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The 3 Key Steps to Building a Predictive App with Machine Learning

Mar 3, 2015 |

Machine learning is the technology that allows businesses to make sense of vast quantities of data, make better decisions, and ultimately bring better services to consumers. From personalized recommendations to fraud detection, from sentiment analysis to personalized medicine, machine learning provides the technology to adapt services to individual needs. For all the value that it brings, machine learning technology has a high cost. Building a predictive application is a multi-stage and iterative process that requires a plethora of people, systems Read more…

Rating the Advanced Analytics Vendors

Feb 27, 2015 |

There are several ways you can go about obtaining the advanced analytic capabilities needed to extract insights from large amounts of data. You can outsource the whole thing to a services firm, you can buy pre-built applications for a specific industry, or you can buy tools that will let you build what you need. Last week, Gartner rated the top 16 such build-it-yourself tools in the advanced analytics category. The “Magic Quadrant for Advanced Analytics Platforms” that Gartner delivered last Read more…

Big Data So Easy a Caveman Could Do It?

Feb 26, 2015 |

Let’s face it: big data isn’t easy. If you’re building a big data application today, you’re up to your eyeballs in things like R and Java, MapReduce and Pig, and Storm and Kafka. There’s a reason data scientists are so hard to find that they’re compared to unicorns. But in the future, the big data application assembly process may be dumbed down to the point where, as the insurance commercial says, even a caveman could do it. That’s the approach 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…

Outsmarting the Internet of Everything Before It Outsmarts Us

Dec 23, 2014 |

  The “Internet of Everything” is being touted as the largest technology market in history, with over $14 trillion at stake.  It’s expected to usher in automation in nearly all fields with Big Data analysis revealing insights that businesses can harness in countless and exciting new ways.  We hear about smart homes, smart grids, smart cities, smart healthcare, and even smart cows, as farmers are now equipping their herds with sensors that alert them if a cow gets lost or Read more…

News In Brief

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…

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.

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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.