Big Data News – 06 Jul 2016

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Someone at Google really likes sneakers: The company has just bought a French machine learning startup that taught a computer how to recognize 15,000 different types of them. Paris-based Moodstocks builds image and object recognition software using deep learning techniques, and offered an Android app and visual search API that could recognize certain kinds of object.

IDC estimates that the digital universe is doubling every two years. That means the need for data storage is increasing at the same rate. This exponential demand is no match for traditional vertical-scaling storage architectures. The resulting bottlenecks significantly reduce performance, and trying to store so much data would require prohibitively expensive server scale-out.

Is MySQL a good solution for reporting and data analytics? The internet is bombarded with 1000's of guides or courses to installing, configuring, and optimizing MySQL for running analytics. However, none of these write-ups stop to even ask the question: "Is MySQL the right solution for business intelligence?"

In this special technology white paper, Cask Hydrator – Self-Service Data Lakes on Hadoop, you'll learn about an exciting new tool for data science projects – Cask Hydrator, a self-service, reconfigurable, extendable open source framework to visually develop, run, automate, and operate data pipelines.

"We're a global managed hosting provider. Our core customer set is a U.S.-based customer that is looking to go global," explained Adam Rogers, Managing Director at ANEXIA, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.

Keen IO, a leader in cloud analytics, announced the availability of Native Analytics, a complete solution for customers to white-label the real-time analytics and advanced visualizations of Keen into their own products and services.

Over the past year, MongoDB has become a new company. With a new management team in place and a new architecture that uncoupled the storage engine, MongoDB can morph into whatever it wants to be. Where should it go from here?

Innovating with Hadoop With ?18 billion (about US$30 billion) in revenue in 2015, BT is one of the largest telecommunications providers in the world. For BT, the key to achieving sustainable, profitable growth in today's competitive landscape is its ability to broaden and deepen customer relationships. To support this goal, BT is using a Cloudera enterprise data hub (EDH) to accelerate data velocity and fast-track the delivery of new offerings to its customers.

News: Since using the analytics software Wales has increased its win rate by 25%.

News: Agenda set for enabling technology to help transform the economy.

Efficiently monitor trading-related activities and complex trading scenarios by using IBM Surveillance Insight for Financial Services, a solution designed to boost your ability to safeguard your company's reputation. Surveillance Insight's sophisticated analytics can help you generate proactive surveillance results by combining data from different sources, including both structured and unstructured data such as chat transcripts, email communications, voice recordings, social media and trade transactions. In this short demo, see how a compliance officer in the brokerage arm of a large financial services company is able to quickly discover a pump-and-dump violation by reviewing data clearly displayed in a Surveillance Insight dashboard.

More fuel for the marketer's engine with some major crunching of numbers to understand the differences in the booking behaviour of travellers. In particular, programmatic marketing specialist Rocket Fuel analysed data from more than 240,000 travellers (generating collectively some 1.2 million product conversions) to establish what motivates luxury and non-luxury travellers (based on their hotel of choice) when booking and leading up to taking a trip.

Here's this week's news in Data Science and Big Data. Don't forget to subscribe if you find this useful! Interesting Data Science Articles and News All the World's Immigration Visualized in 1 Map — This map depicts the estimated net immigration by origin and destination country between 2010 and 2015. Building High-Performance Data Science Teams — These are points to consider when building a successful data science team. Who will win the presidency? — These data visualizations display the probability of each presidential candidate winning the 2016 election.

Here's this week's news in Data Science and Big Data. Don't forget to subscribe if you find this useful! Interesting Data Science Articles and News All the World's Immigration Visualized in 1 Map — This map depicts the estimated net immigration by origin and destination country between 2010 and 2015. Building High-Performance Data Science Teams — These are points to consider when building a successful data science team. Who will win the presidency?

In an interview with ETCIO, Puneet Kapoor, Senior Executive Vice President- Consumer Banking, Kotak Mahindra discusses the ways in which analytics has empowered the sales channel of the bank.

Indian businesses lost over $1 million from data loss and downtime in the last 12 months, a survey by EMC Corporation — the world's largest data storage multinational — revealed on Tuesday.

It goes without saying that big data will be a game changer for businesses and governments around the world. The rate of investment and proliferation of big data adoption transcends across industries and the enablers for business success are being re-written thanks to rapidly evolving analytics capability.

According to Strategy Meets Action (SMA), the value and disruption do not come from the "things" or the technology itself. New, actionable insights can be gleaned from massive amounts of new data being collected and analyzed. Insurers must build strong enterprise-wide data management and analytics capabilities to be in a position to capitalize on these… The post Twelve Key Emerging Technologies that will Significantly Impact the Insurance Industry appeared first on Hortonworks.

I attended Predictive Analytics World in Chicago the week of June 20 to June 23. I met a lot of new people and was reacquainted with several other colleagues. As I listened to 2 days of workshops and the pre- and post-conference workshops, some common themes emerged. Most of these themes confirmed what I have… The post Predictive Analytics World Chicago 2016 Recap appeared first on Predictive Analytics Times.

As system architecture moves to the cloud, understanding the impacts of new code releases and points of failure requires a whole new approach. The increase in agility, bandwidth, and security has been matched by an increase in complexity. DevOps strategies need intelligence from real-time operational metrics to keep a product in optimal condition.

"delaPlex is a software development company. We do team-based outsourcing development," explained Mark Rivers, COO and Co-founder of delaPlex Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.

Drawing on his experience as an auditor, analyst Rob Enderle examines the FBI report on Hillary Clinton's email practices.

Data only becomes a meaningful and valuable asset when organizations can transform it into actionable insights.

DR and BC are like any other type of insurance: People generally understand its importance, but tend to not pay attention until it is too late.

Predictive analytics tools monitor, report, and troubleshoot in order to make proactive decisions about the health, performance, and utilization of storage.

Organizations can't afford to hire a provider that promises the world and doesn't deliver, or worse — one that doesn't adhere to the right practices.

Business Intelligence, or as it's more commonly known as in today's lexicon "BI," is one of the first things that pops into professionals' minds when anything data-related in the workplace is brought up. Whether you're on the information technology side of the business or a P&L owner, the answer to any information problem is to typically throw a BI solution at it.

Xplenty, the data integration platform helping organizations make raw data "analytics-ready," today announced an impressive new milestone — that it has processed more than 1 trillion data records to date on behalf of its customers.

With so much on their plates, most C-level executives don't have the bandwidth to think about SSH user keys. It would be much simpler to leave such details to the IT department — but that would be a mistake. Why? Because SSH means access — to an organization's servers and data. The creation of SSH user keys is not a controlled process, which means that someone can create credentials without oversight. That fact should be enough to get the C-suite's attention.

Research is starting to show that the real push to cloud-based infrastructure is only just now gaining real momentum.

"We're bringing out a new application monitoring system to the DevOps space. It manages large enterprise applications that are distributed throughout a node in many enterprises and we manage them as one collective," explained Kevin Barnes, President of eCube Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.

It's simpler for developers to discover licensing, compliance issues before they implement open source or commercial software within a larger project.

It's simpler for developers to discover licensing, compliance issues before they implement open source or commercial software within a larger project.

At first glance, it seems counterintuitive. To learn more about how cells go awry causing disease, it seems logical to focus on the minutiae of a cell's molecular components: the specific genes, proteins, and small molecules that change over time leading to a disease state. Instead, Ernest Fraenkel, MIT associate professor in the Department of Biologic Engineering, first takes a macro view for finding new ways to understand and cure diseases.

In an interesting move, Facebook and Microsoft have forged an alliance to lay a new fiber optic cable under the Atlantic Ocean. Putting aside the environmental concerns this raises for many (including those of us inhabiting islands), it also raises questions about how control of the Internet — and the data belonging to its users — is basically a prize in a multi-strand tug of war involving technology companies and broadband service providers from here to Spain and back. So, why does it matter who controls the building of Internet infrastructure? How does that relate to who controls user data? And what's the implication for businesses that rely on Internet technology to deliver their products and services?

In this Lesson 3 we continue to provide a complete foundation and broad understanding of the technical issues surrounding an IoT or streaming system so that the reader can make intelligent decisions and ask informed questions when planning their IoT system. 




Apixio Inc. has raised $19.3 million in Series D venture capital funding led by SSM Partners with participation from First Analysis, Bain Capital Ventures and Apixio's largest angel investor. Apixio will dedicate the proceeds toward advancing and scaling products powered by its cognitive computing platform, further enabling insights for optimal patient care. The Series D funding comes as Apixio experiences strong momentum and increasing demand for its HCC Profiler solution, which mines unstructured medical records, for an accurate view of a patient's chronic conditions so payers and providers can deliver better care.

Microsoft apologists insist that the company wasn't really trying to push Windows 10 on users when it recently did stealth OS updates on their PCs. There's only one problem with this: Users disagreed. Now, as the clock runs out on Microsoft's offer of free Windows 10 "upgrades," it appears the company is readying another approach to get you to move from older versions of Windows: subscriptions. Surprise!

51 percent of retailers believe their greatest challenge is the fact a good experience in one channel is no longer enough to maintain customer loyalty.

Data Scientist at Microsoft I recently participated in an internal one-day Microsoft R Server (MRS) hackathon. For an experienced base R user but a complete MRS novice, this…

Data scientist is the 'Sexiest Job of the 21st Century', so say Thomas Davenport and DJ Patil in their seminal 2012 Harvard Business Review article. Since then, data scientists have been very much in demand and their wages have soared. Compared to statisticians, computer programmers and AI guys (who are still regarded as geeks), they are extremely well paid. But are they worth it? Is there a good reason why data scientists should get paid more or are their pay packets over-inflated due to unnecessary hype?   Dedication 10,000 hours.

(Source: http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/pictures/90000/velka/waterfall-strea…) Open source big data technologies like Hadoop have done much to begin the transformation of analytics. We're…

Red Hat and Eurotech have announced a jointly sponsored Eclipse Foundation project: a multi-device IoT platform based on donated Eurotech code.

Google's DeepMind AI business unit is hoping to teach computers to diagnose eye disease, using patient data from a U.K. hospital. Using deep learning techniques, DeepMind hopes to improve diagnosis of two eye conditions: Age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, both of which can lead to sight loss. If these conditions are detected early enough, patients' sight can be saved. One way doctors look for signs of these diseases is by examining the interior of the eye, opposite the lens, an area called the fundus. They can do this either directly, with an ophthalmoscope, or by taking a digital fundus scan. Another diagnostic technique is to take a non-invasive three-dimensional scan of the retina using process called optical coherence tomography (OCT).

Cities can be confusing, messy places. Traffic jams make it hard to get around. Public transit can be puzzling. Trash piles up. So what can make cities function better?

In recent years, platform as a service (PaaS) incumbents have rapidly built up their internet of things (IoT) capabilities and started to become very competitive in the space. Just in the last year, IBM, Microsoft, and Amazon have each released very sophisticated IoT platforms as well as a complementary number of strategic alliances with IoT manufacturers and system integrators that have brought credibility to their IoT offerings.

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