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Big Data So Easy a Caveman Could Do It?

Feb 26, 2015 |

Let’s face it: big data isn’t easy. If you’re building a big data application today, you’re up to your eyeballs in things like R and Java, MapReduce and Pig, and Storm and Kafka. There’s a reason data scientists are so hard to find that they’re compared to unicorns. But in the future, the big data application assembly process may be dumbed down to the point where, as the insurance commercial says, even a caveman could do it. That’s the approach Read more…

A Black Mark(et) for Big Data

Feb 6, 2015 |

Yesterday’s revelation of a massive data breach at Anthem Blue Cross is a potent reminder of the tenuousness of our personal information in today’s digital environment. While corporations maintain large databases by necessity, the ease at which hackers extract that data and sell it on the black market should be a concern to everybody. Anthem disclosed that the personal data of about 80 million people was stolen in a “very sophisticated external cyber attack” that it says it discovered last Read more…

Driving Analytics into Facilities Management

Feb 4, 2015 |

The world of facilities management is not a particularly advanced one when it comes to information technology, let alone the use of big data. But that’s starting to change, particularly with the type of self-service analytics that ServiceChannel is making available to its network of professional contractors and building owners. ServiceChannel is a software as a service (SaaS) company that helps facilities managers and tradesmen connect with each other. More than 220 corporations, including Wal-Mart, Gap, and Ruby Tuesday, use Read more…

How NoSQL Drives Analytic Agility at Nielsen

Jan 30, 2015 |

For many years, Nielsen used a standard relational database to power the big data analytic offerings used by thousands of its customers around the world. But the heaviness of the infrastructure dragged on Nielsen, until finally it switched to a NoSQL database that was better suited to the task. Most people know Nielsen best for its television rating system, and the so-called “Nielsen Families” who have agreed to be part of a massive ongoing TV survey. But in addition to Read more…

9 Places to Get Big Data Now

Jan 29, 2015 |

Discussions of big data often revolve around what new technologies and processes people are using to analyze data. Hadoop, in-memory databases, and machine learning algorithms are getting lots of attention in this regard. But sometimes we tend overlook the most important ingredient in big data analytics: the data itself. Much of big data that organizations want to analyze exists within their own four walls. Relational databases make great repositories for structured data like account records, orders, and customer lists. Depending Read more…

News In Brief

Apache Spark Ecosystem Continues To Build

Feb 25, 2015 |

Apache Spark was everywhere at the recent Strata + Hadoop World conference. From Tableau’s new Spark interface to the new Spark as a service (SaaS) offerings and Intel’s new Spark initiative, the big data framework was very hard to miss. Intel jumped on Spark’s bandwagon last week when it announced it was forming a new initiative around the in-memory framework. “We have engaged with Databricks, one of the pioneers of Apache Spark, to advance analytics capability for the Spark on Read more…

Snowflake Differentiates Itself in Strata Startup Showcase

Feb 23, 2015 |

Snowflake Computing, a big data warehousing as a service provider, took home top honors at the Startup Showcase event held during last week’s Strata + Hadoop World conference. The award is a boost to the Silicon Valley company, which aims to be a one-stop shop for analyzing data generated on the cloud. Snowflake emerged from stealth mode in October with $26 million in cash and a vision to create an “elastic data warehouse” that lives in the cloud. The company, Read more…

Microsoft Readies Major Push Into Big Data

Feb 2, 2015 |

Microsoft has a lot of irons in the fire. Always has and always will. But judging from its recent acquisition of Revolution Analytics, the early success of its hosted machine learning service, and the forthcoming public launch of a MapReduce analog called “Cosmos,” the Redmond, Washington software giant is set to make big data an even bigger part of its go-to-market strategy. Microsoft is reportedly gearing up to publicly launch a new big data storage and crunching service called Cosmos, Read more…

Procured Data Feed Promises To Be ‘Disruptive,’ 1010data Says

Jan 13, 2015 |

Customers normally bring their own data when they buy or subscribe to a data analytics software or service. But with the new 1010data Facts offering unveiled today, customers not only get advanced analytic tooling, but they can get access to a variety of data feeds, including some proprietary sources that the CEO of 1010data promises to be disruptive. The new 1010data Facts offering is a data exchange of sorts. On the one hand, it provides companies with access to a Read more…

Google, Wireless Partner Look to Merge Cloud, IoT

Dec 2, 2014 |

Google Cloud Platform and Telit Wireless Solutions, an “enabler of the Internet of Things,” are joining forces to sponsor an IoT competition aimed at encouraging technology innovation around connected consumers and their devices. The IoT Big Data Challenge will encourage developers to submit new applications in business, consumer and “social well-being” categories. That third category includes new applications that would benefit society. The competition requires contestants to create web-based and mobile apps based on data from a wide variety of Read more…

This Just In

Bryte and Yellowfin Partner

Mar 2, 2015 |

March 2 — Australia-based data transfer and integration experts, Bryte, have partnered with global Business Intelligence (BI) and analytics software vendor, Yellowfin, to deliver a scalable cloud-based Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) Big Data Analytics solution on Amazon Web Services (AWS). The solution, delivered via AWS, combines Bryte’s BryteFlow Change Data Capture and Data Integration capabilities with Yellowfin’s BI platform and AWS’ petabyte-scale data warehouse service, Redshift.  The three-way solution will enable organizations to effortlessly and cost effectively capture, transfer, synchronize, integrate and analyze large data volumes from multiple Read more…

ISC Cloud & Big Data is Now Open for Research Paper Submission

Feb 26, 2015 |

FRANKFURT, Germany, Feb. 26 – The organizers of the inaugural ISC Cloud & Big Data conference are pleased to offer engineers and scientists in academia, industry, and the government the opportunity to be a part of this new forum. The organizers are looking forward to welcoming international attendees – IT professionals, consultants and managers from organizations seeking information about the latest cloud and big data developments. Researchers in these two areas are encouraged to submit research papers, which will be presented to attendees Read more…

GainInsights Joins Birst Partner Ecosystem

Feb 24, 2015 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. and BANGALORE, India, Feb. 24 — Birst, the global leader in Cloud BI and Analytics, today announced a partnership with GainInsights, a business intelligence consulting firm, to deliver Birst’s comprehensive business intelligence (BI) platform to organizations in India, helping executives drive better business execution. GainInsights will resell, implement and deploy Birst’s Cloud BI, bringing a new approach to BI and analytics that enables organizations to operationalize more data and make it available at every decision point. GainInsights’ experienced BI Read more…

Cloudera CDH Managed Services Powered by Cloudwick

Feb 19, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 19 — Cloudwick, the leading enterprise big data consulting, professional and managed services and solution provider to the Global 1000, announced its Cloudera Managed Services at Strata + Hadoop World. Cloudwick provides managed services for Cloudera Basic, Flex Edition and Data Hub enterprise editions on-premise and in the cloud on Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Compute. “Cloudwick has more than five years’ experience providing big data consulting and managed services to data-driven enterprises powered by Read more…

Oracle Unveils New Big Data Offerings

Feb 19, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 19 — Oracle today unveiled new big data solutions that simplify information access and discovery, enabling customers to quickly turn data into business value. New offerings include Oracle Big Data Discovery, Oracle GoldenGate for Big Data, Oracle Big Data SQL 1.1 and Oracle NoSQL Database 3.2.5. These additions further Oracle’s vision to enable Hadoop, NoSQL, and SQL technologies to work together and be deployed securely in any model — whether public cloud, private cloud or an on-premises infrastructure. Generating value from big data Read more…