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Forget Big Data–Small Data Is Where the Money Lies

May 20, 2015 |

Big Data continues to be a big topic. Experts promise a world where the Internet of Things (IoT) proliferates and tiny, inexpensive sensors collect massive amounts of data. New, powerful databases coupled with information storage technology and analytical tools offer the promise of gleaning amazing insights and finding patterns we never before imagined. However, for most businesses, it’s still too early to become actual practitioners of Big Data. Some may remember the 2013 findings from research organization SINTEF that 90% Read more…

Data as a Service: Where It Works, Where It Still Doesn’t

May 13, 2015 |

The latest craze in the business intelligence market today is data as a service (DaaS), i.e. the idea that data or analysis can be sold and ‘served’ to end users on a per-usage basis, with data management, storage and integration handled by the vendor rather than the end user. Data is supplied “on-demand” via cloud platforms, as opposed to the traditional models in which the data remains in the customer’s hands, and the vendor provides the tools that make it Read more…

Unlocking the Hidden Benefits of Industrial Data

May 11, 2015 |

We’ve heard extensively about how companies are analyzing data born on the consumer Web to improve customer service, boost probability, and otherwise remake the business-to-consumer relationship. But industrial data is also experiencing an analytic revolution, and it promises to remake how work gets done on factory floors, along railroads, and in mining operations around the world. The so-called industrial Internet journey is not nearly as well-documented as the big data revolution taking place on the public Web. But thanks to Read more…

Peering Into Computing’s Exascale Future with the IEEE

May 6, 2015 |

Computer scientists worried about the end of computing as we know it have been banging heads for several years looking for ways to return to the historical exponential scaling of computer performance. What is needed, say the proponents of an initiative called “Rebooting Computing,” is nothing less than a radical rethinking of how computers are designed in order to achieve the trifecta of greater performance, lower power consumption and “baking security in from the start.” Thomas Conte, the Georgia Tech Read more…

IoT Analytics: A Game Changer for Customer Support

May 5, 2015 |

Customer service costs continue to increase, driven by the greater complexity of today’s products, growing compensation costs for personnel, and higher expectations of quality service among customers. Companies may be tempted to cut back on the quality of support to save money, but there’s a better option: IoT analytics. Many new products offered today are more complex than the ones they replace. Many customers, VARs, and distributors today don’t have the time or expertise to solve problems with products they Read more…

News In Brief

Cloud BI, Machine Learning Startups Attract Investors

May 19, 2015 |

A pair of analytics startups announced successful funding rounds this week as investment capital continues to pour into the big data market. San Francisco-based DataHero, a cloud business intelligence vendor, said Tuesday (May 19) it raised $6.1 million in Series A funding round led by existing investor Foundry Group. DataHero’s “self-service” business intelligence platform allows users to quickly log in and visualize cloud data. Separately, data science specialist Feedzai said Monday (May 18) it raised $17.5 million in a Series Read more…

Analytics Leaders Target Speed, Context, Functionality

May 13, 2015 |

Among the emerging trends in the data analytics business is the desire for faster access to business insights with improved context along with greater functionality in areas like predictive analytics and cognitive intelligence. Hence, the latest vendor rankings from market watcher Nucleus Research reveal that leading analytics vendors are pursuing both requirements with a mix of deep analytics architectures and flexible, cloud-based offerings. The Nucleus Research “value matrix” is among a growing list of vendor rankings that seeks to identify Read more…

Google Launches Bigtable Hosting Service

May 7, 2015 |

Google yesterday announced the beta launch of Google Cloud Bigtable, a hosted version of its wide-column NoSQL database. The service is accessible via the standard HBase API–making it instantly integrated with the Hadoop stack–and blows away other hosted NoSQL offerings in terms of latency and throughput, the company claims. You might know Bigtable as the database at the heart of many Google offerings, including Gmail, Google Search, YouTube, Google Earth, and Google Analytics. But the technology, which Google engineers Jeff 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…

Microsoft Scales Data Lake into Exabyte Territory

Apr 29, 2015 |

Microsoft today announced its Azure Data Lake, an HDFS-compatible data repository designed to store vast amounts of structured and unstructured data for customers who want to analyze or explore it later with their choice of tools. The company also announced a cloud-based data warehouse and a new graph API for MS Office. Azure Data Lake service is “a nearly infinite data repository that supports petabyte-size files and all types of data,” says Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s executive vice president of the Read more…

This Just In

DataTorrent Joins the Open Data Platform Initiative, Brings Real-Time Processing of Data-In-Motion to ODP

May 21, 2015 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 21, – DataTorrent, the leader in real-time big data analytics and creator of DataTorrent RTS, the world’s first enterprise-grade unified platform for both stream and batch processing on Hadoop, today announced it joined the Open Data Platform (ODP) as a Silver member. In addition, DataTorrent RTS is certified and immediately available on the ODP Core. DataTorrent is focused on reducing time to market, increasing ROI and enabling success of big data projects. Joining ODP brings DataTorrent’s Read more…

MemSQL Launches Community Edition: World’s Fastest In-Memory Database Now Available to All

May 20, 2015 |

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – May 20  – MemSQL, the leader in real-time databases for transactions and analytics, today announced the most significant release of MemSQL to date. MemSQL 4 – which includes a new Community Edition – empowers interconnected enterprises to aggregate and report on real-time data, accelerating the growth trajectories of their digital businesses. This release brings to market groundbreaking capabilities such as the industry’s first real-time, distributed geospatial intelligence and the MemSQL Spark Connector to operationalize Apache Spark. Read more…

Skillsoft and IBM Research Unveil New Applications for Big Data in Learning and Talent Development

May 19, 2015 |

May 19–At its 2015 Global Skillsoft Perspectives customer conference in Orlando, Skillsoft, a global leader in learning and talent management, will present live demonstrations of the latest next-generation adaptive capabilities the company has been developing with IBM Research over the past 18 months. The demo will highlight stage two of the multi-phase joint development effort IBM and Skillsoft have undertaken to harness the power of big data in enterprise learning and development. At the event, attendees will see how IBM Read more…

Rosslyn Analytics Pioneers Analytics-as-a-Service on Microsoft Azure

May 19, 2015 |

May 19 —   Rosslyn Analytics, a global leader in big data cloud technology, today announced that it is one of the first to offer companies Analytics-as-a-Service on Azure. “Traditional data warehousing has failed to keep pace with the ever changing information needs of the business,” said Charles Clark, CEO of Rosslyn Analytics. “Rosslyn Analytics has addressed the greatest data challenge facing all organizations, which is delivering relevant and high quality data to decision-makers.” Rosslyn Analytics has developed a dynamic big data Read more…

DataHero Secures $6.1M in Series A Funding to Simplify Data Analysis

May 19, 2015 |

May 19 – DataHero, the leading provider of self-service Cloud BI, today announced a $6.1 million Series A funding round led by existing investor Foundry Group. In addition, software industry veteran Ed Miller has joined the company as CEO. Both the funding and new CEO reflect the company’s aggressive growth strategy in this rapidly emerging market. Self-service Cloud BI lets anyone go from sign-up to insight within minutes, enabling users to quickly identify and understand the metrics that drive their business. Read more…