Tag: IBM

IBM, Databricks Join Forces to Advance Spark

Jun 15, 2015 |

IBM has jumped on the Apache Spark bandwagon, revealing it would throw its considerable weight behind the open source in-memory processing framework that has been gaining momentum over the last year. Separately, Databricks, the company formed by the creators of the analytics engine, released Apache Spark 1.4 that includes the SparkR API, its first new language API since 2012. IBM said Monday (June 15) it would integrate Spark software into the “core” of its analytics and commerce platforms while offering Read more…

IBM Pre-Fab Analytics Targets Vertical Markets

May 28, 2015 |

IBM is retargeting retailers, banks, telecommunications carriers and the energy sector with a package of 20 “pre-built” predictive analytics capabilities tailored to specific industry requirements. The vertical analytics tools are based on more than 50,000 client engagements, the company said in announcing the targeted analytics tools. IBM said Thursday (May 28) it worked with clients and “signature design partners” to develop the predictive analytics suite. Development partners included Adelaide Bank, Deliotte, Interactive Data Managed Solutions and Urban Outfitters. Each tool Read more…

NOAA Launches Big Data Project

May 6, 2015 |

A big data project launched by the U.S. Commerce Department brings together major cloud analytics vendors and the Open Cloud Consortium to develop infrastructure needed to access the more than 20 terabytes of satellite weather data generated each day. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a Commerce Department agency, currently manages the daily torrent of observational data collected by weather satellites and other ocean- and land-based sensors. Last month, NOAA and Commerce officials announced a research agreement with cloud Read more…

Intel Says Upgraded Haswells Will Speed Analytics

May 5, 2015 |

The new Xeon processors unveiled today by Intel will find their way into a number of applications. But one of the most prominent uses will be powering the next-generation of real-time analytics, the chip giant says. Encryption in Hadoop will also get a boost. Intel processors already run the lion’s share of big data workloads, thanks to the twin forces of open source development and commodity pricing. But with data analytics clearly on the executive agenda in companies across all Read more…

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…

One on One with IBM’s Global VP for Data Analytics

Mar 19, 2015 |

As the Global Vice President of Systems Software and Growth Solutions for IBM, Jacqueline Woods has a tremendous amount of influence over a $12-billion portfolio of cloud, mobile, and big data solutions. Woods, who delivered a keynote at this week’s Leverage Big Data conference in Florida, recently sat down with Datanami to share her views on big data, and talk about how IBM is helping customers succeed with big data analytics. Alex Woodie: There’s a tremendous amount of excitement around Read more…

IBM Embraces Hadoop in ‘BigInsight’ Push

Feb 19, 2015 |

IBM jumped onto the Hadoop bandwagon this week with the introduction of its BigInsights for Apache Hadoop offering along with machine learning with R statistical computing and other features designed to handle data analysis at massive scale. The introduction coincides with the launch of an industry initiative by IBM and others to promote Apache Hadoop and big data technologies in enterprises. IBM BigInsights for Apache Hadoop comes with a broad data science toolset to query data, visualize and carry out Read more…

IBM Targets Predictive Analytics at Hiring, Retention

Aug 6, 2014 |

As it builds more data analytics into its cloud infrastructure, IBM is trying to leverage predictive analytics as a new recruitment tool to help companies find and attract top talent. IBM said it is now offering a talent consulting practice to allow companies to use predictive analytics and “workforce science” to identify the best candidates as part of a “Smarter Workforce” initiative. The cloud and computing giant claims 25 years of experience with workforce science, which it defines as a Read more…

Military Insurer USAA Embraces IBM’s Watson

Jul 24, 2014 |

IBM said this week it is expanding commercialization of its Watson cognitive computing technology through a deal with military financial services provider USAA that will result in what IBM said will be Watson’s first commercial application. The partnership calls for USAA to offer an app called “Watson Engagement Advisor” as part of a pilot program to help veterans transition back to civilian life. The app is designed to advise USAA members on their separation from the military based on Watson’s Read more…

As Pollution Worsens, China Turns to Big Data

Jul 8, 2014 |

You’ve got to see, smell, feel Beijing’s smog to believe it. Looking out a high window of a tall building, the air is opaque. Despite rules against them, vendors cook and sell food on side streets using charcoal grills. Prevailing winds from the Gobi Desert distribute dust throughout the sprawling capital. The desert dust along with particulates from high-sulfur coal burned in the city’s power plants prompt car owners to brush off their vehicles the way we might clear snow Read more…