Big Data News – 18 May 2016

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Company Unveils Cloud Services to Support Integration and the Core and Edge of Digital Business TIBCO NOW, Las Vegas, May 17, 2016 – TIBCO Software Inc., a global leader in integration and analytics, today announced the launch of TIBCO® Cloud Services, a comprehensive toolset for enterprises leveraging the cloud in pursuit of digital transformation. With the massive growth in big data, cloud, the Internet of Things, and mobile technologies, enterprises today must be equipped to quickly discover and leverage emerging business opportunities in a hyper-connected world.

Although the ransom can be costly, the reality is that the downtime inflicted by ransomware can be even more damaging to businesses.

Among the growing number of initiatives designed to fill the data science skills gap is a "data literacy" campaign designed to emphasize analytical skills as early as elementary school. These grass-roots efforts aim to develop the next generation of data scientists much as STEM curricula seeks to train future engineers. Educators and data analysts met recently during a workshop at IBM's Almaden Research Center in San Jose, Calif., to explore the nature of data literacy and how analytical thinking can be incorporated into K-16 classrooms and course work.

Revised APIs for Sheets and Slides aim to help developers make data in Google Apps for Work more readily accessible to third-party apps.

I am very pleased to let you know that the SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) 4.2 release has officially been announced at SAPPHIRE NOW. With this release, SAP delivers innovation to our core business intelligence (BI) solutions and supports our on-going commitment to these key offerings. It provides a host of new features and enhancements…

Part 1: A Little History In this series of blog posts, we will provide an in-depth look select features introduced with the release of Apache Storm (Storm) 1.0. To kick off the series, we'll take a look how Storm has evolved over the years from its beginnings as an open source project, up to the… The post A Brief History of Apache Storm appeared first on Hortonworks.

Here are three useful resources for learning about Data Science: Machine Learning and Deep Learning Tutorial List: This link contains a topic-wise curated list of Machine Learning and Deep Learning tutorials, codes, articles and other resources Data Science Tutorials for Python: This link contains a curated list of Python tutorials for Data Science, NLP and Machine Learning. This also serves as a reference guide for several common data analysis tasks. Data Science Tutorials for R: This link contains a curated list of R tutorials for Data Science, NLP and Machine Learning. Also has code for several data analysis tasks in R such as Text Mining, Time Series Analysis and Topic Modeling.

TIBCO Software Inc., a global leader in integration and analytics, announced the launch of TIBCO® Cloud Services, a comprehensive tool-set for enterprises leveraging the cloud in pursuit of digital transformation.

TIBCO Graph Database and Project Flogo Bring Smarter Connectivity and Real-Time Insights to the Internet of Things and Digital Business Las Vegas, May 18, 2016 – TIBCO Software Inc. , a global leader in integration and analytics, today announced Project Flogo™, an ultra-lightweight integration software solution, and TIBCO® Graph Database, a translytical database for big data. Combined, these technologies increase interconnectivity, augment the intelligence of the Internet of Things (IoT), and expand the edge of Digital Business for organizations.

New Data Wrangling Tools, Accelerator for Apache Spark, Operational Intelligence Capabilities, and Developer Community Fortify TIBCO's Analytics Prowess TIBCO NOW, Las Vegas, May 18, 2016 – TIBCO Software Inc., a global leader in integration and analytics, today announced a host of pivotal developments in its analytics offerings, including new data wrangling features in TIBCO Spotfire®, new code-free Operational Intelligence dashboards in TIBCO LiveView™ Web, a new user-inspired developer community and component exchange, and a new Accelerator package for Apache Spark and the IoT. These advances, along with improved embedded business intelligence (BI) support in TIBCO Jaspersoft® and a host of industry awards, signify both TIBCO's unstoppable analytics momentum and its commitment to helping businesses successfully navigate their transformation into digital enterprises.

I created an R package for exploratory data analysis. You can read about it and install it here. The package contains several tools to perform initial exploratory analysis on any input dataset. It includes custom functions for plotting the data as well as performing different kinds of analyses such as univariate, bivariate and multivariate investigation which is the first step of any predictive modeling pipeline. This package can be used to get a good sense of any dataset before jumping on to building predictive models.

Ultimately, the scale of the private cloud comes down to a matter of what is necessary, not what is achievable.

John Deere is taking the Internet of Things out into the field by developing new technologies and embracing existing ones to boost the efficiency of prepping, planting, feeding and harvesting with the goal of improving per-acre crop yields. +More on Network World: 10 Internet of Things companies to watch+ Ron Zink

Analysis: From virtual PAs to driverless cars, what does AI actually mean?

For many years, Rosette SDK™ has delivered multilingual text analytics to mission-critical search, social media, national security, and financial compliance applications. Starting today, Rosette API™ introduces new capabilities in sentiment analysis, relationship extraction, and document categorization and puts it all in the cloud.

Before we drill down into how Hortonworks partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) to design and develop a platform to discover genomic links to cancer, let's take a look at a few of cancer's fundamental attributes. Cancer is both a complicated and complex disease. Cancer is complicated because it is not actually a single disease, but rather the… The post Hortonworks Genomics and Precision Medicine Solutions –an Arizona State University (ASU) Case Study appeared first on Hortonworks.

ServiceNow Customer Service Management app uses the workflow engine ServiceNow uses in its apps to make it simpler to route complex service requests.

Apache Spark, the open-source cluster computing framework, will soon see a major update with the upcoming release of Spark 2.0. This update promises to be faster than Spark 1.6, thanks to a run-time compiler that generates optimized bytecode. It also promises to be easier for developers to use, with streamlined APIs and a more complete SQL implementation.

Magnitude Software, a provider of enterprise information management software, acquired Datalytics Technologies LLC, a data warehouse product provider for managing enterprise resource planning data in hybrid systems.

Most organizations think they don't use customer data effectively. To an extent, they are right. 88% of customer data is not used in most organizations. That's a staggering statistic. It's also…

A recently released survey by Cloudera and Argyle Data found that 90% of telcos believe Hadoop is the most effective platform to combat revenue fraud scams, losses from which are now estimated at U.S. $38bn.

IBM scientists successfully demonstrated storing 3 bits of data per cell on a comparatively new memory technology called phase-change memory (PCM). This breakthrough is hailed as vital for fast and easy storage of extreme data sizes from mobile and the Internet of Things due to its read/write speed, endurance, density, and non-volatility.

It has been estimated that a staggering 68 percent of potential purchases are abandoned at the shopping cart. Other than the loss in revenue, there could also be cost implications as frustrated customers call customer service helplines when they experience problems with their online journeys.

Digital transformation is disrupting enterprise IT. David Guzman, CIO of H.D. Smith, has ideas on how to survive and succeed through the disruption.

It seems like only yesterday that 'data monetization' was the buzzword at every big data conference. In those days, just three or so years ago, the term was largely applied to selling raw data. But data monetization has evolved to largely mean using it to improve efficiencies and innovate new revenue streams. Enter a new conference focused on exactly that.

In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, will provide an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination — the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settlement products to hedge funds and investment banks. After, he co-founded a revenue cycle management company where he learned about Bitcoin and eventually Ethereum.

When people think virtual reality, they usually picture the future. Hollywood has long portrayed VR as one of the perks everyday people will experience in most science-fiction movies and shows. Talk to almost anybody and tell them we're on the verge of virtual reality becoming commonplace and they'll likely say it will be too expensive for them to actually experience for themselves. On the surface, VR looks complex, requiring only the latest in technological advances to truly capture that VR concept that many have envisioned.

Tuesday at SAPPHIRE NOW, MapR unveiled its new Quick Start Migration Service to assist users migrating to MapR from other Hadoop distributions. It also assists users of the new appliance recently announced by Cisco for SAP HANA since that includes the MapR Converged Data Platform.

Can you explain me what machine learning is? I often get this question from colleagues and customers, and answering it is tricky. What is tricky is to give the intuition behind what machine learning is really useful for.

Advances in phase-change memory could lead to a storage technology that approaches the speed of DRAM and can retain data like NAND flash over millions of read/write cycles.

In anticipation of their upcoming conference co-presentation, Enhancing search results relevance using Word2Vec Language Models at Text Analytics World Chicago, June 21-22, 2016, we asked Pengchu Zhang, Computer Scientist at Sandia National Laboratories, and John Herzer, Enterprise Search Project Lead at Sandia National Laboratories, a few questions about their work in text analytics. Q: In your… The post Wise Practitioner – Text Analytics Interview Series: John Herzer and Pengchu Zhang at Sandia National Laboratories appeared first on Predictive Analytics Times.

In this special guest feature, Nitin Donde, CEO of Talena, Inc., discusses how the business of Big Data impact the economic development front, especially as it relates to poverty alleviation.

Hot on the conference circuit this year, we here at insideBIGDATA were pleased to be Qlik's guest for their Qlik Qonnections 2016 conference in Orlando, Florida on May 1-4. We had a blast at this annual tech extravaganza that's hosted by one of the industry's most innovative leaders.

Recently, I rediscovered a TED Talk by David McCandless, a data journalist, called "The beauty of data visualization." It's a great reminder of how charts (though scary to many) can help you tell an actionable story about a topic in a way that bullet points alone usually cannot. If you have not seen the talk, I recommend you take a look for some inspiration about visualizing big ideas.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association has jettisoned several manual business processes and legacy technologies in favor of cloud software as the nonprofit organization seeks greater operational efficiencies at a lower cost. The IT modernization, which includes email, CRM, human resources and several other business functions, has galvanized the organization's nearly 800 employees, says CIO Jeannine Houlihan, who joined MDA from Motorola Mobility in 2014. Muscular Dystrophy Association's CIO Jeannine Houlihan.

Source: "lloyds-bank-building" by Jason Mountier is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Big Data is more than just a technology trend; it is an important paradigm that is defining how online business will be conducted in the next few decades. To get an idea of the sheer magnitude of data being created and collected these days, consider this estimate by industry analysts: 2.5 quintillion bytes of data, meaning a figure followed by 18 zeros, are created on a daily basis. A great portion of all this information is collected analyzed in accordance with the principles of Big Data, particularly with regard to stimulating innovation, improving efficiency and raising the levels of competitive enterprise.

Analysis: CBR removes some of the complexity to reveal why this is an analytics trend to look out for.

McKinsey & Company estimates that as much as 45% of the tasks currently performed by people can be automated using existing technologies. If you haven't made an effort to understand how artificial intelligence will affect your company, now is the time to start.

News: Real-time analytics will provide insights across platforms.

Health care organization CancerLinQ deploys a big data initiative based on a robust and agile cloud-based platform that ties into an analytics system.

There can be no doubt that technology trends over the years point to a rapid change in user requirements. The days of relying on a large, clunky desktop PC to provide a portal to the internet and other traditional, desktop-only applications are quickly diminishing. While PC sales continue to plummet, smartphone sales continue to soar and innovative devices such as Chromebooks are increasing their market share dramatically, poaching customers that, traditionally, would rely on desktop programs that can now be fully accessed in the cloud.

"Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently." Henry Ford We take great inspiration from this statement by the Auto and Manufacturing visionary. So much so that we have made this the central tenet of one of the pillars of our software development practice — Project Rescue (more info. at http://www.continuity1.com/software-development.html for the more curious). First the facts. Less than 1 in 3 software technology projects over the last 12 months were completed on time and within budget according to research by the Standish Group. Geneca reported that 75% of all business and IT executives believed their software projects would fail, even before these projects got off the ground.




WebRTC is bringing significant change to the communications landscape that will bridge the worlds of web and telephony, making the Internet the new standard for communications. Cloud9 took the road less traveled and used WebRTC to create a downloadable enterprise-grade communications platform that is changing the communication dynamic in the financial sector. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Leo Papadopoulos, CTO of Cloud9, will discuss the importance of WebRTC and how it enables companies to focus on building intellectual property into their platforms that support customer needs, while also providing the performance, service, and support levels expected by Fortune 100 companies.

Accenture will utilize IPsoft's Amelia platform to develop strategies, solutions and consulting service offerings around deployment of virtual agent technology for clients across several industries with initial focus on banking, insurance and travel.

Creating a unified toolchain is increasingly important for today's modern software delivery approaches. Providing context, visibility and compliance around the growing number of tools and processes being used today is core to our mission of connecting the world of software delivery. Today, we are pleased to announce a new version of TeamForge that extends your ability to integrate activity data from the cloud hosted version of JIRA Software and, for DevOps, Chef, into a centralized platform. In addition, we've strengthened our capabilities for enterprise Git by supporting both commit- and pull-based code review and collaboration workflows.

What was the biggest data breach ever? Was it the infamous Sony hack that ended 2014? Maybe it was the much-publicized US Office of Personnel Management hack that rocked the government in 2015? Perhaps it was one of the major retailer hacks, like Target or Home Depot? No, none of these even make the list. These are the huge hacks that keep IT managers awake at night.

The data science skills gap continues to widen, with emerging automation tools like machine learning only just now starting to take up some of the slack. PayScale, the online salary database, released a report Tuesday (May 17) on the state of the "skills economy" that ranks data analytics, programming and cloud computing skills among the most sought-after by U.S. employers. Nevertheless, the skills survey also highlights a continuing lack of writing and other communications skills among recent college graduate along with a paucity of problem-solving skills. Seattle-based PayScale ranked proficiency in the Scala programming language as the top-paying technical skill sought by employers.

One look at the comments section of an April column on digital marketing in TechCrunch, and it becomes obvious that contributor Samuel Scott, the marketing and communications director for data analytics software firm Logz.io, pushed a few hot buttons with his take on marketing tech. Scott argues for a back-to-basics approach to marketing that roots digital strategies firmly in old-school tradition and PR principles. He calls out the communications industry for its reliance on "an echo chamber of meaningless buzzwords" in a piece now shared nearly 16,000 times, with more than 140 comments from passionate supporters, equally spirited detractors and yawns in between.

Though most of the news about wearables is on the consumer side, the category is perfectly suited to the workplace.

Microsoft now realizes that you have to assume that a breach will occur and that the speed in locating and mitigating it is the new priority.

With BigInsights having established itself as a leader and with IBM focused on a Cloud First Strategy, we saw the opportunity to help customers reduce these capital and management costs, to enable them to focus on running the analytics for business advantage while providing BigInsights on a dynamic elastic and scale out infrastructure in the cloud through IBM SoftLayer and Bluemix technologies from any of our many data centers around the world.

With BigInsights having established itself as a leader and with IBM focused on a Cloud First Strategy, we saw the opportunity to help customers reduce these capital and management costs, to enable them to focus on running the analytics for business advantage while providing BigInsights on a dynamic elastic and scale out infrastructure in the cloud through IBM SoftLayer and Bluemix technologies from any of our many data centers around the world.

The US Supreme Court has sided with Spokeo in a false-data case, saying that the plaintiff failed to show that he suffered a "concrete" injury. The case highlights several warnings for businesses that aggregate data for sale to the public.

Read the complimentary e-book, "Break Down the Barriers to Better Analytics" Unlock the value in your data with the expert tips in this e-book. You'll learn how to easily overcome the most common analytics challenges — from the general complexities of many data-related tasks, to the deficiencies of legacy systems. You'll see how to deal with gaps in skill sets, unrealistic expectations and cultural issues that hinder the acceptance of new technologies. See how to improve analytics at your organization today.

A growing number of businesses and industries are finding innovative ways to apply graph analytics to a variety of use-case scenarios because it affords a unique perspective on the analysis of networked entities and their relationships. Gain an understanding of how four different types of graph analytics can be utilized for business use cases and corresponding network associations.

The application of analytics and capturing information inside business documents can lead to all sorts of information for running smarter, faster and highly competitive businesses. Take a look at a few examples of how a workflow can dramatically change where and how information is collected and processed, which can greatly enhance customer experiences.

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