Big Data News – 11 May 2016

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The one thing companies most frequently get wrong when undertaking a digital transformation has to do with leadership.

On Thursday, April 21 Microsoft announced the integration between Azure Stream Analytics and Power BI has reached General Availability (GA). Using this capability, customers can gain real-time insight into their business performance by analyzing in-flight data streams.

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden has worn many hats in the Obama administration, and he believes that technology will be crucial for the success of his latest endeavor: leading the effort to make a great leap forward in preventing, detecting and treating cancer. In remarks here at the annual Health Datapalooza conference, Biden said that it is essential for the various organizations focused on cancer research and patient advocacy to work more closely together, pooling data and resources to advance what the administration has termed the "cancer moonshot.

The database landscape is much more diverse than it once was, thanks in large part to big data, and on Tuesday, one of today's newer contenders unveiled an upcoming release featuring a major boost in security. Version 9 of MarkLogic's namesake NoSQL database will be available at the end of this year, and one of its key new features is the inclusion of Cryptsoft's KMIP (Key Management Interoperability Protocol) technology.

WhatsApp now has a desktop app, for Windows 8 and up or Mac OS 10.9 and up. But as a 60 MB download, it's incredibly bloated, given its lack of functionality. I can't see the point of using this over the Web app. Can you? In IT Blogwatch, bloggers can't, either. Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

WASHINGTON — Obama administration officials like to tout the progress they have made in opening up health information to increase transparency in a notoriously opaque industry, but they are also quick to acknowledge that reform is at best a gradual process. On Monday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) took aim at what can be one of the more frustrating parts of the system for healthcare consumers: billing. [ Related: Why health data is a big data challenge ] HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced an open challenge to healthcare providers, developers, tech firms and others to design a medical bill "so that a normal human being can understand it."

by Derek Klobucher, SAP Communications A revolutionary new partnership with Apple, announced Thursday, isn't the only thing that SAP had up its sleeve for this month. SAP will unveil lots of cool new stuff at the company's largest global business technology event, SAPPHIRE NOW, which starts on May 17. Each announcement will understandably have partners,…

What we call machine learning can take many forms. The purest form offers the analyst a set of data exploration tools, a choice of ML models, robust solution algorithms, and a way to use the solutions for predictions. The Amazon, Microsoft, Databricks, Google, and IBM clouds all offer prediction APIs that give the analyst various amounts of control. HPE Haven OnDemand offers a limited prediction API for binary classification problems.

News: Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust will deploy Watson to enhance patient care.

Until recently, Blockchain was a term only known to geeks and specialists. But in the last six months it has become a buzzword. In very simple terms Blockchain is the act of recording events in a database. The database itself is referred to as the Blockchain. Once data is added to the Blockchain, it cannot be removed from the database or altered in any way. The Blockchain therefore contains a verifiable record of history.

Salesforce.com was having an outage in some locations on Tuesday, prompting the company's CEO to apologize to users on Twitter. The cloud applications company said on its website that the over 12 hours disruption was the result of a database failure on the NA14 instance, which introduced a file integrity issue in the NA14 database. The outage had not been apparently resolved by late evening. By Wednesday morning, Salesforce said the service disruption was resolved but the N14 instance continued to operate in a degraded state with some functionality suspended. Salesforce customers are grouped together in instances, which typically consist of servers and other infrastructure that provide the company's service to a set of the company's customers.The NA14 instance is in North America by most accounts.

Modern sports analytics involves more than gate receipts and turnstile data. Find out how sports teams of all kinds are turning to advanced analytics to help them attract new fans while offering their longtime supporters a compelling interactive experience that makes fans, new and old, an integral part of the main event.

Last year we talked a lot about Cloudera Enterprise as a next generation operational datastore. This is still a focal use case for our technology and we continue to have conversations with users on how they can offload their data processing and capture more incoming data with our platform. This year we wanted to evolve the conversation to what we think is the next set of capabilities that can be enhanced leveraging Cloudera. Increasingly organizations are tasked with bringing in more data, and deliberate companies are scoping and researching the best data streams to include in their analytics efforts.

How you "feel" has never been more important in tech. This year, a number of companies are showing an interest in emotions. We've always believed in the value of a deeper understanding of text. While meaning and context can tell us so much, we're leaving a lot of valuable information on the table if we're not looking at one of the key things that makes us human.

World Bank, Capital One and other banks are moving past their fears about security and regulatory risks turned and embracing the business agility of public cloud services.

Following its corporate statement of direction on April 14th, Hitachi today announced the formation of Hitachi Insight Group. Headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, the new group will drive Hitachi's unified Internet of Things (IoT) business and go-to-market (GTM) strategy worldwide.

After Watson beat human players on the TV game show Jeopardy!, its cognitive might was put to work in a variety of fields, including healthcare and finance. Now IBM Security is dispatching the supercomputer to fight cybercrime.

The cognitive era is transforming even everyday business processes. Check out the technical preview of how IBM Planning Analytics with self-service functionality can address existing spreadsheet challenges and drive new business opportunities.

Drones can be used to assist in physical security, and in national security efforts. But drones have been a threat to security, as well.

In Part 1 you developed a couple of small-scale producer/consumer applications using Kafka. From these exercises you should be familiar with the basics of the Kafka messaging system. In Part 2 you'll learn how to use partitions to distribute load and scale your application horizontally, handling up to millions of messages per day. You'll also learn how Kafka uses message offsets to track and manage complex message processing, and how to protect your Kafka messaging system against failure should a consumer go down. We'll develop the example application from Part 1 for both publish-subscribe and point-to-point use cases.

The opening of a formerly cloistered nation to U.S. telecom companies is unprecedented, so it is difficult to say whether progress is slow or fast.

Data Entities are seldom discussed concepts that primarily hide in the shadows or are ghosts on the periphery. These entities are data constructs that are observationally defined in terms of the underlying data set that can serve as the business level aggregation. It is common in many data sets to use identifier fields to define… The post Ghosts in the Data, Constructing Data Entities appeared first on Predictive Analytics Times.

The database landscape is much more diverse than it once was, thanks in large part to big data, and on Tuesday, one of today's newer contenders unveiled an upcoming release featuring a major boost in security. Version 9 of MarkLogic's namesake NoSQL database will be available at the end of this year, and one of its key new features is the inclusion of Cryptsoft's KMIP (Key Management Interoperability Protocol) technology.




The database landscape is much more diverse than it once was, thanks in large part to big data, and on Tuesday, one of today's newer contenders unveiled an upcoming release featuring a major boost in security. Version 9 of MarkLogic's namesake NoSQL database will be available at the end of this year, and one of its key new features is the inclusion of Cryptsoft's KMIP (Key Management Interoperability Protocol) technology.

What better way to dive into the highly anticipated analytics announcements and showcases at SAPPHIRE NOW 2016 than in a 360° video? Take an exclusive tour of the Vancouver office, where the latest innovations in the cloud are coming to life, with me and Rachel Ho, Product Marketing Manager in Cloud Analytics. As you view…

Scott Porad, the lead technology executive at dogsitter matching service Rover.com, explains why it's important for companies operating in the highly competitive sharing economy to be driven by data.

Glue Networks making a development kit available; IT can extend its network orchestration software across networking equipment from multiple vendors.

As a foundation for data lakes and refineries, NoSQL databases provide access, processing and storage to structured and unstructured data for high-performance statistical modeling and exploration. Take a look at the multitude of advantages of NoSQL databases and opportunities to bridge them to open data science services.

A new hyperconverged appliance is being built from the ground up on Lenovo infrastructure and will be formally unveiled next month.

Microsoft is expanding the global footprint of its cloud platform to South Korea, and it has officially launched its previously announced data center in Canada, the company announced Tuesday.  In South Korea, Microsoft's cloud will be getting two new regions, including one in Seoul. They're aimed at serving both customers of the company's Azure cloud platform, and also its other services, including Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online. 

Dropbox launched a new service on Tuesday to help graduate students, college faculty and staff collaborate on files while they're at school.  Schools can now pay $50 per user, per year for Dropbox Education, a version of the cloud storage company's premium offering for organizations that's tailored to the cost-sensitive education market.  Dropbox is trying to sell more paid services, but its offerings have been aimed primarily at businesses. Dropbox Education will cost much less than the company's business plans, which typically run from $150 to $300 per user, per month. It's a move that could give the company a bigger foothold in the lucrative education market at a time when Dropbox is working hard to expand its business beyond a large base of free consumer users. 

Many organizations are still eager to maintain their own storage infrastructure based on high-speed Flash systems.

List: Cyber security in modern cities has become a priority for governments and businesses. CBR lays down 5 critical tools that will make any metropolis safer.

To the degree that SAP is an ecosystem, IoT represents opportunity for SAP to extend its reach beyond providing, for example, manufacturing software.

Syncsort, a global leader in Big Data and mainframe software, announced Medical Mutual of Ohio is using Syncsort's unique Ironstream® software to make mainframe security data available in real time to the Splunk® Enterprise platform to help protect customer information stored in DB2 from unauthorized access.

Women Who Code (WWCode) is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology-related careers. On April 21st, SVDS hosted the WWCode Silicon Valley chapter in our Mountain View office; we gave a talk titled Working Effectively in Data Science Teams. This presentation was focused on how data science teams collaborate and work effectively within their own teams, and with other teams on a project.

Dropbox launched a new service on Tuesday to help graduate students, college faculty and staff collaborate on files while they're at school.  Schools can now pay $50 per user, per year for Dropbox Education, a version of the cloud storage company's premium offering for organizations that's tailored to the cost-sensitive education market.  Dropbox is trying to sell more paid services, but its offerings have been aimed primarily at businesses.

At its core data science is meant to challenge the common wisdom. Susan Lindquist, a geneticist and biochemist at MIT, states, "If you've been studying in a field all your life, having someone from a completely different field come and tell you something important could be rather irritating. It's just human nature." Part of the problem is a turf issue, she noted, but also a gap in understanding because experts in other fields "don't get why my ideas work." Believe it or not there was a time in medicine when physicians were not physician-scientists. They thought of illnesses as an imbalance caused by bad air or evil spirits instead of looking at anatomy and empirical data.

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