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Big Data, Analytics Sales Will Reach $187 Billion By 2019
News  |  5/24/2016  | 
Market research firm IDC forecasts a 50% increase in revenues from the sale of big data and business analytics software, hardware, and services between 2015 and 2019. Services will account for the biggest chunk of revenue, with banking and manufacturing-led industries poised to spend the most.
SAP Makes Cloud Moves, Google Advances AI: Big Data Roundup
News  |  5/22/2016  | 
Cloud, data, and artificial intelligence were hot topics for several major players this week, including SAP and Google. We've got these latest developments and more in our Big Data Roundup for the week ended May 22, 2016.
Welcome To Our Digital Future
Commentary  |  5/18/2016  | 
Digital transformation is disrupting enterprise IT. David Guzman, CIO of H.D. Smith, has ideas on how to survive and succeed through the disruption.
12 Ways AI Will Disrupt Your C-Suite
Slideshows  |  5/18/2016  | 
McKinsey & Company estimates that as much as 45% of the tasks currently performed by people can be automated using existing technologies. If you haven't made an effort to understand how artificial intelligence will affect your company, now is the time to start.
Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Update Embraces Hybrid Cloud, Big Data
News  |  5/17/2016  | 
Microsoft's forthcoming SQL Server 2016 adds better encryption, support for unstructured data queries including those on Apache Hadoop, and new features to enable the hybrid cloud. The updates are part of an overhaul that updates Microsoft's flagship database management platform for a new age.
9 Free Online Courses To Pump Up Your Big Data, Analytics Skills
Slideshows  |  5/17/2016  | 
Do you really need to go back to school and get another degree in order to establish yourself in a career as a data scientist? Maybe not. These nine free online courses can help you explore a range of topics, including Python, R, AI, machine learning, and Hadoop, before you commit to more advanced learning.
IBM Watson: Machine-Of-All-Trades
Slideshows  |  5/16/2016  | 
From fashion to food to healthcare, IBM's Watson has many guises across different industries. Here's a look at some of the work IBM's AI system has been doing since its Jeopardy! heyday.
Apache Spark 2.0 Preview, Google's Amazon Echo Rival: Big Data Roundup
News  |  5/15/2016  | 
Apache Spark 2.0 preview is released for Databricks customers. Google preps a stationary personal assistant like Amazon Echo. MarkLogic revs up security and encryption. We have all this and more in our Big Data Roundup for the week ending May 15, 2016.
MarkLogic 9 Enhances Security, Adds Optic API
News  |  5/13/2016  | 
Pitching itself as the NoSQL database for the enterprise, MarkLogic unveiled version 9 of its platform at its user conference. It adds a host of new security features, plus new data management capabilities to help organizations wrangle structured and unstructured data.
Hortonworks, Tableau Q1 Returns Show Big Data's Potential
News  |  5/10/2016  | 
The BI company and the big data Hadoop company reported their first quarter results, providing an inside look into the emerging analytics and data software industry. Tableau said it sees slower spending in 2016, while Hortonworks reported nearly double the number of $1 million-plus deals.
Data Products: 9 Best Practices To Minimize Risk
Slideshows  |  5/9/2016  | 
Data generation, collection, and analysis are making their way into more types of products and services. The trend is creating new opportunities for innovation, some of which are so impactful, they're causing some companies to revisit their business models. The path to success isn't always obvious, however, so here are a few best practices to keep in mind.
Intermountain Healthcare Balances IoT Adoption And Security Vigilance
News  |  5/6/2016  | 
Intermountain, a Salt Lake City healthcare provider, innovates with Internet-connected patient devices, but clamps down on security exposures when it sees them.
Artificial Intelligence: Don't Fear It, Embrace It
News  |  5/5/2016  | 
Adam Coates, the director of the Baidu Research's Silicon Valley AI Lab, says don't fear artificial intelligence. Instead, look to it to save lives. He spoke at the InformationWeek Elite 100 Conference this week.
Tech Futurist Vivek Wadhwa: Let There Be Disruption
Commentary  |  5/4/2016  | 
Digital transformation will lead to disruption in every market: It's up to executives to decide whether they will float or be swamped by the changes. That's the message Vivek Wadhwa delivered at the InformationWeek Elite 100 Conference.
Toyota Drives Profits With Analytics
News  |  5/4/2016  | 
Toyota Financial Services uses analytics to keep consumers in cars and minimize payment contract risk. And it has paid off.
Warp Speed: Faster Development Cycles Are The New Normal
News  |  5/3/2016  | 
At the InformationWeek Elite 100 conference, tech leaders described how warp speed is the new normal when it comes to development cycles. But that's an opportunity as much as a challenge.
Horizon Prioritizes Data And Patient Experience
News  |  5/2/2016  | 
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey implemented a fee-for-value healthcare delivery model that uses new technologies to gather data and improve member experience. More than 80 business processes were created or modified, transforming systems for enrollment, claims processing, billing, customer service, provider portals, sales, and benefit monitoring. These efforts earned the company the No. 3 spot in the 2016 InformationWeek Elite 100.
Penn Medicine: Using Data To Save Patient Lives
News  |  5/2/2016  | 
Penn Signals is a system that uses existing data from electronic health records to perform real-time predictive analysis of heart failure patients. The goal? Penn Medicine wanted to place patients in proper risk groups and assign them to cardiology resources in order to get them the best care and improve their outcomes. This work earned the company the No. 4 spot in the 2016 InformationWeek Elite 100.
FICO Predictive Suite Updated, Real-Time Rises: Big Data Roundup
News  |  5/1/2016  | 
Real-time open source data projects gain momentum; FICO updates its predictive analytics suite. Samsung introduces new devices for IoT; and a new contest for creating tools to analyze satellite data is launched -- all in this Big Data Roundup for the week ending May 1, 2016.
Kafka Summit: Big Data In Real-Time Gains Momentum
News  |  4/28/2016  | 
Confluent hosted the first Kafka Summit focused on use-cases for the open source real-time streaming and messaging technology for big data -- featuring support and integration announcements from partners. Here's why this technology is so hot right now.
Samsung ARTIK Cloud Aims For IoT Interoperability
News  |  4/28/2016  | 
To help IoT devices work together and enable a new class of IoT apps and services, Samsung introduces a cloud service that aims to break down silos.
Apache Apex Is Promoted To Top-Level Project
News  |  4/27/2016  | 
Streaming and batch big data analytics technology Apache Apex has been elevated to a Top-Level Project by the Apache Software Foundation. Used by organizations including Capital One and GE, the technology can help developers more quickly create apps that leverage real-time data.
Agile Analytics: 11 Ways To Get There
Slideshows  |  4/26/2016  | 
The accelerating pace of global business means that enterprises need more agile data-related systems and practices. Becoming more agile - and succeeding at it -- isn't always easy given existing technology investments, constant technological evolution, and lingering cultural obstacles. No matter how agile your company is or isn't now, consider these important points.
10 Big Data Books To Boost Your Career
Slideshows  |  4/25/2016  | 
People with big data and data science skills are some of the most sought after professionals because demand is outstripping supply. Here are 10 books that can help you learn everything about the emerging field and the tools you will need to conquer it.
IBM's Strategy Fails To Boost Revenue, Impress Investors
News  |  4/19/2016  | 
IBM embarked on its first quarter breaking out "strategic imperatives," as part of an effort to showcase businesses such as cognitive computing that the company believes will shape its future. Yet, overall IBM's revenue experienced a decline compared to last year's first quarter.
Amazon Echo Now Offers Children's Health Advice
News  |  4/18/2016  | 
The latest update to Amazon's Echo and Alexa lets people seek out health advice from Boston Children's Hospital, and even find home improvement contractors via HomeAdvisor.
Data Outliers: 10 Ways To Prevent Big Data Damage
Slideshows  |  4/18/2016  | 
Most business decision-makers aren't trained to understand data outliers, but they can learn the basics. Executives, managers, and employees without math degrees can ask smarter questions about analyses they're basing crucial judgments on. Here are some things to know.
Pivotal Changes Elephants, Big Data-As-A-Service Growing: Big Data Roundup
News  |  4/17/2016  | 
Google machine learning wants to harness your unscheduled minutes. Pivotal expands its alliance with Hortonworks. The big data-as-a-service market is forecast to grow in a big way. Dell updates Statistica for "citizen" data scientists. All that and how your emoji choices may be driving your friends away, in the Big Data Roundup for the week ending April 17, 2016.
Hortonworks, Pivotal Expand Open Source Big Data Alliance
News  |  4/15/2016  | 
Pivotal has ditched its own Hadoop distribution in favor of Hortonworks' Hadoop as the two companies expanded their alliance to distribute each other's open source big data implementations to customers.
OpenText Tackles Digital Transformation, Extends EIM Platform To Cloud
News  |  4/13/2016  | 
OpenText Release 16 addresses EIM customer demand for digital transformation and hybrid deployments. CEO Mark Barrenechea told us about the forces driving these demands and how OpenText is pursuing its own transformation, including standardizing on a single ERP system.
SAP's Software-To-Cloud Growing Pains Reflect Industry Shift
News  |  4/12/2016  | 
SAP warned that its software license sales declined in the first quarter of 2016 and that business in the Americas was weaker than expected. Industry analysts said that SAP and other traditional software vendors will likely experience some tough quarters as they transition to offering cloud services.
'Everydata': Littlest Data Causes Biggest Impact
Commentary  |  4/12/2016  | 
A new book by authors John Johnson and Mike Gluck, offers tools for better understanding the "little data" in our lives, and reasons for being leery of big data claims that others make. Johnson spoke with InformationWeek about how data is interrupted and misinterpreted all the time.
12 Inspiring Women In Data Science, Big Data
Slideshows  |  4/11/2016  | 
Women make up half the population, yet it's been well documented that they don't come close to parity in STEM fields. Could the rise of big data and data science offer women a clearer path to success in technology? Here's a list of 12 inspiring women who work in big data and data science.
LinkedIn Donates Dr. Elephant, MapR's Drill 1.6: Big Data Roundup
News  |  4/10/2016  | 
LinkedIn contributes new technology for monitoring and managing Hadoop and Spark, MapR announces Apache Drill 1.6, SAP and IBM take their relationship to the next level, and more in our Big Data Roundup for the week ending April 10, 2016.
Businesses Harness Emotional Analytics For Gains
News  |  4/8/2016  | 
Companies are using behavioral analytics and sentiment analysis to better understand their customers, but there are still important pieces of insight missing. Few businesses have the ability to engage individuals in a way that is appropriate to the emotions they are feeling in the moment. Emotional analytics can help bridge cognitive gaps between humans and machines.
Salesforce Investing In AI, Deep Learning
News  |  4/6/2016  | 
Salesforce's recent acquisitions of AI startups including MetaMind will enable it to keep pace with the functions that consumer-focused companies such as Facebook and Google have offered.
Next-Generation Databases Shift IT Priorities
News  |  4/5/2016  | 
As organizations consider analytics in an era of big data, they are also considering a range of new database types to accommodate the challenges that come with it. A new survey looks at the databases under consideration, the big concerns of IT pros in charge of these systems, and what compromises the pros may need to make.
Facebook's AI Technology Describes Photos To Visually Impaired Users
News  |  4/5/2016  | 
Visually impaired Facebook users will now find it easier to catch up with their friends' and family's photos with automatic alternative text for iOS. The new feature is based on the social network's AI technology.
Microsoft Updates HDInsight, Kafka Training Gets A Boost: Big Data Roundup
News  |  4/3/2016  | 
In this Strata + Hadoop edition of our big data roundup, we've got news from Microsoft, Intel, Hortonworks, Confluent, and others for the week ending April 3, 2016.
AI, Public Data Sets, Real-Time: Strata + Hadoop Keynote Sampling
News  |  4/1/2016  | 
Strata + Hadoop keynotes included updates on the state of AI, new public data sets and programs from the US Department of Commerce, a closer look at what real-time data means for big data, and more. Here's a sampling of some of our favorite keynotes from this week's event.
Intel Updates Big Data Platform TAP
News  |  3/30/2016  | 
It hasn't been quite a year since chipmaker Intel introduced a free open source big data platform for managing and analyzing data. But the platform has gained momentum with new users, projects, partners, and roadmap plans. Here are the details.
8 Reasons To Consider Insights-As-A-Service
Slideshows  |  3/28/2016  | 
Organizations are purchasing all kinds of data and analytics solutions, but they still may not be meeting their business goals. If this describes your company, see how insight-driven (vs. data-driven) practices are helping other firms address the problem.
Google Loves Machine Learning, Cloudera Acquires Startup: Big Data Roundup
News  |  3/27/2016  | 
Cloudera has acquired a big data cloud services startup. Google has introduced a new machine learning option. Nvidia's CEO talks about AI. Companies are already making Strata + Hadoop announcements. We've got those items and more in the Big Data Roundup for the week ending March 27, 2016.
CrescentCare CIO: How Analytics Improves Patient Outcomes
News  |  3/23/2016  | 
CrescentCare Health in New Orleans has expanded beyond its original charter as the NO/AIDS Task Force to serve the broader community. CIO Seema Gai is leading the charge to incorporate data analytics to improve patient outcomes.
11 Tips For Successful Self-Service BI And Analytics
Slideshows  |  3/21/2016  | 
As more businesses attempt to compete with data, more people within their organizations must be able to gain insight from it. End-user requirements are changing rapidly, often at a faster pace than their employers' ability to deliver sound solutions. Here are a few ways to avoid compromising long-term benefits for short-term gains.
SAP HANA Vora Connects Enterprise To Hadoop, Spark Data
News  |  3/17/2016  | 
SAP HANA Vora, released to general availability this week, delivers on SAP's promise to connect traditional enterprise analytics tools to the vast data stored in Hadoop and Spark. The company also announced open source contributions to the Apache Spark ecosystem.
Big Data's Priorities: Streaming Analytics, Self-Service
News  |  3/17/2016  | 
Businesses are taking the next step with big data technology in 2016 with plans to implement streaming analytics and self-service, as they work to embed big data insights directly into business applications and software.
Oracle Showcases Cloud Revenue Growth In Q3
News  |  3/16/2016  | 
Oracle highlighted its big cloud growth for both PaaS and SaaS offerings during the company's third quarter of its fiscal year. Oracle executives used the company's quarterly earnings release and call with analysts to position its cloud business against rivals Salesforce and Workday.
Google Makes Big Enterprise Analytics Play
News  |  3/15/2016  | 
By unifying its data analytics offerings, Google hopes to provide enterprise marketers with more comprehensive customer insight.
11 Tech Jobs That Pay The Most: Glassdoor
Slideshows  |  3/15/2016  | 
IT positions account for 11 of the 25 top-paying jobs in Glassdoor's annual ranking. See which positions made the grade, and how your salary stacks up.
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