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How An Agricultural Data Firm Puts The Cloud To Work
News  |  7/29/2016  | 
Integration -- connecting computing services to one another -- used to mean bringing in expensive consultants, investing in custom programming, and dealing with long timelines. But modern cloud-based options could make integration only a matter of dragging icons and filling in form fields, work that can often be done without a developer. Here's what it means to IT professionals.
Snowflake Cloud Data Warehouse Update Storms Market
News  |  7/28/2016  | 
Snowflake Computing has added automated administration features to its built-for-the-cloud modern data warehouse that enables analysis of multiple data types, big and small.
Tableau 10 Puts Control Back In IT Hands
News  |  7/27/2016  | 
Data visualization platform provider Tableau is updating its flagship product with new features that give oversight and data governance control back to IT organizations. It also makes a host of new advanced analytics capabilities accessible to more users.
12 Types Of Data IT Can't Afford To Overlook
Slideshows  |  7/27/2016  | 
Regardless of how much data your company has -- and how much your business leaders are asking for -- you're likely missing some hidden gems. Here are 12 examples of what you might be overlooking, and why it matters to IT professionals, and to your business at large.
Teradata Acquires London-Based Big Data Partnership
News  |  7/26/2016  | 
Data warehouse and analytics company Teradata has added to its training and consulting bench with the acquisition of Big Data Partnership, a London-based startup that should also extend the company's global reach.
Watson Offers Macy's AI Help, Workday Acquisition: Big Data Roundup
News  |  7/24/2016  | 
Watson's AI will help you find shoes at Macy's, Workday buys big data analytics company, Google releases machine learning APIs, and more in our Big Data Roundup for the week ending July 24.
Google Cloud Platform Adds Machine Learning APIs
News  |  7/22/2016  | 
Developers interested in creating apps that understand text or speech can look to Google's cloud for tools -- the Cloud Natural Language API and the Cloud Speech API. The two offerings have now advanced into open beta status.
Many Businesses Using AI Without Realizing It
News  |  7/21/2016  | 
Businesses see AI as a future investment, even though most organizations are actually already using it, a study finds.
SAP Second Quarter Earnings Shrug Off Brexit
News  |  7/21/2016  | 
SAP second quarter earnings showed no sign of weakness from the recent Brexit vote in the UK. Instead, the company's revenue and earnings grew as SAP added new customers, particularly for its S/4 HANA platform.
Imperson Chatbot Platform For Enterprises Released
News  |  7/20/2016  | 
Imperson.ai aspires to make it easier for enterprises to create and manage their bots designed for popular social platforms such as Facebook Messenger, Skype, and Twitter.
IBM's Cloud, Analytics Investments Start Paying Off
News  |  7/19/2016  | 
IBM's second quarter total revenues and earnings per share declined again, but executives and analysts put their focus on the company's strategic initiatives, which showed continued growth in the most recent quarter.
Can Big Data Help Cure Cancer?
News  |  7/19/2016  | 
Genomic research and precision medicine are on the leading edge of cancer research and treatment, but the huge size of the data sets and the complexity of sharing those data sets among researchers thwarts progress. Here's one project that is aiming to remove those obstacles.
How To Hire Analytical Workers: 10 Traits To Seek
Slideshows  |  7/19/2016  | 
Companies competing on data need the right skill sets and mindsets in place to succeed over the long term. While more individuals are analyzing data as part of their jobs, their ability to do so varies greatly, even among peers. We've identified 10 key traits of an analytical mind, and explain what to look for in your next hire and what skills to cultivate in your own career.
Gene-Sequencer Illumina Builds Knowledge Base On Amazon
News  |  7/18/2016  | 
Illumina is the largest sequencer of human genes. At the recent Amazon Summit, Alex Dickinson, the company's senior vice president of strategic initiatives, spoke of using Amazon's cloud to get results faster.
Data Science Skills Gap, Pokémon Go Maps: Big Data Roundup
News  |  7/17/2016  | 
The data and analytics skills gap is an obstacle to achieving digital transformation, according to a Gartner survey; Microsoft is looking to fill that skills gap with a new online degree program; and Pokemon Go's creator shares the secrets behind how the game's maps were created.
Microsoft Launches Online Data Science Degree Program
News  |  7/15/2016  | 
Microsoft is addressing the shortage of workers with data science skills with a new professional degree program offered online. The company said the data science degree will serve as a pilot for future offerings.
IT Organizations Unprepared For Digital Business: Gartner
News  |  7/14/2016  | 
Despite uncertainty of when their organizations will be ready for digital business, most IT pros say they will definitely play a part in the transformation when it does happen, according to a recent Gartner report.
12 Barriers To Real-Time Analytics
Slideshows  |  7/12/2016  | 
As organizations look to stay competitive by expanding their use of real-time analytics, implementation becomes a challenge. Finding options to effectively serve your company over the long term is often more difficult than it appears. We've identified 12 common obstacles you'll want to avoid as your company pursues real-time analytics.
6 Ways To Make Your Company Data-Driven
Commentary  |  7/11/2016  | 
Rich Wagner, president and CEO of Prevedere, shares six guidelines he's developed based on his own experiences seeing good data left to waste at major enterprises, including the Fortune 500 chemical company where he once worked.
Google's Machine Learning Buy, Alteryx Updates: Big Data Roundup
News  |  7/10/2016  | 
Google accelerates its machine learning efforts with acquisition, Alteryx and H2O.ai both enhance their platforms, and EHR growth continues to be driven by predictive analytics and wearables. All that and more in our Big Data Roundup for the week ending July 10, 2016.
Google Buys Machine Learning Startup Moodstocks
News  |  7/7/2016  | 
Google has acquired Paris-based machine learning startup Moodstocks as part of its ongoing effort to improve visual recognition technology.
12 Ways To Cultivate A Data-Savvy Workforce
Slideshows  |  7/7/2016  | 
Organizations aspiring to become data-driven need to take a close look at their HR practices. If your company's hiring and retention standards aren't keeping up with the times, you may be losing valuable job candidates and employees. To minimize the pitfalls of building a data-savvy workforce, consider these tips.
Predictive Analytics, Wearables Data Driving EHR Growth
News  |  7/6/2016  | 
Electronic health records may not be new, but they are gaining strong adoption. That's driven by trends such as integration with predictive analytics systems and telemedicine.
Data Generation Gap: Younger IT Workers Believe The Hype
News  |  7/4/2016  | 
There's a growing generation gap when it comes the promise of revenues from data-driven projects. Where younger workers see the future, older workers may only see another cycle of tech hype.
Watson, WebEx Mashup, Hadoop Summit: Big Data Roundup
News  |  7/3/2016  | 
IBM Watson gets close with Cisco WebEx to improve collaboration. Hortonworks rolls out updates and initiatives at Hadoop Summit. MapR offers an update to please admins. MongoDB Atlas goes live with a managed cloud-based MongoDB service. It's all in our Big Data Roundup for the week ending July 3, 2016.
Hortonworks Commits To Microsoft's Azure Cloud
News  |  6/30/2016  | 
Hadoop distributor Hortonworks announced a deeper partnership with cloud giant Microsoft, a new consortium to create an open source genomics project for precision medicine, and new enterprise features in its Hortonworks Data Platform update at this week's Hadoop Summit.
10 Programming Languages And Tools Data Scientists Use Now
Slideshows  |  6/29/2016  | 
Looking to get started with data science but not sure how to get started? Take a look at our list of 10 programming languages and tools that are hot among data scientists and data analysts right now.
MapR Spyglass Initiative Eases Big Data Management
News  |  6/28/2016  | 
Hadoop distributor MapR has introduced new management tools into its Converged Data Platform that make it easier for enterprises to get control over these infrastructure components.
MongoDB SaaS Version, Native Spark Connector Unveiled
News  |  6/28/2016  | 
NoSQL database MongoDB is adding a new cloud-based elastic SaaS version to its delivery options. The company is also announcing a native connector to Apache Spark during its MongoDB World event.
8 Smart Ways To Use Prescriptive Analytics
Slideshows  |  6/28/2016  | 
Somewhere between blind faith and skepticism is the world of prescriptive analytics. Here, machine-generated action items and potential outcomes meet human decision-making. Finding the right balance between algorithms and common sense can be tricky, so consider these tips.
Hadoop Public Cloud Service, Couchbase Updated: Big Data Roundup
News  |  6/26/2016  | 
BlueData embraces the enterprise with a big data hybrid service for public cloud. Couchbase updates server with features that bridge SQL and NoSQL. Samsung bets big on IoT. Dell sells Statistica. It's our Big Data Roundup for the week ending June 26, 2016.
10 SaaS Startups Every Enterprise Should Know
Slideshows  |  6/22/2016  | 
Often thought of as a small-business tool, Software-as-a-Service offers plenty of potential for large enterprise customers, as evidenced by the 10 startups we're exploring here. Our list includes SaaS applications for big organizational challenges, such as supply-chain, payroll, sales, recruiting, and company-wide collaboration.
Dell Software Businesses Sold To Private Equity Firms
News  |  6/21/2016  | 
Dell Software, which includes Quest, SonicWall, and Statistica, is being snapped up by private equity firms for a reported price of more than $2 billion. The selloff comes as Dell positions itself for an expected October closing for its acquisition of tech giant EMC.
IBM Watson's Big Moves, Machine Learning Everywhere, Big Data Roundup
News  |  6/19/2016  | 
IBM Watson IoT and Health groups announce new moves. Google opens a new AI and machine learning research center. Microsoft will soon own a huge big data open source incubator -- LinkedIn. Those are some items in our Big Data Roundup for the week ending June 19, 2016.
Oracle Cloud Shift Continues As Q4, Full-Year Revenues Dip
News  |  6/17/2016  | 
Oracle revenues declined slightly year-over-year in the fourth fiscal quarter, but they still beat analyst estimates. Meanwhile, Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison told financial analysts the company is ready to meet customer demand in the Infrastructure-as-a-Service market with its second-generation data center technology.
IBM's Deep Thunder Shows How Weather Is Big Business
News  |  6/17/2016  | 
IBM Research and The Weather Company are putting forecasting models and machine learning to work on historical data. The result? Deep Thunder, a hyper-local forecasting tool offering precision insights and predictions for business customers.
IBM Watson Health Tackles Diabetes
News  |  6/15/2016  | 
IBM Watson Health is teaming with the American Diabetes Association to apply cognitive computing to the ADA's 66 years worth of research and data. The results will be used to help entrepreneurs, developers, healthcare providers, and patients learn more about diabetes, prevention, complications, and care.
The Rise Of The Bots: 11 Ways Your Business Can Prepare
Slideshows  |  6/15/2016  | 
Business is ripe for a bot explosion. The foundational technologies are available, industry behemoths are fanning the fire, users are demanding better experiences, and companies are looking for new ways to optimize their financial performance. Are you ready?
9 Tech Giants Embracing The Open Source Revolution
Slideshows  |  6/13/2016  | 
It was only 15 years ago that Microsoft's then-CEO likened open source software licenses to "a cancer." But today, Redmond is joining other tech giants in donating intellectual property to the hive mind of open source. Here's why it matters.
Microsoft, Intel Pledge Apache Spark Support: Big Data Roundup
News  |  6/12/2016  | 
Microsoft, Databricks, and Intel were among those lining up in support of Spark at this week's Spark Summit. We've got the full story in our Big Data Roundup for the week ending June 12, 2016.
HPE Unveils Converged IoT Systems, Partnerships
News  |  6/9/2016  | 
Hewlett Packard Enterprise, at its Discover 2016 event, announced a multifaceted strategy for IoT that includes converged systems at the network edge, security, analytics, and partnerships with some of the big players in IoT platforms for business.
Salesforce TrailheaDX: Path Toward Redefining Developers
Slideshows  |  6/9/2016  | 
To help businesses adapt to a world of omnipresent software, Salesforce aims to create more programmers. Here is a look at the company's first developer conference, where it explored that mission.
HPE Updates Helion, Opens 'The Machine' To Developers
News  |  6/8/2016  | 
At its Discover conference in Las Vegas Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced updates to its Helion Cloud Portfolio, and touted breakthroughs in its software-defined data center strategy. The company also welcomed developers to work on The Machine, its next-generation computer architecture.
Salesforce TrailheaDX: Everyone Can Develop Software
News  |  6/8/2016  | 
At TrailheaDX, Salesforce's first developer conference, the company is encouraging people without programming experience to create apps using Lightning.
Tony Fadell's Nest Exit: What's Next?
News  |  6/7/2016  | 
The Nest cofounder and former CEO plans to advise Alphabet and Larry Page, while Nest looks to improve revenue.
Spark Summit Preview, Tableau Comes To Android: Big Data Roundup
News  |  6/5/2016  | 
The Spark Summit heads to San Francisco. Tableau is bringing its mobile client to Android. Microsoft Ventures eyes machine learning startups. We have all this and more in our Big Data Roundup for the week ended June 5, 2016.
IBM, Cisco Take IoT Analytics To The Edge
News  |  6/3/2016  | 
IBM's Watson IoT platform, in conjunction with Cisco's edge analytics capabilities, could allow businesses to analyze IoT data closer to its source.
Facebook Tunes AI To Understand Text
News  |  6/3/2016  | 
With DeepText, Facebook aims to interpret what its users want, and maybe sell something along the way.
Thoma Bravo Buys BI Firm Qlik For $3 Billion 
News  |  6/3/2016  | 
Qlik bowed to pressure to sell itself to private equity, announcing that it will be acquired by Thoma Bravo. Qlik was one of three companies ranked as Leaders in Gartner's most recent Magic Quadrant report for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms.
9 Secrets Of Data-Driven Companies
Slideshows  |  6/2/2016  | 
What does it mean to call your company "data-driven?" Definitions range from simple reporting to viewing data science as a core business strategy. We asked executives from a variety of businesses to help us identify which traits are essential for becoming a truly data-driven company. See what we learned, and tell us how your organization stacks up.
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