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Apache Spark: 3 Promising Use-Cases
Commentary  |  3/27/2015  | 
Spark is the shiny new thing in big data, but how will it stand out? Here's a look at "fog computing," cloud computing, and streaming data-analysis scenarios.
Internet Explorer's Demise: 7 Things IT Pros Should Know
Slideshows  |  3/26/2015  | 
We still don't have all the answers in regards to exactly what Microsoft is planning for Internet Explorer and Project Spartan. But we know enough to get you started on building a game plan for how you'll continue to support legacy web apps moving forward.
Apple Buys FoundationDB To Improve Apps, Software
Commentary  |  3/25/2015  | 
By acquiring FoundationDB, a database startup, Apple could incorporate the technology in order to improve the performance of key apps and software services.
Couchbase Claims Performance Gains Against NoSQL Rivals
News  |  3/23/2015  | 
Couchbase says the coming Multi-Dimensional Scaling feature will bring read/write, indexing, and query advantages over MongoDB and Cassandra.
Top Jobs For STEM: Big Data, IT Product Management
Slideshows  |  3/23/2015  | 
Today's skills development in these fields could mean tomorrow's payday, according to a recent report.
Splunk Light Vs. Alternatives: Cost, Functionality Compared
Commentary  |  3/16/2015  | 
Splunk Light offers a new option for companies to apply data analytics to IT operations. Here's how it stacks up against Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Cloud, and emerging open-source and commercial rivals.
IBM Watson: 10 New Jobs For Cognitive Computing
Slideshows  |  3/12/2015  | 
IBM Watson is adding language-processing, image-recognition, and reasoning services to power these 10 breakthrough applications that scale up human-like analysis.
2 Microsoft Azure Services Hit General Release
News  |  3/5/2015  | 
Microsoft Azure Search service is out now, and the Azure DocumentDB NoSQL database service will debut in April.
Airbnb Boosts Presto SQL Query Engine For Hadoop
News  |  3/5/2015  | 
Airbnb is open sourcing a home-grown data-exploration and SQL query tool for Hadoop. Will it give Facebook Presto a leg up on Cloudera Impala?
Splunk Leads Tiny Big Data Market
Commentary  |  3/3/2015  | 
Splunk marks another big year, taking in more revenue than the top three Hadoop distributors combined. That's why startups want to follow in its footsteps.
Big Data Tempest In A Teapot
Commentary  |  2/25/2015  | 
Hadoop and big data community infighting won't attract enterprise adoption. It's time to raise the level of discourse.
Gartner BI Magic Quadrant 2015 Spots Market Turmoil
News  |  2/25/2015  | 
As companies embrace Tableau and Qlik, will the reporting platforms like BusinessObjects, Cognos, and MicroStrategy be left behind? Gartner sees conflicting needs and deployment practices.
No, AI Won’t Kill Us All
News  |  2/24/2015  | 
When famous technologists and scientists fear the menace of thinking machines, it's time to worry, right? Not really, because computers lack the imagination to wreak havoc, says one AI expert.
Gartner Advanced Analytics Quadrant 2015: Gainers, Losers
News  |  2/23/2015  | 
Gartner Magic Quadrant for Advanced Analytics Platforms 2015 has Microsoft, Alpine, and Alteryx moving up, Oracle MIA.
Microsoft Azure, SAS, MapR: Big Data Roundup
News  |  2/18/2015  | 
News from Microsoft, SAS, and MapR point to changes in how enterprises are buying, deploying, and learning to use big-data analytics.
Pivotal Open-Source Play Points To Industry Shift
News  |  2/17/2015  | 
Open source is driving big data, and two major announcements from Pivotal show that isn't going to stop.
Big Data: Matching Personalities In The Call Center
News  |  2/17/2015  | 
It's common for companies to record customer service calls. But what insights are they gaining from all that data? One solution: Matching customers with service reps for more harmonious calls.
Teradata Talks Apps, But Don't Think AppExchange
News  |  2/13/2015  | 
Teradata Aster App Center is a collection of app templates, not a platform-as-a-service developer community. Here's the lowdown on 29 apps for six industries.
MemSQL, VoltDB Vie For In-Memory Big Data Role
News  |  2/12/2015  | 
MemSQL, VoltDB present in-memory databases as alternatives to a menagerie of "science projects" used in real-time big data apps. Is SQL simpler?
First American: Cloud Analysis Points To Savings
News  |  2/10/2015  | 
First American title insurance ramps up Azure spending as Apptio expense metrics show a gain versus on-premises virtual machines.
10 In-Memory Database Options Power Speedy Performance
Slideshows  |  2/9/2015  | 
From Altibase to VoltDB, and covering options from IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP, we wrap up leading in-memory databases and add-on options. When you need speed, here are 10 tools to choose.
6 Microsoft Acquisitions: What Do They Mean?
Slideshows  |  2/8/2015  | 
Microsoft bought big data, email, and machine learning businesses on its holiday shopping spree. What will they bring to its future?
Oracle Linux Wants To Be 'Dockerized' Too
News  |  2/6/2015  | 
Oracle Linux is available in a Docker container on the Docker Hub, which should aid development and database app mobility.
InformationWeek 2014 Next-Generation IT Survey
Steal Our Slides  |  2/6/2015  | 
The future of IT is all about integrating key elements such as mobile, cloud, security, and big data. Successful companies will focus on reusable components, data-based security, and automation.
MongoDB Eyes Bigger, Faster NoSQL Deployments
News  |  2/3/2015  | 
MongoDB 3.0 release promises improved scalability, speed, and manageability through new storage engine options and Ops Manager DBA software.
Monday Comic: Big Data Box
Commentary  |  2/2/2015  | 
Find a new laugh every Monday morning.
Big Data Success Remains Elusive: Study
News  |  2/2/2015  | 
Just over a quarter of organizations say their big data initiatives are a success, according to a recent Capgemini study. So why are three of four unsuccessful?
Microsoft Upgrades Azure SQL Database Service
News  |  1/30/2015  | 
Microsoft cloud-database service nears parity with on-premises Microsoft SQL Server with support for larger databases and in-memory performance.
How CIOs Can Win In The Cloud
Commentary  |  1/29/2015  | 
Choosing to embrace cloud computing gets you only halfway there. Now you must reframe your strategy: Core business over costs, and employee productivity over control.
Microsoft Buying Revolution Analytics For Deeper Data Analysis
News  |  1/23/2015  | 
Microsoft acquisition of Revolution Analytics, an R-language-focused advanced analytics firm, will bring customers tools for prediction and big-data analytics.
Startup Profile: DataTorrent Taps Hadoop For Streaming Analytics
Commentary  |  1/16/2015  | 
DataTorrent's software, which runs on top of Hadoop, ingests tens of millions of events per second to analyze data in real-time and let businesses respond faster.
TIBCO Spotfire Joins Simplified Analytics Bandwagon
News  |  1/16/2015  | 
TIBCO eases analysis with a Spotfire Cloud Recommendations feature that suggests best-fit visualizations. Can it leapfrog IBM, SAS, and Tableau?
5 Analytics, BI, Data Management Trends For 2015
Commentary  |  1/9/2015  | 
InformationWeek survey shows growth in cloud-based data warehousing, real-time tech, and big-data platforms, but business intelligence standardization is waning.
How To Build A Data-Driven Dream Team
Commentary  |  1/9/2015  | 
Like any good sports team, your data team needs a leader, a common goal, and group chemistry.
Speed To Insight: Key To Big Data Success
Commentary  |  1/5/2015  | 
Businesses don't have to wait long to see analytic investments pay off. Big data can deliver big returns within months, not years.
Data Scientist Training Programs Gain Steam
News  |  12/30/2014  | 
More universities are launching programs to develop the big data talent businesses need.
5 Hyperscale Lessons For Mainstream Datacenters
Commentary  |  12/30/2014  | 
Management practices from the HPC world can get even bigger results in smaller-scale operations.
6 IT Trends To Watch In 2015
Commentary  |  12/29/2014  | 
In the new year, mobility evolves, the hybrid cloud grows, and big data will need more people skills.
Microsoft: 5 Must-Do's In 2015
Commentary  |  12/23/2014  | 
Microsoft had a strong 2014. To continue its momentum, the company has some work to do next year.
Microsoft Previews 6 New Power BI Features
News  |  12/19/2014  | 
Microsoft beta tests Power BI dashboards, visualizations, connectors, and an iPad app just as IBM launches a rival cloud-based BI service.
Internet Of Everything: It's All About The Ecosystem
Commentary  |  12/18/2014  | 
A recent chat with my doctor revealed new insight on lifecycles of connected medical devices and the need for an integrated infrastructure to support future IoT devices.
Big Data Analytics: Time For New Tools
Commentary  |  12/18/2014  | 
So you're considering Hadoop as a big data platform. You'll probably need some new analytics and business intelligence tools if you're going to wring fresh insights out of your data.
Wearables In 2015: 4 Predictions
News  |  12/18/2014  | 
Smart glasses like Google Glass get put to the test in the enterprise, while smartwatches slowly woo consumers thanks to the Apple Watch.
SpaceCurve Promises Real-Time Location Insight
News  |  12/16/2014  | 
SpaceCurve takes on Oracle and other database vendors with a geospatial platform that brings location analytics to streaming apps.
MongoDB Buys WiredTiger: Database Move
News  |  12/16/2014  | 
MongoDB grabs technology and expertise from storage-engine company to address write-intensive, high-scale applications.
Microsoft: 9 Best Moves Of 2014
News  |  12/15/2014  | 
After a rocky 2013, Microsoft bounced back this year. Here's what worked.
Big Data Tool Analyzes Intentions: Cool Or Creepy?
News  |  12/15/2014  | 
Lexalytics intention analysis tool determines what you're going to do before you do it, the company says. This goes beyond sentiment analysis.
IT's Role In The Business Of Things
Commentary  |  12/10/2014  | 
Eliminating the time suck associated with mundane tasks wins consumer loyalty. When colleagues knock on your door with ideas, are you ready to support them?
Qlik Takes On Tableau In Data Visualization
Commentary  |  12/8/2014  | 
Qlik Sense complements QlikView data discovery with a self-service visualization toolset. Here's what's right and what's missing in the 1.0 release.
Top 5 Big Data Trends Of 2014
Commentary  |  12/8/2014  | 
As companies move beyond bleeding-edge experiments into production deployments, these trends point to real-world progress in big data analysis.
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