Tag: big data

Basho Goes Vertical with Big Data Stack

May 27, 2015 |

Basho Technologies made a name for itself in the NoSQL database world by developing a scalable key-value store called Riak that’s used by the likes of Time Warner, The Weather Company, and Comcast. Today the company disclosed plans to move up the stack by integrating other big data products–including Apache Spark, Apache Solr, and Redis–into its new Basho Data Platform. Nobody solves a big data problem with a single set of tools or skills. Big data is bigger than just Read more…

Forget Big Data–Small Data Is Where the Money Lies

May 20, 2015 |

Big Data continues to be a big topic. Experts promise a world where the Internet of Things (IoT) proliferates and tiny, inexpensive sensors collect massive amounts of data. New, powerful databases coupled with information storage technology and analytical tools offer the promise of gleaning amazing insights and finding patterns we never before imagined. However, for most businesses, it’s still too early to become actual practitioners of Big Data. Some may remember the 2013 findings from research organization SINTEF that 90% Read more…

Beyond Social: How Text Analytics Can Improve Business

May 15, 2015 |

There’s been a lot of time and attention dedicated to mining social media with big data techniques. With more than 400 million tweets a day, you’re almost certain to find a trending Twitter topic that’s relevant to you. But text analytics’ potential is much bigger than social media, and some of its applications may surprise you. Humans can read and process only so much text, but computers can process enormous strings of words. Provalis Research‘s recently released WordStat for Stata Read more…

Big Data, Giant Return

May 14, 2015 |

Sales drive business. And technology drives sales. The trick is to figure out how to make the two work together. That opportunity arose when a long-term client, National Registered Agents, Inc. (NRAI), determined the time was right to rev up their sales engine. By way of background, NRAI are in the Registered Agent industry. Their business? In short, any entity conducting business within a state must register to do business in that state, designate and maintain a registered agent, and Read more…

Data as a Service: Where It Works, Where It Still Doesn’t

May 13, 2015 |

The latest craze in the business intelligence market today is data as a service (DaaS), i.e. the idea that data or analysis can be sold and ‘served’ to end users on a per-usage basis, with data management, storage and integration handled by the vendor rather than the end user. Data is supplied “on-demand” via cloud platforms, as opposed to the traditional models in which the data remains in the customer’s hands, and the vendor provides the tools that make it Read more…

NoSQL Battle Heats Up As MarkLogic Hauls In $102M

May 12, 2015 |

Just a year ago, MarkLogic CEO Gary Bloom couldn’t get any respect in the Wild West shootout that is the NoSQL database market. But today, with $102 million in new financing and a valuation north of $1 billion for MarkLogic, Bloom has a little swagger to his step as he takes aim at his direct competitors Datastax, Couchbase, and MongoDB. The NoSQL database market has seen its share trash talking over five years as a motley crew of commercial open Read more…

Unlocking the Hidden Benefits of Industrial Data

May 11, 2015 |

We’ve heard extensively about how companies are analyzing data born on the consumer Web to improve customer service, boost probability, and otherwise remake the business-to-consumer relationship. But industrial data is also experiencing an analytic revolution, and it promises to remake how work gets done on factory floors, along railroads, and in mining operations around the world. The so-called industrial Internet journey is not nearly as well-documented as the big data revolution taking place on the public Web. But thanks to 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…

What Police Can Learn from Deep Learning

May 7, 2015 |

Police departments are increasingly turning to predictive analytics to help them fight crime, and the early returns are positive, with double-digit drops in crime rates reported in many cities. So what’s next? According to big data analytics experts, police departments could spend their time and money more effectively by giving deep learning algorithms a role in the dispatch room. There are many factors that go into crime and crime rates. Despite what you may hear on the TV news, crime Read more…

Peering Into Computing’s Exascale Future with the IEEE

May 6, 2015 |

Computer scientists worried about the end of computing as we know it have been banging heads for several years looking for ways to return to the historical exponential scaling of computer performance. What is needed, say the proponents of an initiative called “Rebooting Computing,” is nothing less than a radical rethinking of how computers are designed in order to achieve the trifecta of greater performance, lower power consumption and “baking security in from the start.” Thomas Conte, the Georgia Tech Read more…