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GPU-Powered Terrorist Hunter Eyes Commercial Big Data Role

Oct 8, 2014 |

A company called GIS Federal that’s helping the U.S. Army track the movement of terrorists across time, space, and the Internet using a distributed, GPU-powered, in-memory database is gearing up to head out into the commercial world and help private companies track the movements of physical and virtual assets in powerful new ways. GIS Federal is a technology startup based in Virginia that has been incubated by the U.S. Army. The company works closely with the U.S. Army’s Cyber Center 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…

Athletes Find an Edge with Performance-Enhancing Data

Jun 12, 2014 |

Many hallowed records fell during Major League Baseball’s dark “Steroid Era,” when illegal drugs boosted the power and stamina of hitters and pitchers alike. Today, competitors in baseball, soccer, and cycling are turning to a clean and legal performance-enhancing substance: big data. Statistics have always been a big part of baseball, but the MLB is taking that obsession to new heights in 2014 with a system that collects lots of data on every play. In select ballparks, the movement of Read more…

Picking the Right Tool for Your Big Data Job

Mar 14, 2014 |

There is a lot of debate in the big data space about tools and technology, and which ones are best. Is SQL better than NoSQL? Hadoop or Spark? What about R or Python? Of course no single tool or technology is the best for all situations, and you would do well to pick the right tool or technology for the job at hand.

SAS and IBM King of Analytics Hill, But for How Long?

Mar 3, 2014 |

Last week’s release of Gartner’s very first Magic Quadrant for Advanced Analytics software put various vendors in a state of heightened excitement. It’s no surprise that SAS and IBM (via SPSS) are tops when it comes to making predictions from data. But a strong showing by smaller vendors–including RapidMiner, Knime, Alteryx, and Revolution Analytics–should keep the established vendors from getting too comfortable.

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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.

Cloudera Touts Near Linear Scalability with Impala

Jan 13, 2014 |

Cloudera today unveiled results of internal tests that show its Impala SQL engine is twice as fast as an unnamed commercial data warehouse systems and 24 times faster than Apache Hive. The results also show that Impala scales in nearly a linear fashion on Hadoop, which Cloudera says will give customers the confidence they need to not only absorb legacy business intelligence workloads, but also build the next generation of SQL-powered data analytic applications.

Playing Stadium Tycoon with HANA and Hadoop

Oct 3, 2013 |

In the video game Roller Coaster Tycoon, players would build and manage an amusement park while being able to see the thoughts of their patrons in real time as they walk through and experience the park. Through social media, Hadoop, and HANA, the software giant SAP says the same type of interaction can be created in the real world.

This Just In

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.