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If You’re Missing Fast Data, Big Data Isn’t Working for You

Aug 19, 2014 |

Big Data analytics are all the rage. There is little doubt some great things can be accomplished when an organization takes to mining its data to produce meaningful change in the business. Yet, 64 percent of enterprises that invest in Big Data projects struggle to unlock the value of their Big Data insights, according to analyst firm Gartner. A recent survey on Big Data by my company revealed that 72 percent of respondents could not utilize the majority of the Read more…

MapR Says Its Hadoop Tweaks Scale to Meet IoT Volumes

Aug 13, 2014 |

Hadoop is naturally positioned as a key architectural platform that organizations will turn to for analyzing Internet of Things (IoT) data. But according to the folks at MapR Technologies, limitations in plain vanilla Apache Hadoop make it unsuitable for big IoT workloads. We’re at the beginning of a huge boom in the IoT. Gartner estimates the Internet will have 25 billion connected devices by 2020, while Cisco pegs the number at 50 billion. Any way you cut it, the amount Read more…

How GE Drives Big Machine Optimization in the IoT

Aug 11, 2014 |

The folks at General Electric Intelligent Platforms get to play with big toys. Whether it’s a 200-foot tall wind turbine, a $10-million jet engine, or a giant industrial rock crusher, the object of their professional attention is easy to see. What’s harder to grasp is how they transform the terabytes of data streaming off the big machines’ sensors in ways that save their owners millions of dollars. The Intelligent Platforms branch of General Electric uses a combination of data science, Read more…

Dremel Builder Gets $7M for SQL-Based Supertool

Aug 5, 2014 |

Big data startup Metanautix emerged from stealth mode today by announcing a $7-million round of venture funding to further development of a SQL-based power tool. Led by the former Google engineer who headed the development of Dremel, the company aims to dissolve product and technology barriers by “re-imagining” SQL at the heart of an emerging big data supply chain. SQL is enjoying a renaissance as the big data boom continues to reverberate throughout the IT and business sectors. While emerging Read more…

How Streaming Analytics Helps Telcos Overcome the Data Deluge

Jul 30, 2014 |

Real-time streaming analytics is all the rage these days, as organizations seek to wring value from their data as quickly as possible. While the technology is bleeding edge for many, it’s commonplace in the telecommunications industry, where vendors like Guavus are leveraging the power of Hadoop and streaming analytics to help telcos not only survive the data deluge, but thrive within it. Things are a bit different in telecommunications. While companies in other fields may experiment with new technologies, tier-one Read more…

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Gauging Human Emotions at the Stroke of a Key

Aug 22, 2014 |

Indian researchers using text pattern analysis and “keystroke dynamics” claim they have designed a computer program that can accurately recognize a computer user’s emotions. “Depending on the emotion,” the researchers claimed, they accurately recognized and “emotional states” most of the time, indeed with great precision: 87 percent. Writing in the journal Behavior & Information Technology, a team of Indian researchers asked volunteer typists to note their emotional state after typing “fixed” text along with prescribed intervals of regular computer use. Read more…

Automakers Embrace Predictive Analytics to Boost Sales

Aug 20, 2014 |

The use of predictive analytics to discern consumer preferences is expanding to car dealerships where manufacturers led by Ford Motor Co. are trying to convince local dealers that big data can help them reduce the number of days cars sit unsold on their lots. While some dealers are resisting new analytical tools like Ford’s Smart Inventory Management System rolled out in 2009, industry analysts recently told the publication Automotive News that predictive analytics could help save dealerships $100 or more Read more…

U.S. Enlists Big Data to Fight Securities Fraud

Aug 19, 2014 |

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) moved to reform its enforcement practices after missing the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme and other financial fraud by creating an Office of Market Intelligence in 2010. The office was intended to make use of new intelligence tools like big data analysis to improve securities enforcement. So far, the results of the SEC efforts have been mixed, according to the author of a recent law review article focusing on how the office has leveraged Read more…

Databases Used to Trace Western Migrations

Aug 15, 2014 |

Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas used three databases of “notable individuals” over the last 2,000 years to trace western migration patterns. While Rome remained the cultural center of the European continent through the early Middle Ages, the researchers also found that Paris, locations in what is now the Netherlands and northern Italy were among the emerging cities that attracted European intellectuals and those elites who’s birth and death records made it into the databases. According to the Read more…

FTC Expands Scrutiny of Big Data Practices

Aug 14, 2014 |

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is stepping up its scrutiny of big data practices as concerns grow about misuse of private data collected by banks, retailers and other enterprises. The regulatory agency’s Bureau of Consumer Protection is hosting a Sept. 15 workshop. “Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?” The event comes in response to growing concerns about individual privacy as mobile devices, cloud computing and predictive analytics techniques proliferate. FTC said it would examine whether big data is 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.