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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.
Google Killing Off Flash-Based Ads By June
News  |  2/10/2016  | 
While Adobe Flash is little loved, its retirement has been a slow one. Google has announced steps to speed the process, and it will switch over to an HTML5 format in June.
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.
CIO's Journey: From IT To Cloud Service Provider
News  |  2/10/2016  | 
Rhonda Winter held three CIO posts in Indianapolis, including one overseeing IT for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the home of the Indianapolis 500. Then she decided to join Bluelock and provide future cloud services to enterprise CIOs.
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.
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.
SwiftKey Boosts AI, Azure IoT Hub Ready: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  2/6/2016  | 
This week Microsoft announced its undersea data center, released Windows 10 builds for PC and mobile, readied its Azure IoT hub, and made its Azure IoT Hub generally available.
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.
Salesforce Raises Prices, Enhances Mobile, Other Features
News  |  2/4/2016  | 
Online CRM vendor Salesforce has enhanced the field service and several other capabilities across its platform, reconfigured its packaging, and raised prices. It has also added Accenture as a cloud CRM customer.
Google, Microsoft Bid For Burgeoning Cloud Market
News  |  2/4/2016  | 
Amazon may be the largest vendor, but Google and Microsoft are bringing new initiatives into a rapidly growing cloud service marketplace.
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.
Email Etiquette: 5 Ways To Write Better Corporate Email
Commentary  |  2/3/2016  | 
It's easier than ever to send a corporate email -- and that's a huge problem. Misleading and meandering messages often clog corporate inboxes and lead to poor communication among colleagues. Here's a look at five common email mistakes and ways to fix them.
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.
Free Hadoop, Spark Training; Advanced Analytics Market Grows: Big Data Roundup
News  |  1/31/2016  | 
MapR is expanding its free training on Hadoop and Spark, Gartner says the advanced analytics market is growing fast, and Microsoft gets generous with deep learning. Plus, how to stop your leaders from making decisions. All that and more in our big data roundup for the week ending January 31.
Office Options Grow, Q2 Earnings Rise On Cloud: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  1/30/2016  | 
Cloud dominated again in Microsoft's Q2 financial report, closing out a week of news on Windows 10, Cortana, iOS apps, and Office Online.
Microsoft Q2 Buoyed By Azure, Office 365 Gains
News  |  1/29/2016  | 
Microsoft generated $25.7 billion in revenue for Q2 2016, largely driven by its Azure and Office 365 cloud offerings. Phone revenues declined nearly 50% from the same quarter a year ago.
Microsoft Office Online Gets New Cloud Storage Options
News  |  1/28/2016  | 
Microsoft is extending the real-time coauthoring and sharing capabilities of Office Online to partner cloud providers like Box and Dropbox.
Salesforce Adds 'Private Spaces' On Heroku Platform
News  |  1/27/2016  | 
Salesforce users can now run an app in isolation by using a private network on the multi-tenant Heroku development platform.
Big Data Must Deliver Business Value: Informatica CEO
News  |  1/27/2016  | 
Informatica's new CEO spoke with InformationWeek about what's next for big data in the enterprise and how he plans to deliver that for customers. Here are the details.
11 iPhone Apps To Get Healthy, Wealthy, And Productive
Slideshows  |  1/26/2016  | 
These iPhone apps will take the hassle out of everyday tasks, and give you time for those New Year's Resolutions you made.
Microsoft's Cortana To Spy On Email To Keep You On Track
News  |  1/25/2016  | 
Microsoft plans to make Cortana smarter with the ability to scan emails and set alerts for commitments you may forget.
Big Data Benchmark Showdown: Talend Vs. Informatica
News  |  1/25/2016  | 
Talend has acknowledged Informatica's objections to a recent big data integration benchmark test. The company has issued an invitation to Informatica to participate in creating a new benchmark test. Will Informatica agree to the challenge?
Edge Analytics An Antidote To IoT Data Deluge
News  |  1/25/2016  | 
As more organizations embrace the IoT, some may find themselves overwhelmed by the volume of data generated. Edge analytics can reduce the need to store and process it all at a central location. Here are the details.
Cloudera Director 2.0 Debuts, Google Donates To Apache Foundation: Big Data Roundup
News  |  1/24/2016  | 
Cloudera has updated a key tool for managing big data, Google has contributed its Cloud Dataflow platform to the Apache Foundation Incubator. We have this and more in our Big Data Roundup for the week ending January 24.
SAP's Q4, Full Year Results Lifted By Cloud
News  |  1/23/2016  | 
ERP software giant SAP reported revenue growth for its Q4 and full fiscal year, along with strong growth of its cloud business. But the strength of the cloud business weighed on profits, which declined for both the quarter and the year.
Compuware CEO: Mainframes Can Be Agile
Commentary  |  1/22/2016  | 
Compuware has gone back to its mainframe roots, and it has made the trip agile, CEO Chris O'Malley tells InformationWeek in an interview.
8 Ways To Monetize Data
Slideshows  |  1/22/2016  | 
Data may be a company's most valuable asset, but few are maximizing its economic benefit. Here eight ways that organizations are deriving real, bottom-line value from their data.
IBM's Fourth-Quarter Results Hold Promise, Pitfalls
News  |  1/21/2016  | 
IBM turned in better-than-expected fourth-quarter results this week. However, the numbers still show how far Big Blue has to go to return to profit and growth. When does the Street run out of patience?
Microsoft Giving Nonprofits $1 Billion In Cloud Services
News  |  1/20/2016  | 
Microsoft's new Philanthropies organization has revealed plans to donate $1 billion in cloud computing resources to serve the public good worldwide. CEO Satya Nadella made the announcement at Davos.
Microsoft Buys MinecraftEdu, Previews OneNote Learning Tools
News  |  1/19/2016  | 
Microsoft announced Jan. 18 that it's buying MinecraftEdu from Teacher Gaming. With the acquisition, fans of the sandbox video game will be pleased to see the open world platform headed for an expanded presence in classrooms.
Gartner: IT Spending Will Top $3.5 Trillion In 2016
News  |  1/19/2016  | 
In a new report, Gartner finds that worldwide IT spending will top $3.5 trillion in 2016. However, spending on devices and telecom services are still expected to decline as major players in the world economy struggle with growth headwinds.
AI, Machine Learning Rising In The Enterprise
News  |  1/19/2016  | 
AI and machine learning are graduating from science fiction to reality. It's estimated that about half of large enterprises are currently experimenting with AI projects. Several vendors, including Facebook, Google, IBM, and Microsoft, have donated machine learning development projects to open source.
Microsoft R Updates, IBM's Fraud-Detection Analytics Buy: Big Data Roundup
News  |  1/17/2016  | 
In our big data roundup for the past week, we've got news from Microsoft about what it's been doing with statistical modeling language R, IBM's acquisition of a real-time fraud analytics company, Baidu's donation of some machine learning efforts to open source, and a management shakeup at Apache Spark company Databricks.
End Of IE Support, Windows 10 For Business: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  1/16/2016  | 
This week brought Skype and Outlook updates, a new Windows 10 preview build, and the end of support for Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10.
Yahoo Releases Massive Data Set To Academic Institutions
News  |  1/15/2016  | 
The clicks and searches of 20 million anonymous Yahoo users could help researchers in a number of different academic institutions expand the boundaries of machine learning and deep learning.
Cisco Fighting Shadow IT With New Cloud Service
News  |  1/15/2016  | 
Cisco has launched a service, called Cloud Consumption Services, that sniffs out surreptitious cloud users practicing shadow IT. The service also analyzes the risk and helps IT manage use.
Big Data Goes Mainstream: What Now?
News  |  1/14/2016  | 
Now that big data initiatives are going mainstream in Fortune 1000 companies, CIOs and other C-level executives are targeting the next frontier -- how to transform all that information into products and services -- according to a new report.
Outlook, Skype Updates Arrive For Android, iOS
News  |  1/13/2016  | 
Microsoft is releasing updates to its Skype and Outlook tools for iOS and Android platforms.
Microsoft Buys Event Zero Tech, Boosts Skype For Business
News  |  1/13/2016  | 
Microsoft has acquired technology assets from Event Zero in an effort to improve management tools within Skype for Business.
Microsoft Rebrands, Updates R Portfolio
News  |  1/13/2016  | 
Microsoft acquired Revolution Analytics and its distribution of the open source R statistical modeling language almost a year ago. Today the company showed that R continues to be a cornerstone of its advanced analytics strategy. Here are details on the updates.
Microsoft Kills Support For Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10
News  |  1/12/2016  | 
With the end of support for Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10, most people using an older version of Microsoft's browser are forced to upgrade, switch browsers, or put their systems at risk.
Big Data Moves From Hype To Reality, CompTIA Finds
News  |  1/12/2016  | 
Organizations are moving past the hype and into actual value when it comes to big data and analytics implementation, according to a new survey by CompTIA. But challenges remain, including a skills gap and the struggle to wrangle the growing quantity of data generated.
Avnet CIO: Put Business At The Center Of IT
News  |  1/11/2016  | 
As an IT and electronics distributor, Avnet is in a unique position to view the trends driving the technology industry. It's also in the position of implementing those trends itself, including cloud computing and customer self-service. Here's how CIO Steve Phillips aligns IT with business at Avnet.
Apple Acquires Feelings, Microsoft R Update, 2016 Predictions: Big Data Roundup
News  |  1/10/2016  | 
Apple is getting emotional. The company has acquired a startup that claims its facial recognition software can read your feelings. Meanwhile, Microsoft gets ready to update its R strategy, vendors offer their 2016 big data predictions, and more. Here's our big data roundup for the week ending January 10, 2016.
9 Reasons Why Personalized Marketing Still Isn't Accurate
Slideshows  |  1/8/2016  | 
Personalization efforts have served as a vanguard for big data at many organizations. But some of these programs still fall short. Here's a closer look at what's going wrong. Does your enterprise fit these profiles?
Government IT: Hot Tech Trends In 2016
News  |  1/7/2016  | 
Local, state, and federal governments are aiming to make their tech initiatives more open, responsive, technically up-to-date, and secure this year. Can they pull it off?
Top Data Privacy Issues To Scare You In 2016
Commentary  |  1/6/2016  | 
In 2016 issues regarding privacy, whether in personal or business data, are going to dominate headlines and change the way people interact with technology and the companies that provide it. From encryption to drones, to personal information, here's what to watch in the next 12 months.
Twitter's Top Data Science, Analytics, And BI Feeds
Slideshows  |  1/6/2016  | 
Twitter is a veritable playground for data scientists looking to scrape and analyze public data. But it's also a great place to learn about what data scientists, business intelligence practitioners, and analytics experts are thinking. Here are 11 of our favorites on Twitter.
Hot New Wares From LG, Samsung, Qualcomm Invade CES 2016
News  |  1/6/2016  | 
Connected car technology and smart home appliances were among Tuesday's announcements at CES 2016.
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