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Hadoop Hits the Big Time with Hortonworks IPO

Dec 12, 2014 |

The founders and investors in Hortonworks got an early Christmas present today when the company raised about $100 million in its first day of trading on the NASDAQ exchange. As the first Hadoop distributor to go public, Hortonworks’ IPO will shine the spotlight on the fast-growing Hadoop software stack and ecosystem. While Hadoop is a household word for those working in the big data bubble, it’s a foreign concept to people living in the real world. That could change in Read more…

Why Twitter Is the Low-Hanging Fruit of Social Analytics

Nov 19, 2014 |

Nobody is mistaking the Twitter fire hose for a crystal ball. But big companies are increasingly turning to Twitter and other social media outlets for a range analytic tasks, from gauging customer sentiment about bendy smartphones to saving costs during product recalls. Corporations have been analyzing social media since it arrived on the scene year ago. But only recently have they figured out how to really make use of it, according to Katherine Matsumoto of Attensity, a big data analytics Read more…

Hunting Down Ebola with Big Data

Nov 3, 2014 |

Big data analytics firms are stepping forward to help African nations combat the massive Ebola outbreak that has claimed thousands of lives. Much of the focus is currently focused on leveraging data collected from cell phone networks, which are relatively well developed in West Africa. Officials say that nearly 5,000 people have died and more than 13,000 have been infected in the Ebola outbreak that began six months ago. But due to underreporting, officials warn that many more have been Read more…

IBM Embraces the Twitter Fire Hose

Oct 30, 2014 |

IBM dove headfirst into the Twitter-sphere yesterday when it announced a “landmark partnership” with the social media giant. The union will see Big Blue helping its blue chip customers perform sentiment analysis upon Twitter’s fire hose, with the goal of helping them make better business decisions. The joys and fears of 300 million people are embodied within the Twitter fire hose, which streams at the rate of about 6,000 tweets per second, or 500 million messages per day. Twitter, you Read more…

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…

News In Brief

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.