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Why Pay for Analytics When Open Source Is ‘Free?’

Oct 23, 2014 |

The free analytics question comes up over and over again, especially as it pertains to open source analytic offerings. I don’t think a day goes by when someone at a company doesn’t ask, “Why should I pay for analytics when I can use (fill in the blank) open source statistics/analytics?”  You will find many lengthy discussions all over the Web on just this topic.  Often the discussion is much more impassioned than it needs to be. I will address the Read more…

What You May Have Missed at Strata + Hadoop World 2014

Oct 21, 2014 |

Talk about information overload. If you were one of the lucky 5,000 to attend the Strata + Hadoop World conference last week, then you were subject to a marathon session of big data keynotes delivered continually for the better part of two days. It’s understandable that you missed out on some of the big data news announced at the show, including Cray’s new Hadoop appliance, or the latest tools from Revolution Analytics and Tableau. Don’t worry: We’ll get you back Read more…

GPU-Powered Terrorist Hunter Eyes Commercial Big Data Role

Oct 8, 2014 |

A company called GIS Federal that’s helping the U.S. Army track the movement of terrorists across time, space, and the Internet using a distributed, GPU-powered, in-memory database is gearing up to head out into the commercial world and help private companies track the movements of physical and virtual assets in powerful new ways. GIS Federal is a technology startup based in Virginia that has been incubated by the U.S. Army. The company works closely with the U.S. Army’s Cyber Center Read more…

Forrester Ranks the NoSQL Database Vendors

Oct 3, 2014 |

NoSQL databases have surged in popularity as organizations struggle to serve highly distributed Web applications, but navigating the various types of NoSQL databases and the vendors providing them has proven tricky. Shedding some light on the topic this week with a pair of reports was Forrester Research. The analyst group looked at two types of NoSQL databases in separate Forrester Wave reports, including document-oriented NoSQL databases and key-value NoSQL databases. Graph databases constitute the third type of NoSQL data store Read more…

Tape Gets Second Wind as Big Data Mounts

Sep 16, 2014 |

Think tape is dead in our big data world? Think again. This week, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) announced that it bought 20PB of tape capacity to expand the world’s biggest data archive. Meanwhile, the LTO Program has plotted out a roadmap for the next decade that will eventually see a single LTO tape cartridge storing 120 TB of data. While tape is looked down upon in our speed-obsessed culture, the old standby has proven its relevance in Read more…

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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.

Data Analytics Used To ID At-Risk Heart Patients

Apr 11, 2014 |

A pilot project using predictive modeling of data, some of it “unstructured,” in electronic medical records helped identify thousands of patients in a Virginia health network at risk for developing heart failure.

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.