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Spark Takes On Dataflow in Benchmark Test

May 2, 2016 |

Google Cloud Dataflow crunched data two to five times faster than Apache Spark in a benchmark test of batch analytics performed by Mammoth Data. While Dataflow’s raw power is impressive, don’t throw in the towel on Spark just yet. If you’re looking to choose a framework to analyze your big data, good luck. With so many options out there, you’ve got your work cut out for you. This embarrassment of big data riches keeps the tech experts at North Carolina Read more…

Inside the Analytic Transformation of Pitney Bowes

Apr 28, 2016 |

Who is Pitney Bowes? For some, the 96-year-old company is synonymous with 20th century technology, like mailing machines and postage meters. But after Tuesday’s launch of its new Commerce Cloud, it’s clear the company sees its future helping small and midsize businesses better navigate the global commerce, with data and analytics playing key roles. Tuesday’s launch of the Commerce Cloud is the culmination of several years of work to remake Pitney Bowes (NYSE: PTI) into a modern digital organization. Yes, the Read more…

Training Firm’s Unexpected Growth Exposes Weakness of Relational Tech

Apr 26, 2016 |

When CPL Training Group started providing Web-based training several years ago, the UK company expected strong but steady growth.  But when unexpected demand threatened to freeze the relational database serving the application, the company turned to big data tech for solutions. If you work in certain fields in the UK, you’re required by law to receive a certification, or a “personal license,” that shows you have received a minimum level of training. So bartenders, for instance, must possess personal licenses Read more…

Four Steps to Transforming Your Organization with Data Virtualization

Apr 25, 2016 |

No matter what kind of business you’re in–whether it’s an IT solutions provider hoping to get a better understanding of how your software is (or isn’t) being used by end-users, or an advertising agency trying to measure campaign ROI for a client–the success of the modern organization is increasingly fueled by insight gained from data. Attaining that data has long since ceased to be a problem–and the meteoric rise of computer, mobile and Internet usage mean it’s not going to Read more…

Unlocking Retail’s Big Data Opportunity

Apr 8, 2016 |

Walmart remains the world’s largest company by revenue and the retail sector employs more people in the U.S. than any other sector outside of healthcare. While the 2015 holiday season was considered a lackluster one, the industry still saw sales increase 3 percent to $626.1 billion. As retail organizations continue to see huge growth in the volume and variety of data available to them, they are smart to realize the importance of data management to help them optimize customer personalization, Read more…

News In Brief

Oracle Extends Buying Spree With Opower Deal

May 4, 2016 |

Oracle extended its reach into the industrial and analytics sectors this week with the acquisition of Opower, an energy analytics company and provider of cloud services to utilities in a deal worth about $532 million. Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) said it would pay $10.30 per share in cash for Opower (NYSE: OPWR), which is based in Arlington, Va. The acquisition is expected to close later this year. Oracle said the transaction is subject to some regulatory approvals. Opower’s big data platform Read more…

Qlik Acquires Partner Industrial CodeBox

May 2, 2016 |

As more users shift their analytics operations to cloud platforms, larger analytics vendors are eyeing startups providing them with quick access to emerging capabilities that can help plug gaps in their technology portfolios. The latest example comes from visual analytics vendor Qlik, which announced Monday (May 2) it is acquiring technology partner Industrial CodeBox, developer of a tool used to feed data from cloud sources such a social media into their analytics applications. Orlando-based Qlik (NASDAQ: QLIK) also said the Read more…

Healthcare IT, Big Data Investments Surge in Q1

Apr 20, 2016 |

Venture capitalists poured more than $1 billion into the healthcare IT sector during the first quarter of 2016 as investors look to target data analytics and telemedicine for growth. The first three months also saw several large big data acquisitions as key players like IBM’s Watson Health unit continued their buying sprees. Market researcher Mercom Capital Group reported that venture funding for healthcare IT and “digital health” soared 27 percent over the previous quarter during the first three months of Read more…

Machine-Learning Platform Certified For Cloudera

Mar 24, 2016 |

In the run up to next week’s Hadoop confab in Silicon Valley, vendors are releasing a flock of automation and other tools aimed at beefing up the mainstream data processing framework. Among them is an attempt to incorporate data science with a leading Hadoop distribution via a machine-learning approach. Boston-based data science automation specialist DataRobot said this week its machine-learning platform designed to fill the data science skills gap has been certified on Cloudera Enterprise 5. The Cloudera platform is Read more…

HPE Doubles Down on Analytics, Machine Learning

Mar 10, 2016 |

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) rolled out a new version of its enterprise search and analytics platform with an increased focus on unstructured data. In parallel, it unveiled a new cloud-based new machine learning service aimed at speeding development of enterprise and mobile data applications. HPE said Thursday (March 10) the updated version of its IDOL analytics platform leverages data analytics and machine learning to help automate tasks like trend analysis and video surveillance. The self-service approach to processing unstructured Read more…

This Just In

Keynote Speakers Announced for Leverage Big Data 2016 Summit on “Establishing ROI in the Big Data Frontier”

May 5, 2016 |

SAN DIEGO, Calif., May 5 — The Leverage Big Data 2016 summit, the market-leading, live hosted summit aimed at exploring the panoply of Big Data phenomena and how businesses are leveraging these technologies to establish ROI, today announced the final lineup of end-user speakers for its summit program aimed at arming senior technology business executives in cross-vertical corporate organizations with practical knowledge on everything from streaming analytics, real time data, data integration and governance to storage and compute. Leverage Big Data Read more…

Gulf Air Builds Private Cloud for Big Data Innovation With Red Hat Technologies

May 3, 2016 |

RALEIGH, N.C., May 3 — Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has created a private cloud IT environment with Red Hat solutions. As part of this project, Gulf Air has deployed Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (JBoss EAP), and Red Hat Storage as the platform for its innovative big data solution, Arabic Sentiment Analysis. Established in Read more…

Qlik Announces Qlik Sense Cloud Business SaaS Offering

May 3, 2016 |

ORLANDO, Fla., May 3 — Today at its Qonnections 2016 customer and partner event, Qlik (NASDAQ: QLIK), a leader in visual analytics, announced it is expanding its Qlik Sense Cloud offerings with the introduction of Qlik Sense Cloud Business. Qlik Sense Cloud Business enables anyone – from small and medium-sized businesses to individuals and workgroups within an enterprise – to create, manage, and collaborate with visual analytics in the simplicity of the cloud. It is powered by the patented QIX Associative Indexing Engine and provides the Read more…

New Relic Products to be Embedded in Magneto Enterprise Cloud Edition

Apr 28, 2016 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 28 — Software analytics leader New Relic (NYSE: NEWR) announced today that Magento Commerce, the leading provider of open omnichannel innovation, will embed New Relic’s products in the Magento Enterprise Cloud Edition, a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) environment for its flagship Magento 2 Enterprise Edition digital commerce platform. Magento Enterprise Cloud Edition is built to power innovative e-commerce experiences with the rapid deployment of fully customizable, secure and scalable Web storefronts, combined with a leading hosting and managed services infrastructure. New Relic’s analytics solution Read more…

Qubole and Looker to Integrate Looker’s Business Analytics With Qubole’s Cloud-Based Big Data Platform

Apr 27, 2016 |

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 27 — Qubole, the big data-as-a-service company, and Looker, the company that is powering data-driven businesses, today announced that they are integrating Looker’s business analytics with Qubole’s cloud-based big data platform, giving line of business users across organizations access to powerful, yet easy-to-use big data analytics. Business units face an uphill battle when it comes to gleaning information from vast and disparate sources. Line of business users find it challenging to extract, shape and present the variety and volume Read more…