Big Data News – 06 Sep 2016

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EBay has been gathering data and employing machine learning to connect more buyers to sellers and increase the trustworthiness of transactions. The use cases are worth exploring for any IT professional looking to help improve a company's bottom line by applying machine learning to its customer-facing applications.

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Micro-degrees or nanodegrees aim to deliver a credentialed set of skills in a relatively short period of time.

In this special guest feature, Pallab Deb, Vice President and Global Head, Analytics at Wipro Limited, outlines how you can gain benefit from using your gut business instincts by combining them with extreme data insights.

Above the Trend Line: machine learning industry rumor central, is a recurring feature of insideBIGDATA. In this column, we present a variety of short time-critical news items such as people movements, funding news, financial results, industry alignments, rumors and general scuttlebutt floating around the big data, data science and machine learning industries including behind-the-scenes anecdotes and curious buzz.

Through investments in business intelligence systems, organizations are benefiting from improved statistical analysis, data management and visualization.

Given my role, and as I've outlined in my previous blog, the role of big data in marketing is a topic I'm particularly interested in. Recently, I hosted a webinar with Luca Olivari, chief data officer at Contactlab and it reignited my interest in how my fellow marketing peers are — or are not –…

Service will aim to give insight into key areas of performance and training.

Salesforce ramps its Financial cloud with analytics app

I've been an analyst for 35 years, and debates about "real-time" technology have run through my whole career. Some of those debates are by now pretty much settled. In particular:… …

SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) unveiled SAP® BW/4HANA, a next-generation data warehouse application for running a real-time digital enterprise.

Proliferation of contact points has been incredibly convenient for modern consumers who now dictate how and when they interact with a service provider. Correspondingly, ensuring 'individualised' experience that is consistent and positive has become exponentially more complex for businesses.

If you're investigating big data for your company, you've probably come across words and terms you don't understand. Here is a guide for types of data and tools in the big data space. Keep on reading: Getting to know big data buzzwords

Here's a look at enterprise plans for implementation of NoSQL databases, and some of the top vendors providing this technology.

We now know that 68 million Dropbox passwords and user names were stolen in 2012. Yes, that's right. Four years ago.

IBM Edge tends to embody much of what makes IBM a company to admire.
Here's a look at enterprise plans for implementation of NoSQL databases, and some of the top vendors providing this technology.

We now know that 68 million Dropbox passwords and user names were stolen in 2012. Yes, that's right. Four years ago.

IBM Edge tends to embody much of what makes IBM a company to admire.

NooBaa, a software-defined-storage (SDS) company, announced the availability its frictionless storage solution. NooBaa software allows enterprises with storage capacity challenges to create a secure, high-performance storage solution across any compute resource available.

How will the world function once it has access to a global, interconnected computing environment that touches every device on the planet?

Shifting to cloud application providers requires companies to step carefully. Here are 9 potential problems that can prevent a smooth transition.




The Data Lab MSc is a fully funded challenge-based learning programme, now entering its second year. It aims to tackle the skills gap in data science and provide students with an education geared towards meeting the needs of industry so they learn the skills that organisations actually require.

The trailer for a big budget movie about the fate of an artificially created human was made by IBM's AI platform Watson — or so IBM's Mr John Smith tells us…

Back in September 2013, Brian Krebs wrote about Social Security fraud at the My Social Security web portal, The SSA and financial institutions say they are tracking a rise in cases wherein identity thieves register an account at the SSA's portal using a retiree's personal information and have that retiree's benefits diverted to prepaid debit cards that the crooks control … The trouble really began earlier this year, when the Treasury started requiring that almost all beneficiaries receive payments through direct deposit …

Containers are a technology that allows you to stuff more compute workloads onto a single server, giving you the ability to upscale capacity for new compute jobs in a tiny fraction of a second, and Docker is one of the premier open source solutions that have emerged to accommodate containers. Theoretically, Docker containers mean less hardware to purchase, as well as less staff to manage the data center. At first glance, the technology behind containerization sounds a lot like virtual machines, but the two are quite different.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) announced the availability of HPE Haven OnDemand (HoD) Combinations, a new cloud-based offering built on the HPE Haven OnDemand platform that enables developers to apply the power of machine learning to build next generation applications.

Monday newsletter published by Data Science Central. Previous editions can be found here. The contribution flagged with a + is our selection for the picture of the week.

DrivenBI SRK, the cloud-native true self-service business intelligence (BI) tool to remove IT complexity for business professionals, introduces its Collaboration Hub.

Guest blog post by Larry Alton Big data is seeping into every facet of our lives. Smart home gadgets are becoming part of the nerve systems of new and remodeled homes, and many renters are demanding these interconnected gadgets from landlords. But nowhere has Big Data created a bigger buzz than in business. Companies of all sizes are collecting data at a seemingly insurmountable rate. Big data is larger than ever before. We've collected more data in the past two years than in the entire history of the human race.

Guest blog post by Vimal Natarajan Introduction The City and County of San Francisco had launched an official open data portal called SF OpenData in 2009 as a product of its official open data program, DataSF. The portal contains hundreds of city datasets for use by developers, analysts, residents and more. Under the category of Public Safety, the portal contains the list of SFPD Incidents since Jan 1, 2003. In my previous post I performed an exploratory time-series analysis on the crime incidents data to identify any patterns.

An archive of all O'Reilly data ebooks is available below for free download. Dive deep into the latest in data science and big data, compiled by O'Reilly editors, authors, and Strata speakers: There are several selections starting from 2012 Ebooks to 2016 Ebooks.

DrivenBI SRK, the cloud-native true self-service business intelligence (BI) tool to remove IT complexity for business professionals, introduces its Collaboration Hub.

Guest blog post by Larry Alton Big data is seeping into every facet of our lives. Smart home gadgets are becoming part of the nerve systems of new and remodeled homes, and many renters are demanding these interconnected gadgets from landlords. But nowhere has Big Data created a bigger buzz than in business. Companies of all sizes are collecting data at a seemingly insurmountable rate. Big data is larger than ever before. We've collected more data in the past two years than in the entire history of the human race.

Guest blog post by Vimal Natarajan Introduction The City and County of San Francisco had launched an official open data portal called SF OpenData in 2009 as a product of its official open data program, DataSF. The portal contains hundreds of city datasets for use by developers, analysts, residents and more. Under the category of Public Safety, the portal contains the list of SFPD Incidents since Jan 1, 2003. In my previous post I performed an exploratory time-series analysis on the crime incidents data to identify any patterns.

An archive of all O'Reilly data ebooks is available below for free download. Dive deep into the latest in data science and big data, compiled by O'Reilly editors, authors, and Strata speakers: There are several selections starting from 2012 Ebooks to 2016 Ebooks.

What are the advantages of different classification algorithms? For instance, if we have large training data set with approx more than 10,000 instances and more than 100,000 features, then which classifier will be best to choose for classification? Xavier Amatriain, PhD in CS, former Professor and coder has answered the question: There are a number of dimensions you can look at to give you a sense of what will be a reasonable algorithm to start with, namely: Number of training examples Dimensionality of the feature space Do I expect the problem to be linearly separable?

Kimera Systems Inc. announced its Nigel™ artificial general intelligence (AGI) technology became a commercially deployable artificial intelligence technology to observe user behavior, comprehend context, and derive a common sense set of actions to apply under specific circumstances.

You have probably heard people talking about the Cloud, but unless you use it yourself you may be unsure why it matters. Cloud services are the catch-all term for outsourced online hosting and storage services, operated through third party software that you manage yourself or employ an agent to look after. Instead of maintaining expensive servers and drives yourself (along with the specialist staff to manage them) you can instead subscribe to a Cloud service and let their secure servers handle your data and web services.

In this special guest feature, Guy Yehiav, CEO at Profitect, discusses how prescriptive anaytics holds the keys to efficiency with the least amount of risk and the fastest time to value.

Our friends over at Boston University's Master of Science in Computer Information Systems Online Program put together the compelling infographic below that highlights why Business Intelligence (BI) is the key to competitive advantage for enterprises today.

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