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How Machine Learning Is Eating the Software World

May 18, 2015 |

Marc Andreessen famously said in 2011 that software was eating the world. Four years later, that trend has accelerated, only now it appears that machine learning technology is on the cusp of eating software, and that algorithms will take over the world, with a little help from their friends: the APIs. Not that this is a bad thing, at least not as Elon Musk envisions, with AI-powered overlords enslaving the human race (a separate story for another day). But if Read more…

How Hadoop Solved BT’s Data Velocity Problem

May 8, 2015 |

Like most large corporations with millions of customers, BT (British Telecom) has an extensive collection of databases, and is constantly moving data in and out of them. But when data growth maxed out a critical ETL server, it found a solution in a distributed Hadoop system. With £18 billion (about $30 billion) in revenue last year, BT is one of the largest telecommunications provider in the world, and serves more than 18 million consumers and nearly 3 million businesses in Read more…

Deep Dive Into Databricks’ Big Speedup Plans for Apache Spark

May 4, 2015 |

Apache Spark rose to prominence within the Hadoop world as a faster and easier to use alternative to MapReduce. But as fast as Spark is today, it won’t hold a candle to future versions of Spark that the folks at Databricks are now developing. Last week Databricks shared its development roadmap for Spark with the world. The company has near-term and long-term plans to boost the performance of the platform; the plans are grouped into something called Project Tungsten. In Read more…

Five Reasons Machine Learning Is Moving to the Cloud

Apr 29, 2015 |

Amazon Web Services turned a lot of heads recently when it launched a machine learning platform aimed at making predictive analytics applications easy to build and run, joining cloud juggernauts Microsoft and Google with similar ML offerings. It turns out the cloud is very well-suited for this critical type of big data workload. Here are five reasons why.     1. Machine Learning Is Everywhere If predictive analytics is the killer app for big data, then machine learning is the Read more…

Five Answers for Finding Bigger Insight from Your [Big] Data

Apr 28, 2015 |

When General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt spoke at a GE users summit late last year on the topic of the Internet of Things, he had something interesting to say: “All companies need to become Internet and software companies.”  Huh? He quickly clarified. “The industrial world is changing dramatically, and those companies that make the best use of data will be the most successful.” GE has a goal of “no downtime” and it has invested heavily in technology to understand the data Read more…

News In Brief

Warning: ‘Big Data Paralysis’ Ahead

May 21, 2015 |

As the Internet of Things and other platforms generate ever-expanding volumes of data, a new survey finds that 73 percent of respondents are facing “big data paralysis.” The global survey by the U.S. branch of the Germany’s Software AG based in Reston, Va., included 750 respondents at organizations with more than $500 million in annual revenue. While a whopping 97 percent complained they are overwhelmed by the nonstop torrent of data, the survey paradoxically found “an incessant need for more Read more…

Security Concerns Extend to ‘Big Data Life Cycle’

May 20, 2015 |

The “datafication” of modern life is now measured in the quintillions of bytes of data generated by humans each day. The struggle to store, manage and retrieve the waterfall of data has also highlighted a growing list of privacy and security issues. Privacy concerns stemming from the rise of big data and the resulting backlash against abuses like unscrupulous data brokers have resulted in a range of regulatory initiatives designed to safeguard sensitive information. Now, greater attention is being given Read more…

Cloud BI, Machine Learning Startups Attract Investors

May 19, 2015 |

A pair of analytics startups announced successful funding rounds this week as investment capital continues to pour into the big data market. San Francisco-based DataHero, a cloud business intelligence vendor, said Tuesday (May 19) it raised $6.1 million in Series A funding round led by existing investor Foundry Group. DataHero’s “self-service” business intelligence platform allows users to quickly log in and visualize cloud data. Separately, data science specialist Feedzai said Monday (May 18) it raised $17.5 million in a Series Read more…

U.S. Launches ‘Police Data Initiative’

May 18, 2015 |

As part of an effort to repair badly strained relations between municipal police forces and the communities they are supposed to serve, the White House launched a “Police Data Initiative” this week in an attempt to fix community policing. A key focus of the effort will be pouring through video from body-worn cameras. The initiative, launched during a visit by President Obama to Camden, N.J., builds on the Task Force on 21st Century Policing launched last December. The issue of Read more…

Gartner: Hadoop Adoption ‘Fairly Anemic’

May 14, 2015 |

Enterprise adoption of Hadoop remains “tentative,” according to a new survey, as lingering challenges posed by doubts about the business value of the software framework and database skills gap hinder uptake. Market researcher Gartner Inc. reported this week that only 125 respondents to a recent survey of 284 clients said they have invested in Hadoop or plan to over the next two years. The survey was conducted between February and March of this year. “Despite considerable hype and reported successes 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.