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Today’s Baseball Analytics Make Moneyball Look Like Child’s Play

Oct 24, 2014 |

Baseball has always been a game of numbers and statistics. But thanks to an explosion of data over the past seven years and the advent of new analytic software running on supercomputers, the game is on the cusp of changes that will make Moneyball look like it belongs in the minor leagues. When the San Francisco Giants take the field against the Kansas City Royals in game three of the World Series tonight, you can bet that the choices made Read more…

Graph Analytics Startup Has Roots in IBM Watson

Oct 22, 2014 |

IBM Watson’s 2011 victory on Jeopordy! was a watershed moment for artificial intelligence and ushered in a new age of cognitive computing for big data. But as powerful as Watson is with natural language processing, it’s limited in the types of data and analytics it can perform. Today, a group of former IBMers led by the founder of Watson Labs formally unveiled Cognitive Scale, a big data startup that’s building upon Watson with the power of graph analytics. Cognitive Scale Read more…

What You May Have Missed at Strata + Hadoop World 2014

Oct 21, 2014 |

Talk about information overload. If you were one of the lucky 5,000 to attend the Strata + Hadoop World conference last week, then you were subject to a marathon session of big data keynotes delivered continually for the better part of two days. It’s understandable that you missed out on some of the big data news announced at the show, including Cray’s new Hadoop appliance, or the latest tools from Revolution Analytics and Tableau. Don’t worry: We’ll get you back Read more…

DataTorrent Raises the Bar for Real-Time Streaming

Oct 15, 2014 |

There’s a lot of talk these days about real-time streaming applications. If analyzing and acting on new data is good, then doing it immediately must be better. The truth is, building real-time streaming applications is not easy work. One company that’s pushing the bar higher in this area is DataTorrent. DataTorrent develops a distributed Hadoop 2 application called Real Time Streaming (RTS) that enables users to act upon and analyze time-sensitive data, including call data records, log and machine data, Read more…

Hortonworks Goes Broad and Deep with HDP 2.2

Oct 15, 2014 |

From full support for Apache Spark, Apache Kafka, and the Cascading framework to updated management consoles and SQL enhancements in Hive, there’s something for everybody in Hortonworks’ latest Hadoop distribution, which was revealed today at the Strata + Hadoop World conference in New York City. Hadoop started out with two main pieces: MapReduce and HDFS. But today’s distributions are massive vehicles that wrap up and deliver a host of sub-components, engines, and consoles that are desired and needed for running Read more…

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Data Science Helps Troubleshoot the Datacenter

Oct 29, 2014 |

Data science is being enlisted to help troubleshoot scaled-up IT infrastructure. A data science platform unveiled this week by startup BigPanda seeks to use analytics to automate the increasingly complicated task of IT incident management. BigPanda said its platform analyzes the steady stream of daily IT alerts and essentially triages them into high-level alerts. The startup based in Mt. View, Calif., also announced a $7 million Series A funding round that will be used to accelerate data science product development. Read more…

Content Analytics Gets a Natural Language Boost

Oct 28, 2014 |

Natural language processing technology continues to be integrated with “data exploration” and content analytics as vendors seek to offer better tools designed to help enterprises tap into more data and leverage analytics in real time. Among the leading promoters of this cognitive approach to data exploration is, of course, IBM with its Watson cognitive computing platform. A variation on its earlier data analytics offerings released this week called Watson Explorer seeks to marry natural language capabilities with data exploration and Read more…

Push to Extend Use of Data Tools Continues

Oct 27, 2014 |

An updated of an overarching analytics platform continues the trend toward breaking down organizational barriers to expand access to data crunching technologies beyond just data analysts. San Francisco-based Alpine Data Labs said the latest version of its Chorus analytics platform is intended to help enterprises unify data access and control into a single environment. The Chorus 5.0 release is also said to add functionality that allows corporate managers to leverage their analytics tools to promote collaboration. The updated version also Read more…

Execs Go With Their Guts Until Data Improves

Oct 24, 2014 |

When it comes to appreciating the value of big data and analytics, seeing is apparently believing. That’s among the key findings of a recent data and analytics survey of 1,135 senior executives from industries ranging from energy to transportation released by market researcher PwC, better known as PricewaterhouseCoopers. The data analytics survey sought to define the role played by data and analytics in what the survey dubbed “big decision making,” or “the most significant decisions about the strategic direction of Read more…

Machine Learning Gets a Boost from Google

Oct 23, 2014 |

Search giant Google announced a partnership with Oxford University researchers that will target artificial intelligence applications such as image recognition and natural language understanding. Google said U.K. researchers with its recently acquired DeepMind initiative would work with Oxford AI specialists who earlier this year cofounded Dark Blue Labs. The cofounders, Nando de Freitas, Phil Blunson, Edward Grefenstette and Karl Moritz Hermann, are considering leading experts in the use of “deep learning” for machine understanding of natural language. The researchers “will Read more…

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Apache Unveils Hadoop 2

Oct 17, 2013 |

Apache Software Foundation, which oversees the 150 or so open source projects under the famous Apache umbrella, this week announced Hadoop 2 – the latest version of the popular software framework for distributed computing.