Big Data News – 02 Jun 2016

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Last year, Twitter dropped two bombshells. First, it would no longer use Apache Storm in production. Second, it had replaced it with a homegrown data processing system, Heron. Despite releasing a paper detailing the architecture of Heron, Twitter's alternative to Storm remained hidden in Twitter's data centers. That all changed last week when Twitter released Heron under an open source license. So what is Heron, and where does it fit in the world of data processing at scale?

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IBM's Spectrum Computing is an interesting indication of where the enterprise IT industry is aggressively going.

The new Open sourced based product Big Data Ready Enterprise (BDRE) makes adoption of big data technology simpler & faster through big data workloads optimization on an integrated unified framework

IBM has unveiled IBM Spectrum Computing, a suite of software designed to make it simpler to run multiple types of applications on a cluster.

Mobility, data, the Internet Of Things, cloud computing. These are the terms that IT hears again and again. In fact, there's a term for what all these mean for business and IT: "Digital Transformation." However, what's new about it? At this year's Interop conference, Prashanth Shenoy, Cisco's senior director for enterprise networks and mobility, explained how these technologies are now mature enough to really affect business and begin the transformation that we're heard so much about.

In this special guest feature, Mark Gross, President & CEO and founder of Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL), asserts that the definition of the term "Big Data" is very fluid historically and will continue to change as technology advances.

Here at insideBIGDATA, we're very serious about data science and machine learning. Data science holds the potential to dramatically impact our lives and how we work. Despite its promise, many questions about data science remain.

If you want to get under Diane Bryant's skin these days, just ask her about GPUs. The head of Intel's powerful data center group was at Computex in Taipei this week, in part to explain how the company's latest Xeon Phi processor is a good fit for machine learning. Machine learning is the process by which companies like Google and Facebook train software to get better at performing AI tasks including computer vision and understanding natural language. It's key to improving all kinds of online services: Google said recently that it's rethinking everything it does around machine learning.

While many government agencies have embraced the idea of employing cloud computing as a tool for increasing the efficiency and flexibility of IT, many still struggle with large scale adoption. The challenge is mainly attributed to the federated structure of these agencies as well as the immaturity of brokerage and governance tools and models. Initiatives like FedRAMP are a great first step toward solving many of these challenges but there are a lot of unknowns that are yet to be tackled.

What does it mean to call your company "data-driven?" Definitions range from simple reporting to viewing data science as a core business strategy. We asked executives from a variety of businesses to help us identify which traits are essential for becoming a truly data-driven company. See what we learned, and tell us how your organization stacks up.

Facebook announces new AI — DeepText. It will help the social network to improve users' "experiences" by "solving tricky language challenges." In English, that appears to mean Facebook will mine even more of your private data, so it can sell even more ads and tell brands even more about you. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers are the product. Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention: Facebook PR fail…

For year one of your big data project, it's important to adjust expectations and look for other forms of "return" while you wait for substantial financial results to trickle in.

All humans thirst for knowledge. This feature of our species is highly adaptive, hard wired, and is the byproduct of evolution. Although we're born with certain skills and abilities, we learn through experience and acquire knowledge. Kahneman and Tversky postulated in their seminal work in Psychology and Economics that humans have two systems for acquiring…

The global wireless health market by products encompasses ECG monitors, insulin monitors, neuromonitors such as EEG and EMG devices. This research report analyzes this market on the basis of its market segments, major geographies, and current market trends. Recent estimates show that an astounding 1.8 million people across the world will be using wireless remote monitoring devices by 2017. Many of these users will be those suffering from chronic diseases. To put that into perspective, consider this: about 75% of all healthcare expenditure worldwide is spent on patients suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma, and Alzheimer's, and cardiovascular problems.

A senior finance manager in Oracle's cloud business has complained to a federal court that she was terminated from her job because she refused to go along with, and threatened to blow the whistle on accounting principles that she considered to be unlawful. In a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Svetlana Blackburn has stated that her superiors instructed her "to add millions of dollars in accruals to financial reports, with no concrete or foreseeable billing to support the numbers, an act that Plaintiff warned was improper and suspect accounting." The former employee is said to have warned her supervisor that she would blow the whistle if ordered to proceed further in the same manner.

Continuum Analytics, the creator and driving force behind Anaconda, a leading open data science platform powered by Python, welcomes Intel into the Anaconda ecosystem. Intel has adopted the Anaconda packaging and distribution and is working with Continuum to provide interoperability.

I'm going to cry tonight, long and hard. I'll do so as I remember and mourn Jeremy Geelan. I knew Jeremy for almost 20 years, from the time he showed up one day at Cloud Expo's headquarters in Bergen County, New Jersey, and went to work. The show wasn't called Cloud Expo then, of course — it was still known as Java Edge, a pioneering event that grabbed developers, architects, and enterprise IT users alike for twice-yearly confabs. Jeremy didn't have a job there, or even a job offer. He was simply a fan of the technology and the show. So when his wife, a Danish diplomat, was relocated to the UN in New York, Jeremy literally sprang into action and made himself at home at the show's office.

In another indication of a maturing technology and growing demand, an industry group has released a big data analytics benchmark designed to gauge the performance of Hadoop-based systems. The Transaction Processing Performance Council said this week its TPCx-BB benchmark for big data analytics systems covers systems such as MapReduce, Apache Hive, Apache Spark and Machine Learning Library, or MLib.

Cloud Expo, Inc. has announced today that Andi Mann returns to 'DevOps at Cloud Expo 2016' as Conference Chair The @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York. "DevOps is set to be one of the most profound disruptions to hit IT in decades," said Andi Mann. "It is a natural extension of cloud computing, and I have seen both firsthand and in independent research the fantastic results DevOps delivers.

The next version of Microsoft's SQL Server relational database management system is now available, and along with it comes a special offer designed specifically to woo Oracle customers. Until the end of this month, Oracle users can migrate their databases to SQL Server 2016 and receive the necessary licenses for free with a subscription to Microsoft's Software Assurance maintenance program. Microsoft announced the June 1 release date for SQL Server 2016 early last month. Among the more notable enhancements it brings are updateable, in-memory column stores and advanced analytics.

Getting value from body worn camera video mandates the use of video analytics. Law enforcement can then benefit from speedy retrieval and redaction of footage to assist investigations.

Originating from incremental development techniques, first used back in 1957 by a group of engineers at IBM and Motorola, Agile philosophy has long become a generally accepted standard in software development. Initially considered to be the domain of startups and small companies, agile methodologies, however, are gaining wider use with enterprises.

If you've been wondering how to heighten your organization's collaborative capabilities, then dive into the world of cloud environments, exploring the wide range of benefits that hybrid cloud solutions bring to the modern business environment.

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Register now for the June 8th and 9th event in Novi, MI! The 16th Annual TU-Automotive Conference and Exhibition kicks off next week in Novi, MI, just outside of Detroit. This two-day conference features 150 speakers, 300 booths, and 3000 attendees. It's the world's largest conference and exhibition dedicated to automotive technology and innovation. Click… The post Join Hortonworks at TU-Automotive Detroit 2016 appeared first on Hortonworks.

Big Data is not a technology. It's about answering business questions and delivering value. The penalty for poor decisions is enormous, so resourceful firms are combining new data streams and existing data sets in new ways, and they're applying analytics to tease out hard-to-find correlations and connections for better, faster decisions.

Telecommunications is a capital-intensive business, and it seems that the tide has turned on the poor landscape of the past few years.

Most people haven't heard the word, "gamification," even though they probably, and perhaps unwittingly, participate in it every day. Gamification is "the process of adding games or game-like elements to something (as a task) so as to encourage participation." Further, gamification is about bringing game mechanics — rules, constructs, processes, and methods — into the real world in an effort to engage people.

Supporting Docker and rkt containers, Torus is latest addition to what CoreOS calls a Google Infrastructure for Everyone Else (GIFEE) platform.

Imagine your city as it might be in the not-so-distant future. Transportation in this city is various, pleasant, and low-impact. There are safe and efficient bike lanes, and anyone can order a cheap ride from an autonomous, minimal-emissions vehicle. Because fewer people drive, and almost no one idles in traffic, air quality is high. There are plenty of parks and open spaces because cars are less prevalent.

It wasn't long ago that developers looked to the Lamba architecture for hints on how to design big data applications that needed elements of both batch and streaming data. But already, the Lamba architecture is falling out of favor, especially in light of a new crop of frameworks like Apache Spark and Apache Flink that can do it all. Nathan Marz, the creator of Apache Storm, first postulated the ideas behind the Lambda architecture in a 2011 blog post titled "How to beat the CAP theorem."

Microsoft plans to open its Windows Holographic operating system to run on mixed-reality devices designed and built by outside manufacturers.

The 11th major version of the flagship database from the world's largest software company has been released to general availability (GA). Here's the lowdown on what's in it.

For the first time, this new study by Intel software engineers analyzes the performance impact of using Apache HBase on various modern storage technologies. As more "fast" storage technologies (such as SSD and NVMe SSD) emerge, organizations with big data use cases want to make better use of them to achieve better throughput and latency.

Our latest addition to the SAP Analytics family, SAP BusinessObjects Roambi was a big hit at SAPPHIRE NOW this year! I want to recap some of the highlights from a Roambi perspective, and kick-off a series of regular blogs that will keep you updated on all things Roambi right here going forward. We'll also deep-dive…

Security in the cloud is all about visibility and control, and Microsoft is aiming to give Office 365 customers more of both with Wednesday's introduction of Office 365 Advanced Security Management. "This is really tailored to the chief security officer, the IT administrator — in smaller businesses, the IT manager," says Ron Markezich, corporate vice president for Office 365 Commercial Marketing, formerly Microsoft's CIO. "It allows you to see what apps are being used within the environment.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos dishes on the millions of hours of work the company has put into creating the Echo and its AI assistant Alexa, and explains what's to come.

Operationally, serverless computing can remove many of the latency and data availability issues that hamper crucial applications like ecommerce,

At Hadoop Summit San Jose we are excited to be joined by experts in the Healthcare field. Here are just a few of the sessions focussed on Healthcare, but you need to register to attend Hadoop Summit. How Hadoop and a Modern Data Platform Can Enable Transformation in Healthcare Speaker: Beata Puncevic from Blue Cross Blue Shield.

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