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A Shoebox-Size Data Warehouse Powered by GPUs

Apr 22, 2015 |

When it comes to big data, the size of your computer definitely matters. Running SQL queries on 100 TB of data or joining billions of records, after all, requires horsepower. But organizations with big data aspirations are increasingly able to satisfy their data processing needs with much smaller computers, thanks to the dense power boost provided by GPUs. Graphic processing units were initially adopted by gamers to drive graphics in video games (hence the acronym). As the game developers delivered Read more…

AtScale Claims to Mask Hadoop Complexity for OLAP-Style BI

Apr 7, 2015 |

AtScale came out of stealth mode today with new software designed to trick business intelligence tools into thinking that Hadoop is a standard database upon which they can perform OLAP-style analysis, as opposed to the huge distributed file system that it really is. Business intelligence tools like Tableau, Qlik, TIBCO Spotfire, and Microstrategy weren’t designed with Hadoop in mind, but they’re commonly used to analyze data stored in HDFS just the same. In response to this demand, the Hadoop community Read more…

Interana Nabs $20M to Continue Work on Time-Series Analytics

Jan 21, 2015 |

Hadoop may be the top headliner when it comes to big data analytics, but it’s not the only game in town. A case in point is Interana, a Silicon Valley startup that today unveiled $20 million in funding to ramp up development of its tool for exploring massive amounts of time-series data. Interana‘s software is based on a distributed column-based database that enables fast access to vast amounts of time-series data. Running on X86 servers, the database itself can process 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…

The Hadoop Behind Autodesk’s Cloud Ambitions

Jan 6, 2015 |

Autodesk is best known for AutoCAD, the powerful tool that architects and engineers use to design stuff on beefy workstations and PCs. But like most enterprise software companies, the cloud is beckoning for Autodesk in 2015. Thanks to a big data pipeline anchored by Hadoop, the company has a deeper understanding of customer activity, which positions it well for the cloud era. The transition to a subscription-based business model is well underway at Autodesk. While sales of traditional software licenses Read more…

News In Brief

Experfy: The Uber of Big Data Projects

Apr 20, 2015 |

Starting a big data analytics project can be tough, especially for mid-size firms that can’t justify the cost of a full-time data scientist and don’t want to deal with traditional consulting firms. But a company called Experfy is finding success by emulating the sharing-economy model popularized by Uber, and matching freelance data scientists with analytic projects of clients. Experfy came out of the Harvard Innovation Lab about a year ago with the goal of creating a marketplace for high-end consulting Read more…

Tableau Aims to Speed Analytics with V9

Apr 6, 2015 |

Tableau Software has long positioned itself as a provider of tools that help you visualize big data, but hooking up to big data sources has not always been easy, and the resulting analyses have not always run as fast as people would like them. With the upcoming release of Tableau 9.0, the speed of analysis will be a big point of emphasis. If you had to pick one tool that all big data users seem to have, it’s Tableau’s. With Read more…

Apache Spark Ecosystem Continues To Build

Feb 25, 2015 |

Apache Spark was everywhere at the recent Strata + Hadoop World conference. From Tableau’s new Spark interface to the new Spark as a service (SaaS) offerings and Intel’s new Spark initiative, the big data framework was very hard to miss. Intel jumped on Spark’s bandwagon last week when it announced it was forming a new initiative around the in-memory framework. “We have engaged with Databricks, one of the pioneers of Apache Spark, to advance analytics capability for the Spark on Read more…

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.

Super Bowl Snacks: A Big Data Visualization

Jan 31, 2014 |

Super Bowl XLVIII is shaping up to be the most data-intensive football game of all time. The NFL has brought in SAP to track everything from player statistics to social sentiment analysis. And for the fans at home, Tableau Software and Allrecipes.com have teamed up to determine the most popular snacks for the big game.

This Just In

Tableau Online Milestone Announced

Apr 8, 2014 |

Tableau Software today announced that more than 1,000 customer accounts are using its cloud-based product, Tableau Online. The milestone comes just nine months after the company announced the hosted version of Tableau Server, making it Tableau’s fastest-growing product. Companies both large and small are now using Tableau Online, including ACT, the nation’s leader in college and career readiness, and JetSuite, the nation’s fastest growing private jet charter company.

Tableau and Splunk Announce Technology Alliance

Mar 5, 2014 |

Splunk Inc., provider of the leading software platform for real-time operational intelligence, and Tableau Software, a global leader in rapid-fire, easy-to-use business analytics software, today announced a strategic alliance to leverage the power of visual analytics and real-time machine data. As part of a joint technology investment, the latest version of Tableau software includes Splunk Enterprise as a native data source using Splunk’s recently launched ODBC driver.

Treasure Data Partners With Tableau for Big Data Analytics

Dec 10, 2013 |

Treasure Data, a cloud data service provider, has partnered with Tableau Software, a global leader in rapid-fire, easy to use business analytics software to help customers see and understand their data.

Alteryx to Host Webinar on the 2014 Big Data and Analytics Market

Nov 25, 2013 |

Alteryx, Inc., the leading provider of Strategic Analytics, today announced that it will be hosting a “14 for 14: Analytics Predictions for 2014,” Webinar to discuss how the Big Data and analytics market will evolve in the next year.

Tableau 8.1 Announced

Nov 21, 2013 |

Tableau Software today announced the general availability of Tableau 8.1, an update to its 8.0 major release introduced in March 2013.