News in Brief

AWS Redshift Feels the Heat

Sep 22, 2016 |

Amazon Web Service’s Redshift data warehouse service is taking a beating this week, with database analytics competitors Oracle Corp. and Cloudera claiming their platforms run much faster for less money. Read more…

Flink Distro Now Available from data Artisans

Sep 21, 2016 |

The company behind Apache Flink, data Artisans, today launched the first commercial distribution of the upstart stream processing engine. The new software product, called the dA Platform, is identical to the open source Flink project at this time, and comes with 24/7 technical support from the team that develops Flink. Read more…

Oracle Bolsters Cloud Gambit With Expanded Analytics

Sep 21, 2016 |

As it looks to challenge public cloud leader Amazon Web Services, Oracle Corp. is rolling out an analytics package spanning data services, applications and infrastructure.

Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) unveiled its analytics cloud this week during a company event used by company cofounder and CTO Larry Ellison to declare the database giant was taking on AWS (NASDAQ: Read more…

Latest BI Tool Targets Online Retailers

Sep 20, 2016 |

A market analysis tool that combines self-service data management and “analytics at scale” targets online merchants looking to measure how they stack up against competitors over time in local markets. Read more…

Does ‘Cognitive Era’ Mean Fewer Jobs?

Sep 19, 2016 |

A recent technology study forecasts that artificial intelligence and machine learning could fill 7 percent of existing U.S. jobs over the next decade. Whether or not that’s a good thing is a subject of intense debate as automation and machine learning make steady inroads in the U.S. Read more…

SAP Debuts Free HANA Express Edition

Sep 19, 2016 |

SAP today unveiled a scaled-down version of HANA designed to let developers play around with the in-memory platform on a PC or a laptop. The software, which is free, gives developers access to all of HANA’s analytic capabilities for data sets 32 GB or smaller. Read more…

Big Data Career Notes (Sept. 2016)

Sep 15, 2016 |

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…

MIT Programmers Attack Big Data Memory Gap

Sep 15, 2016 |

Among the computing challenges presented by big data is the scattering of unstructured items across huge datasets. Pulling together that data from arbitrary locations in main memory is therefore emerging as a major performance bottleneck in CPUs. Read more…

Manufacturers Not Sold on Data Analytics

Sep 14, 2016 |

U.S. manufacturing executives are increasingly aware of data analytics as a way of implementing platforms such as the industrial Internet of Things, yet not all are convinced that the hefty investment will yield a quick return in a tough business climate. Read more…

Jethro Indexer Adds ‘Auto-Cubes’

Sep 13, 2016 |

The new version of a SQL query engine for Hadoop scheduled for release later this month adds “auto-cubes,” a type of multi-dimensional dataset that, in this implementation, consists of aggregated “micro-cubes” Read more…