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Data Quality Trending Down? C’est La Vie

Jan 26, 2016 |

One of the biggest impediments to becoming a data-driven organization is tackling the problem of data quality. Data is often too dirty and discombobulated for use in high-end decision-making, and the increasing volume and diversity of data compounds this problem. But according to data quality experts, executives brush off the problem with a choice French phrase or two. Blazent today unveiled the results of a study commissioned by analysts at 451 Group that looked into data quality. Executives with the Read more…

Real-World Hadoop Takes Center Stage at Strata

Sep 30, 2015 |

There’s no faster path to budgetary oblivion than implementing technology for technology’s sake. In today’s super-heated big data environment, it’s easy to get all worked up over technologies like Hadoop without carefully considering the business justifications at the same time. At the Strata + Hadoop World conference today, Cloudera co-founder Mike Olson did his best to steer the conversation to real-world Hadoop solutions. Cloudera’s chief strategy officer “Iron” Mike Olson kicked off today’s Strata keynote extravaganza with a reminder about Read more…

Peering In On the Pols with Big Open Data

Sep 17, 2015 |

It’s no secret that our government is using big data technologies to track and monitor the activities of regular citizens, ostensibly to protect our freedom. But data analytics can also be used to keep track of what our government is doing—or at least what the politicians and other lawmakers are up to. The advent of open data initiatives at all levels of government is giving citizens, companies, and other interested parties access to vast amounts of data generated by various Read more…

Big Data’s Next Big Thing: Sports Training and Personalized Medicine

Jul 29, 2015 |

Big data analytics is having a huge impact across lots of industries, with financial services and retail leading the pack. But according to one expert, there’s a curious lack of human analytics talent focused on the potential to apply big data techniques to personalized athletic training and medicine. There’s massive untapped potential to use big data analytics to develop personalized regimens to improve athletic performance and people’s overall health, says David Epstein, the author of The Sports Gene and longtime Read more…

IBM Pre-Fab Analytics Targets Vertical Markets

May 28, 2015 |

IBM is retargeting retailers, banks, telecommunications carriers and the energy sector with a package of 20 “pre-built” predictive analytics capabilities tailored to specific industry requirements. The vertical analytics tools are based on more than 50,000 client engagements, the company said in announcing the targeted analytics tools. IBM said Thursday (May 28) it worked with clients and “signature design partners” to develop the predictive analytics suite. Development partners included Adelaide Bank, Deliotte, Interactive Data Managed Solutions and Urban Outfitters. Each tool Read more…

News In Brief

Data ‘Assimilation’ Seen as Weak Link in U.S. Weather Forecasts

Oct 5, 2015 |

Second-guessing over the relative accuracy of the U.S. weather forecasting model compared to its European counterparts resumed last week as early predictions that Hurricane Joaquin would strike the U.S. east coast proved inaccurate. With the exception of the sodden residents of some southeastern coastal states, others were mostly spared after the hurricane drifted out into the Atlantic Ocean after pounding the Bahamas. Early models from the U.S. National Weather Service had the Category 4 storm hitting the east coast anywhere 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…

Smart Grid Gets Smarter With Analytics Platform

Apr 13, 2015 |

Among the growing set of tools for the emerging smart grid are data analytics platforms designed to provide utilities with a real-time picture of what is happening in the power delivery system. As more renewable energy sources are plugged into the smart grid, analytics is expected to play a larger roll in how utilities integrate these new energy sources to meet daily peak demand. As utilities look for ways to improve grid reliability and their relationship with ratepayers, companies like Read more…

Data Companies Work With Citizen Scientists on Climate

Dec 11, 2014 |

Storage vendor EMC Corp. is joining forces with big data and cloud specialist Pivotal and the EarthWatch Institute in an effort to apply analytical tools to the study the impact of climate change. The partners along with Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park will study the interactions between nature and climate as part of a broader effort to promote citizen science using big data lakes, analytical tools and visualizations, the partners said. The “Big Data vs. Climate Change” initiative was Read more…

Google, Wireless Partner Look to Merge Cloud, IoT

Dec 2, 2014 |

Google Cloud Platform and Telit Wireless Solutions, an “enabler of the Internet of Things,” are joining forces to sponsor an IoT competition aimed at encouraging technology innovation around connected consumers and their devices. The IoT Big Data Challenge will encourage developers to submit new applications in business, consumer and “social well-being” categories. That third category includes new applications that would benefit society. The competition requires contestants to create web-based and mobile apps based on data from a wide variety of Read more…

This Just In

Attivio Announces Strategic Collaboration With PerkinElmer

Feb 9, 2016 |

NEWTON, Mass., Feb. 9 – Attivio, the Data Dexterity Company, today announced it has expanded its strategic relationship with PerkinElmer, making PerkinElmer the exclusive reseller of Attivio solutions in the life sciences markets worldwide. PerkinElmer recently unveiled PerkinElmer Signals Perspectives, powered by Attivio, a new solution within its data discovery platform that helps provide unified access to all relevant data sources—significantly reducing the time spent to prepare data for analysis. With the newly launched PerkinElmer Signals Perspectives solution, Attivio and PerkinElmer help Read more…

Rancho BioSciences and BT to Provide Big Data Cloud Services to Life Sciences Sector

Jul 15, 2015 |

SAN DIEGO, Calif., July 15 — Rancho BioSciences, the Data Curation Company, today announced that they will work with BT to provide cloud-based data curation services to their joint customers. Data curation is important for life sciences companies and academia to be able to extract important information from massive amounts of data. Rancho BioSciences curates life science data such as clinical data, case report forms, protocols, molecular data, phenotypic data, target and pathway knowledge, assays, medical records and claim forms. Rancho has Read more…

Planet OS Joins AWS in Data Discovery for NOAA’s Big Data Project

Apr 22, 2015 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 22 — Planet OS is honored to join Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a member of their Data Alliance within NOAA’s Big Data Project announced today. The company will work together with The Weather Company and ESRI under the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to research and test solutions for bringing NOAA’s vast information to the cloud where both the public and industry can easily and equally access, explore, and create new products from it, thus fostering new Read more…

Teradata Delivers Analytics Innovation for Life Sciences

Apr 21, 2015 |

BOSTON, Mass., April 21 — Teradata, the big data analytics and marketing applications company, today announced the newest analytic innovation for pharmaceutical companies. The Teradata Analytics Framework for Life Sciences helps organizations integrate and analyze data from areas such as Research and Early Discovery (RED), clinical analysis, Real-World Evidence (RWE), and finance. By fusing data from multiple, relevant sources, companies can benefit by bringing safer, more effective treatments to market quickly while also optimizing value chain economics. The Teradata Analytics Framework for Life Sciences is based on Read more…

DESY and IBM Develop Big Data Architecture for Science

Aug 21, 2014 |

ARMONK, N.Y. and HAMBURG, Germany, Aug. 21 — IBM today announced it is collaborating with Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), a leading national research center in Germany, to speed up management and storage of massive volumes of x-ray data. The planned Big Data and Analytics architecture based on IBM software defined technology can handle more than 20 gigabyte per second of data at peak performance and help scientists worldwide gain faster insights into the atomic structure of novel semiconductors, catalysts, biological cells and other samples. DESY’s 1.7 Read more…