News in Brief

Kinetica Joins Growing List of Kafka Connectors

Mar 1, 2017 |

As large enterprises move big data via Apache Kafka, the open source data-messaging platform is gaining more adherents in response to Kafka pioneer Confluent Inc.’s release of a commercial platform for connecting data inside big companies. Read more…

U.S. Voter Data Gets Wrangled

Feb 28, 2017 |

The unforeseen outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election underscored the need for more granular data about the American electorate and its attitudes. Save for a few datasets focusing on national campaign contributions, nearly every pollster missed the populist surge that elected Donald J. Read more…

Platform Incorporates Spark to Boost Collaboration

Feb 23, 2017 |

In-memory tools such as Apache Spark continue to mark inroads on predictive analytics platforms designed to allow data scientists and analysts to apply machine learning to large and diverse data sets. Read more…

Reltio Previews Upgraded Cloud Data Manager

Feb 22, 2017 |

Reltio, the cloud data management specialist whose platform automatically sources, prepares and analyzes data, said it is readying the latest version of its cloud platform that adds integration and collaboration features intended to boost real-time analytics. Read more…

Microsoft Surges in Gartner Quadrant with Power BI

Feb 21, 2017 |

Microsoft is the new king of the hill when it comes to business intelligence and analytics platforms, at least according to the latest Magic Quadrant from Gartner, which placed the Power BI backer in the pole position. Read more…

Google Launches Video Analytics Challenge

Feb 16, 2017 |It's time to organize all those YouTube cat videos. A competition designed to develop classification algorithms for labeling millions of YouTube videos is designed to sort out Google's video trove by creating new search tools for archived footage. The search giant and YouTube owner (NASDAQ: GOOGL) announced the video classification challenge this week that includes cash prizes up to $30,000. Read more…

Big Data Career Notes (Feb. 2017)

Feb 15, 2017 |

In this monthly feature, we’ll keep you up-to-date on the latest career developments for individuals in the big data community. Whether it’s a promotion, new company hire, or even an accolade, we’ve got the details. Read more…

Google Cloud Adds Apps Database

Feb 15, 2017 |

Google continues to add features to its public cloud platform as a way of differentiating its services, this time announcing the public beta release of a cloud-based relational database for use in developing key enterprise applications. Read more…

‘Climbing’ Big Data With Virtual Reality

Feb 13, 2017 |Thanks to virtual reality technology, analysts can now "climb" big data. So says business intelligence platform vendor Looker, which claimed to take big data to new heights with a virtual reality app for exploring data as well as how businesses "interact with their data." Read more…

Anaconda Gets Big Iron Support From IBM

Feb 10, 2017 |IBM is expanding its embrace of big data analytics to include support on its open source mainframe for the Anaconda stack used by Python programmers. The company (NYSE: IBM) announced Thursday (Feb. 9) that it is collaborating with Anaconda developer Continuum Analytics and Rocket Software to host the open source analytics platform on IBM z/OS mainframes. Read more…