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Understanding Trumps Insight

Jul 23, 2015 |

“What have you done for me lately?” That’s the question many companies are asking of big data, which stands accused of being nothing more than a fad. For many, advanced analytics is still just that – too advanced. Data is difficult to access, blend and understand, and the market is over-saturated with advanced analytics tools. So what’s the solution? A combination of machine intelligence and visualization. We’re all familiar with business intelligence (BI) software. It’s great at presenting trends in Read more…

Big Data, Big Misnomer

Jul 22, 2015 |

Outside of the data warehouse profession, the phrase “Big Data” is still widely misunderstood. Even Google is confused: a Google search for “define ‘big data’” returns the definition: “extremely large data sets that may be analyzed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behavior and interactions.” But on a modern laptop with Excel you can easily analyze hundreds of millions of rows of data. Google (a “Big Data” pioneer) should know better. This article looks at Read more…

How to Turn Your Company Into a Data-Driven Enterprise

Jul 15, 2015 |

Business executives are feeling enormous pressure to ensure their companies are data-driven, be they at startups or global enterprises. Yet C-Suite surveys show there’s confusion about how to implement an effective data culture. According to a recent report by KPMG Capital, the vast majority of executives at large enterprises are struggling with “how to turn data into insights, and insights into real business advantage.” In this race to embrace big data, the reflexive move would be to hire more data Read more…

Corralling VM Complexity with Machine Learning

Jul 14, 2015 |

The widespread use of virtual machines (VMs) makes tracing performance problems in today’s enterprise applications a daunting task. Traditional tools designed to track slowdowns on physical hardware are no match for today’s fast-changing VM infrastructure. Now a software company called SIOS Technology is using machine learning algorithms and predictive techniques to cut through the VM complexity and give harried admins a jumpstart to resolving performance issues. The huge popularity of hypervisors like VMWare‘s ESX Server and Citrix‘s XenServer have had Read more…

Python Versus R in Apache Spark

Jul 13, 2015 |

The June update to Apache Spark brought support for R, a significant enhancement that opens the big data platform to a large audience of new potential users. Support for R in Spark 1.4 also gives users an alternative to Python. But which language will emerge as the winner for doing data science in Spark? We spoke to Databricks Ali Ghodsi for answers. According to Ghodsi, who is Databricks’ vice president of engineering and product management, the company has been bombarded Read more…

News In Brief

IBM Adds Spark to z Systems Mainframe

Jul 27, 2015 |

In a bid to promote “mainframe analytics,” IBM said it would support Apache Spark for Linux on its latest z Systems offering while working with data mining specialists to expand analytic software to leverage additional z Systems processing power. IBM said Monday (July 27) the “enablement” of Apache Spark is part of an effort to expand its z Systems ecosystem. It plans to integrate Spark later this year with its z/OS. Spark support on IBM mainframes and components would also Read more…

Big Data Keeps on Truckin’

Jul 24, 2015 |

The trucking industry is the latest sector to embrace big data as fleet owners look for new ways to improve operating efficiencies and schedule maintenance. According to market researcher Frost & Sullivan, a handful of OEMS and Tier-1 suppliers have begun incorporating data analytics to drive efficiencies. Big data tools are also being leveraged in areas like design, manufacturing and warranty management. “Employing advanced data analytics tools with early detection capabilities will avoid large warranty claims,” the researcher noted by Read more…

Embedded Analytics Upgrade Looks to Bypass IT

Jul 23, 2015 |

Seeking to break down barriers to bypassing the IT department to deliver “self-service” analytics, embedded analytics specialist Logi Analytics has rolled out an upgraded platform that can be customized for individual enterprise users. Logi Analytics, McLean, Va., said this week its Logi 12 platform attempts to address the growing need to get around the one-size-fits-all approach to business intelligence and enterprise analytics. It cited a recent study that found fully 93 percent of enterprises want to deliver access to business Read more…

Fusion Upgrade Boosts Search Analytics

Jul 22, 2015 |

Lucidworks rolled out version 2.0 of its Fusion enterprise search application this week that includes a new user interface and redesigned UI workflows. The upgrade also is intended to make it easier for users to create and configure the search application, particularly for new users or those unfamiliar with the Solr architecture. Fusion sits on top of the open source Solr engine that is included in most distributions of Hadoop along with other enterprise applications. The updated Fusion UI also Read more…

EU Project Looks to Scale Earth Data

Jul 21, 2015 |

Planet Earth is the ultimate source of big data, from weather to natural resources to the activities of the 7 billion or so human beings wondering about the surface of our precious blue home. A European Union big data project called EarthServer was launched in 2011 to establish a standards-based analytics framework for Earth science, or geospatial, data. The goal was to apply an integrated query language to crunch geospatial data, with data volumes scaling to exabyte levels. During the Read more…

This Just In

Clarabridge Acquires Engagor

May 21, 2015 |

RESTON, VA., May 21 — Clarabridge, Inc., the leading provider of Customer Experience Management (CEM) solutions for the world’s top brands, today announced the acquisition of Engagor, the most comprehensive platform for real-time social customer service and engagement. The combined offering provides a complete, end-to-end technology solution for marketers, customer care organizations and operations teams to create more profitable customer relationships. Founded by Folke Lemaitre in 2011, Belgium-based Engagor offers a robust social listening and engagement platform for marketers and customer 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…

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.