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Big Data Outliers: Friend or Foe?

Sep 2, 2014 |

The bigger your dataset, the greater your chance of stumbling into an outlier. It’s practically a certainty you’ll find isolated, unexpected, and possibly bizarre data you never expected to see in your data. But how you respond to these outliers could mean the difference between big data success and failure. How should you deal with data outliers? The answer is simple: It depends. On the one hand, the presence of outliers may be a sign of serious data quality issues, Read more…

Who IBM’s Server Group Turns To for Machine Data Analytics

Aug 28, 2014 |

IBM’s engineering prowess is second to none, and its Systems and Technology Group builds the computers that run the world’s biggest companies. But when IBM’s STG unit went looking for a way to predict failures by analyzing log data returned by its customers’ servers and storage arrays, it looked externally to a little-known machine data analytics startup from Santa Clara. Glassbeam got its start five years ago, before the Internet of Things (IOT) became the industry’s hottest buzzword and out-hyped Read more…

Are Meetings a Waste of Time? Data Analytics Weighs In

Aug 27, 2014 |

Have you ever wondered whether big meetings are a giant waste of everybody’s time? Now a data analytics startup named VoloMetrix is putting data science to that age-old question, and the answers it’s generating might surprise you. In most industries, the cost of human capital is the most expensive line item on the annual budget (the oil and gas business is one exception). The salaries and benefits that companies pay their workers routinely account for 50 to 70 percent of Read more…

Why Hadoop Isn’t the Big Data Solution You Think It Is

Aug 26, 2014 |

Hadoop carries a lot of promise in the IT world for the way it has democratized access to massively parallel storage and computational power. But the level of hype that surrounds Hadoop is disproportionate to its present capabilities, raising the possibility of a big data letdown of elephantine proportions. The emergence of Hadoop as a next-generation platform for parallel computing has piqued the interest of customers and investors alike. What mid-sized company looking for a big data edge wouldn’t want Read more…

How to Move 80PB Without Downtime

Aug 25, 2014 |

When the online photo company Shutterfly decided to move its entire data center recently, the possibility of downtime was a big issue. After all, the company had 80 petabytes of customer data spread across tens of thousands of spinning disks, and those disks wouldn’t be spinning while being physically moved. Months later, after the last deliver made its way to Shutterfly‘s new data center, not one piece of data was lost or even temporarily unavailable from the company’s website. How Read more…

News In Brief

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…

Selfies Spawn Photo Analytics

Aug 21, 2014 |

An estimated 1.8 billion photos are shared on social media each day. Current “social listening tools” can’t analyze all this data. Enter Ditto Labs Inc., which touts its proprietary “visual recognition engine” that locates brand names in social media posts, then turns the information over to marketing geniuses. It’s the brave new world of “photo analytics,” according to Ditto, that uses its recognition engine to scan photos for corporate logos that might hint at how consumers “interact” with products and Read more…

Automakers Embrace Predictive Analytics to Boost Sales

Aug 20, 2014 |

The use of predictive analytics to discern consumer preferences is expanding to car dealerships where manufacturers led by Ford Motor Co. are trying to convince local dealers that big data can help them reduce the number of days cars sit unsold on their lots. While some dealers are resisting new analytical tools like Ford’s Smart Inventory Management System rolled out in 2009, industry analysts recently told the publication Automotive News that predictive analytics could help save dealerships $100 or more Read more…

Startup Adatao Raises $13M for Big Data 2.0 Platform

Aug 13, 2014 |

Big data startup Adatao Inc. recently announced a $13 million funding round along with additions to its board of directors as it seeks to expand the customer base for big data analytics. Adatao [ah-DAY-tao], Sunnyvale, Calif., was founded in 2012 by former Google and Yahoo engineers. It is betting on Apache Spark as the best platform for deploying a simplified user interface. The interface is said to resemble Google Docs. The Series A funding round was led by Andreessen Horowitz, Read more…

This Just In

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.