Big Data News – 02 Aug 2016

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With the popularity of IoT on the rise as the technology "du jour," many companies are now evaluating whether or not to take the plunge. Some, of course, have been successfully using machine to machine technologies for many years to great advantage. Sensors, meters, machines connected to monitoring systems, etc., have all been part of a number of vertical oriented industries (e.g., utilities, transportation, medical, vending). And the use of ruggedized handheld devices, many with sensors for data acquisition, have been around for decades powering early versions of the Enterprise of Things (EoT).

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Boeing chose the Azure cloud platform because Microsoft agreed to collaborate on analytics software intended to help improve operational efficiency in the narrow margin aviation sector.

Every time I call up any customer support and hear the familiar 'all our representatives are busy dealing with other customers,' that my call is very important to them and from the more technologically advanced ones that I am 'fourth in the queue and my approximate wait time is 23 minutes,' I wonder why can't they simply call me back when they are free? They already have my contact number. Some of them actually play some music while I wait – which is still better than those who actually take that opportunity to inform me about their new products.

Deploying applications in hybrid cloud environments is hard work. Your team spends most of the time maintaining your infrastructure, configuring dev/test and production environments, and deploying applications across environments — which can be both time consuming and error prone. But what if you could automate provisioning and deployment to deliver error free environments faster? What could you do with your free time?

Thomas Bitman of Gartner wrote a blog post last year about why OpenStack projects fail. In that article, he outlined three particular metrics which together cause 60% of OpenStack projects to fall short of expectations: Wrong people (31% of failures): a successful cloud needs commitment both from the operations team as well as from "anchor" tenants. Wrong processes (19% of failures): a successful cloud automates across silos in the software development lifecycle, not just within silos.

A study of Uber drivers finds that the company's algorithms amount to managerial control. However, it's not clear whether Uber's arrangement with its drivers can be applied to other organizations, including IT-oriented industries.

Kimera Systems, developers of the commercial human-like intelligence technology for connected devices, announced the closing of its angel round of funding.

The ease with which confidential information can be shared outside the company is a perennial headache for those charged with managing security.

A phenomenal shift has occurred over the past few years in the enterprise data world. The ubiquitous data warehouses — the foundation for business intelligence and data discovery for several decades — are now becoming obsolete due to the emergence of data lakes. While both data warehouses and data lakes have their pros and cons, a new era of 'smart' data lakes based on semantic technology is emerging that can reduce the disadvantages of either, creating a clear path for the industry.

In this special technology white paper, "Scale-out Data Lake Solution Built on EMC Isilon," you'll learn all the essentials a data lake based on EMC Isilon provides- CAPEX savings, OPEX savings, elimination of storage silos, regulatory compliance, and multi-protocol access.

As one of New England's largest furniture chains, Jordan's Furniture knows a bit about volume. But when the volume of data stores on its virtualized IT infrastructure grew to a certain size, the company found the complexity was a hindrance to the troubleshooting of potential problems. That's when it turned to an advanced analytic toolset for greater clarity. The rise of virtualization products and hypervisors has transformed the IT industry and reduced the threat of X86 server sprawl in a major way. Instead of running dozens of individual server instances on standalone hardware, organizations can use a hypervisor like VMware's ESXi to house each server instance in its own virtual machine (VM) that runs on a single physical server.

In this special guest feature, Ellen Rubin, CEO and co-founder of ClearSky Data, discusses three ways to extend the use of the cloud as effectively as possible when working to manage the increasing volume of machine generated data.

So, if government security can't identify a rogue email server in a timely manner, how many other security risks is it missing?

No matter how well-built your applications are, countless issues can cause performance problems, putting the platforms they are running on under scrutiny. If you've moved to Node.js to power your applications, you may be at risk of these issues calling your choice into question. How do you identify vulnerabilities and mitigate risk to take the focus off troubleshooting the technology and back where it belongs, on innovation? There is no doubt that Node.js is one of today's leading platforms of choice for microservices and gluing tiers, connecting the heavy lifting business logic with modern offerings like single page applications.

The head of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise's cloud team is leaving the company in a reorg that will also see the creation of a new cloud division. Two other top executives are also departing: Manish Goel, the head of HPE's storage business, and Robert Vrij, managing director of sales for the Americas. The changes, announced in a blog post Monday, follow the news last month that Martin Fink, HPE's CTO and the head of HP Labs, will retire at the end of the year. HPE was formed last year when the old Hewlett-Packard split in two, with HP Inc. now selling PCs and printers, and HPE data center products and services.

I'm not an early adopter when it comes to technology, but I do realize that you can't wait forever… I remember when the smart phone came out. I wrote them off as a passing fad, because I was in love with my "simple" flip phone, because it was pink. It didn't matter to me that (more…)

Enterprises and service providers are moving to cloud. Cloud providers are expanding their infrastructure, reach and ease of adoption. Users are becoming mobile, they access their information and services on their personal mobile devices first. We have seen game changers like Netflix and AirBnB become vastly successful by using the power of public cloud as their infrastructure of choice.

The Open Data Platform Initiative with John MerticThis episode we have an interview with John Mertic about ODPi. There has been plenty of mystery and even some controversy about ODPi which we attempt to resolve for you. Big thanks to John for giving us some of his time for this interview!

The great thing about small businesses is their intimate appeal and unique nature. Without the little guys, the business world and the products and services it delivers would be homogenized and dull. But enterprises are constantly looking at ways to dominate the market. One of those ways is through analyzing and monetizing the huge amounts of data generated by consumers. This may seem like the exclusive realm of data scientists and billion-dollar industry. It's not.

Amazon has gradually rolled out parts of its IoT offerings in the last year, but these are just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to optimizing their back-end AWS offerings, Amazon is laying the ground work to be a major force in IoT — especially in the connected home and office. Amazon is extending its reach by building on its dominant Cloud IoT platform, its Dash Button strategy, recently announced Replenishment Services, the Echo/Alexa voice recognition control platform, the 6-7 strategic investments of its Venture group, strategic partnerships with 50+ major consumer package goods companies and the 50-70 million current Prime customers to become a dominant force in IoT.

An incredible amount of information about a person hides within the language they use, and surprisingly the way in which language is constructed can be significantly more insightful than the words themselves. Through over 20 years of research in social psychology, Jamie Pennebaker (University of Texas Professor and co-founder of new Teradata partner Receptiviti) discovered that it was the 'function words' that we normally discard when performing text analytics that are key to understanding the person behind the language.

The head of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise's cloud team is leaving the company in a reorg that will also see the creation of a new cloud division. Two other top executives are also departing: Manish Goel, the head of HPE's storage business, and Robert Vrij, managing director of sales for the Americas.

Why do so many organizations struggle to prove the ROI of their BI initiative? Here's how your company can produce a more accurate picture of the actual dollar value of BI. Keep on reading: Unexpected factors that affect the ROI of business intelligence

Hard on the heels of its Demandware acquisition in June, Salesforce confirmed on Monday that it's acquiring cloud collaboration software maker Quip. The purchase price is $582 million, plus the value of Salesforce's previous investments in the company, according to a regulatory filing late last week. According to one estimate, the total value amounts to roughly $750 million.

It seems like every day we see reminders of the importance of thorough security testing from all areas of the software world. Security has become an especially critical consideration for APIs in recent years. Organizations rely on APIs to share and receive information – either from a third party or between internal applications – so the level of security between these applications is critical for anyone who uses them.

There are plenty of companies vying for a piece of the worldwide cloud infrastructure market, but the top four — all in the U.S. — dominate by such a wide margin as to effectively leave their competitors in the dust. That's the overriding conclusion of a study released Monday by Synergy Research Group, which provides quarterly market tracking and segmentation data, including vendor revenues by segment and region.

Though the DNC isn't critical infrastructure, the hacking of the DNC computers, if it's assumed the Russians are responsible, illustrates the stakes.

Open source Apache Kafka is an increasingly central component of an effective big data strategy. Here's why.

Enterprise performance management platforms can help save money and improve the chances for a successful M&A integration.

Often, the approach to cloud security doesn't follow the organization's regular security practices.

The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to generate a huge amount of excitement in IT and business circles. People are all but breathless over the opportunities that are at our doorstep–and for good reason. The IoT represents a major growth opportunity for businesses–one that CIOs should begin pursuing now, while the sector is still developing. Getting there, however, is another story.

EView Technology has announced enhanced functionality to its EView Insight for Splunk. EView Insight enables seamless integration of IBM Mainframe and iSeries (AS/400) environments into Splunk implementations, providing the most cost effective solution in the marketplace. EView Insight for Splunk has extended its broad capabilities to now include additional SMF records and enhanced the EView Custom Message Interface (EVCMI), which makes it easy to extend applications, batch jobs and installation automation rules to send customer messages to Splunk. With the EVCMI, EView Insight's ability to gather, report, and analyze any mainframe is nearly limitless.

Even though the technology has barely made it to the test bed at most enterprises, are we already launching into the Container 2.0 era?

Verizon Communications plans to buy cloud-computing-focused fleet management firm Fleetmatics Group, in a deal that will pump up the telecom carrier's internet of things portfolio. The $2.4 billion deal for the Dublin-based fleet management vendor will give Verizon a toehold in the GPS vehicle-tracking and connected cars markets.

Both candidates saw convention bumps, but what does that really tell us? Social media trends from the #RNC and #DNC offer more incisive and nuanced insights than polling data alone.

This year has come up short on predictability. That's the backdrop as a KPMG study shows CEOs seeking more trust in big data and analytics.

A day in the life of data science professionals likely involves navigating the challenges and complexities of sourcing, preparing, modeling, developing and governing data, analytics tools and other assets in collaborative environments. Get a glimpse of the roles that compose data science teams and a new experience that offers these teams a next-generation integrated development environment for creating and delivering innovative desired outcomes.

SYS-CON Events announced today that 910Telecom will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Housed in the classic Denver Gas & Electric Building, 910 15th St., 910Telecom is a carrier-neutral telecom hotel located in the heart of Denver. Adjacent to CenturyLink, AT&T, and Denver Main, 910Telecom offers connectivity to all major carriers, Internet service providers, Internet backbones and exchanges.

By now, the link between IT modernization and business success is clearly defined and well understood. According to a recent survey of IT professionals, 93 percent of respondents indicated that adopting significant new technologies is at least somewhat important to their organization's long-term success, and budget limitations ranked as one of the top limitations to that adoption. I think the key problem here is that IT departments are still seen as cost centers, not as business enablers.

It has been another exciting week on Hortonworks Community Connection HCC. We continue to see great activity and recommend the following assets from last week. Top Articles from HCC HDF installation on EC2 by:mpandit Hortonworks DataFlow (HDF) powered by Apache NiFi, Kafka and Storm, collects, curates, analyzes and delivers real-time data from the IoAT to… The post Top Articles on HCC — Hortonworks Community appeared first on Hortonworks.

Threats and threat actors are increasingly prevalent today given current technological advancements, which can result in gaps and vulnerabilities such as physical threats, fraud attacks and cyberthreats. Governments and commercial business leaders alike must employ advanced analytic solutions to detect, disrupt and outthink these threats.

Armor Anywhere agent software enables Armor to remotely monitor virtual machines to keep IT organizations informed about every change made.

The Data Set You Can No Longer Ignore: Consumer Engagement with Social Issues, at Predictive Analytics World New York, October 23-27, 2016, we asked Brian Reich, former Director at The Hive, a few questions about his work in predictive analytics. Q: In your work with predictive analytics, what behavior or outcome do your models predict? A: We started by analyzing current donors.

Mesosphere announced its Data Center Operating System now works with data and message management systems from Lightbend, Confluent, and DataStax.

Getting hands-on with a multi-node cluster for self-learning or testing is even easier, now. Last December, we introduced the Cloudera QuickStart Docker image to make it easier than ever before to explore Cloudera's distributed data processing platform, including tools such as Apache Impala (incubating), Apache Spark, and Apache Solr. While the single-node getting-started image was well-received, we noted a large number of requests from the community for a multi-node CDH deployment via Docker. The post Multi-node Clusters with Cloudera QuickStart for Docker appeared first on Cloudera Engineering Blog.

In Azure ML Studio, you use a browser-based "workbench" tool to flow data through pre-built data munging, machine learning and predictive modeling modules. These pre-built components perform… …

In Azure ML Studio, you use a browser-based "workbench" tool to flow data through pre-built data munging, machine learning and predictive modeling modules. These pre-built components perform computations in the Azure cloud and cover just about everything you'd want to do with data, including data transformation tools (add/remove columns, split data), variable selection, statistical and machine learning functions (classification, clustering, regression), and even text analytics. For everything else, you can use a language module that allows you to pass the data stream through any R or Python script, which gives you pretty much unlimited flexibility in how you handle the data.

More than 80 percent of enterprise data is considered "dark," defined as data that is captured and stored–yet never used.

Pokemon GO has kids of all ages roaming the world in search of digital beasts to capture with their smartphones. While the pop-culture phenomenon provides a (mostly) innocent diversion for the summer, it also serves as a potent reminder about the power of big data and how we'll interact with emerging technologies, like augmented reality, in the future. We've never seen anything quite like Pokemon GO before.

by Carsten Bange, founder and managing director of the Business Application Research Center (BARC) In my previous blog post, I showed that integrating "classic" BI tasks such as reporting and data analysis with planning and other performance management tasks is a highly relevant requirement for organizations. It is key to leveraging a company's strategy and steering (more…)

It now appears that some form of analytics is being baked into every packaged application.

UpGuard has become a member of the Center for Internet Security (CIS), and will continue to help businesses expand visibility into their cyber risk by providing hardening benchmarks to all customers. By incorporating these benchmarks, UpGuard's CSTAR solution builds on its lead in providing the most complete assessment of both internal and external cyber risk. CIS benchmarks are a widely accepted set of hardening guidelines that have been publicly available for years.

Big data invokes in people both awe and distrust. Collection of big data has gained a bad reputation in recent times thanks to NSA spying revelations. However, big data is really the backbone of how modern business is conducted. Thanks to technology, companies have access to more data about their customers than ever. Carefully analyzing big data can unveil extremely beneficial information for businesses.

StackIQ has announced the release of Stacki 3.2. Stacki is an easy-to-use Linux server provisioning tool. Stacki 3.2 delivers new capabilities that simplify the automation and integration of site-specific requirements. StackIQ is the commercial entity behind this open source bare metal provisioning tool. Since the release of Stacki in June of 2015, the Stacki core team has been focused on making the Community Edition meet the needs of members of the community, adding features and value, while maintaining the StackIQ supported Pro and Enterprise editions.

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