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A Big Data App to Help You Travel Safer

Apr 28, 2016 |

Let’s face it: the world is a dangerous place. From terrorist attacks and earthquakes to outbreaks of hemorrhagic fever and pickpockets, there are a thousand ways for an American to stumble into trouble when travelling abroad. Now a new app from Prescient aims to help travelers stay safe by tapping into real-time data feeds, analyzing threats, and sending alerts when users wander too close to danger. Prescient Traveler is a mobile app that functions as a digital concierge for businesspeople, 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…

Platfora Riding High on Wave of Big Data Growth

Dec 9, 2015 |

The big data analytics business at Platfora is booming these days, accounting for 100 percent revenue growth this year. With a $30 million round in funding announced yesterday and software industry veteran Jason Zintak now at the helm, Platfora is ready to scale the business to new heights. Before Zintak took over the CEO’s job from Ben Werther in August, he researched the San Mateo, California company and its products, customers, and business model. With 18 years of industry experience Read more…

Skip the Ph.D and Learn Spark, Data Science Salary Survey Says

Nov 4, 2015 |

Prospective data scientists can boost their salary more by learning Apache Spark and its tied-at-the-hip language Scala than obtaining a Ph.D., a recent data science survey by O’Reilly suggests. In its 2015 Data Science Salary Survey, O’Reilly found strong correlations between those who used Apache Spark and Scala, and those who were paid more money. In one of its models, using Spark added more than $11,000 to the median salary, while Scala had about a $4,000 impact to the bottom Read more…

Corralling VM Complexity with Machine Learning

Jul 14, 2015 |

The widespread use of virtual machines (VMs) makes tracing performance problems in today’s enterprise applications a daunting task. Traditional tools designed to track slowdowns on physical hardware are no match for today’s fast-changing VM infrastructure. Now a software company called SIOS Technology is using machine learning algorithms and predictive techniques to cut through the VM complexity and give harried admins a jumpstart to resolving performance issues. The huge popularity of hypervisors like VMWare‘s ESX Server and Citrix‘s XenServer have had Read more…

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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…

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…

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.

Big Data Market Growth Exceeds Expectations

Feb 12, 2014 |

According to the big data number crunchers at Wikibon, spending on big data hardware, software, and services added up to $18.6 billion in 2013. That’s about $500 million, or roughly 3 percent, bigger than it projected the market to be a year ago when it did its last forecast. On a year-over-year basis, actual big data spending grew 58 percent.

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HP Unveils ConvergedSystem for SAP HANA

Mar 19, 2014 |

HP today unveiled HP ConvergedSystem for SAP HANA, a portfolio of integrated systems that are purpose-built to deliver clients a fast path to value when using the SAP HANA platform.

Wise Men to Host SAP Analytics Symposium

Mar 18, 2014 |

Wise Men, a global technology services and solutions provider announced its “SAP Analytics Symposium” to be held on 21st March 2014 at Houston, Texas from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM (CST). The theme of this complimentary event is ‘Powering SAP Analytics by HANA’ and is focused towards Oil & Gas and Utility vertical.

SAP and Partners Set Record for World’s Largest Data Warehouse

Mar 6, 2014 |

SAP AG today announced that with a team of technology partners, including BMMsoft, HP, Intel, NetApp, and Red Hat, it has generated a new world record for the world’s largest data warehouse using the SAP HANA platform and SAP IQ software. This independently audited 12.1PB data warehouse has been recognized by Guinness World Records, and is four times larger than the prior record. The announcement was made during a press conference held March 5 in Palo Alto, Calif.

CommVault Announces Integration with SAP HANA Platform

Mar 3, 2014 |

CommVault today announced that its Simpana 10 software has achieved certified integration with the SAP HANA platform. CommVault’s Simpana software enables companies to more easily and comprehensively manage, protect and recover massive volumes of high-performance transactional and analytical data.

Rogue Wave IMSL Numerical Libraries to Enhance Analytics in SAP HANA

Feb 14, 2014 |

Rogue Wave Software today announced that selected mathematical and statistical algorithms from the IMSL Numerical Libraries are planned to be embedded by SAP AG within the analytics engine of the SAP HANA platform. The algorithms are expected to supplement the predictive analysis library within SAP HANA and to provide a rich set of additional functions to enhance in-memory operations performed for a variety of current and future applications.