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Supercharging Apache Spark with Flash and NoSQL

Jul 21, 2016 |

Apache Spark has become the defacto standard computational engine in the big data world. But as an in-memory technology, Spark has limitations. One of the ways people are getting around those limitations is by pairing Spark with superfast, Flash-based NoSQL databases, including key-value stores. Read more…

9 Ways Retailers Are Using Big Data and Hadoop

Jul 20, 2016 |

The big data revolution is changing how business gets done in all industries. That includes the massive retail market, which drives $2.6 trillion in business in the U.S. and employs 42 million Americans. Read more…

What Does the VC Investment Slowdown Mean for Big Data?

Jul 19, 2016 |

The overall pace of investments by venture capitalists slowed over the first six months of the year, according to new report issued last week. While the software industry as a whole did well, the number of investments in startups is trending down. Read more…

Three NoSQL Databases You’ve Never Heard Of

Jul 15, 2016 |

There’s a certain class of data problem that is elegantly addressed by NoSQL databases, which is why the market for NoSQL databases is growing faster than the overall market. The market is led by the Big Four, including Couchbase, Datastax, MarkLogic, and MongoDB, but there’s a long tail of other players in the NoSQL market, including some older products that are still going strong. Read more…

Concord Claims 10x Performance Edge on Spark Streaming

Jul 14, 2016 |

Organizations that are looking for a stream processing engine upon which to build fast data applications featuring high-throughput and low-latency may want to check out Concord, a new framework that emerged from the ad-tech world and reportedly runs 10 times faster than Spark Streaming and Storm. Read more…

News In Brief

Redis Labs Gains VC Funding, New Enterprise Customers

Jul 21, 2016 |

While the pace of venture capital investment in technology startups declined during the first half of this year, some analytics and database companies are reporting continuing and expanding investments. Read more…

Amazon Echo, IoT Bulb Enlisted for Data Engagement

Jul 14, 2016 |

Presumably under the category of “bright ideas,” a business intelligence specialist is leveraging artificial intelligence and what it calls an “IoT light bulb” as a way to increase analytics engagement and adoption through an “emotional connection to data insights using all senses.” Read more…

Doubts Mount About Data Payoffs

Jul 13, 2016 |

Mounting evidence contained in vendor surveys suggests executives who play a key role in data and analytics technology investments are increasingly dissatisfied with the results of current approaches to analytics and the ultimate goal of problem solving. Read more…

CEO Survey Finds Data Distrust

Jul 12, 2016 |

Despite widespread corporate adoption of big data and analytics tools along with exponential advances in analytics technology, a new survey by respected consulting firm finds that only one-third of CEOs polled have a high level of trust in the accuracy of their data or the analytics tools used to crunch it. Read more…

Report: Machine Learning Driving AI

Jul 11, 2016 |

Artificial intelligence research continues to accelerate as human and machines collaborate to solve more complex problems. A new survey by the National Academy of Science identifies the frontiers of AI research that include “augmented cognition” Read more…

This Just In

New Relic Experiences Rapid Customer Adoption Across EMEA

Jul 5, 2016 |

July 5 — Software analytics leader New Relic, Inc. (NYSE: NEWR) announced today that leading companies across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) continue to choose the New Relic Software Analytics Cloud to help them modernize their software architectures, deliver higher quality software faster, and drive successful digital initiatives. Read more…

Databricks Enables Sellpoints to Launch a New Predictive Analytics Product

Mar 10, 2016 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., March 10 — Databricks, the company behind Apache Spark, today announced that Sellpoints, a provider of online advertising solutions dedicated to optimizing return on ad spend (ROAS) for retailers and brands, chose Databricks as their enterprise Spark solution, allowing for the rapid productization of a critical predictive analytics product. Read more…

Splunk Enterprise Assisting European Footwear Giant

Mar 8, 2016 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., March 8 – Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK), provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, today announced that fashion footwear retailer Kurt Geiger relies on Splunk Enterprise to support its growing e-commerce operations and improve the customer experience across its global websites. Read more…

Lazada Selects MapR to Unify and Analyze Data for Ecommerce Operations

Mar 1, 2016 |

March 1 — MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the industry’s only converged data platform, today announced that Lazada Group has selected the MapR Converged Data Platform to power its ecommerce operations in Southeast Asia.  Read more…

Beabloo Selects Hortonworks to Power Analytics Platform for Retail

Feb 4, 2016 |

LONDON, U.K., Feb. 4 — Hortonworks, Inc. (NASDAQ: HDP) today announced it has expanded its European customer base by adding Beabloo, the global omnichannel digital marketing company. Read more…