that allows PostgreSQL to scale out horizontally, just like the NoSQL databases do. PostgreSQL is one of the most popular relational databases, with millions of implementations over its 28-year history. Backers of the open source software have kept it relevant in the big data era Read more…

Why Kafka Should Run Natively on Hadoop

Dec 2, 2014 |

Apache Kafka has become an instrumental part of the big data stack at many organizations, particularly those looking to harness fast-moving data. But Kafka doesn’t run on Hadoop, which is becoming the de-facto standard for big data processing. Now a group of developers led by DataTorrent are addressing that concern with a new project called KOYA, or Kafka on YARN. Getting Kafka into Hadoop would seem to be a no-brainer. After all, the open source message broker software already plays Read more…

News In Brief

Teradata Has Hadoop Covered with MapR Partnership

Nov 19, 2014 |

Teradata completed a trifecta of sorts today when it announced a strategic partnership with MapR Technologies. The partnership comes on the heels of similar deals Teradata formed with the two other pure-play Hadoop providers, Cloudera and Hortonworks. But this deal is different insofar as what MapR can bring to the table, the new partners say. As part of the deal, Teradata will become a reseller for all of MapR‘s products and services, which is similar to the reseller deals it Read more…

Hadoop RDBMS Ready for Primetime

Nov 19, 2014 |

Targeting database architects and application developers, Splice Machine Inc. announced general availability this week of its Hadoop database that had been in beta testing since May. The Hadoop relational database management system is designed to reduce the costs of developing real-time applications by, for example, eliminating the need for expensive proprietary hardware. The relational database for operational applications is being positioned as a replacement for Oracle and MySQL databases that might be running out of steam or are becoming too Read more…

Vertica Gets Hadoop Upgrade

Nov 18, 2014 |

An analytics platform unveiled this week by Hewlett-Packard allows access to data residing on a range of Apache Hadoop distributions. HP said Nov. 17 its Vertica for SQL on Hadoop platform provides a pathway to data residing on Apache-based data lakes as well as Cloudera, Hortonworks, MapR or any combination the these Hadoop distributions. The new analytics platform reflects HP’s push to integrate the distributed computing technology for exploring data stored on the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS). While large Read more…

Banks Sit on Customer Data as Needs Go Unmet

Nov 13, 2014 |

The nation’s retail banks have a potentially bigger problem than complaints about fees and low interest rates on savings accounts: Despite sitting on a “gold mine” of data, a survey finds that financial institutions use little of this business intelligence to better understand their customers. The inaction compounds a larger problem faced by banks, according to survey results released this week by enterprise data management specialist NGDATA. The survey found that nearly half of respondents rank customer service highest when Read more…

LinkedIn Spinoff Confluent to Extend Kafka

Nov 10, 2014 |

The LinkedIn team that built the Apache Kafka real-time messaging service has left to form a new company called Confluent. The startup said it would offer a “real-time data platform” built around Apache Kafka. Along with serving as a robust real-time, scalable messaging system, Kafka has been applied to collecting user activity data, logs, application metrics, even device instrumentation. Confluent’s chief focus appears to be supplying “high-volume data” as a “real-time stream for consumption in systems with very different requirements,” Read more…

This Just In

MongoDB Selected by MyDealerLot to Power Cloud-Based Applications

Sep 17, 2014 |

Sept. 17 — MyDealerLot (MDL), the country’s leading provider of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technologies for the retail automotive market, uses MongoDB to power its cloud-based applications. The retail automotive industry has shifted: instead of making money on the front end of the sale, dealers now get paid varying percentages from the manufacturer based on results of Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) scores. No longer is it sufficient to simply sell a car; today, financial benefit hinges on the customer experience. Read more…

Tresata Releases TREE 3.3

Jun 5, 2014 |

CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 5 — Tresata announced the release of TREE 3.3, its third generation of its most successful software application that has been used by both financial services and retail industry giants to integrate disparate datasets in Hadoop at a segment of one. TREE is the only 100% Hadoop-powered software application that collects, curates and collapses multiple datasets ranging from transactional data, market data, customer service data and social network data and is able to resolve all critical variables to a Read more…

Hadoop Market Expected to Reach 20.9 Billion by 2018

Jan 3, 2014 |

According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research “Hadoop Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast, 2012- 2018,” the global Hadoop market was worth USD 1.5 billion in 2012 and is expected to reach USD 20.9 billion in 2018, growing at a CAGR of 54.7% from 2012 to 2018.