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In-Memory Analytics to Boost Flight Ops for Major US Airline

Apr 11, 2016 |

A major US airline is about to go live on a new in-memory analytics system that will help it better anticipate and respond to disruptions in flight operations, potentially saving it tens of millions of dollars per year and improving the experience of its passengers, according to its developer. Flying a modern airliner is an expensive affair. According to airlines.org, direct operating costs in items such as fuel, crew, and maintenance runs about $81 per minute, or about $20,000 for Read more…

Cutting On Random Digital Mutations and Peak Hadoop

Apr 1, 2016 |

In a wide-ranging Strata + Hadoop World talk on Wednesday that reminds us why we like Doug Cutting so much, the father of Hadoop riffed on the evolution of big data tech, the power of open source, the promise of Flink, and the possibility of “peak Hadoop” at the ripe old age of 10. “It’s easy to say it’s all hype,” the Cloudera chief architect and Apache Hadoop co-founder said during a presentation on the next 10 years of Hadoop Read more…

Tumultuous Times for BI and Analytic Tool Vendors

Feb 10, 2016 |

My, what a week it was for business intelligence (BI) and analytic tools. First, industry darling Tableau Software (NYSE: DATA) lost half its market capitalization following earnings that disappointed Wall Street, which quickly punished competitors Qlik (NASDAQ: QLIK) and MicroStrategy (NASDAQ: MSTR). Gartner then added fuel to the fire by issuing a report finding more competition than ever in the space, thanks to the arrival of a tipping point in the drive to self-service tooling. The balance of power in Read more…

Happy Birthday, Hadoop: Celebrating 10 Years of Improbable Growth

Jan 28, 2016 |

It’s hard to believe, but the first Hadoop cluster went into production at Yahoo 10 years ago today. What began as an experiment in distributed computing for an Internet search engine has turned into a global phenomenon and a focal point for a big data ecosystem driving billions in spending. Here are some thoughts on the big yellow elephant’s milestone from the people involved in Hadoop’s early days. Hadoop’s story started before January 2006, of course. In the early 2000s, Doug Read more…

Automakers Bet Big on Data and Analytics

Jan 21, 2016 |

One of the biggest generators and consumers of data and analytics technology in the coming years may come from a surprising location: your car. From Ford’s deal with IBM to German automaker’s $2.8-billion deal for a location services firm, the big data future of connected cars is closer than you might think. It wasn’t that long ago that the most advanced data mechanism on a car was the station preset buttons for the AM radio dial. But these days, cars Read more…

News In Brief

ThoughtSpot, Search Analytics Startup, Raises $50M

May 19, 2016 |

Citing the growing need for speed in accessing data for business intelligence applications, search-driven analytics specialist ThoughtSpot said it has more than doubled its equity investment total with the closing this week of a $50 million funding round. ThoughtSpot said Thursday (May 19) lead investor General Catalyst Partners was joined by Geodesic Capital. Existing investors include Lightspeed Ventures and Khosla Ventures. The startup based in Palo Alto, Calif., has so far raised more than $90 million. The company’s cofounders have Read more…

Oracle Extends Buying Spree With Opower Deal

May 4, 2016 |

Oracle extended its reach into the industrial and analytics sectors this week with the acquisition of Opower, an energy analytics company and provider of cloud services to utilities in a deal worth about $532 million. Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) said it would pay $10.30 per share in cash for Opower (NYSE: OPWR), which is based in Arlington, Va. The acquisition is expected to close later this year. Oracle said the transaction is subject to some regulatory approvals. Opower’s big data platform Read more…

R Consortium Expands Code to Meet Data Demand

Mar 28, 2016 |

An industry group promoting expanded use of the R programming language for data analysis, modeling and visualization is launching a series of initiatives designed to identify infrastructure projects that would forge standards and best practices for R code. The Linux Foundation’s R Consortium said last week it would fund seven R community projects and form two technical working groups to implement infrastructure projects while also promoting best practices. The initiatives respond to the growing popularity of R code that is Read more…

Data Warehouse Market Ripe for Disruption, Gartner Says

Mar 14, 2016 |

While mega-vendors with names like IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) continue to lead the data warehousing space, shifts in the market are creating opportunities for smaller vendors to innovate in areas like cloud deployments and streaming data, Gartner says in its latest Magic Quadrant report. Disruption is accelerating in the market for data warehousing solutions, Gartner says in its February report. New requirements–such as the need to store and analyze an increasingly diverse array of data types–are leading Read more…

Meet the Avant-Garde of New Relational Databases

Nov 27, 2015 |

In a new research report, Gartner advises clients to consider the new “avant-garde” of new relational databases from vendors like MemSQL, NuoDB, and VoltDB when projects call for large amounts of scalability and elasticity on industry-standard hardware, while retaining the precepts of relational tables and SQL. Over the past 10 years, the traditional relational database management system (RDBMS) cart hasn’t just been mildly upset—it’s been rammed, flipped over, and its contents distributed to the four winds. The near-simultaneous emergence of Read more…

This Just In

Oracle to Acquire BlueKai

Feb 24, 2014 |

Oracle today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire BlueKai, the industry’s leading cloud-based big data platform that enables companies to personalize online, offline and mobile marketing campaigns with richer and more actionable information about targeted audiences.

Oracle Big Data Appliance X4-2 Announced

Nov 12, 2013 |

Oracle today announced Oracle Big Data Appliance X4-2, which includes the entire Cloudera Enterprise technology stack and 33 percent more storage capacity for a total of 864 terabytes.

NGDATA Becomes Oracle PartnerNetwork Gold Level Partner

Oct 24, 2013 |

NGDATA, a customer intelligence management company, today announced that it has achieved Gold partner status in Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN).

Univa Completes Acquisition of Grid Engine Assets

Oct 22, 2013 |

Univa, the Data Center Automation company, today announced that the company will assume support of Oracle Grid Engine customers. As a part of the transaction, Univa acquired Oracle Grid Engine assets and intellectual property making it the sole commercial provider of Grid Engine software.

Kapow Helps Extend Big Data Acquisition for Oracle Business Intelligence Platform

Oct 18, 2013 |

Kapow Software, a Kofax company and leading big data integration software provider, announced it is working with Oracle on data integration for Oracle Endeca Information Discovery. In combination with Kapow Software”s data integration technology, which will be marketed and sold by Oracle as Oracle Endeca Information Discovery Web Data Acquisition Toolkit, organizations can now use the enterprise data discovery platform for rapid, intuitive exploration and analysis of information from any unstructured external data source.