Tag: IBM

MongoDB Plans ‘Giant’ Event in June

Mar 8, 2016 |

Senior executives from tech giants Google and IBM along with financial services infrastructure managers are scheduled to deliver keynotes addresses at database vendor MongoDB’s annual conclave in June. MongoDB, Palo Alto, Calif., said this week its list of keynoters also includes Adam Savage, co-host of the Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters. Other speakers joining Savage include: Eric Brewer, Google’s vice president of infrastructure; Hannah Fry of the Center for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London; Jeff Chapman, chief architect of Capital Read more…

Using Flexible Financing for Large Big Data Projects

Mar 7, 2016 |

Large IT and Big Data projects can be extremely complex with a lot of moving parts that must be managed and integrated. These projects involve hardware and software components along with the associated implementation consulting services, and when thoughtfully implemented can provide strategic and competitive advantage.  Flexible financing can reduce the financial risk component making it easier for the department to get approval from the CFO or other funding decision-makers. IBM Global Financing can assist its customers with both large Read more…

Why Spark Is Proving So Valuable for Data Science in the Enterprise

Feb 29, 2016 |

What do Bloomberg, CapitalOne, and Comcast have in common? If you said they’re operationalizing data science using Apache Spark, then give yourself a gold star. These companies shared their stories of the upstart analytics toolbox during the recent Spark Summit East conference, and as the stories show, Spark is not only helping enterprises achieve analytic dreams, but they’re accelerating the development of Spark along the way. If you’re a regular reader of this publication, then you already know about that Read more…

IBM Rolls Power-based ‘Data Engine’

Feb 10, 2016 |

A new IBM “data engine” for running key open source analytics frameworks is built on the company’s recently added line of OpenPower Linux servers customized for big data workloads. Technical details of the IBM data engine for Hadoop and Spark were released this week (Feb. 9). The company said the analytics platform would be available on March 18. IBM (NYSE: IBM) said its date engine targets retailers increasingly combining customer-buying patterns with real-time social media feedback along with manufacturers analyzing Read more…

Tumultuous Times for BI and Analytic Tool Vendors

Feb 10, 2016 |

My, what a week it was for business intelligence (BI) and analytic tools. First, industry darling Tableau Software (NYSE: DATA) lost half its market capitalization following earnings that disappointed Wall Street, which quickly punished competitors Qlik (NASDAQ: QLIK) and MicroStrategy (NASDAQ: MSTR). Gartner then added fuel to the fire by issuing a report finding more competition than ever in the space, thanks to the arrival of a tipping point in the drive to self-service tooling. The balance of power in Read more…

Apache Spark Surrounded By Cloud Data Services at IBM

Feb 4, 2016 |

IBM has made no secret about its admiration for Apache Spark, which it sees as the future for in-memory analytics. Today the IT giant unveiled a host of new cloud-based data services that bolsters its hosted Apache Spark business with NoSQL, graph, and machine learning capabilities. IBM added a number of new offerings to Cloud Data Services, which is a portfolio of more than two dozen database engines and related data-oriented services that it runs for customers as part of Read more…

Hadoop Market is Neck and Neck, Forrester Says

Jan 20, 2016 |

If you’re shopping for a Hadoop distribution on which to hang your big data hat, you have your work cut out for you, according to Forrester Research, which found four strong performers in a market it says is neck and neck. “Choosing a Hadoop distribution will be difficult for most AD&D [application development and delivery] pros who carefully consider each of these Leaders,” write Forrester analysts Mike Gualtieri and Noel Yuhanna. “Forrester doesn’t think there is a wrong choice among Read more…

New Databases Help Astronomers Probe the Universe

Jan 7, 2016 |

The observable universe became a bit more manageable this week when international astronomers moved to get their arms around their massive datasets through a partnership with the developers of the integrated Rule-Oriented Data System, or iRODS. Data scientists who developed the open source iRODS framework said it would provide astronomers studying the origins of our galaxy and mysterious dark matter with a better way to query their huge data volumes, store and retrieve data and metadata as well as transport Read more…

IBM Expands Spark Support With SystemML

Nov 30, 2015 |

IBM’s machine learning technology has been accepted as an open source project, adding momentum to the steady enterprise shift to open-source development. The development effort also extends IBM’s reach into the Apache Spark ecosystem. IBM (NYSE: IBM) said last week its SystemML originally developed for its BigInsights data analytics platform has been accepted as an Apache Incubator open source project. SystemML is a machine learning algorithm translator designed to help developers building machine-learning models used for predictive analytics across a Read more…

Data Privacy Gets a Makeover With ‘Zero-Knowledge’ Scheme

Nov 24, 2015 |

A cloud tool for application developers is designed to provide strong data encryption by eliminating the requirement for app users to share personal data. The tool also aims to reduce the burden on companies who must protect personal data residing in their apps. IBM said its Identity Mixer cloud tool is generally available. It uses a cryptographic algorithm to encrypt personal data like a user’s age, address or credit card number. IBM said its framework differs from other data security Read more…