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Apache Drill Poised to Crack Tough Data Challenges

May 19, 2015 |

It’s been three years in the making, and today the Apache Drill project announced that version 1 of the eponymous tool is ready for business. MapR Technologies, which develops Hadoop and NoSQL database software, wasted no time adding it to its software stack, and declaring war on fixed schemas everywhere. Apache Drill is revolutionary in the way it allows users to explore, visualize, and query large and diverse data sets, particularly semi-structured data generated on the Web and via machines. Read more…

Five Answers for Finding Bigger Insight from Your [Big] Data

Apr 28, 2015 |

When General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt spoke at a GE users summit late last year on the topic of the Internet of Things, he had something interesting to say: “All companies need to become Internet and software companies.”  Huh? He quickly clarified. “The industrial world is changing dramatically, and those companies that make the best use of data will be the most successful.” GE has a goal of “no downtime” and it has invested heavily in technology to understand the data 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…

Taming the Wild Side of Hadoop Data

Jan 28, 2015 |

Organizations are attracted to Hadoop because it lets them store huge amounts and different types of data, and worry about structuring it later. But that “anything goes” philosophy has a downside, and can threaten to turn a big data lake into bottomless pit. Today Hortonworks unveiled a plan to give data management on Hadoop just a bit more structure. Dubbed the Data Governance Initiative (DGI), Hortonworks aims to lead the development of new open source software that help organizations track Read more…

Inside Cisco’s Machine Learning Model Factory

Jan 12, 2015 |

Like most companies of its size, Cisco Systems uses forecasts to help it direct resources. The accuracy and timeliness of those forecasts is critical, but keeping the predictive models that drive them up-to-date was a time-consuming task. So when the $47-billion company found new machine learning technology that could significantly speed up the training and scoring of those predictive models, it jumped at the chance. Cisco maintains a collection of 60,000 propensity to buy (P2B) models that it uses to Read more…

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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…

Data Analytics Used to Spot Certification Test Cheaters

Apr 21, 2014 |

There has been much media coverage lately about standardized testing in American schools as well as fundamental changes to college entrance exams. But employers also have issues preventing cheating on professional certification and licensing exams.

How To Boost Your Big Data Salary

Jan 21, 2014 |

The best way to boost your salary in 2014 may be to learn a new data analytics tool. According to the 2013 Data Science Salary Survey from O’Reilly, there was a strong correlation between data scientists and analysts who used the highest number of tools and those who had the highest salaries. What’s more, those who used open source tools, such as R and Hadoop, tended to bring home more bacon than those who used commercial products, such as SAS and Teradata.

Analytics 3.0: A Blend of Big Data and Old Techniques

Jun 13, 2013 |

Big data may appear to be a new trend, and refer to volumes, velocities, and variability that didn’t exist a few years ago. To some extent that’s true. But in the biggest companies, big data is really just a continuation of a decades-old trend toward “more data.” As these companies bring new technologies such as Hadoop and in-memory processing into their data centers, a new approach to building analytic systems is emerging, which is called Analytics 3.0.

SAS Report: Analytics Innovators Trump Mere Adherents

Mar 12, 2013 |

Analytics are clearly on the rise as a transformational business technology, suggests research by SAS and MIT Sloan Management Review.

This Just In

UNC Charlotte Receives Research and Software Grant From SAS

Apr 9, 2014 |

Utilities lack a strong pipeline of data scientists to tackle tough industry-business concerns. Analytics leader SAS has stepped up with a research and software grant, including energy forecasting technologies, to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Energy Production Infrastructure Center (EPIC). Multidisciplinary engineering coursework combined with practical data applications are expected to attract new students to the field.

SAS Updates MDM Software

Apr 2, 2014 |

As organizations seek more insight from their data, the ability to organize and manage the data pouring in from an ever-growing list of sources is critical. To help organizations better access, manage and use data from any source, SAS has updated its SAS Master Data Management and SAS Federation Server software.

SAS Releases New In-Memory Statistics for Hadoop

Mar 25, 2014 |

With its new SAS In-Memory Statistics for Hadoop, SAS is rapidly becoming the analytics platform of choice for the Hadoop open source framework, considered the future of big data.

Registration Still Open for SAS Global Forum

Mar 20, 2014 |

Here’s more proof that big data and analytics are white hot: The world’s premier analytics conference, SAS Global Forum, has achieved record registration this year.

Data Science Technologies to Host Seminar On Big Data Analytics

Mar 10, 2014 |

Data Science Technologies (DST), a subsidiary of StorIT Distribution and a pioneer in the Big Data Analytics solutions and services space, today announced its inaugural event on Big Data Analytics for customers and partners on March 18, 2014 at The Westin Mena Siyahi in Dubai. The event titled ‘The Big Data Analytics Power Lunch’ is a joint effort by DST and SAS to offer customers complete insights into harnessing their structured and unstructured, optimizing this data to grow their business further and demonstrate the features and benefits of using SAS Visual Analytics.