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Hadoop ISVs Break Away from MapReduce, Embrace Spark, In-Memory Processing

Oct 16, 2014 |

Big data analytic software vendors who run on Hadoop are increasingly replacing their MapReduce engines with Apache Spark and other in-memory analytic engines as the runtime of choice. Many of these next-gen Hadoop vendors are showcasing their upgraded goods at this week’s Strata + Hadoop World conference. One of the Hadoop vendors making the move to Spark is Platfora, which unveiled a new version of its Big Data Analytics offering during the first day of the Strata + Hadoop World Read more…

How Spark Drives Midsize Data Transformation for Trifacta

Oct 9, 2014 |

Trifacta was founded several years ago with the goal of automating the task of cleansing and transforming big data, and the combination of Hadoop and MapReduce was a good match. As customers adopted the product, they realized they needed to transform smaller data sets as well, and that led Trifacta to make several changes in version 2, including adopting the in-memory Spark engine. The first version of Trifacta‘s Data Transformation Platform supported two basic modes of operation. A browser-based client Read more…

Big Data Outlier Detection, for Fun and Profit

Sep 30, 2014 |

As we discussed in the first part of this series, how you handle data outliers can determine whether your big data project ends with a bang or flames out in failure. But before you even decide what to do with outliers, you need to be able to detect them. That is easier said than done. Because they can mean different things at different times, outliers can be extremely challenging to deal with in a big data context. On the one Read more…

Game-Changer: The Big Data Behind Social Gaming

Jun 23, 2014 |

The rise of social gaming is changing the fabric of the video game market. Instead of buying game consoles, people are increasingly logging into social gaming apps through iPhones and Facebook. In this booming market, how game developers utilize data makes all the difference in the world. Zynega is credited with kicking off the social gaming craze in 2009, when it introduced FarmVille for Facebook. The hook was set, and before long, people started spending real money to gain credits Read more…

The Storytelling Mandate of Big Data

Jun 13, 2014 |

Data has become a natural resource, pouring from every nook and cranny in our digital universe. But data by itself is useless, requiring humans or machines to mold it and refine it and make something useful from it. One way we’re deriving benefit from big data is through the power of storytelling, which is the focus of Tableau Software‘s latest development effort. We collect data and use data effectively to enhance our experiences and tell stories, says Ramesh Jain, a Read more…

News In Brief

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.

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.

Visualizing the Big Data Job Market

Apr 23, 2013 |

Where are all the big data jobs? Well, one answer is ‘virtually everywhere,’ as more companies and institutions realize that harnessing big data in some form is necessary to keep up with the competition. However, to provide a more detailed and creative answer to that question, Tableau created an interactive visualization to illustrate exactly where relatively lucrative (based on their average salary figures) data science and analyst jobs exist in the United States.

Tableau’s Data Vis Suite Gets Speed and Flexibility Boost

Mar 21, 2013 |

Tableau Software announced today the general availability of their Tableau 8.0 analytics and visualization software, aimed at making their insight tool more flexible and accessible for organizational data.

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.