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Content tagged with Big Data Analytics posted in February 2016
Google's Hadoop Offerings, Rutgers Analytics Program: Big Data Roundup
News  |  2/28/2016
Google's managed Hadoop- and Spark-as-a-Service offerings have gone to general availability. Rutgers University is offering a big data and data analytics remote learning certificate program. Alteryx is expanding its predictive analytics offerings. We've got all this and more in our Big Data Roundup for the week ending Feb. 28, 2016.
Apple Should Have Same Confidentiality Rights As Attorneys, Priests
Commentary  |  2/27/2016
Technology companies know more about us than our loved ones, attorneys, or priests. To balance the availability of that information in matters of public safety, businesses should have a limited exemption from being required to provide such information.
Hadoop Ecosystem Evolves: 10 Cool Big Data Projects
Slideshows  |  2/26/2016
In the 10 years since developers created Hadoop to wrangle the challenges that came with big data, the ecosystem for these technologies has evolved. The Apache Software Foundation is teeming with open source big data technology projects. Here's a look at some significant projects, and a peek at some up-and-comers.
Salesforce Revenue Jumps 25% As Enterprises Go Digital
News  |  2/25/2016
Salesforce has reported big revenue increases for the fourth quarter and full year, citing corporate spending for enterprise apps that goes beyond IT budgets. Executives told analysts that Salesforce is more frequently dealing directly with CEOs who are spending according to digital transformation needs, not IT budgets.
How Compensation for Analytics Pros Really Works
Commentary  |  2/24/2016
Analytics pros need to understand their company dynamics when it comes to compensation and survival. Yes, there are ways to avoid being the slowest gazelle in the herd.
8 Secret Habits Of Successful CIOs
Slideshows  |  2/24/2016
CIOs today must keep the lights on, but also transform the business to meet the demands of real-time customer requirements. How do they stay productive? How do they find the right people to hire? What traits do they nurture? What secrets keep them ahead of the game? We've collected the top secret habits of successful CIOs here.
Google Cloud Vision API Gives Glimpse Into AI, Machine Learning
Commentary  |  2/23/2016
Hot on the heels of Microsoft's Project Oxford, Google is bringing its Cloud Vision API into beta. The offering allows software developers to create new ways of reading faces and emotions to help push the limits of what can be done with AI and machine learning.
IBM Expands Swift Use, Partners With GitHub, Unveils 'Connect' Offerings
Commentary  |  2/22/2016
At the InterConnect conference, IBM announced new partnerships with VMware and GitHub as well as expanded use of Apple's Swift. The moves extend IBM's reach into the cloud and mobile development.
Outsourcing Data Science: What You Need To Know
News  |  2/22/2016
More companies are creating data science capabilities to enable competitive advantages. Because data science talent is rare and the demand for such talent is high, organizations often work with outsourced partners to fill important skill gaps. Here are a few reasons to consider outsourcing. What can go right and wrong along the way?
Spark Spreads, Apache Arrow Accepted: Big Data Roundup
News  |  2/21/2016
Databricks announced a free community edition of Spark along with free training materials. Apache Arrow became a project within the Apache Software Foundation. And SAP announced support for Spark in its Predictive Analytics platform. We've got that and more in our big data roundup for the week of Feb. 21, 2016.
9 Reasons To Crowdsource Data Science Projects
Slideshows  |  2/19/2016
The data science talent shortage has some companies thinking outside the box. Even if your company employs a formidable data science team, you would likely still benefit from third-party ideas or solutions. Data science competitions and other forms of crowdsourcing offer viable means of advancing the art of the possible relatively quickly and cost-effectively. We share some of the possibilities.
NFL CIO: Super Bowl 50 Tech Was A Game-Changer
News  |  2/19/2016
NFL CIO Michelle McKenna-Doyle said Super Bowl 50 was as good as the game has ever been from an operations standpoint.
Using The Force On Big Data
Commentary  |  2/18/2016
A fun experiment about the Star Wars expanded universe could lead to very real big data breakthroughs.
Gartner Magic Quadrant Advanced Analytics: Fast Growth Continues
News  |  2/18/2016
The Gartner Magic Quadrant Advanced Analytics report shows the market is growing quickly for platforms that use data and algorithms to predict, prescribe, optimize, and simulate. A big name has moved into the Leaders quadrant for the first time this year.
Cyber-Security: The Best Plan Of Action To Keep Your Data Safe
News  |  2/18/2016
Like a perverse iteration of Newton's third law, every clever cyber-attack action is always followed by an equally clever reaction from the organization targeted. Is that enough to keep your data safe?
SAP Integrates Apache Spark, Buys Into Mobile Analytics
News  |  2/17/2016
SAP has acquired a mobile business data visualization provider, added Apache Spark support to its SAP Predictive Analytics 2.5 software, and enhanced its SAP HANA Cloud predictive services. Here are the details.
Palantir Buys API-Maker Kimono Labs
News  |  2/16/2016
Palantir buys Kimono Labs, giving its teams "unmatched support" and resources to tackle new projects. The acquisition will add to Palantir's ability to collect data for analysis and data sets that reside in silos.
Google Now Shows Store and Restaurant Wait Times
Commentary  |  2/16/2016
Google's TIME feature -- introduced last year -- promises benefits for consumers but raises staffing and stock challenges for stores, restaurants, and other service providers.
Rise And Fall Of The Chief Data Officer
Commentary  |  2/16/2016
The C suite is expanding with more roles dedicated to data and analytics. The Chief Data Officer, or CDO, is one of these roles seen more often in some industries than others. The position may evolve with time. We explain some of the dynamics that cause CDOs to succeed and fail.
8 Ways To Secure Data During US-EU Privacy Fight
Slideshows  |  2/15/2016
After months of legal uncertainty over transatlantic data flows, the European Commission and the US have agreed on a new framework called the EU-US Privacy Shield. But because no text is available yet, there's no way to interpret it. Here's what organizations need to know now.
Gartner's BI Reboot, Everybody Loves Spark: Big Data Roundup
News  |  2/14/2016
Gartner completely reworked its Magic Quadrant for BI and analytics, Hortonworks saw a big revenue jump, and support for Spark skyrocketed. That, and more in our Big Data Roundup for the week ending February 14. Plus, why crush is better than chocolate.
How eBay's Kylin Tool Makes Sense Of Big Data
News  |  2/12/2016
When eBay needed to gain more value out of masses of Hadoop data, the company created its own an open source tool called Kylin. Now Kylin is an Apache Foundation project.
Transforming An Antiquated Business Intelligence Process
Commentary  |  2/12/2016
The personal story of how one executive transformed an unused business intelligence system.
Hadoop Distributor Hortonworks' Revenue Growth Blasts Off
News  |  2/11/2016
Hortonworks reported an annual revenue increase of 165%, but losses still outpace sales. Company executives promised a hard push to bring those numbers closer together in 2016.
NHTSA: Google's AI 'Driver' Can Qualify For US Roads
News  |  2/10/2016
In a letter to the search giant, the NHTSA indicates its support for Google's self-driving vehicles by stating the computer that pilots the car can be considered a driver.
Apache Spark Ignites Big Data Adoption
News  |  2/10/2016
Apache Spark is among the Hadoop ecosystem technologies acting as catalysts for broader adoption of big data infrastructure. Now, Looker -- a vendor of business intelligence software -- has announced support for Spark and other Hadoop technologies. The goal? To speed up access to the data that fuels business decision making.
MIT's Eyeriss GPU Could Transform IoT, AI
News  |  2/9/2016
MIT researchers have developed a GPU called Eyeriss that could enable algorithms to run locally and instantly, instead of sending raw data into the cloud. This means that a future version of Siri could get you answers much faster.
Education IT: Hot Tech Trends To Watch
Commentary  |  2/9/2016
Cloud, big data, and security are all big factors in education IT this year. At the same time, there is a cultural shift taking place not only among the student body, but within the demographics of the IT departments themselves.
Gartner BI Magic Quadrant: Inflection Point Has Arrived
News  |  2/9/2016
Reflecting the fundamental transformation in the market, Gartner has changed how it evaluates vendors in its 2016 Magic Quadrant for BI and Analytics. Only three vendors survived the cut and stayed in the Leaders Quadrant. Here's a look at the changes.
Super Bowl 50 Gets Analyzed, Tableau Spooks Investors: Big Data Roundup
News  |  2/7/2016
Data analysts got to work on Super Bowl 50, Tableau Software's earnings spooked investors on Wall Street, and OpenText released a tool for measuring sentiment about the US presidential elections. These are some of the stories you'll find in our big data roundup for the week ending February 7.
IBM Aims To Make Enterprises Agile With Cloud Data Services
News  |  2/5/2016
IBM says its new "Open for data" slogan encompasses a slew of new cloud data services and analytics offerings designed to make it easy for enterprises to quickly get started with big data in the cloud, even if their workloads require secure on-premises implementations.
SAP Uses Super Bowl 50 To Test Data Visualization, UX
News  |  2/5/2016
SAP's Fan Energy Zone in San Francisco's Super Bowl 50 celebrations is a giant test case in how users create, share, and process data in real-time.
Cisco Bets Big On IoT With $1.4 B Jasper Buy
News  |  2/5/2016
Cisco is acquiring Jasper Technologies, developer of an Internet of Things cloud platform, for $1.4 billion. The move further pushes Cisco toward its transformation into a software company.
IBM Watson, Heart Association Take On Cardio Health
News  |  2/5/2016
IBM, the American Heart Association, and Welltok have teamed to deliver a workplace health solution. Without preventative strategies, by 2030 cardiovascular diseases may cost companies $106 billion in lost productivity alone.
Amazon Echo Now Plays Spotify, Orders Domino's Pizza
Commentary  |  2/4/2016
Alexa's new powers mean you can't ask for a better Super Bowl party companion than the Amazon Echo. The AI-powered device now plays music from Spotify and orders you pizza from Domino's.
Emotional Analytics and the Human Touch
Commentary  |  2/4/2016
Recent breakthroughs by Realeyes allows for tracking of a person's emotional state based on a number of metrics related to their facial expression, all at a lower cost than existing kinesiology systems.
12 Ways To Connect Data Analytics To Business Outcomes
Slideshows  |  2/3/2016
Even though more organizations are attempting to become data-driven, many of them still aren't able to link data analytics to business outcomes. Some of the challenges are obvious. Others aren't. Here are our tips for avoiding the common pitfalls.
Hadoop At 10: Milestones And Momentum
Slideshows  |  2/3/2016
Hadoop, an open source framework for wrangling unstructured data and analytics, celebrated its 10th birthday in January. Here's a look at the milestones, players, and events that marked the growth of this groundbreaking technology.
Brookhaven Lab Finds AWS Spot Instances Hit Sweet Spot
News  |  2/2/2016
When Brookhaven National Lab needed compute power to meet peak demand, it turned to a new Energy Sciences Network and Amazon Spot Instances.
Hadoop At 10: Doug Cutting On Making Big Data Work
News  |  2/1/2016
Doug Cutting, co-creator of Hadoop, takes time out with InformationWeek to talk about the history of the Big Data project and share his views on what's yet to come.
IBM Buys Marketing Agency To Bolster 'Strategic Imperatives'
News  |  2/1/2016
IBM has been very picky about which firms it buys and why. So far, its acquisitions have been very point specific, usually to obtain some technological expertise that complements its Strategic Imperatives, which represent 35% of Big Blue's sales.
Data as Defense Against Disruption
Commentary  |  2/1/2016
Companies like AirBnB and Uber are disrupting their industries with data. But just as data can be used to disrupt an industry, it can be used to protect it from outsiders.


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