Tag: big data

Why Gartner Dropped Big Data Off the Hype Curve

Aug 26, 2015 |

When Gartner published its latest “Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies” last week, there was a notable absence of one broad class of technology in particular: big data. The reasoning behind the move may surprise you. Big data has been a fixture on the Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies for several years. In 2013, as big data-mania set in, the technology was near the “Peak of Inflated Expectations.” A year later, as the shine started wearing off, big data started slipping Read more…

Spectra Taps ‘Shingled’ Drives to Store Big Archives

Aug 17, 2015 |

Spectra Logic today unveiled a new NAS archive appliance built with spinning disks featuring Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) technology. The increased storage density enabled by SMR lets the new Spectra Verde DPE (Digital Preservation Enterprise) appliance store petabytes worth of unstructured data at very low cost. Spectra is one of a number of storage devices manufacturers (including Seagate) using SMR technologies to help it overcome storage density limits of existing disk drives. The heads of traditional disk drives use perpendicular Read more…

Will Scala Take Over the Big Data World?

Aug 10, 2015 |

When it comes to picking a language for writing big data applications, developers have an embarrassment of riches at their disposal. Python and R have proven popular among data scientists, while Java has been the go-to language for those developing apps on Hadoop. With the rise of Scala-based big data frameworks like Apache Spark and Apache Kafka, we’re seeing Scala becoming more prominent among big data practitioners. Scala is a JVM-compatible functional development language that was originally developed by Martin Read more…

Three Tips for Building a Big-Data Back-End for Your Mobile App

Aug 7, 2015 |

With more companies striving to become data-driven, many businesses are developing mobile applications and integrating big data analytics for their products or services. As companies expand, along with their user bases, they must be prepared to handle the massive data influxes those mobile apps are causing. As virtual architecture becomes more widely adopted to manage large datasets of mobile data, companies need to find a solution that will allow them to focus on the valuable insights hidden in these datasets, Read more…

The Importance of Securing Big Data–The Numbers Don’t Lie

Aug 6, 2015 |

If you are using any sort of Big Data in your enterprise environment, you are no doubt concerned about securing that data. As more and more organizations are seeing the potential and utilizing the power of Big Data, they are using Hadoop to easily process these large data sets. As these Hadoop projects are being deployed, businesses are realizing that they must protect sensitive customer data, as well as partner and internal information, while adhering to expanding compliance requirements. One Read more…

Interana Tapped by Microsoft to Analyze Bing Searches

Aug 4, 2015 |

Interana, a big data startup that develops a database and related tools for doing analytics on time- and event-based data, today announced that Microsoft selected its software to analyze queries made with the Bing search engine, with the goal of better understanding user behavior. This is a major win for Interana, which was co-founded by former Facebook engineers and came out of stealth mode only nine months ago. Microsoft has a long history of developing its own products, and does not often Read more…

The Role of Bias In Big Data: A Slippery Slope

Aug 3, 2015 |

When most people hear the word “bias” they think of gender or racial discrimination or other situations where preconceptions lead to bad decisions. These kinds of biases and bad decisions are common. Tests have shown that blinding judges to gender makes a big difference in orchestra auditions [1], inserting perceptions of gender affects hiring for university jobs [2] and having a name that sounds African American costs an applicant the equivalent of 8 years of experience [3]. People are often Read more…

Big Data’s Cold Feet Syndrome

Jul 31, 2015 |

With all the hype around big data, it sometimes seems that everybody and her grandmother are doing it. But the truth is that implementing big data analytics can be almost as difficult as it is potentially profitable. And while the technical complexity makes it challenging, just getting employees to climb aboard the big data bandwagon, change their daily work patterns, and believe in the new analytic-powered systems is a challenge in itself. The secret about big data is out, and Read more…

Are You Ready For a Data Scientist?

Jul 30, 2015 |

Are you wondering if now is the time to get a data scientist on board to help investigate the value of data assets, maybe even your big data? My advice: don’t do it if you are not ready. The demand for data scientists is currently much higher than the supply which naturally leads to difficulties finding a good hire. The return on the decision is critical; a data scientist is not a minor investment. So how do you know if Read more…

Analytics Big Role in New Healthcare Model

Jul 28, 2015 |

Big data analytics is having a transformative impact on almost every industry it touches. But when it comes to the $3-trillion healthcare industry, the impact is personal in more ways than one. For a look at how analytics is impacting healthcare, let’s take a look at Premise Health. Formed by the June 2014 merger between two workplace clinic companies, Premise Health is now the nation’s largest provider of employer-based onsite healthcare services. Premise Health has more than 500 clinics nationwide, Read more…