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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…

Three Ways Big Data and HPC Are Converging

Jan 27, 2015 |

Big data is becoming much more than just widespread distribution of cheap storage and cheap computation on commodity hardware.  Big data analytics may soon become the new “killer app” for high performance computing (HPC). There is more to big data than large amounts of information.  It also pertains to massive distributed activities such as complex queries and computations (a.k.a analytics).  In other words, deriving value through computation is just as “big” as the size of the data sets themselves.  In Read more…

Rethinking Hadoop for HPC

Jan 26, 2015 |

Hadoop’s momentum has caught the eye of those in the high performance computing (HPC) community, who want to participate and benefit from the fast pace of development. However, the relatively poor performance and high latency of Hadoop applications is a real concern. To address the problem and make Hadoop a better fit for HPC resources, some are exploring how they can rewrite certain components of Hadoop in a more HPC-like manner. Those in the HPC world look at what’s happening Read more…

Solr or Elasticsearch–That Is the Question

Jan 22, 2015 |

That is the common question I hear: Which one is better, Solr or Elasticsearch? Which one is faster?  Which one scales better?  Which one can do X, and Y, and Z?  Which one is easier to manage?  Which one should we use?  Which one do you recommend? These are all great questions, though not always with clear and definite, universally applicable answers. So which one do we recommend you use? How do you choose in the end? Well, let me Read more…

Can Big Data Give Us Bionic Brains?

Jan 20, 2015 |

The rise of big data and analytics promises to transform many aspects of our lives, chief among them how we synthesize data and make decisions. Some theorize that big data will augment our own cognitive capabilities to the point where it’s like we have bionic brains. According to Deloitte Analytics, the field of cognitive analytics is an extension of cognitive computing, and is made up of three main components: machine learning, natural language processing, and advanced analytics. These technologies, combined Read more…

News In Brief

Watson’s Take on the State of the Union

Jan 29, 2015 |

Every year, as the State of the Union address comes to a close, analysts, political correspondents and politicians alike come forward to offer unique take on the president’s speech. This year, however, one new voice is chiming in: that of IBM’s Watson. Using a recording of President Obama’s address, MSNBC tapped the IBM Watson User Modeling service (one of IBM’s Watson Developer Cloud services) to take a deeper look at the language, tone, and topics covered to compare its outlook Read more…

Making the Business Case for Location Analytics

Jan 21, 2015 |

What role, if any, could locations analytics–defined as the ability to gain insight from the location or geographic component of business data–play in enhancing the value of business intelligence? The answer to the geo-data puzzle, according to a proponent of this business intelligence approach, has three parts. San Diego-based Centigon Solutions Inc. argues that combining business and geographical data can unlock insights but most organizations don’t know where to begin. The company is of course offering a roadmap for how Read more…

Cloudera Teams with Google to Run Dataflow on Spark

Jan 20, 2015 |

Cloudera and Google today announced that they’re working together to get Dataflow–the big data pipeline model Google publicly launched last June–to run on Apache Spark, thereby giving customers more freedom to run their big data applications wherever they see fit. Google Cloud Dataflow is a managed service for creating data pipelines that ingest, transform, and analyze massive amounts of data, in either batch or streaming modes, using the same SDK and API. The service is based internal Google technologies like Read more…

Predicting Consumer Behavior Drives Growth of Text Analytics

Jan 16, 2015 |

Retailers are getting hip to the latest fashion—using text analytics to predict what consumers are going to do and buy next. According to a new report by Allied Market Research, predictive analytics in the retail sector will be responsible for nearly a third of growth of the overall text analytics market. That market could grow 25 percent a year annually through 2020, when it may account for $6.5 billion in spending by organizations, they say. Predictive analytics will be big Read more…

Alteryx Adds In-Database Blending

Jan 15, 2015 |

The latest release of an analytics platform combines data “blending” with predictive analytics tools intended to help combine large datasets with databases rather than just subsets of data. Alteryx Inc. said Thursday (January 15) its Analytics 9.5 release aims to allow data analysts to progress beyond spreadsheets by leveraging in-database blending tools to draw insights from large datasets in Microsoft and Oracle databases. The company claims its approach is “faster than hand crafting code, even when taking advantage of an Read more…

This Just In

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.