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How NoSQL Drives Analytic Agility at Nielsen

Jan 30, 2015 |

For many years, Nielsen used a standard relational database to power the big data analytic offerings used by thousands of its customers around the world. But the heaviness of the infrastructure dragged on Nielsen, until finally it switched to a NoSQL database that was better suited to the task. Most people know Nielsen best for its television rating system, and the so-called “Nielsen Families” who have agreed to be part of a massive ongoing TV survey. But in addition to Read more…

Rethinking Hadoop for HPC

Jan 26, 2015 |

Hadoop’s momentum has caught the eye of those in the high performance computing (HPC) community, who want to participate and benefit from the fast pace of development. However, the relatively poor performance and high latency of Hadoop applications is a real concern. To address the problem and make Hadoop a better fit for HPC resources, some are exploring how they can rewrite certain components of Hadoop in a more HPC-like manner. Those in the HPC world look at what’s happening Read more…

Can Big Data Give Us Bionic Brains?

Jan 20, 2015 |

The rise of big data and analytics promises to transform many aspects of our lives, chief among them how we synthesize data and make decisions. Some theorize that big data will augment our own cognitive capabilities to the point where it’s like we have bionic brains. According to Deloitte Analytics, the field of cognitive analytics is an extension of cognitive computing, and is made up of three main components: machine learning, natural language processing, and advanced analytics. These technologies, combined Read more…

Graph Databases Everywhere by 2020, Says Neo4j Chief

Jan 15, 2015 |

In a market rife with disruptive innovation, perhaps nothing will be as groundbreaking over the next five years as the widespread adoption of graph databases, according to Neo Technology CEO Emil Eifrem. Just four years since its founding, Neo Technology has risen to the top of the graph database heap, which itself has seen a remarkable amount of growth compared to other database types (see fig. 1). The company’s product, called Neo4j, is arguably the most mature of the graph Read more…

What 2015 Will Bring for Big Data

Jan 5, 2015 |

There’s no denying that 2014 was a big year in big data. The rapid maturation of technologies like Hadoop and Spark, along with the continual explosion of all types of data, led to an awakening of the potential of distributed data analytics among organizations, and also fueled a fresh eruption of venture money into startups. With that backdrop, the prospects for the new year certainly look promising, but what new analytic technologies and techniques will resonate in 2015? Datanami contacted Read more…

News In Brief

Watson’s Take on the State of the Union

Jan 29, 2015 |

Every year, as the State of the Union address comes to a close, analysts, political correspondents and politicians alike come forward to offer unique take on the president’s speech. This year, however, one new voice is chiming in: that of IBM’s Watson. Using a recording of President Obama’s address, MSNBC tapped the IBM Watson User Modeling service (one of IBM’s Watson Developer Cloud services) to take a deeper look at the language, tone, and topics covered to compare its outlook Read more…

IBM Presides Over ‘Marriages Made with Data’

Jun 11, 2014 |

Just when it seemed all the possible marketing applications of big data analytics were exhausted, one of India’s “leading matrimony portals,” announced it is using IBM big data technologies “to match potential partners faster.” “We are the gateway to Happy Marriages,” the Matrimony.com site declares. India’s “signature internet conglomerate” also operates AssistedMatrimony.com, EliteMatrimony.com, CommunityMatrimony.com and MatrimonyGifts.com. The partners promise matrimonial bliss through “marriages made with data.” The Indian matchmaker claims 8,000 new members a day. As for results, it further Read more…

IBM Joins with Universities to Push Data Analytics

May 14, 2014 |

Big data is making inroads into U.S. university science and engineering curricula as major players like IBM team up with research institutions. For starters, Ohio State University announced this week it would introduce a new undergraduate major in data analytics beginning in the fall semester. Ohio State claims the interdisciplinary major is the first of its kind being offered by a major U.S. university. Also this week, IBM said it is partnering with seven U.S. universities to offer courses on Read more…

Big Data Helps Personalize Cancer Treatments

May 1, 2014 |

There’s a new tool in the fight against cancer and other diseases with a DNA link: big data.

DOD Health Care Competition Attracts Big Data Players

Apr 29, 2014 |

A pending Defense Department solicitation for a massive health care management system is touching off a scramble among federal contractors and medical IT specialists who would have to find ways to apply data analytics techniques to a huge Pentagon health records database.

This Just In

Forrester Research Recognizes IBM as a Leader in Big Data Hadoop Solutions

May 2, 2014 |

IBM today announced that Forrester Research has recognized IBM as a leader in Big Data Hadoop Solutions and cited its advanced analytics tools, global presence, and implementation services.

IBM Unveils New Power Systems Servers

Apr 24, 2014 |

IBM today debuted new Power Systems servers that allow data centers to manage staggering data requirements with unprecedented speed, all built on an open server platform. In a move that sharply contrasts other chip and server manufacturers’ proprietary business models, IBM through the OpenPOWER Foundation, released detailed technical specifications for its POWER8 processor, inviting collaborators and competitors alike to innovate on the processor and server platform, providing a catalyst for new innovation.

IBM Creates Big Data & Business Analytics Center in Greece

Apr 15, 2014 |

IBM has announced that it will establish a new Big Data and Business Analytics Center of Competence in Athens, Greece advancing its ability to deliver Big Data and Business Analytics technical and consulting capabilities in the region, drawing on an emerging generation of highly skilled local expertise.

Head of IBM Analytics Product Strategy Joins Pentaho

Apr 1, 2014 |

Delivering the future of analytics , Pentaho Corporation today announced that it has hired Christopher Dziekan as the company’s chief product officer. Reporting directly to chairman and CEO Quentin Gallivan, Dziekan will lead Pentaho’s effort to define future market requirements and drive the next wave of innovation around governed, blended big data discovery and advanced analytics.

BMW Deploying IBM Big Data & Analytics Technology

Mar 11, 2014 |

At the CeBIT exhibition in Hannover, IBM announced today that premium car manufacturer BMW Group is deploying IBM Big Data & Analytics technology to optimize products, repairs and maintenance. The use of predictive analytics helps to detect and fix vulnerabilities before new models are launched – and long before they might cause problems in series production.