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Biotech Crop Discovery Poised for Fast Growth Thanks to Big Data

May 19, 2016 |

Big agriculture companies have been using HPC techniques to understand and manipulate the genes of food staples like corn and soy for many years. Now, thanks to the big data revolution, that kind of fine-grained genetic control will soon be wielded by smaller firms targeting a much wider swath of biotech crops. One of the companies on the cutting edge of biotech crops is Benson Hill Biosystems. The company, which came out of the Donald Danforth Plance Science Center in Read more…

Hadoop Past, Present, and Future

May 17, 2016 |

Every few years the technology industry seems to be consumed with a shiny new object that gets hyped far beyond reality. At worst, the inevitable bursting of the hype bubble leads to the disappearance of the technology from relevance (remember Internet browsing on your TV?), but more often the hype subsides until a real but narrower focus for the technology is found. It’s been a decade since Hadoop was first created as an Apache top-level project, and during that decade Read more…

Data Gravity Pulls to the Cloud

May 16, 2016 |

Last month, Spotify grabbed headlines by announcing plans to get rid of its data centers and move onto Google’s Cloud Platform (GCP), claiming that the storage, compute and network services in the cloud are as high quality as on-premise alternatives. While few people take a second look at a digital-native company choosing to store data in the cloud, it seems to be generally accepted that for certain companies and industries, the cloud just isn’t a fit. Hadoop distribution vendors like Cloudera and Read more…

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…

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

Sumo Logic App for AWS Lambda Now Available

May 25, 2016 |

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 25 — Sumo Logic, a leading cloud-native, machine data analytics service, today announced the availability of its Sumo Logic App for Amazon Web Services (AWS) Lambda allowing DevOps and developers to monitor the health of all AWS Lambda functions and better manage the associated costs. In addition, the Sumo Logic Lambda blueprint is now available to route Amazon CloudWatch logs to Sumo Logic for advanced analysis and real-time visualization. The Sumo Logic App and integration enable deeper, real-time visibility into building Read more…

Snowflake Computing and Informatica Partner to Bring Together Data in the Cloud

May 24, 2016 |

SAN MATEO and REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 24 — Snowflake Computing, the cloud data warehousing company, and Informatica (NYSE: INFA), a leader delivering transformative innovation for the future of all things data, today announced a partnership to deliver universal access to data by leveraging the cloud. In addition to technical collaboration to provide native integration between Snowflake and Informatica based on the new Informatica 10 Connector SDK, the two companies will also collaborate to help businesses bring together and use data in the cloud Read more…

WANdisco Partners With Bridgeworks For Faster Cloud Migration

May 19, 2016 |

SAN RAMON, Calif., May 19 — WANdisco (LSE: WAND) – the leading provider of software that enables global enterprises to meet today’s data challenges of secure storage, scalability and availability – today announced a new partnership with WAN acceleration vendor Bridgeworks, recognized as a Gartner Cool Vendor in Enterprise Networking for 2016. Bridgeworks PORTrockIT software will now be available for WANdisco Fusion’s patented active-transactional replication technology, that was built to move transactional data to the cloud, at Petabyte scale, without downtime or Read more…

SAP Announces Range of New Features and Capabilities in Analytics Solutions Portfolio

May 18, 2016 |

ORLANDO, Fla., May 18 — As the industry leader for enterprise analytics, SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced a range of new features and capabilities in its analytics solutions portfolio. The updated and streamlined offerings include SAP BusinessObjects Cloud, formerly known as SAP Cloud for Analytics, which combines analytics capabilities into one software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution, and SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise, a next-generation on-premise offering that addresses the needs of companies transforming into a digital enterprise. This announcement was made at the 28th annual SAPPHIRE NOW conference. SAP BusinessObjects solutions continue Read more…

Dell Delivers New Solutions in Collaboration With SAP

May 17, 2016 |

ORLANDO, Fla., May 17 — Today at SAPPHIRE NOW, Dell announced new solutions, innovations and services developed in collaboration with SAP that deliver greater performance, insight and agility for organizations processing large volumes of data. This new set of offerings can help customers optimize SAP solution environments running on clouds; deploy IoT enabled solutions; build on specialized healthcare applications; and streamline data migration and analytics with Dell’s world-class services. IDC predicts that by 2020 the amount of high-value data worth analyzing will double, and Read more…