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One on One with LinkedIn’s VP of Engineering

Jun 29, 2015 |

Why are data scientists tripping over themselves to get their hands on LinkedIn’s data? What’s it like to run one of the world’s biggest social media sites, and how can machine learning algorithms contribute to the creation of economic opportunity for a global workforce? We recently posed those questions (and more!) to Igor Perisic, Vice President of Engineering at LinkedIn. Alex Woodie: Igor, thank you for agreeing to this interview. First, please tell us about yourself and your role at Read more…

Future of Connected Cities on Display in L.A.

Jun 26, 2015 |

Cities are sitting on mounds of data generated by everything from parking meters to traffic lights to water meters, but they’re having difficulty harnessing that data effectively. As the big data and Internet of Things (IoT) trends evolve, we’ll see cities competing with one another to use data to serve citizens, and that’s where vendors like Los Angeles-based Civic Resource Group International are hoping to step in. Yesterday in downtown LA, CRGI showcased what the future of a connected city Read more…

8 New Big Data Projects To Watch

Jun 12, 2015 |

The big data community has a secret weapon when it comes to innovation: open source. The granddaddy of big data, Apache Hadoop, was born in open source, and its growth will come from continued innovation in done by the community in the open. Here are eight open source projects generating buzz now in the community. 1. Apache Zeppelin No other big data projects at the moment is as popular as Apache Spark, the in-memory analytics framework developed at Amplab. But Read more…

Hadoop Opportunity ‘Never Been Bigger’ Says Hortonworks CEO

Jun 9, 2015 |

Don’t be fooled by the Hadoop naysayers, Hortonworks CEO Rob Bearden told an audience at the Hadoop Summit yesterday. “The opportunity has never been bigger,” he said. “We may never have an opportunity this big again in our careers.” Bearden delivered a positive and energetic keynote address at the Hadoop Summit, which drew about 4,000 attendees to the San Jose convention center, Hortonworks‘ biggest show of the year. The technology veteran set an optimistic tone with his comments, but he Read more…

MapR Targets Hadoop’s Batch Constraints with 5.0

Jun 9, 2015 |

Hadoop has been largely batch-oriented up to this point, but that’s changing as companies figure out how to exploit big data for competitive advantage. One vendor that’s looking to accelerate the change is MapR Technologies, which today at the Hadoop Summit unveiled a major update of its distribution aimed at helping companies use various Hadoop engines to make good decisions against fast-moving data. When it comes to Hadoop distributors, MapR Technologies stands apart from other Hadoop distributors due to the Read more…

News In Brief

Consortium Makes Business Case For R Language

Jun 30, 2015 |

As more data scientists and researchers embrace the R programming language and statistical computing environment, the Linux Foundation has moved to strengthen the user community and, with it, the development of more business applications through a collaborative development initiative called the R Consortium. Founding members of the R Consortium include Alteryx, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Mango Solutions, Microsoft, Oracle, RStudio and Tibco Software, the Linux Foundation announced on Tuesday (June 30). Microsoft and RStudio were listed as “platinum” members. The open source Read more…

Zettaset Patents Data Access Approach

Jun 26, 2015 |

Big data security specialist Zettaset said it has been awarded a U.S. patent for a technique designed to boost data access and performance in distributed computing frameworks like Hadoop and NoSQL. Zettaset said this week the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a patent for its DiamondLane technology on June 23. The U.S. patent covers “distributed storage medium management for heterogeneous storage media in high availability clusters” (U.S. Patent No. 9,063,939-B2). Zettaset, Mountain View, Calif., said DiamondLane could be used Read more…

Lockheed Martin, Data Vendors Team on Secure Spy Database

Jun 25, 2015 |

Geospatial intelligence is among the hottest and most data-intensive tools being used by U.S. military analysts to sweep up huge amounts of satellite and other sensor imagery. This highly classified data is often combined with other emerging intelligence sources like social media. Much of the satellite imagery is highly classified to shield prying eyes from capabilities like image resolution and operational details like spectrum frequencies being used. Hence, there is a growing need for advanced databases with multiple levels of Read more…

Ford, HP Analyze Commuting Patterns

Jun 24, 2015 |

American drivers logged a record number of miles in April, Reuters reported this week, citing U.S. government data showing that an increase in road travel over the last year is continuing. The U.S. Federal Highway Administration said Americans logged 267.9 billion miles on U.S. roads in April, the highest monthly total since 1990 and up 3.9 percent from a year earlier. With that as backdrop, Ford Motor Co. and Hewlett-Packard conducted an experiment designed to discern patterns in HP workers’ Read more…

Software AG Platform Targets Predictive Analytics

Jun 23, 2015 |

Software AG is adding high-end predictive analytics tools to its Digital Business Platform as it looks to extend the reach of the flagship analytics platform across retail, manufacturing, financial services and other industry sectors. The German software vendor said Tuesday (June 23) it has embedded Adaptive Decision and Predictive Analytics (Adapa) from San Diego-based Zementis Inc. into its Apama Streaming Analytics platform in a bid to offer enterprises a “one-stop shop” for business intelligence and analytics. Adapa is billed as 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.