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Why Machine Learning Is A Priority for Andreessen Horowitz in 2015

Jan 26, 2015 |

Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz are legendary in the Silicon Valley, having invested early in firms like Twitter, Facebook, Box, Skype, and Groupon. So when the Sand Hill Road experts with an eye for picking winners put machine learning near the top of its list of trends to watch out for in 2015, it was a cue that the technology is on the cusp of having a breakout year. The way that Andreessen Horowitz sees things, machine learning and big data Read more…

We’re All Chefs in the Business Intelligence Kitchen

Jan 9, 2015 |

When I grew up, meatloaf was a feast.  Today, it’s at best “old-school.” Recipes are less frequently “passed down” than they are improved upon, deconstructed or “played on.”  Cooking shows seem to be on every channel at every hour. Why is it cooking so much more than food?  As psychologists would say, cooking can be a “flow” activity: not too hard, but not too easy, provides quick feedback, and gets better with practice. It’s creative, even if our only flare Read more…

Kindergarten: The New Big Data Training Ground

Jan 8, 2015 |

A good education, it is often said, starts at home. And according to a new report, big data training should start in kindergarten. The earlier that educators start laying the foundation for the deep analytical skills required for the new data-driven economy, the better positioned tomorrow’s workforce will be to match the looming demand for data scientists. That’s the gist of a new report issued by the Oceans of Data Institute, which cited the 2011 McKinsey report that outlined the Read more…

Ex-Security Chief Dishes on Israel’s Big Data Ops

Jan 7, 2015 |

The former head of the Israel Security Agency’s IT unit says big data has been widely used by the Israeli military to track down and kill enemies of the Israeli state, including several senior Hamas leaders killed during the Israeli incursion into Gaza Strip last summer. “I am telling you with certainty that quite a few [dead] terrorists are looking at us from the sky owing to Big Data capabilities,” Ronen Horowitz told the web site IsraelDefense.com in his first Read more…

What 2015 Will Bring for Big Data

Jan 5, 2015 |

There’s no denying that 2014 was a big year in big data. The rapid maturation of technologies like Hadoop and Spark, along with the continual explosion of all types of data, led to an awakening of the potential of distributed data analytics among organizations, and also fueled a fresh eruption of venture money into startups. With that backdrop, the prospects for the new year certainly look promising, but what new analytic technologies and techniques will resonate in 2015? Datanami contacted Read more…

How Big Data Is Remaking Customer Loyalty Programs

Dec 8, 2014 |

Retailers spend about $2 billion every year to build and run loyalty card programs in the hopes of creating lifelong, devoted customers. However, those loyalty programs often fail to deliver as advertised. But now, advanced analytic techniques running on big data platforms like Hadoop promise to help retailers get closer than ever to realizing their “one-to-one” marketing dreams. Part of the problem with traditional loyalty programs is the lack of good, clean data. When people sign up for programs, they Read more…

Leveraging Big Data to Economically Fuel Growth

Nov 18, 2014 |

Kevin McClowry has been working with Big Data even before the term hit the mainstream. And these days, McClowry, currently the lead architect over analytics with TransUnion, LLC, is looking to Big Data technologies to add even more impetus to his organization’s growth. “My role is to build systems that enable new insights and innovative product development,” he says. “And as we grow, these systems need to go beyond traditional consumer financial information. When people hear TransUnion, they immediately think Read more…

FICO Improves Its Big Data Score with Trio of New Apps

Nov 18, 2014 |

FICO is best known as the company behind the software that calculates credit scores. But in fact the company does a whole lot more, and last week the company flexed its analytics muscles with the unveiling of several new offerings, including a new Hadoop app, a real-time streaming analytics app, and text analytics tool that can mine email and Twitter. The new Big Data Analyzer offering is a native Hadoop application that’s based on the technology FICO obtained with its Read more…

Hacking Your Way Onto the IoT

Nov 17, 2014 |

Elon “Ironman” Musk raised eyebrows recently when he said we are “summoning the demon” with artificial intelligence. While it’s debatable whether neural networks will give rise to evil spirits, a singularity of a different sort is clearly at hand when it comes to the Internet of Things, which is on the cusp of unleashing torrents of new data moving among consumers, devices, and device manufacturers. If you thought the data you have been dealing with was big, then you’re going Read more…

Plotting a Big Data Career Change

Nov 13, 2014 |

When MIT opened up its “Tackling the Challenge of Big Data” course earlier this year, administrators were optimistic they had put together a good online program for working professionals to learn about big data analytics. But they had no idea it would turn out the way it did. “It blew me away,” says Clara Piloto, Director of Global Programs at MIT Professional Education. “We did our proper diligence and did our forecasting and a lot of sales and marketing around Read more…