News in Brief

AWS, Others Seen Moving Off Oracle Databases

Jan 3, 2018 |

The shift to open source database software is reportedly weakening Oracle and other traditional database vendors as major customers like Amazon ready lowest cost alternatives.

Oracle (NYSE: ORCL), which implemented a cloud computing initiative last year, insisted in December that large database customers such as Amazon and Salesforce remain among its roster of Fortune 500 database customers. Read more…

Google Cloud Will Assist With March Madness Brackets

Dec 21, 2017 |

With Amazon Web Services maintaining its dominance n the public cloud market, the price wars of the last few years have given way to new ways of competing with the AWS juggernaut as big data, analytics and machine learning help expand the booming cloud market. Read more…

Data Lakes Crest In Drive to Boost Quality

Dec 19, 2017 |

As more data moves to the cloud, the composition of data lakes is shifting to new sources such as NoSQL databases while cloud data repositories emerge amid hybrid deployments, according to a big data survey. Read more…

AI Heads to Factory Floor

Dec 14, 2017 |

AI pioneer Andrew Ng is launching a startup that would initially focus on revitalizing manufacturing, a strategy that parallels the first enterprise deployments of Internet of Things technologies.

Separately, Ng announced partnership with Chinese electronics manufacturer Foxconn to develop AI technologies and expertise. Read more…

As Data Quality Declines, Costs Soar

Dec 13, 2017 |

The bigger the data, it appears, the better the chances much of it will be “bad” data.

And that bad data is costing companies a bundle, according to research published in MIT Sloan Management Review. Read more…

Heap Helps Avoid ‘Adobe Blackouts’ with Hosted Analytics

Dec 12, 2017 |

Heap today unveiled a new iteration of its cloud-based analytics offering that’s designed to automatically ingest, normalize, and analyze user interaction and customer behavior data from a variety of sources. Read more…

MariaDB, Tableau Partner on Multiple Workload Types

Dec 12, 2017 |

MariaDB Corp., the open source database, has been integrated with Tableau Software’s business intelligence and visual analytics platform. The combination means Tableau users could run both operational and transactional workloads, the partners said this week. Read more…

Self-Serve Platform Promotes Collaboration

Dec 12, 2017 |

Among the goals of self-service big data analytics vendors is unifying the entire technology stack to allow business analytics to glean insights from data lakes. Combining the ability to run natively on Hadoop clusters and leveraging existing Spark deployments to preserve technology investments, one player in the self-service platform sector also claims to provide data preparation, visualization and other tools to quickly scan millions of rows and terabytes of scattered data. Read more…

Apple Releases Turi ML Software as Open Source

Dec 11, 2017 |

Apple last week released Turi Create, an open source package that it says will make it easy for mobile app developers to infuse machine learning into their products with just a few lines of code. Read more…

Data Prep Goes Serverless

Dec 7, 2017 |

The rise of platforms in which cloud providers manage the allocation of computing and storages resources has opened the door to new data services such as serverless data preparation tools. Read more…