Big Data News – 18 Feb 2016

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The degree to which VCE will be able to upend a host of rivals that have created various types of appliances naturally remains to be seen.

List: From IBM to Capgemini and Valtech the G-Cloud framework offers access to big data analytics, consulting services and as-a-Service offerings.

Nutanix's update is four times faster, and takes advantage of machine intelligence and IT automation to make managing the overall environment simpler.

When was the last time your team thought about anything beyond this year and looked at what is needed to benefit from it or avoid being harmed by it?

Spark MLLib is growing in popularity formachine-learning model development due to its elegance and usability. In this post, you'll learn why. Spark MLLib is a library for performing machine-learning and associated tasks on massive datasets. With MLlib, fitting a machine-learning model to a billion observations can take a couple lines of code and leverage hundreds of machines.

Organizations aren't upgrading older tech simply because it's outdated. They'll upgrade if and when the upgrade helps achieve a business objective.

The C suite is expanding with more roles dedicated to data and analytics. The Chief Data Officer, or CDO, is one of these roles seen more often in some industries than others. The position may evolve with time. We explain some of the dynamics that cause CDOs to succeed and fail.

IBM has unveiled its new z13s mainframe, which it claims offers encryption at twice the speed as previous mid-range systems, without compromising performance The company, which sold its x86 server business to Lenovo, continues to invest in new designs of its mainframe to handle new compute challenges. It launched in January last year, the z13, its first new mainframe in almost three years, with a new processor design, faster I/O and the ability to address up to 10TB of memory. The design of the z13 was focused on real-time encryption and embedded analytics.

Kimono Labs has been acquired by Palantir in a move that will see the team behind the data collection service absorbed into the secretive data analytics platform. As a result of the deal, the Y Combinator startup will shutter its service on February 29, 2016. Data can be retrieved from Kimono Labs' site until then, and there's a 30-day window to import APIs created from the service up to March 31.

Learn about the extraordinary potential of predictive analytics for helping with prevention, wellness management, fraud detection and more in healthcare. Listen to this podcast featuring Findability Sciences Founder and CEO Anand Mahurkar and Shahid Shah, CEO at Netspective Communications and health IT expert.

SMAC is a fun little acronym conjured up to convey the concepts of "social, mobile, analytics, and cloud" that have been so prevalent and disruptive over the past decade. While healthcare has been busy dealing with the Affordable Care Act and the new ICD-10 coding system, business and industry have adopted SMAC full scale. As it happens, these technologies have an incredible amount to offer both healthcare providers and their patients — as well as medical researchers, administrators and other staff, and related services and industries (such as insurance).

Amazon Web Services has agreed to buy Nice, an Italian vendor of high-performance computing software and services to extend its as-a-service offering. It's Amazon.com's second acquisition within six months of a software vendor that can put its cloud computing platform to new uses. The last was Elemental Technologies, in September.  Nice is a niche outfit, with customers numbering in the hundreds, not thousands. Companies and research institutions in the aerospace, automotive, energy, life sciences and technology industries use its products to centralize HPC, cloud and visualization functions.

A quick intro to the cloud. In the beginning, there was no cloud and all software was on-premises and infrastructure sat on physical boxes. Then Jeff Bezos and Marc Benioff (Amazon and Salesforce CEOs, respectively) in their infinite wisdom invented software as a service (SaaS, in the case of Salesforce) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS, in the case of Amazon's Amazon Web Services business unit). The world would never be the same. Suddenly, organizations could acquire technology on demand and priced in an "as you consume" manner. Excitement abounded.

Analysis: Do software firms need the capital markets to grow? Today these guys are happier being private.

Seems like not log ago service-oriented architecture (SOA) was all the rage. What happened to it? Where did it go? Take a look at one perspective that connects a line of ancestry for microservices architecture and imminent edge-oriented, big data analytics microservices from the SOA era.

As buyers and sellers become disconnected, commerce is less engaging and the ability to deal with unique situations or resolve problems will suffer.

If you missed the recent webinar presented by Derek Norton, Using Microsoft R Server to Address Scalability Issues in R, you can now catch up with the replay below. In the webinar, Derek compares Microsoft R Open and Microsoft R Server, and demonstrates using Microsoft R Server to model a 40-million-row data file using logistic regression. (The demo begins at the 23-minute mark.) He also discusses factors you should consider when analyzing big data, for example whether to use a multi-core server, or to distribute the computation in Hadoop or SQL Server.   To download the slides from the presentation and get the links to the resources Derek provided in the webinar, check out the archived webinar page below.

Can you keep fraudsters on the defensive without fouling out of the game? Take on the biggest threats on the court by assembling your own counterfraud analytics dream team.

Amazon Web Services has agreed to buy Nice, an Italian vendor of high-performance computing software and services to extend its as-a-service offering. It's Amazon.com's second acquisition within six months of a software vendor that can put its cloud computing platform to new uses. The last was Elemental Technologies, in September.  Nice is a niche outfit, with customers numbering in the hundreds, not thousands. Companies and research institutions in the aerospace, automotive, energy, life sciences and technology industries use its products to centralize HPC, cloud and visualization functions.

After months of legal uncertainty over transatlantic data flows, the European Commission and the US have agreed on a new framework called the EU-US Privacy Shield. But because no text is available yet, there's no way to interpret it. Here's what organizations need to know now.

GUEST: Ever since Apple's Siri heralded the age of intelligent assistants (IAs) four years ago — followed by Microsoft, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook — pundits have complained that intelligent assistant technology isn't living up to its promise. The truth is that innovation in this domain, as in all technological domains, follows a predictable cycle and goes far beyond the big incumbents to include niche players (such as Nokia's Here, the intelligent mapping and navigation specialist that BMW, Audi, and Daimler bought for $ 3.1 billion several months ago).

Gartner completely reworked its Magic Quadrant for BI and analytics, Hortonworks saw a big revenue jump, and support for Spark skyrocketed. That, and more in our Big Data Roundup for the week ending February 14. Plus, why crush is better than chocolate.

Data stewardship is the act and responsibility of handling and managing data quality within an organization. Sometimes it's the job title of a single employee, other times it manifests as one of the responsibilities within the job description of another title — such as the CIO or the IT manager. Data stewardship might also be the prevalent philosophy in an organization, instead of a job description. However, data stewardship does require someone to be in control and others to follow their lead. Stewardship can't happen when data is continually mishandled.

News from the week including Microsoft's new partnerships, numbers on smartphone sales and VMware gains.

Take a closer look at how far the cloud market has come and how we can expect it to continue to (quickly) grow in the years ahead.

Interesting to see this union of modern dance and computer imagery: It's not clear whether this is just pre-recorded graphics combined with well-timed choreography, or if the images are actually reacting to the dancer's movements. I suspect the former in this case (filmed in 2014), but recent advances in real-time motion detection should make true reactivity between dancers and the virtual environment possible. I hope to see something like that on stage someday soon. That's all for this week. Have a great weekend, and we'll be back on Monday. See you then!

The cloud market shows no signs of slowing down, with 90% of enterprises planning to maintain or boost spending on cloud computing this year, according to a survey from Washington, D.C.-based research firm Clutch. The majority of enterprises in the U.S. said they would increase cloud spending in 2016, with 42% eyeing increases of between 11% and 30% and 14% looking to boost cloud spending by 31% to 50%. Another 7% plan to increase spending by more than 50%. Those increases are consistent with numbers from 2015, according to Alex Miller, an analyst with Clutch. "Businesses are continuing to expand into cloud services and operations," Miller told Computerworld.

The cloud market shows no signs of slowing down, with 90% of enterprises planning to maintain or boost spending on cloud computing this year, according to a survey from Washington, D.C.-based research firm Clutch. The majority of enterprises in the U.S. said they would increase cloud spending in 2016, with 42% eyeing increases of between 11% and 30% and 14% looking to boost cloud spending by 31% to 50%. Another 7% plan to increase spending by more than 50%. Those increases are consistent with numbers from 2015, according to Alex Miller, an analyst with Clutch. "Businesses are continuing to expand into cloud services and operations," Miller told Computerworld. "More and more companies are either moving to the cloud or moving more operations to it. I think this will be a big year for the cloud and that should be the same for 2017."

In the highly competitive telecommunications industry, providers need any edge they can get. With tremendous volumes of data in transit daily, they need a way to transform manual processes into efficient, automated systems for accessing, analyzing and deriving insight. See how Idea Cellular Ltd. Increased revenue by transforming manual processes with automated systems through advanced analytics.

One of the fascinating things about watching a technology CEO run for office is the fact they never really seem to learn how to use the technology they sold. Before running for office both Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman ran companies that had impressive analytics capability, yet it was President Obama who used analytics to capture the presidency. It doesn't seem that any of the candidates learned his trick. You would think Fiorina, given that she worked on McCain's campaign and saw the results and led HP, which provided enterprise class analytics tools, would have been able to at least match Obama. Apparently not.  

When eBay needed to gain more value out of masses of Hadoop data, the company created its own an open source tool called Kylin. Now Kylin is an Apache Foundation project.

The latest update to RStudio, the cross-platform open-source integrated development environment for the R language from the team at RStudio, adds many new features for R developers. But perhaps the most significant update is one which allows R developers to add their own new features to RStudio: add-ins.  RStudio Add-ins appear under the new "Add-ins" menu in the RStudio toolbar. The menu is (a little sadly) empty by default, but you can your own new menu items to implement custom keyboard shortcuts, insert "snippets" of R code, or in fact do anything that R itself can do.

News: Report warns that care.data scheme cannot afford a second failure.

List: The first conference since the departure of Mike Bracken shows GDS' new focus.

Hortonworks has achieved quite a bit of success with online dating. Personally, I haven't just yet, but hey it warms my heart to think about all those that we've helped bring together. Valentine's Day is upon us and so I wanted to launch this Cupid's arrow with a missive about how Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) is the ultimate hunky, Big Data love machine. Hortonworks reported results this week and our client base more than doubled in 2015. Seems EVERYONE wants in on the action. And why not? Big Data is transforming every other aspect of our lives. What about love? For centuries we remained loyal to St. Valentine and Cupid, but consider how quickly dating has changed! My family used to warn me against meeting Internet strangers. Now it seems I can't start a family without one.

TechRepublic has used big data and social media as a lens to understand the 2016 US presidential race. You can use our simple method to gain deep insights from social media for your business.

EXCLUSIVE: New data released today shows that mobile apps are growing at staggering rates in China, fueled by an online consumer that almost certainly has a smartphone. Or two. If you look at the headline findings — released today by Verto Analytics as a result of its new partnership with iResearch Consulting — it would be hard not to imagine Western marketers, app developers, advertisers, and publishers rubbing their hands together maniacally, plotting their attempts to take over the world. But while the market is attractively big, and certainly growing fast, taking advantage of the opportunity isn't going to be that easy. According to Verto and iResearch data, the online population in China is now 48 percent of the total global population.

Is your data swimming in dangerous waters? Zero in on threats to cybersecurity by using Hadoop, Spark and big data discovery to sink attackers on sight.

Security professionals provide a security information event management (SIEM) capability that serves to reduce internal IT security fatigue.

Cameras, cameras, cameras. These devices are seemingly everywhere. And today there is considerable discourse on cameras worn by people working in law enforcement and other public agencies. How can all this video data not only be managed effectively, but also used intelligently to improve policing and enhance public safety? Take a look at one solution that is bolstered by years of experience and dedicated research and development.

Google engineers contributed open source code to the LLVM compile project, revealing the company's use of in-house silicon.

In anticipation of his upcoming Predictive Analytics World for Workforce conference co-presentation, The Predictive Workforce Analytics Journey at F. Hoffmann-La Roche, we interviewed Raffael Devigus, Management Reporting Analyst at F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG. View the Q-and-A below to see how Raffael Devigus has incorporated predictive analytics into the workforce of F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG. Also, glimpse what's in… The post Wise Practitioner — Predictive Workforce Analytics Interview Series: Raffael Devigus at F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG appeared first on Predictive Analytics Times.

Midokura Enterprise MidoNet can be deployed in an OpenStack environment while still being integrated with existing VMware vSphere technologies.

Many companies have a strong interest in applying big data for marketing, but predominately at the promotional level. Few articles have effectively covered the application of big data for product modification and the user experience level. The streamlined acquisition of more data on customers, combined with the application of smaller batch production and cloud software means greater product flexibility.

As the Internet of Things (IOT) continues to gain momentum, there is a critical component to success that is missing today. While I've written about the power of the Analytics of Things (AOT), without addressing some tactical issues regarding the registering, tracking, and retiring of the things we want to analyze, we won't be able to get where we need to be. We need to be in a position that allows easy and pervasive access and analysis of IOT data.

Data is useful in any industry whether automotive, electronics or broader manufacturing. But what about for sports franchises? With Super Bowl 50 in the rearview mirror, there were a few ways that IBM was able to put user data to work, both for sports franchises, and for the fans themselves.

Cognitive analytics is reshaping the face of computing, bringing previously inaccessible capabilities to businesses across a range of industries. Discover how cognitive computing capabilities can help you create a cognitively enriched environment that can make your organization a hotbed of innovation.

The transformative impact of the Internet of Things continues to expand widely across industries, and its progress does not appear to be slowing anytime soon in 2016. Attend IBM InterConnect 2016 to see firsthand how the IBM Internet of Things portfolio will continue to innovate the ways enterprises operate.

It's easier than ever for consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands to collect data from consumers through mobile applications and new Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Digital audiences are also more comfortable sharing personal information in exchange for product samples, great content or special offers. The value proposition of this dynamic is strong for both brands and consumers, but so are the vulnerabilities.

Many oil and gas organizations that face tremendous growth in unstructured data are implementing industrial-grade predictive analytics and object-oriented data storage solutions to keep up with demand. As a result, traditional RAID schemes are being replaced by object storage solutions, and the future is now.

Busy executives that need to make vital business or investment decisions don't want to wait for days or weeks for an answer to a question they put to analysts or receive incomplete information or analysis with spurious results. Fortunately, analysts today can access cloud-based data services that transform raw data into relevant and actionable information. Check out a practical example of how these services enable business users to find relevant, easily consumable data quickly from various sources that can be analyzed jointly and in context to drive the business.

Every fraudster leaves behind a trail, but not every business is equipped to identify the telltale signs of fraud in its data. Find out how creating a culture of analytics can help your company differentiate itself from the competition by cutting down on losses incurred by fraud.

Anthony Thomas is the co-founder of a company called Sticker Mule, which he runs using four core tenets: Build a metrics-driven culture from day one, focus on a core group of metrics, make performance data available company-wide, and fix what's broken.

With consumer product warranties, companies can back the value behind the goods they sell. The challenge, however, is optimization. It's impossible to know ahead of time if a product is going to fail and generate unforeseen costs. Fortunately, big data can help.

The number of cloud users — both corporate and personal — increases dramatically each year. And as these numbers grow, so do the security threats. Cybercriminals realize that many of these cloud providers aren't as safe as believed and will target this vulnerable data. As a business owner or IT professional, you need to take a long look at security before trusting your data to the cloud.

The words "big data" and "consumer" are inextricably intertwined in the world of business-to-consumer organizations: e-commerce, retailing and consumer banking, to name just a few. As healthcare follows in the steps of these industries and becomes more "consumerized," providers need to consider how to leverage big data to improve patient engagement.

In anticipation of her upcoming conference presentation, Driving the Omnichannel Experience with Predictive Analytics at Predictive Analytics World San Francisco, April 3-7, 2016, we asked Rebecca Pang, Senior Director, Channel Strategy & Analytics at CIBC, a few questions about her work in predictive analytics. Q: In your work with predictive analytics, what behavior or outcome do… The post Wise Practitioner – Predictive Analytics Interview Series: Rebecca Pang at CIBC appeared first on Predictive Analytics Times.

Ever-growing security threats coupled with shrinking budgets are putting enormous pressure on law enforcement agencies worldwide. Here's how big data is helping them.

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