Big Data News – 14 Oct 2015

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With three new developments, IBM is trying to democratize access to its cognitive computing platform, the IBM Watson Analytics service.

This IBM cognitive computing event champions advances in image recognition, captioning, and deep learning to reveal insights from mushrooming IoT and machine learning data.

This IBM cognitive computing event champions advances in image recognition, captioning, and deep learning to reveal insights from mushrooming IoT and machine learning data.

A recent IDC and Iron Mountain report revealed the battle lines between IT and legal's struggle to control company data. It's a battle we've all witnessed – and more than occasionally seen influence our projects – but this is the first report I've seen that has clarified the increasingly blurred lines in internal data ownership.

Millions of trucks hit American roads every day, delivering essential goods like food, medicine, and the new iPhone 6s. But trucks also break down, which delays deliveries and hurts the profits of truck operators. Now manufacturers like International Truck are tapping into the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) and big data analytics to minimize disruption to this essential service. Two years ago, International Trucks-a subsidiary of Navistar (NYSE: NAV)-launched a program to take advantage of big data and IoT technologies. Called OnCommand Connection, the program is designed to help its customers and itself to make the best use possible of the reams of data flowing off today's modern truck fleet.

New federal data by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and posted on Hospital Compare has provided data on emergency room wait times and offers three new metrics to allow consumers to compare them.

Microsoft has enabled the async/await JavaScript function syntax in a preview build of its Edge browser. The feature is likely to become part of the ES2016 standard and its implementation in browsers is a necessary step.

Part two of a series about an old 'SAP' dog who learns a new trick Today more than ever, SAP is more focused on technology (HANA) than data. When they do focus on data, they talk about simplifying it because simplification is necessary to make said technology work better. In SAP terms, simplification means fewer tables – a feat which is achieved by dropping aggregate tables and support structures. These are very important simplifications when dealing with expensive in-memory technology because building up aggregates eats up processing capacity and fills up the database with redundant data.

Part two of a series about an old 'SAP' dog who learns a new trick Today more than ever, SAP is more focused on technology (HANA) than data. When they do focus on data, they talk about simplifying it because simplification is necessary to make said technology work better. In SAP terms, simplification means fewer tables – a feat which is achieved by dropping aggregate tables and support structures. These are very important simplifications when dealing with expensive in-memory technology because building up aggregates eats up processing capacity and fills up the database with redundant data. That stuff I get, but in the grand scheme of data and analytics the discussions about Simplicity and In-Memory are irrelevant because they are small pieces of the analytics puzzle. The continuing impediment and struggle to getting value from SAP is in the integration of data.

When two hackers recently demonstrated just how easy it was to take control of a car using just a laptop, wifi and a burner mobile phone, the consequences were dramatic. Within days, a recall for 1.4 million vehicles was issued by the automotive manufacturer for bug fixing. That's not surprising. Even though an example of car hacking in real-life has yet to be confirmed — the reality being that hacking a car takes considerable time, expertise, planning, research and resources-conspiracy theories still abound. Automotive manufacturers know that unless they can demonstrate that they are on top of the security concerns, it will be bad for business. It's not just security concerns which are putting customers off the new generation of connected cars. 51% of German and 45% of U.S. customers said they had reservations about using connected car services because they were also worried about data privacy.

Predictive analytics modeling requires statistical and technical prowess, but modelers shouldn't overlook the business problem they're trying to solve. At the oil and gas drilling company Halliburton, traditional BI is still important, but there is a growing emphasis on predictive analytics models. One company official said this trend is going to be the key to… The post Business Focus is Key when Applying Predictive Analytics Models appeared first on Predictive Analytics Times.

by Dirk Anderson There has been a lot of recent industry buzz about Teradata® QueryGrid™, and for good reason. It is one of those rare products that fundamentally changes the way organizations work. The access layer allows queries that run on the Teradata Database to seamlessly access information on external servers such as Apache™ Hadoop®, Oracle Database and MongoDB, which offers a huge time savings. This ability opens up vast opportunities for data scientists and power users who spend a lot of time gathering and assembling data for analysis.




It's shocking how many companies are still continuing to work in isolation even as they acknowledge the utility of data pumped in from outside sources. You would think that companies who see first-hand the value of outside digital information would also immediately discern the value of outside human collaboration.

Attensity today announced the launch of DiscoverNow, a cloud-based text analytics solution that enables companies to get a more complete understanding of their customers, so they can make better business decisions faster.

Analytics on an enterprise scale increasingly requires huge and varied data sources, both internal and external, but data quality remains a priority as well as a challenge, according to an industry survey of how companies are attempting to scale up their data analytics operations. The analytics study was commissioned by Pentaho, the business analytics arm of Hitachi Data Systems, and conducted by Forrester Consulting.

Technology may be able to free journalists from creating sensationalistic stories to generate online traffic, but it doesn't alter what people choose to read.

IBM's Compose launched two new open-source database offerings yesterday: CoreOS etcd and RabbitMQ for developers who are building web and mobile apps. The company said the new services complement Compose's existing offerings which include MongoDB, Elasticsearch, Redis, PostgreSQL and RethinkDB.

In the fifth article in the Conversation Patterns for Software Professionals series Michał Bartyzel explores nonviolent communication and important building and maintaining rapport is for effective communication.

The quality of your business decisions is only as good as the quality of the data you use to back them up. Here are some tips to help you determine how reliable your data actually is.

On Tuesday, Oct. 20 from 7 — 10 PM, SAP data visualization experts, SAP mentors, judges, and Data Geniuses from far and wide will come together in Las Vegas to help end slave labor using data. At this feature Viz-a-Thon event, Ben Hafner and Adeline Lambert of Made in a Free World (MIAFW) will be…

At SunnyD, it was all about asking the right questions of the right data sources in order to reduce costs through effective analytics.

Where many organizations use agile to develop IT products, agile principles and practices can also be applied for maintaining landscapes of commercial products. Gert Florijn and Eelco Rommes will talk about directing complex IT-landscapes in public sectors such as healthcare and local and national government organizations at the Agile and Software Architecture Symposium 2015.

Linda Rising talks about her experiences visiting Menlo Innovations, exploring the reasons why the Joy, Inc culture works and what is special about the environment. She describes the way they do and do not apply practices from agile software development and how they have created a culture of continuous learning.

The first trial of driverless cars in Australia will commence in Adelaide in November of this year. In fact this will be the first trial of the cars in the southern hemisphere. As a technologist I am extremely excited at the prospect of the benefits that driver-less cars will bring to society. They will be up there with the evolution of the internet and mobile phones as a technology that has changed society. Now before you start ranting that nothing will ever replace the Ford in the driveway or no robot is going to take me places, keep in mind that large-scale driver-less car use has been in operation in Europe and the US for quite some time.  Driver-less cars are certified to operate in several US states.

Glidewell Laboratories Saved Over $88K/Year by Moving Data to Amazon Redshift. Want to Know How? …

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