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Going In-Memory? Consider These Three Things First

Jun 25, 2015 |

Businesses, large and small, know that if they aren’t using the data they collect in some kind of intelligent way, their companies will be out of business in a few short years. Quickly turning data into business insights is downright essential to increasing and retaining customers as well as delivering new products and services. You know how online retailers have those flash sales and replace items that have sold out with similar ones as shoppers are viewing the screen? They Read more…

NoSQL Battle Heats Up As MarkLogic Hauls In $102M

May 12, 2015 |

Just a year ago, MarkLogic CEO Gary Bloom couldn’t get any respect in the Wild West shootout that is the NoSQL database market. But today, with $102 million in new financing and a valuation north of $1 billion for MarkLogic, Bloom has a little swagger to his step as he takes aim at his direct competitors Datastax, Couchbase, and MongoDB. The NoSQL database market has seen its share trash talking over five years as a motley crew of commercial open Read more…

Five Reasons Machine Learning Is Moving to the Cloud

Apr 29, 2015 |

Amazon Web Services turned a lot of heads recently when it launched a machine learning platform aimed at making predictive analytics applications easy to build and run, joining cloud juggernauts Microsoft and Google with similar ML offerings. It turns out the cloud is very well-suited for this critical type of big data workload. Here are five reasons why.     1. Machine Learning Is Everywhere If predictive analytics is the killer app for big data, then machine learning is the Read more…

Can Amazon Make Machine Learning More Accessible?

Apr 13, 2015 |

First we had IBM Watson Analytics, then Microsoft launched Azure Machine Learning. With last week’s launch of Amazon Machine Learning, the e-commerce giant is the latest tech giant to attempt to democratize the development and use of machine learning models and make the technology useful to people who aren’t data scientists. “Have you noticed how applications seem to be getting smarter all the time?” Amazon says in a video on its website. Banks alert you when there is a suspected Read more…

AtScale Claims to Mask Hadoop Complexity for OLAP-Style BI

Apr 7, 2015 |

AtScale came out of stealth mode today with new software designed to trick business intelligence tools into thinking that Hadoop is a standard database upon which they can perform OLAP-style analysis, as opposed to the huge distributed file system that it really is. Business intelligence tools like Tableau, Qlik, TIBCO Spotfire, and Microstrategy weren’t designed with Hadoop in mind, but they’re commonly used to analyze data stored in HDFS just the same. In response to this demand, the Hadoop community Read more…

News In Brief

Kyvos Debuts OLAP for Hadoop

Jun 30, 2015 |

Many technology pros view OLAP as a legacy technology, a holdover from the days of data warehousing that doesn’t have a place in today’s big data world. But several startups are fighting to change that perception, including Kyvos Insights, which today unveiled its OLAP-on-Hadoop solution. Twenty years ago, online analytical processing (OLAP) was the center of many enterprise data warehouse (EDW) initiatives. The technology, which is largely synonymous with the term “multi-dimensional database,” gave organizations a way to pre-index and Read more…

Microsoft Scales Data Lake into Exabyte Territory

Apr 29, 2015 |

Microsoft today announced its Azure Data Lake, an HDFS-compatible data repository designed to store vast amounts of structured and unstructured data for customers who want to analyze or explore it later with their choice of tools. The company also announced a cloud-based data warehouse and a new graph API for MS Office. Azure Data Lake service is “a nearly infinite data repository that supports petabyte-size files and all types of data,” says Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s executive vice president of the Read more…

Hortonworks Deals to Streamline Hadoop Deployments

Apr 13, 2015 |

Hortonworks today announced the acquisition of Sequence IQ, a Hungarian developer of cloud deployment automation tools for Hadoop. Hortonworks, which is hosting its Hadoop Summit Europe in Brussels this week, also shipped a maintenance release of its Hadoop distribution that includes Apache Ambari 2.0 and officially adds Apache Spark to the mix. One of the big challenges customers face when implementing a modern Hadoop cluster is just getting it up and running. It’s not such an issue in small clusters Read more…

Predictive Analytics Now In Reach Of the Average Enterprise, Forrester Says

Apr 7, 2015 |

The average enterprise is better positioned than ever to take advantage of advanced analytic software, says Forrester Research, which put out its annual power rankings for advanced analytic tool vendors last week. “Good news! Predictive analytics is within easy reach for all enterprises if they choose the right big data predictive analytics solution to meet their needs,” write Forrester analysts in the company’s latest Forrester Wave for Big Data Predictive Analytics Solutions. Predictive analytics is a “business game changer” that Read more…

Microsoft Readies Major Push Into Big Data

Feb 2, 2015 |

Microsoft has a lot of irons in the fire. Always has and always will. But judging from its recent acquisition of Revolution Analytics, the early success of its hosted machine learning service, and the forthcoming public launch of a MapReduce analog called “Cosmos,” the Redmond, Washington software giant is set to make big data an even bigger part of its go-to-market strategy. Microsoft is reportedly gearing up to publicly launch a new big data storage and crunching service called Cosmos, Read more…

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.