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IBM, CVS Partner On Watson-Based Patient Care
Commentary  |  7/30/2015  | 
A new agreement by IBM and CVS will use Watson to better manage patient care. However, there are a few concerns about privacy.
IBM Cooks Up IoT Developer Community
Commentary  |  7/29/2015  | 
IBM's new developerWorks Recipes is a new community for those that want to want to develop IoT devices on the Big Blue model.
Amazon Makes Aurora Database Generally Available
News  |  7/28/2015  | 
Amazon's Aurora moves from preview to GA. The MySQL-based system is designed as an on-demand system for scalability and performance.
10 Ways Windows 10 Will Advance The Internet Of Things
Slideshows  |  7/26/2015  | 
Windows 10 brings functions and features that will change the Internet of Things for the enterprise and individuals.
IBM Buys Database-as-a-Service Startup Compose
Commentary  |  7/23/2015  | 
IBM's Derek Schoettle said Big Blue bought Database-as-a-Service provider Compose to reach the next generation of developers trying to build cloud-native applications.
IBM's Cloud, Analytics Moves Haven't Paid Off, Yet
News  |  7/22/2015  | 
Despite a move to cloud and big data analytics, IBM is still suffering through a tough financial time, with revenues still down.
Elephant Bar, Paytronix Zero In With Geofencing
News  |  7/21/2015  | 
Location-based marketing or geofencing is a touchy subject. But you can avoid the creep with some of the best practices from Elephant Bar and Paytronix.
T-Mobile, Sparkcentral Slash Social Media Response Time
News  |  7/21/2015  | 
Social media expectations are rising. T-Mobile and Sparkcentral believe they have a better, faster way to communicate with customers.
9 Spectacular Cloud Computing Fails
Slideshows  |  7/15/2015  | 
For some of you, the cloud failures listed here may simply highlight areas where cloud service providers need to grow or adapt in order to better service their customers. For others, the examples may be more personal, as your data or applications may have been affected.
Microsoft's Cortana Analytics Looks To Simplify Big Data
Commentary  |  7/14/2015  | 
Microsoft is planning to release a new suite of tools dubbed Cortana Analytics, which Satya Nadella claims will democratize big data.
Microsoft Power BI Gets Major Updates
News  |  7/10/2015  | 
Microsoft adds new features to its Power BI preview, which will become generally available on July 24.
How To Turn Data Into Stories
News  |  7/10/2015  | 
When Yakult, a Japan-based maker of probiotic dairy drinks, put a data analysis tool into the hands of its sales people in The Netherlands, they swapped out stale spreadsheets for stories about how the product was performing in real time.
Why ISO Certifications Make Sense For IT
Commentary  |  7/8/2015  | 
Certifications from the International Organization for Standards (ISO) are important when considering which vendors to choose for your IT needs. But when was the last time you thought about applying ISO standards to your own internal IT operations?
Redis Emerges As NoSQL In-Memory Performer
News  |  6/26/2015  | 
With multiple NoSQL system choices, it might be hard to display a distinguishing feature. However, Redis Labs is outperforming some competitors during a recent in-memory big data system test.
Salesforce Service For Apps Gives CRM A Mobile Edge
News  |  6/25/2015  | 
A new suite of products revealed by Salesforce today is aimed at improving the customer service experience on mobile devices through intuitive routing and contextualization.
Snowflake Launches Virtual Data Warehouses On AWS
News  |  6/24/2015  | 
Snowflake, led by former Microsoft exec Bob Muglia, offers a virtual data warehouse system on Amazon's cloud. Pay for only what you use.
Supercomputers Unleash Big Data's Power
Slideshows  |  6/24/2015  | 
Here are six reasons why established companies, and even startups, are using supercomputing resources, and why your IT organization may want to consider such options to meet your big data and business analytics needs.
Big Data Moves Toward Real-Time Analysis
Commentary  |  6/23/2015  | 
The data warehouse, as valuable as it is, is history. The most valuable data will be that which is collected and analyzed during the customer interaction, not the review afterward.
IBM Aims To Ease Data Sharing For Police, Emergency Services
News  |  6/22/2015  | 
IBM's Safer Planet, a sub-unit of the company's Smarter Planet effort, is expanding its cloud-based offerings with the goal of making data sharing and analysis affordable and accessible to IT professionals in a wide range of public safety and emergency management agencies.
Salesforce Launches 'Wave Analytics' App
News  |  6/18/2015  | 
Salesforce taps its new Wave Cloud with its first analytics application, Sales Wave Analytics, which draws data from many sources.
SAP Brings New HANA, Analytics To Market
Commentary  |  6/17/2015  | 
Service pack 10 brings new Internet of Things, big data management, data high availability, and application development capabilities to SAP's HANA platform.
Joyent Ready To Run Multi-Tenant Containers Without VMs
News  |  6/16/2015  | 
If nothing else, Joyent is conducting an experiment on whether hundreds of containers may be run in close proximity on a host from a wide variety of unknown customers.
6 Ways To Get More From Data Science, IT
Slideshows  |  6/15/2015  | 
Data scientists and IT push the limits of what's possible -- whether that's operating more efficiently, taking advantage of new opportunities, or innovating. Here are 6 ways businesses can boost their effectiveness.
IBM Bets On Apache Spark As 'The Future Of Enterprise Data'
News  |  6/15/2015  | 
The key problem Spark resolves is access to data across the enterprise. IBM initiatives include providing courses to train 1 million data scientists and engineers to use it.
Google GCP Customers Sungard, PwC Share Use Cases
News  |  6/14/2015  | 
At the Google Next event in New York City, executives from Sungard and PwC talked about how they're applying the company's cloud platform to meet enterprise-scale big data needs.
Big Data Systems House Sensitive Data, Security Exposures
News  |  6/12/2015  | 
SANS Institute survey concludes 73% of big data systems contain personal information, recommends tighter controls.
Q&A: Nina Bjornstad, Country Manager For The UK And Ireland, Google For Work
Commentary  |  6/11/2015  | 
The Google exec discusses how businesses can harness the potential of collaboration, transparency, and emerging technology.
Airbnb Creates Hadoop Workflow System: Airflow
News  |  6/11/2015  | 
Airflow workflow system for managing tasks is Airbnb's answer to monitoring the progress of jobs and ensuring that batches run properly in Hadoop.
Will 2015 Be The 'Year Of Hadoop'?
News  |  6/10/2015  | 
Hadoop advocates say analysis of unstructured data yields predictive analytics useful to healthcare, business, and the Internet of Things machine maintenance.
Cisco Plans To Ring The World With 'Intercloud'
News  |  6/10/2015  | 
Cisco enlists software and data center partners for its Intercloud chain of 350 worldwide, connected data centers -- big data, dev platform, and IoT included.
How CIOs Can Prepare For The Platform Economy
Commentary  |  6/10/2015  | 
As the digital economy booms, and interconnected users rely more upon each other's contributions, products and services are on the way out, and platforms are in.
Big Data Talent: 6 Ways To Snag The Best
Slideshows  |  6/10/2015  | 
Many companies are looking for big data skills across the board, but the shortage of talent and the loose application of keywords can challenge candidates and the companies who want to hire them. Try these tips to minimize the risks.
Hortonworks Deploys Hadoop Into Public Clouds
News  |  6/9/2015  | 
Hortonworks Data Platform 2.3 contains ease-of-use features, including automated cluster building and deployment into AWS, Azure, or Google.
MapR Looks To Speed-Up Hadoop Clusters
News  |  6/9/2015  | 
With the release of its Distribution 5.0 management tool and other features, MapR is looking to make Hadoop easier to use and increase its popularity within the enterprise.
7 Data Center Disasters You'll Never See Coming
Slideshows  |  6/7/2015  | 
These are the kinds of random events that keep data center operators up at night. Is your disaster recovery plan prepared to handle these freak accidents?
CockroachDB: Ultimate In Database Survival
News  |  6/4/2015  | 
Cockroach Labs announces $6.25 million in funding for its big data system that it says will survive calamity and maintain data integrity.
Salesforce, Partners Want To Make Big Data Easy
Commentary  |  6/4/2015  | 
Salesforce is partnering with Google, Cloudera, and other firms to make big data easier to use. Is big data going mainstream?
HR Analytics Gives Alabama Firm Better Insight
Commentary  |  6/3/2015  | 
The HR analytics field is getting crowded. Here's how the chief HR officer at an Alabama company chose one solution and gained better insight over the business.
Couchbase Bets On Standard NoSQL Query Language
News  |  6/3/2015  | 
With N1QL, Couchbase aims to do for NoSQL what SQL did for relational databases: create a standard query language that works across NoSQL systems. Bonus: it's SQL-compatible.
MongoDB Gets SQL-Reporting Capability
News  |  6/2/2015  | 
MongoDB, the popular unstructured document database, will soon work with SQL queries to report on what's in the system. Data encryption also coming.
SAP HANA: Not The Only In-Memory Game In Town
Commentary  |  5/28/2015  | 
SAP HANA is not the only option for those looking for an in-memory database platform. Big rivals such as Microsoft and Oracle offers similar tech.
Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2016 Preview, Azure Update
News  |  5/27/2015  | 
Microsoft Azure and big data updates include public previews of SQL Server 2016 and Live Encoding for Azure Media Services.
7 Bold Tech Ideas That Will Make You Uncomfortable
Slideshows  |  5/26/2015  | 
Elite tech leaders pushed the boundaries at the InformationWeek Conference. At least one of these ideas should make you squirm and think, "We need to do that."
8 Reasons IT Pros Hate The Cloud
Slideshows  |  5/25/2015  | 
We sense a simmering level of vitriol whenever we speak with IT professionals about the cloud in our daily conversations, at industry conferences, and in other settings. Here's why.
The Great File Migration Is Underway
Commentary  |  5/21/2015  | 
As the amount of data in files grows, more and more will find their way in a great migration to cloud storage.
6 Characteristics Of Data-Driven Rock Stars
Slideshows  |  5/21/2015  | 
Learn what traits to look for in data-savvy movers and shakers, from data scientists and business analysts to executives, managers, and even employees.
SAP, NHL Score With Big Data During Stanley Cup Playoffs
News  |  5/20/2015  | 
The National Hockey League kicks off a five-year big data partnership with SAP with the 2015 Stanley Cup Bracket Challenge.
Streaming Analytics: Government Must Step Up
Commentary  |  5/18/2015  | 
By blending static big data with streaming analysis, agencies will get insights they've never had.
Hadoop Adoption Remains Steady, But Slow, Gartner Finds
Commentary  |  5/15/2015  | 
Despite the big data hype, the adoption of Hadoop remains a slow, steady process, according to new Gartner research. A lack of Hadoop skills and complexity can account for this.
How Corporate Culture Impedes Data Innovation
Commentary  |  5/13/2015  | 
BI and big data analytics tools are getting more sophisticated and comprehensive. Yet, some organizations are failing to derive full value from their data because their corporate cultures do not reflect a data-driven mindset. Here are the common cultural challenges standing in the way of big data innovation.
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