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How This Instrument Firm Tackled Big Data Blending

Jan 19, 2016 |

Thanks to the ongoing digitalization of the world, we’re constantly awash in data of all types. From structured data like sales reports and customers list to semi-structured data like photographs and clickstreams, nearly everything that people do can be reduced to bits and bytes for storage and analysis on a computer. But getting a handle of this expanding stream of data is a big challenge, and the way that one manufacturer of high-end instruments solved it may surprise you. National Read more…

Blue Cross of Idaho Builds BI Success on a Pyramid

Dec 1, 2015 |

Companies have many options today when it comes to business intelligence applications. When it came time for Blue Cross of Idaho to pick a platform, you may be surprised why it eschewed more popular names in favor of little known Pyramid Analytics. Blue Cross of Idaho is one of 36 independent health insurance organizations that are part of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA). The not-for-profit company, which was founded in 1945, provides insurance coverage for more than 850,000 Read more…

Five Steps to Fix the Data Feedback Loop and Rescue Analysis from ‘Bad’ Data

Aug 17, 2015 |

Despite enterprises’ best intentions in enforcing top-down standardization of data sets, non-compliant data can easily seep in and, through aggregations, transformations, and standardizations, spread throughout the organization. In a typical enterprise, inventory data from multiple regions and divisions across product lines could easily result in dozens of data sources being used for one analysis. It’s easy to imagine any data set with origins this diverse would have problems. Does that new acquisition account for inflation the same way we do? Read more…

Three Ways Zoomdata Makes Big Data Pop

Aug 11, 2015 |

When it comes to big data visualization tools, there’s no shortage of players. Tableau, Qlik, Spotfire, and Microstrategy are established incumbents with big followings. But there’s a fresh crop of visualization tools making waves, including one from Zoomdata that’s helping to change how we think about big data analysis. Here are three ways that Zoomdata is helping to change the field of big data analytics and visualization: 1. Micro Queries and Data Sharpening Zoomdata’s flagship analytics and visualization tool embraces Read more…

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…

News In Brief

Trifacta Tops Off with $35 Million Round as Big Data Sales Kick In

Feb 9, 2016 |

Data wrangling software developer Trifacta today announced that it took in another $35 million in venture funding, bringing the three-year-old company’s total funding to $76 million to date. The company’s CEO tells Datanami the money will be used to prime the pump on a sales machine that saw 700 percent growth last year. “It was really a tremendous year for customer success with Trifacta and I think the financing will allow us to continue to expand our global presence,” says Read more…

Trifacta Goes Back to the Future with Free ‘Wrangler’

Oct 19, 2015 |

Trifacta hearkened back to its roots in free software with today’s launch of Wrangler, a new data preparation tool for Windows and Mac desktops. The free tool is designed to automate much of the process of cleansing data, in preparation for analysis using Tableau and other visualization tools. Trifacta’s technology was born out of a joint research project at Stanford University years ago to develop software that uses machine learning algorithms and an intuitive GUI to rapidly accelerate the data cleansing Read more…

Kyvos Debuts OLAP for Hadoop

Jun 30, 2015 |

Many technology pros view OLAP as a legacy technology, a holdover from the days of data warehousing that doesn’t have a place in today’s big data world. But several startups are fighting to change that perception, including Kyvos Insights, which today unveiled its OLAP-on-Hadoop solution. Twenty years ago, online analytical processing (OLAP) was the center of many enterprise data warehouse (EDW) initiatives. The technology, which is largely synonymous with the term “multi-dimensional database,” gave organizations a way to pre-index and Read more…

Arcadia Emerges with Visual Analytics Running Directly On Hadoop

Jun 9, 2015 |

Arcadia Data today emerged from stealth mode by announcing $11.5 million in Series A funding and the limited availability of its flagship product: a Web-based visual analytics tool served directly from Hadoop. In Hadoop, most visualization and BI tools work by sending SQL queries to data stored in HDFS and then moving the results over the network to a separate box that drives the analytics and visualizations. While this works, it introduces limitations in the amount of data that can Read more…

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…

This Just In

Smartsheet Announces Real-Time Data Exchange with Tableau

May 21, 2015 |

BELLEVUE, WASH., May 21 – Smartsheet, the spreadsheet-inspired collaborative work management tool used by millions worldwide, today announced the general availability of the Smartsheet Live Data Connector. The new functionality uses industry standard Open Database Connector (ODBC) capabilities to link live data in Smartsheet with other ODBC-compliant tools like Tableau Software, Microsoft Excel, QlikView and Qlik Sense. “This new live connection will help Smartsheet users get more out of their data,” said Francois Ajenstat, Vice President, Product Management at Tableau. “The Read more…

Tableau Online 9.0 Makes Cloud Analytics Faster

May 18, 2015 |

May 18, 2015 – Tableau has updated its cloud analytics solution, Tableau Online, to version 9.0. The upgrade brings faster performance, additional live database connection support, single sign-on support, and a slew of new features designed to help people achieve more with their data in the cloud, such as: A complete redesign of Tableau Online to deliver a faster, more scalable, resilient, and extensible platform. Capabilities like parallel queries, query fusion, vectorization, and smarter query caches make Tableau Online as Read more…

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.