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Building an IT Foundation for Big Data Success

Apr 1, 2015 |

We are in the midst of a major transformation in the business landscape, one that’s being driven by disruptive technologies such as cloud and mobile computing, social media, and big data analytics, says Jacqueline Woods, global vice president for Growth Solutions. There are tremendous opportunities to grow, but also increasing pressures to compete. Most companies are not prepared to face the challenges and meet today’s opportunities, Woods said during a keynote at Datanami‘s recent Leverage Big Data event. “If you Read more…

Wanted: Intelligent Middleware That Simplifies Big Data Analytics

Mar 23, 2015 |

We’ve seen tremendous technological innovation in the data analytics space over the past 10 years. Platforms like Hadoop have emerged and machine learning techniques are going mainstream. But according respected leaders in the big data community, there’s still a sizable gap in the marketplace when it comes to intelligent middleware that can orchestrate and organizes how data flows, not just in Hadoop but the enterprise. Lars George was one of the first technologists to begin working with Hadoop in Europe Read more…

Qumulo Comes Out of Stealth with ‘Data-Aware’ Storage

Mar 16, 2015 |

For the past three years, a Seattle company has been working to solve what its founders consider the biggest problem affecting large-scale storage: Actually knowing what data you have and how it’s being used. Today, that company, called Qumulu, emerged from stealth with a product ready to sell. In 2012, Qumulo set out on its mission to solve storage by conducting more than 600 interviews with large-scale storage users—outfits like Hollywood special effects studios, genomic sequencers, and oil and gas Read more…

Beyond the 3 Vs: Where Is Big Data Now?

Mar 12, 2015 |

Once defined by the “three Vs” of volume, velocity, and variety, the term “big data” has overflowed the small buckets we gave it and taken on a life of its own. Today, big data refers not only to the ongoing information explosion, but also an entire ecosystem of new technologies, as well as a unique way of thinking about data itself. Here’s a quick recap of the short history of big data. The World Wide Web was just starting to Read more…

Survey: Big Data is Disrupting Business as Usual

Mar 11, 2015 |

As an American admiral famously said during the Second World War, “I don’t know what the hell ‘logistics’ is…but I want some of it!” The same could be said for the majority of nervous company’s in a recent big data report in which 65 percent of those surveyed acknowledged they had better figure out how to leverage data analytics or risk becoming irrelevant. Capgemini, the French business consulting firm, commissioned the big data survey along with storage giant EMC Corp. Read more…

Interana Nabs $20M to Continue Work on Time-Series Analytics

Jan 21, 2015 |

Hadoop may be the top headliner when it comes to big data analytics, but it’s not the only game in town. A case in point is Interana, a Silicon Valley startup that today unveiled $20 million in funding to ramp up development of its tool for exploring massive amounts of time-series data. Interana‘s software is based on a distributed column-based database that enables fast access to vast amounts of time-series data. Running on X86 servers, the database itself can process Read more…

Pulling Insights from Unstructured Data – Nine Key Steps

Jan 16, 2015 |

Data, data everywhere, but not a drop to use. Companies are increasingly confronted with floods of data, including “unstructured data” which is information from within email messages, social posts, phone calls, and other sources that isn’t easily put into a traditional column. Making sense and actionable recommendations from structured data is difficult, and doing so from unstructured data is even harder. Despite the challenge, the benefits can be substantial. Companies that commit to examining unstructured data that comes from devices Read more…

Spotfire: Now With Automated Vizzes

Jan 14, 2015 |

Figuring out how best to display a piece of data can be a big part of the big data analytics battle. When is a pie chart best, and where would a funnel graph work better? With the new Recommendations feature that TIBCO added to its Spotfire Cloud offering today, the software will automatically select a visualization for the user. According to TIBCO, the visualizations generated by Recommendations provide “built-in best practices” and help to eliminate the trial and error of Read more…

Businesses Are Going About Data Science Wrong–Here’s How To Get It Right

Nov 10, 2014 |

Data scientists make the bold promise of granting businesses the power to predict the future. The adoption of this relatively new job title has gained traction, as savvy companies seek to move beyond the rearview mirror of traditional business intelligence practices, and strive to implement customer segmentation, attribution models, churn analysis, and other next generation analytics. The current data scientist shortage may lead you to believe that the most difficult step is finding personnel to help your company achieve its Read more…

IBM Embraces the Twitter Fire Hose

Oct 30, 2014 |

IBM dove headfirst into the Twitter-sphere yesterday when it announced a “landmark partnership” with the social media giant. The union will see Big Blue helping its blue chip customers perform sentiment analysis upon Twitter’s fire hose, with the goal of helping them make better business decisions. The joys and fears of 300 million people are embodied within the Twitter fire hose, which streams at the rate of about 6,000 tweets per second, or 500 million messages per day. Twitter, you Read more…