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The Bright Future of Semantic Graphs and Big Connected Data

Feb 8, 2016 |

The big data revolution is generating a mess of unruly data that’s difficult to parse and understand. This is to be expected–explosions don’t generally occur in a nice, orderly fashion, after all. But if the folks at Cloudera and Franz have their way, the world of connected data will become more accessible and useful when viewed through the lens of semantic graph technologies. Semantic graph technology is shaping up to play a key role in how organizations access the growing Read more…

Apache Spark Surrounded By Cloud Data Services at IBM

Feb 4, 2016 |

IBM has made no secret about its admiration for Apache Spark, which it sees as the future for in-memory analytics. Today the IT giant unveiled a host of new cloud-based data services that bolsters its hosted Apache Spark business with NoSQL, graph, and machine learning capabilities. IBM added a number of new offerings to Cloud Data Services, which is a portfolio of more than two dozen database engines and related data-oriented services that it runs for customers as part of Read more…

Hadoop’s Second Decade: Where Do We Go From Here?

Feb 2, 2016 |

As we reported last week, the first Hadoop cluster went online at Yahoo 10 years ago. The platform has enjoyed phenomenal, if improbable, growth since then. But where does it go from here? Once again, we tapped the knowledge of Hadoop creator Doug Cutting and other experts in the big data industry to get the low down on the high technology. Cutting, who is the chief architect at commercial Hadoop pioneer Cloudera, sees the loose confederation of open source projects Read more…

Happy Birthday, Hadoop: Celebrating 10 Years of Improbable Growth

Jan 28, 2016 |

It’s hard to believe, but the first Hadoop cluster went into production at Yahoo 10 years ago today. What began as an experiment in distributed computing for an Internet search engine has turned into a global phenomenon and a focal point for a big data ecosystem driving billions in spending. Here are some thoughts on the big yellow elephant’s milestone from the people involved in Hadoop’s early days. Hadoop’s story started before January 2006, of course. In the early 2000s, Doug Read more…

Distributed Computing Tops List of Hottest Job Skills

Jan 27, 2016 |

If you have cloud and distributed computing skills, your job prospects for 2016 are golden. That’s because those particular job skills—which parallel the rise of Hadoop and other distributed computing frameworks–topped a LinkedIn analysis of the top 25 skills to help you find a new job this year. The sudden arrival of cloud and distributed computing as the hottest skills in the land was somewhat unexpected, according to Sohan Murthy, the head of research for data analytics and strategy at LinkedIn Read more…

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IBM Watson, NBA Raptors Seek Data ‘Slam Dunk’

Feb 11, 2016 |

“With the [to be determined] pick in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft, the Toronto Raptors—with the help of cognitive and analytics technology—select….” While it may not unfold that quickly, the professional basketball franchise announced this week it is partnering with IBM to use Watson cognitive computing and analytics as part of its talent evaluation process. IBM (NYSE: IBM) said it teamed with the Raptors and Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment to develop a platform called IBM Sports Read more…

IBM Rolls Power-based ‘Data Engine’

Feb 10, 2016 |

A new IBM “data engine” for running key open source analytics frameworks is built on the company’s recently added line of OpenPower Linux servers customized for big data workloads. Technical details of the IBM data engine for Hadoop and Spark were released this week (Feb. 9). The company said the analytics platform would be available on March 18. IBM (NYSE: IBM) said its date engine targets retailers increasingly combining customer-buying patterns with real-time social media feedback along with manufacturers analyzing Read more…

Anaconda Platform Gets Boost From Intel

Feb 8, 2016 |

The latest version of the Anaconda open source analytics platform incorporates Intel Corp.’s math kernel library (MKL) to significantly boost performance. Version 2.5 extends Anaconda capabilities rolled out last fall. Along with the Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) library, Continuum Analytics said the 2.5 version of its Python-based platform also is bundled with Microsoft R Open, a leading enterprise R language distribution. The latter is dubbed the “R-Essentials” package. Anaconda is designed to ease installation and maintenance of open source Python environments. Read more…

Tech ‘Democratization’ Seen Fueling Analytics Boom

Feb 4, 2016 |

The “democratization” of analytics illustrated by the transition to self-service business intelligence and foolproof BI platforms promises to boost to global analytics market to new heights in 2016 and beyond, market researcher forecast. Gartner Inc. (NYSE: IT) predicted the worldwide BI and analytics market would reach $16.9 billion this year, up 5.2 percent over 2015. Last month, it projected the “advanced analytics” market would grow at a 14-percent clip this year to $1.5 billion as more data is shared on Read more…

Startup Enlists AI to Predict Cyber Threats

Feb 3, 2016 |

While major players are increasingly emphasizing human “intelligence-led” approaches to cyber security, artificial intelligence along with advanced analytics continue to make inroads in the “threat intelligence” market. Among the AI startups is Jask, which emerged from stealth mode this week after raising $2 million in seed financing in a funding round led by Battery Ventures. San Francisco-based Jask said Wednesday (Feb. 3) it is building a “predictive security operations center” designed to help enterprises automate security operations while reacting faster 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.