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MapR Puts Apache Drill into Hadoop Distro

Sep 16, 2014 |

Organizations today demand tools that provide familiar SQL-based access to data stored on HDFS. Today, MapR Technologies gave its customers yet another SQL interface when it announced support for Apache Drill 0.5 in the new release of its commercial Hadoop distribution, MapR 4.0.1. Apache Drill is an open source framework that delivers a full SQL-compliant interface that allows users to query unstructured data stored on HDFS for data discovery purposes. The project, which is backed by MapR and is an Read more…

Three Things Apache Spark Needs to Out-Hadoop Hadoop

Sep 15, 2014 |

It’s only September, but it’s clear that 2014 will go down as the Year of Apache Spark. While the open source processing framework has gathered an enormous amount of momentum within the Hadoop ecosystem, there are three areas where the Spark community should focus on if it’s going to shine brighter in 2015. Apache Spark stormed the big data scene early in the year, becoming the Hot New Thing in an industry that generates Hot New Things at increasingly breakneck Read more…

How a Web Analytics Firm Turbo-Charged Its Hadoop ETL

Sep 10, 2014 |

The Web analytics firm comScore knows a thing or two about managing big data. With tens of billions of data points added to its 400-node Hadoop cluster every day, the company is no stranger to scalability challenges. But there’s one ETL optimization trick in particular that helped comScore save petabytes of disk and improve data processing times in the process. ComScore is one of the biggest providers of Web analytics used by publishers, advertising firms, and their clients. If you Read more…

DataStax Nabs $106 Million, Sets Sites on International Expansion

Sep 4, 2014 |

DataStax, the company behind the NoSQL database Apache Cassandra, today announced it has brought in $106 million in new financing, bringing its total financing figure to $190 million. Much of the Series E round will go toward expanding DataStax’s international presence, particularly in Asia, company executives say. “Things are definitely good,” Matt Pfeil, co-founder and chief customer officer at DataStax, told Datanami in an interview this week. “We’ve got over 25 percent of the Fortune 100 as customers, and more Read more…

Speech-to-Text Puts New Twist on Sentiment Analysis

Sep 3, 2014 |

Mining Facebook and Twitter posts for clues about customer sentiment is one of the most common big data workloads today. Now, thanks to improvements in the accuracy of speech-to-text algorithms and dropping storage costs, big data firms like Clarabridge are helping companies tap into customers’ raw sentiments and emotions, as expressed through recordings of call center conversations. Clarabridge helps big companies like Wal-Mart, United Airlines, and Bank of America better understand their customers. The customer experience management (CEM) vendor runs Read more…

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Data Execs Thinking Big, Worried about Securty, Skills

Sep 15, 2014 |

Another industry survey has concluded that big data is helping global companies identify new revenue sources while developing new products and services. But a majority of executives responding to a survey by consulting firm Accenture Analytics also said they remain concerned about data security and a growing lack of data analytics talent. New York-based Accenture said its study was based on a survey of C-level information, data, analytics, operations and financial officers from 19 countries and seven industries. “They’re recognizing Read more…

Survey: Big Data Deployments Reaching ‘Tipping Point’

Sep 8, 2014 |

Most big data deployments are still being evaluated but may be approaching a “tipping point” as they move toward production, according to big data market researcher Wikibon. Wikibon analysts stressed that much of its recent survey data represents the sentiments of early adopters of big data analytics, adding that analytics technologies are still “relatively immature.” Another Wikibon survey last year concluded that nearly half of big data practitioners had yet to realize a return on their data analytics investment. Despite Read more…

Big Data Salaries, Job Offers on the Rise

Sep 3, 2014 |

As demand for predictive analytics professionals grows, median base salaries and retention bonuses continue to rise as more companies in more industries jump on the big data bandwagon. According to a salary survey of predictive analytics professionals released Sept. 3 by Burtch Works, the executive recruiting consultant, median base salaries over the last 12 months ranged from $95,000 for data analysts to $145,000 for managers. Seventy-one percent of data workers surveyed said they were eligible for bonuses while 91 percent Read more…

EnterpriseDB Throws Down PostgreSQL Gauntlet

Aug 29, 2014 |

A new database development environment released earlier this month has been tweaked to leverage the NoSQL capabilities in PostgreSQL, the open source object-relational database tool, to build next-generation web applications. EnterpriseDB, the Postgres specialist based in Bedford, Mass., said its Postgres Extended Datatype Development Kit would allow application developers to use Postgres for the types of applications that previously required a specialized NoSQL-only tool. To enable this, the kit is said to expand Postgres capabilities for handling document databases with 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…

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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.