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Top 125 Vendors To Watch
Commentary  |  9/27/2016  | 
InformationWeek and its sister publications Dark Reading and Network Computing have teamed up to bring you a roundup of the hottest vendors in cloud, data management, DevOps, infrastructure, and security. The 125 vendors you'll find here range from established players making strides in their markets to newcomers setting the stage for the future.
The State Of Data Engineers
News  |  9/15/2016  | 
Demand for data engineers is on the rise in enterprise, particularly in those organizations that aspire to be the next Uber or Airbnb. Here's a look at this quickly growing job category within IT.
7 Ways IT Pros Can Boost Data Analytics Skills
Slideshows  |  9/13/2016  | 
Whether you are an IT pro looking to add data analytics and data science skills to your repertoire, or you are looking to make a career change from IT to the data analytics field, here are seven tips that can give you a head start.
NoSQL Databases: An Enterprise Necessity
News  |  9/5/2016  | 
Here's a look at enterprise plans for implementation of NoSQL databases, and some of the top vendors providing this technology.
IT Investment Uptick Triggered By Productivity Goals
News  |  8/23/2016  | 
A recent Deloitte survey indicates businesses are investing more in IT platforms and services that can drive productivity. Specifically, these firms are using IT to increase productivity while they focus on technologies such as cloud and analytics.
8 Salesforce Buys Boost Analytics, Machine Learning Portfolio
Slideshows  |  8/22/2016  | 
SaaS-based enterprise application and CRM giant Salesforce has accelerated its acquisition pace recently, snapping up eight companies, large and small, over the past several months. Here's a look at some of the deals and what they reveal about Salesforce's strategy.
Apple's AI Plans, MapR Raises $50M: Big Data Roundup
News  |  8/21/2016  | 
Hadoop distributor MapR raises new round of equity funding and hints at possible IPO, Salesforce acquires another analytics startup, PwC partners with Coursera on a data analytics course, and Apple CEO Tim Cook talks AI and more in our Big Data Roundup for the week ending Aug. 21, 2016.
What It Means To Be A Data Scientist
News  |  8/18/2016  | 
How do data scientists spend their time? What tools do they use? What degrees do they have? Check out our handy infographic to find out.
13 Ways Machine Learning Can Steer You Wrong
Slideshows  |  8/17/2016  | 
Applying machine learning and artificial intelligence to your decision-making can help your business stay competitive. But a lot can go wrong along the way. Without the proper checks and balances, machine learning efforts can spiral out of control, exposing your organization to risks. Here are 13 pitfalls to avoid.
10 Cool Machine Learning Startups To Watch
Slideshows  |  8/15/2016  | 
Machine learning is technology that trains software so developers don't have to code it by hand. The number of new companies in the category has grown exponentially over the past few years. Here are 10 machine learning startups worth a closer look.
Machine Learning Startups Snapped Up: Big Data Roundup
News  |  8/14/2016  | 
Apple, Intel, Palantir, and HPE were among the tech giants acquiring data analytics and machine learning companies. Here's your Big Data Roundup for the week ending August 14, 2016.
HPE Doubles-Down On HPC With SGI Acquisition
News  |  8/12/2016  | 
Hewlett Packard Enterprise has acquired another high performance computing company with a long history in Silicon Valley -- SGI -- in a deal worth $275 million. Here's what the acquisition indicates about HPE's strategy going forward.
Palantir Acquires Data Visualization Specialist Silk
News  |  8/12/2016  | 
Analytics software and consulting provider Palantir has acquired Silk, a data visualization startup. Silk's platform will continue to operate unsupported as the company's team will join Palantir.
Intel Buys Deep Learning Startup Nervana To Bolster AI Business
News  |  8/10/2016  | 
The chipmaker says it will use Nervana Systems' expertise in accelerating deep learning algorithms to expand Intel's capabilities in the field of artificial intelligence.
10 Ways Bots Can Improve Your Business Processes
Slideshows  |  8/10/2016  | 
Businesses use bots to engage with customers, online and via social media, because they're a cost-effective way to respond instantly to simple queries. As the technology improves, bots are finding their way into more use-cases where human judgment and effort were traditionally required. Are bots right for your business? Here are 10 examples to help you decide.
How Data Visualization Can Improve Your Workspace
News  |  8/8/2016  | 
JLL, a professional services and investment management company specializing in real estate, is turning to data visualization to help improve the way its clients work. The company's CIO for corporate solutions tells us the story behind the firm's new analytics platform.
Hortonworks, Tableau In The Spotlight: Big Data Roundup
News  |  8/7/2016  | 
Data visualization and business intelligence platform provider Tableau and big data Hadoop distributor Hortonworks reported their earnings this week. Here's a peek inside the state of the business of big data technologies in our Big Data Roundup for the week ended August 7, 2016.
IBM: AI Should Stand For 'Augmented Intelligence'
News  |  8/4/2016  | 
Answering the White House's call for input on artificial intelligence, IBM argues the technology should be designed to assist people rather than replace them.
9 Tips For Hiring Data Science Talent
Slideshows  |  8/4/2016  | 
Data scientists are the new corporate rock stars. Companies in all industries know they need a strong bench of data science talent to have any hope of becoming the next Uber or Netflix. With more demand than supply, here's what you need to know about recruiting the best and brightest.
Office 365 Taps Machine Learning, Tableau 10 Debuts: Big Data Roundup
News  |  7/31/2016  | 
Microsoft machine learning provides grammar coaching, Tableau 10 gives control back to IT, Teradata acquires Big Data Partnership, GE offers Predix IoT Kit, and more in the Big Data Roundup for the week ending July 31, 2016.
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 Pokémon 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.
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