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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…

Microsoft Blends NoSQL with Relational DB in the Cloud

Aug 22, 2014 |

Microsoft yesterday unveiled Azure DocumentDB, a new cloud-hosted databases that adds elements of a relational database, such as SQL-like queries and transactional processing, into a document-oriented NoSQL database. The software giant also added HBase support to its hosted Hadoop solution and revealed a preview of Azure Search. The flexible schemas and distributed scalability of NoSQL databases have garnered them plenty of action lately, particularly when it comes to running large Websites and mobile applications. Document-oriented databases, such as those offered Read more…

Streaming Analytics Ready for Prime Time, Forrester Says

Jul 22, 2014 |

Analytic platforms that generate insights from data in real time are mature enough for enterprises to begin adopting them, Forrester says in its latest report. While open source streaming analytic products like Apache Storm are proving popular, Forrester says they lack key functionality found in the offerings of proprietary vendors, such as top-rated Software AG. You don’t need a Forrester analyst to know that streaming analytics is red hot at the moment. If Hadoop has opened our eyes to what Read more…

Microsoft Spins Up a Machine Learning Cloud

Jun 16, 2014 |

Microsoft today revealed Azure Machine Learning, a new hosted machine learning offering that will become available as a public preview next month. The new cloud offering is geared at helping data scientists get a powerful machine learning system set up and running in a short amount of time. Microsoft Research has been at the forefront of ML research for years, but most of the R&D gains it has garnered have stayed within the company. The company’s ML expertise has been Read more…

News In Brief

Personal Data Is Not Forever, EU Court Says

May 13, 2014 |

Freedom of information on the Internet is a driving force behind the big data phenomenon, and underscores the ability of organizations to collect and process it. But in a case involving Google, Europe’s top court today says individuals have a right to be “forgotten,” raising questions about some data collection strategies. In a landmark ruling, the Court of Justice ordered Google to remove links to search results that contain information about individuals that is outdated. The ruling is regarded as Read more…

Data ‘Exhaust’ Leads to Ambient Intelligence, Microsoft CEO Says

Apr 15, 2014 |

Microsoft aims to help customers take the “data exhaust” that flows from ubiquitous computing and turn it into ambient intelligence, Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella said today in a webcast on the company’s big data strategy.

Hadoop and NoSQL Now Data Warehouse-Worthy: Gartner

Mar 13, 2014 |

Not long ago, the rules for what constituted a data warehouse were fairly well defined. The schema was fixed, you could say, and was based primarily on relational database technology designed to process structured data. My, how times have changed. Last week, Gartner for the first time accepted non-relational technologies–including those based on Hadoop and NoSQL–in its annual Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouses report.

MapR’s Hadoop Offering the Strongest, Forrester Says

Feb 28, 2014 |

Among Hadoop distributors, MapR Technologies’ product offering is the strongest, Amazon Web Services has the biggest Hadoop market presence, and IBM and Pivotal Software have the best market strategy, according to a new Forrester Wave report released yesterday that slices and dices the Hadoop market and analyzes the various Hadoop product offerings and business strategies.

How To Boost Your Big Data Salary

Jan 21, 2014 |

The best way to boost your salary in 2014 may be to learn a new data analytics tool. According to the 2013 Data Science Salary Survey from O’Reilly, there was a strong correlation between data scientists and analysts who used the highest number of tools and those who had the highest salaries. What’s more, those who used open source tools, such as R and Hadoop, tended to bring home more bacon than those who used commercial products, such as SAS and Teradata.

This Just In

Industry Experts Write New Book on Big Data Solutions

Mar 19, 2014 |

Pragmatic Works, a Microsoft Gold Certified and National Systems Integrator Partner, joined with industry experts from Microsoft and Hortonworks to write Microsoft Big Data Solutions, a complete guide on Microsoft’s Big Data Platform including Windows Azure, HDInsight and Hortonworks Data Platform for Windows.

PROS to Showcase Big Data Solutions at Microsoft Global Energy Forum

Feb 19, 2014 |

PROS, a big data software company, today announced its participation in the Microsoft Global Energy Forum scheduled for Feb. 20, 2014. The one-day event will be held at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center. The company plans to provide demonstrations of how PROS solutions on Microsoft platforms help global energy companies use their big data to sell more effectively. PROS will be in booth 709.