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Why Self-Service Prep Is a Killer App for Big Data

May 31, 2016 |

If you’re embarking upon a big data analytics project, you’re likely considering some sort of self-service data preparation tool to help you cleanse, transform, and standardize your data. And if you aren’t, you probably should be. From a product standpoint, self-service data preparation tools represent one of the most remarkable success stories of the big data revolution. Sure, platforms like Hadoop and Spark have removed technological tethers and turbo-charged our capability to store and process massive amounts of data, in Read more…

Inside the Analytic Transformation of Pitney Bowes

Apr 28, 2016 |

Who is Pitney Bowes? For some, the 96-year-old company is synonymous with 20th century technology, like mailing machines and postage meters. But after Tuesday’s launch of its new Commerce Cloud, it’s clear the company sees its future helping small and midsize businesses better navigate the global commerce, with data and analytics playing key roles. Tuesday’s launch of the Commerce Cloud is the culmination of several years of work to remake Pitney Bowes (NYSE: PTI) into a modern digital organization. Yes, the Read more…

SnappyData Gets Funded for Spark-GemFire Combo

Apr 27, 2016 |

SnappyData today announced it has received $3.65 million in Series A funding to build a business around its real-time analytics platform that combines Apache Spark, Pivotal’s GemFire data grid, and an innovative data approximation method that makes big data more manageable. SnappyData was spun out of Pivotal earlier this year to pursue development of its technology platform, which essentially combines the data manipulation capabilities of Apache Spark and Spark Streaming, the in-memory persistence of the GemFire’s data grid, and an Read more…

How Intuit Personalizes TurboTax Experiences with Big Data

Apr 15, 2016 |

If you’re like millions of Americans who use TurboTax, you know how the program makes preparing your individual tax return easy—at least compared to actually reading and understanding the 70,000-page tax code. What you may not know is that your particular experience with TurboTax is unique, and that experience is driven by how Intuit crunches big data. Income taxes aren’t due until April 18, thanks to the Federal Government’s wise decision not to let taxes ruin a perfectly good Friday. Read more…

In-Memory Analytics to Boost Flight Ops for Major US Airline

Apr 11, 2016 |

A major US airline is about to go live on a new in-memory analytics system that will help it better anticipate and respond to disruptions in flight operations, potentially saving it tens of millions of dollars per year and improving the experience of its passengers, according to its developer. Flying a modern airliner is an expensive affair. According to airlines.org, direct operating costs in items such as fuel, crew, and maintenance runs about $81 per minute, or about $20,000 for Read more…

News In Brief

The Rise and Fall of Qlik

Jun 2, 2016 |

Business intelligence software maker Qlik Technologies (NASDAQ: QLIK) today announced that it has agreed to be acquired by the private equity firm Thoma Bravo for $30.50 per share, or about $3 billion. As one of the largest of a new wave of visual analytic firms, Qlik’s acquisition could hasten consolidation in a crowded BI field. Founded in Sweden more than 20 years ago, Qlik created a niche for itself by developing an easy-to-use BI tool that users could navigate visually Read more…

Trifacta Brings Partners Into Data Prep Fold

May 24, 2016 |

The market for self-service data preparation tools is having a golden moment in the sun, with analyst firms like Gartner deciding that it does, in fact, have legs to stand on its own. The health of that market is also why Trifacta today launched a formal business partner program. With the new Wrangler Partner Program, Trifacta aims to bring a variety of types of firm into the self-service data prep fold, including system integrators, consulting firms, software vendors, and Hadoop Read more…

Platfora Seeds Big Data Future in Openness

Mar 29, 2016 |

Platfora launched its end-to-end analytics application for Hadoop when the only other option was to build your own. To that end, Big Data Discovery has everything you need. But with today’s update to the tool–issued on the  second day of the Strata + Hadoop World conference–Platfora is opening up the kimono a bit more in an effort to better integrate with popular tools in the ecosystem, namely Tableau and Spark SQL. While Platfora‘s software comes with its own data visualizations, Read more…

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…

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.