Big Data News – 06 May 2016

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The White House is doing a lot more thinking about the arrival of automated decision-making — super-intelligent or otherwise.   No one in government is yet screaming "Skynet," but in two actions this week the concerns about our artificial intelligence future were sketched out.

RE"WORK will host it's annual East Coast events on Deep Learning and the Internet of Things in Boston on 12 & 13 May. Over 300 machine learning and IoT enthusiasts and experts will come together to hear keynote presentations, panel discussions, fireside chats and to explore the startup showcase area.

The accounting software industry is, contrary to what you might think, a pretty interesting place. Characterized by three large vendors that hold the lion's share of the market in their respective geographies, until recently it has been a fairly sedentary place with Intuit (U.S.), Sage (U.K.) and MYOB (Australasia) happy to organically grow their businesses. That all changed around 10 years ago when Xero, a New Zealand-based startup, came on the scene and started taking well-aimed kicks at the three sleeping bears.

Aviran Mordo discusses the skills required for technical leadership, his thoughts on DevOps, and the journey WIX has taken when implementing a microservice-based architecture. Mordo suggests that although architects may not be able to code full-time, they must remain 'hands-on', and although many new techniques, tools and frameworks are currently emerging, care must be taken with evaluation. By Aviran Mordo

Upstart ride-sharer Lyft and legacy automaker GM are said to be planning something big. They want to test a fleet of self-driving electric taxis within a year. They'll use the upcoming Chevrolet Bolt EV. No word yet on where the pilot will run, but it is said to involve real, paying passengers. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers drive themselves into a frenzy. Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

A few years ago, HBase looked set to become one of the dominant databases in big data. The primary pairing for Hadoop, HBase saw adoption skyrocket, but it has since plateaued, especially compared to NoSQL peers MongoDB, Cassandra, and Redis, as measured by general database popularity. The question is why.

New offering strengthens company's position in visual analytics, advances support for custom analytics apps, embedded BI, and developer innovation space

A micro-service's efficiency and resource consumption patterns are dramatically affected by its threading model. Choosing the correct model for your solution is a basic requirement for success. Engstrand investigates multiple options for a service's execution life-cycle, gives examples of the benefits and drawbacks for each choice, and provides recommendations for each model's implementation.

The latest installment of a popular NoSQL database geared toward Internet of Things (IoT) applications also has been released to the open source community. Seattle-based Basho Technologies said Thursday (May 5) the release of its time series Riak database, version 1.3, includes commercial and open source options. The open source version allows free downloads developers can use in production while contributing code and developing applications around Riak TS. The latest version also is designed to quickly spin up a new instance that can be used to test and build IoT applications, the company said. Version 1.3 also expands support for SQL commands, extends API support and includes support for shell commands as well as multi-cluster replication.

Experience in the open-source world is a valuable asset for technology job-seekers, and it's getting more so over time, according to the latest Open-Source Jobs Report, which was published today by Dice and the Linux Foundation.

Yesterday, we published our quarterly results which we were able to achieve because of our customers, the open source community, our partners, employees and shareholders. Key open source data technologies such as Apache Hadoop, Spark and NiFi would simply not have the market penetration today without all of you. We continue to see our Connected… The post Creating Transformation Across Industries appeared first on Hortonworks.

The proliferation of illegal, nonprescription drugs in towns and cities across the US continues to be a major headache for law enforcement because of criminal behavior closely tied to the illicit drug trade. Discover six key points of knowledge gained by a real-life application of IBM SPSS predictive analytics that helped police in Manchester, New Hampshire dramatically reduce crime in that city.

The spreadsheet is arguably the most popular business tool ever invented, but it's not well suited to large-scale, collaborative planning, budgeting and forecasting. Business needs to go beyond spreadsheets to planning analytics solutions that enable data-driven decision making. Take a look at key highlights from an Aberdeen Group report that outlines survey results showing why organizations need to take an approach that goes beyond spreadsheets for financial plans, budgets and forecasts.

The just-released Forrester Wave Report identifies the vendors who are doing data right, based on a set of hefty criteria that measures factors such as client success, product fit and Forrester client demand. In today's new world of marketing, ask yourself these five questions when analyzing your customer behavior.

IBM Vision 2016 continues a strong tradition of inspirational and innovative presentations and discussions that shape the transformation of professions and organizations in ways that enable outthinking challenges that lie ahead. Get a unique perspective on this event from Doug Barton, director, portfolio marketing, IBM Analytics, at IBM, who provides a glimpse of past highlights and their interrelationship with featured IBM Vision 2016 insights, inspiration, innovation and practical intelligence.

What we should think about on World Password Day is how password theft remains a huge security problem.

Small cells offer improved connectivity and the ability to offload connections from the expensive cellular network to the free Internet.

Bob Strahan is a Senior Consultant with AWS Professional Services AWS Lambda has emerged as excellent compute platform for modern microservices architecture, driving dramatic advancements in flexibility, resilience, scale and cost effectiveness. Many customers can take advantage of this transformational technology from within their existing relational database applications.

CIOs must pay down the accumulated technical debt to regain strategic relevance while guiding technology decisions.

When it comes to learning data science, there's no shortage of options available. You can pick up a book, read articles on the Web, or participate in a massively open online course (MOOC). Or, if you desire a more structured approach, you can take a six-month boot camps or even apply to a two-year degree programs. So which one should you choose? Like most things in life, there are no hard and fast rules, and what works well for one person may not work at all for another. More specifically, the right path for you may depend on where you are in your career right now, and where you'd like to go.

The day 2 keynote at ng-conf 2016 provided a deep dive into the new offline compiler and showcased some of the directions Angular 2 is moving towards in the future.

It's an open secret: if you have open source development skills the world is your oyster. The 2016 Open Source Jobs Report, released today by The Linux Foundationand Dice, a career site for technology professionals, paints a picture of a corporate and government landscape desperate for open source talent. Fully 87 percent of hiring managers surveyed report difficulty in finding the right skills and expertise; 65 percent say open source hiring will increase more than any other part of their business over the next six months; and 79 percent have increased incentives to hold on to their current open source professionals. But it takes more than good salaries and perks to acquire open source talent.

The physical infrastructures of both public and private Internet networks are vulnerable to calculated attacks.

Can NoSQL handle mission-critical workloads in the Enterprise? Will NoSQL and relational technologies coalesce? MarkLogic's Senior Product Marketing Manager shares his thoughts.

Guest blog post by Ankit Jain Big data is the humongous amount of information, both structured and unstructured, that is generated from everyday functioning of various sectors across all walks of life. The high volume of big data generated across the world has necessitated the development of technological tools that can make this information utilizable. These tools have taken many form, from the previously used SQL (structured query language) to advanced DBMS (data base management systems). Hadoop is the newest and most effective tool for managing and analyzing any type of data, be it text, images, or any of the several other forms of data utilized over the world.

To help the IT function better understand the data it generates, real-time IT management specialist ManageEngine today took the wraps off its new self-service IT analytics solution, Analytics Plus. "One of the things that we've realized and our customers have realized is that, ironically, as big data has become a major talking point and major point of interest for customers, IT has lagged in that area in terms of using analytics solutions to better understand and optimize IT management," says Raj Sabhlok, president of ManageEngine, a division of Zoho.

The Verizon DBIR, the Phish Labs' Phishing Trends & Intelligence Report, and a number of other recent announcements confirm what we all know. Phishing is a popular attack vector. This is an important data point for information security leaders. It also logically leads to two questions: Can you stop phishing to secure your enterprise assets? If you could stop phishing, what next? There is a lesson here in building an effective and resilient information security infrastructure that is missing in most enterprises today.

Hyperconvergence is a relatively new buzzword but Westborough, Mass.,-based Simplivity is already boasting of creating version 3.0 of this emerging IT model. In this installment of the IDG CEO Interview Series, Simplivity CEO Doron Kempel talked with IDG US Media Chief Content Officer John Gallant about how Simplivity's OmniStack outperforms competitors like Nutanix and claims customers deploying workloads on Simplivity can save 22% to nearly 50% compared to running them on Amazon Web Services. Kempel also talked about Simplivity's partnerships with Cisco, VMware and Lenovo and explored why it took nearly four years to bring the company's vision of hyperconvergence to reality.

Dear DSC Member, In the new O'Reilly report Going Pro in Data Science, Jerry Overton–Distinguished Engineer and head of Advanced Analytics Research at global IT leader CSC–outlines practices for making good decisions with messy and complicated data in the real world. What he simply calls "data science that works" is a trial-and-error process of creating and testing hypotheses, gathering evidence, and drawing conclusions. These skills are far more useful for practicing data scientists than, say, mastering the details of a machine-learning algorithm.

Making the shift so that your organization's decisions are truly based on data and not just opinions can be a daunting task, especially if you don't know where to start. SVDS CEO Sanjay Mathur recently took time to discuss first steps businesses can take, and why the effort is worthwhile. You can find the full interview in the video above. Topics covered include advice on some common issues: At 0:03, Sanjay goes over types of gut-feel decisions that could be better informed by data. While making decisions with your gut isn't a bad thing, he says, you need to be sure to then check your assumptions. At 1:22, Sanjay talks about how businesses can use data to check their success or failure.

Qlik® (NASDAQ: QLIK), a leader in visual analytics, previewed Qlik Sense® Enterprise 3.0, the newest release of its modern, platform-based approach to business intelligence (BI) and analytics available in June 2016.

I'm shopping for an apple keyboard right now. I've visited a national retailer's store and their website, and even engaged in on-line chat with an associate.  I received an email from that same…

Roland Grunberg, Jeff Johnston present the current status and plans for the future for Eclipse Docker Tooling, including some demos. By Roland Grunberg, Jeff Johnston

A couple of weeks ago, JP Morgan released a report called "CIO Survey Foreshadows Changing of the Guard," based on a survey of senior IT leaders from large enterprises. The report received a few days of notoriety with, rather unusually, discussion in both the technical and financial press. The headlines mostly focused on the survey's finding that, while these IT organizations currently run around 16 percent of their workloads in public cloud environments, in five years that number will grow to 41 percent.

Organizations today have tremendous opportunities to transform their professions, businesses and industries. They must optimize their use of advanced analytics and capitalize on all available data. With the right solutions, they can gain clarity about their business, generate new insights and take action sooner.

With so many different channels at their fingertips, millennial travelers have grown up exposed to, and interacting with, devices. At work and at play–particularly in the travel industry–they have their own preferences for researching, booking and experiencing their destinations. Gain a contextual view of the connected millennial traveler through these key data points.

Google Slides aims to eliminate PowerPoint. At least, la GOOG hopes it can, particularly among educators. Three new features aim to make your slide presentations more of a two-way experience. They're available now on Android, iOS and the Web app. Audience members can ask questions and vote for which questions should get answered. Plus there's a virtual laser-pointer (but do not stare into it with your other eye).

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