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The NoSQL Tech Behind Vivint’s Smart Home

Jun 29, 2016 |

Here at MongoDB World in New York City, several providers of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions are sharing stories of how they use the NoSQL database. One of the most interesting IoT use cases involves Vivint, which is the largest provider of smart home solutions in the country. Before pivoting to the burgeoning smart home business in 2010, Vivint was a home security company with about 700,000 customers. It had key partnerships with two firms, one that supplied the in-home Read more…

MongoDB Struts Its NoSQL Stuff in NYC

Jun 28, 2016 |

When you think about giants of the technology world, MongoDB may not come to mind. But judging by the big strides this up-and-coming NoSQL database vendor is making, and the aggressive roadmap it put forth today at the third annual MongoDB World conference in New York City–including a Spark connector today and new graph functions tomorrow–they might just become giants. MongoDB is already a formidable force in the NoSQL database market. Founded as 10gen in 2007, the NYC-based company got Read more…

What’s Hot This Summer: Data Science Bootcamps

Jun 23, 2016 |

Summer is here and temperatures are rising. While some of us take vacations or cool off at the beach, prospective data scientists are heating up their job prospects by participating in one of a growing number of data science bootcamps. Bootcamps of all types are growing quickly. According to Course Report, a website that tracks bootcamps, the number of graduates from the country’s 91 full-time coding bootcamps will grow by 60 percent this year, increasing to 17,966 graduates accounting for Read more…

Avoid These Five Big Data Governance Mistakes

Jun 22, 2016 |

If you’re embarking upon a big data project, then you’re likely running into one or more data management challenges. The decisions you make regarding how you enforce data governance and how you control data flows can make or break your project. Here are five data governance mistakes you should avoid: 1. You Have No Data Governance Strategy If you said to yourself, “Huh, what’s data governance?” then you’re likely making this mistake. Data governance refers to an overarching strategy that Read more…

Behavior I/O: Using Machine Learning to Empower Human Learning

Jun 17, 2016 |

At lunch last week, I learned that a couple colleagues were engaged in a little duel—trying to out-walk each other, as tracked by their new Fitbits. Self-improvement was definitely the goal, but seeing peer performance and benchmarks provided the required motivation to achieve that goal. If you’re a data science or analytics leader, your job is to manage analysts who produce insights.  Insights drive innovation which in turn drive profits.  So, if you want to drive your business through these Read more…

News In Brief

MapR Takes Aim at Hadoop Complexity

Jun 28, 2016 |

As Hadoop settles into the enterprise, deployments are getting bigger and more complex. To help its customers stay on top of things, MapR Technologies today unveiled Spyglass, a new operations console that’s customizable. The company also rolled out the first deployment pack that separates the core components of the distro from fast-moving projects like Spark and Drill. MapR started the Spyglass initiative in response to input from MapR customers who were watching the complexity level increase in their MapR deployments. Read more…

New IBM Data Analytics Software Targets Workload Management, Spark Adoption

Jun 2, 2016 |

IBM announced additions today to the infrastructure layer of its high performance data analytics software portfolio, including “cognitive features,” such as scheduling and resource management, and capabilities aimed at easing adoption of Spark. The new software-defined infrastructure products – in which the data center is managed, provisioned and automated by software regardless of compute, storage or network components – called IBM Spectrum Computing, are intended to reduce the complexity of performance-intensive data analytics and machine learning implementations. They replace IBM’s Read more…

The Rise and Fall of Qlik

Jun 2, 2016 |

Business intelligence software maker Qlik Technologies (NASDAQ: QLIK) today announced that it has agreed to be acquired by the private equity firm Thoma Bravo for $30.50 per share, or about $3 billion. As one of the largest of a new wave of visual analytic firms, Qlik’s acquisition could hasten consolidation in a crowded BI field. Founded in Sweden more than 20 years ago, Qlik created a niche for itself by developing an easy-to-use BI tool that users could navigate visually Read more…

Trifacta Brings Partners Into Data Prep Fold

May 24, 2016 |

The market for self-service data preparation tools is having a golden moment in the sun, with analyst firms like Gartner deciding that it does, in fact, have legs to stand on its own. The health of that market is also why Trifacta today launched a formal business partner program. With the new Wrangler Partner Program, Trifacta aims to bring a variety of types of firm into the self-service data prep fold, including system integrators, consulting firms, software vendors, and Hadoop Read more…

An Open Source Tour de Force at Apache: Big Data 2016

May 11, 2016 |

There’s no question about it: open source drives big data. Some may forget how the big data software we use or write about every day actually gets made. But here at the Apache: Big Data North America conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, the well of innovation that is the open source community is on full display. Open source software is fundamental to big data, says Roman Shaposhnik, who runs the Apache Incubator project for the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the Read more…

This Just In

DataTorrent Joins the Open Data Platform Initiative, Brings Real-Time Processing of Data-In-Motion to ODP

May 21, 2015 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 21, – DataTorrent, the leader in real-time big data analytics and creator of DataTorrent RTS, the world’s first enterprise-grade unified platform for both stream and batch processing on Hadoop, today announced it joined the Open Data Platform (ODP) as a Silver member. In addition, DataTorrent RTS is certified and immediately available on the ODP Core. DataTorrent is focused on reducing time to market, increasing ROI and enabling success of big data projects. Joining ODP brings DataTorrent’s Read more…

Smartsheet Announces Real-Time Data Exchange with Tableau

May 21, 2015 |

BELLEVUE, WASH., May 21 – Smartsheet, the spreadsheet-inspired collaborative work management tool used by millions worldwide, today announced the general availability of the Smartsheet Live Data Connector. The new functionality uses industry standard Open Database Connector (ODBC) capabilities to link live data in Smartsheet with other ODBC-compliant tools like Tableau Software, Microsoft Excel, QlikView and Qlik Sense. “This new live connection will help Smartsheet users get more out of their data,” said Francois Ajenstat, Vice President, Product Management at Tableau. “The Read more…

Zettaset Boosts Big Data Protection for IBM Power Systems servers with Enterprise-Class Encryption for Hadoop and NoSQL Databases

May 20, 2015 |

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 20, – Zettaset, a leader in Big Data security, today announced it has successfully completed integration of Zettaset’s Big Data Encryption software solution, BDEncrypt™, with IBM’s Power Systems scale-out servers running Linux. IBM POWER8 customers seeking an encryption solution which is optimized for Big Data environments and distributed computing architectures including Hadoop and NoSQL can now utilize Zettaset BDEncrypt.  BDEncrypt with IBM Power Systems is designed to deliver a high level of compute performance and solution 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…

Fanzz Selects Attunity Replicate to Enable Big Data Analytics

May 20, 2015 |

Burlington, MA — May 20 – Attunity Ltd., a leading provider of information availability software solutions, announced today that Fanzz Sports Apparel, Inc., one of the largest providers of sports apparel and merchandise in the United States, has selected Attunity’s high-performance data replication solution, Attunity Replicate, to accelerate and facilitate the distribution, replication and availability of its data for business operations and analytics needs. Founded in 1987 and owned by the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, Fanzz started as Read more…