Big Data News – 2 Feb 2016

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The personal story of how one executive transformed an unused business intelligence system.

CNIL, the French data protection authority, came down hard on Facebook. It gave the social media giant only three months to stop tracking non-users' web activities and ordered a stop on data transfers to the U.S. Interestingly, this could mean more than just a French action. It could pressure the EU to follow suit instead of waiting on the Privacy Shield to fail or be approved as was originally the plan.

VMware's new release drives the cost of all-Flash storage in the data center down below one dollar per gigabyte.

Last fall, Box debuted its Capture app to let iPhone users upload photos directly to the cloud, and on Thursday the company added the feature most frequently requested ever since: document scanning.

When it comes to machine learning, the future is already here, but it's not yet evenly distributed. Taking advantage of breakthroughs in the field can require a lot of work, which is tough for small companies and those without a whole team to build custom applications and algorithms. According to Okta CEO Todd McKinnon, there's a lot of hype around the potential of machine learning, but companies aren't actually taking advantage of it.

It's an opportunity-filled world for those with data-science skills; for everyone else, the question is mostly how to get them. That's where DataCamp comes in. Founded in late 2013, the online data-science school offers training for students and professionals alike, including those who want to make a career switch. More than a few of its customers are large companies and universities. Data visualization, dynamic reporting, R programming and large data sets are all among the topics on DataCamp's curriculum.

IT pros know all too well the difficulties of deal with a world of deception not only caused by cyber criminals but also privileged insiders.

Capital expenditure forecasts in the telecommunications sector remains fuzzy — with the fuzziness pointing a little downward — for the months ahead.

VB WEBINAR: With marketing covering more territory and tasks than ever, marketing clouds are becoming indispensable. But figuring out where to start and how to choose can make walking on hot coals a more attractive undertaking. Join us for this quick one-hour webinar and learn what platforms are considered the best — and how they'll help you edge out the competition.

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.

Carol Spieckerman, also known as the Retail Expert, outlines how big data analytics is transforming the retail industry, and describes what data-driven retailers can expect in 2016 and beyond.

Even the best data scientists need support from business and IT units in order to perform their true role.

This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach. As organizations work to make big data broadly available in the form of easily consumable analytics, they should consider outsourcing functions to the cloud.

The old adage goes that it's far better to sell another dollar of service to an existing customer than it is to do so to a new customer. Existing customers know your business and your product and hence are an attractive group to look to expand revenue from. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies, in particular, spend lots of time trying to intuit from witnessed customer behavior what that customer's intentions are, and in doing so avoid any churn or make a pitch at a point when a customer is ready to expand their business.

BMC SecOps Update is a mix of statistics and solutions. Rob Enderle covers both in this blog.

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.

While it has gone a long way toward simplifying and streamlining data infrastructure, it also presents new challenges.

Last fall, Box debuted its Capture app to let iPhone users upload photos directly to the cloud, and on Thursday the company added the most frequently requested feature ever since: document scanning. Previously, Box users had to manually scan and email attached documents to share them with other people. Now, users of Box Capture can scan a document with their iPhone's camera and then share and collaborate on it just as they would with any other document on Box. Users begin by selecting "scan mode" in Box Capture; the app will automatically detect a document and scan its text, identifying the document's edges and applying cropping, contrast and deskewing. Users can then manually crop, rotate and re-size the document or adjust shading as needed before saving it as a PDF file for sharing and collaboration via the cloud.

If you are an R user and work for an enterprise where Microsoft SQL server is important, it is extremely helpful to have easy access to SQL Server databases. Over the past year, we have run several posts on this topic including a comprehensive four part series from Microsoft's Gregory Vandenbrouck on using various flavors of SQL with Azure as a data source (Part1, Part2, Part3 and Part4) as well as several posts on using the advanced features of Microsoft R Server (formerly Revolution R Enterprise) with SQL Server 2016. (See for example this recent post Credit Card Fraud Detection with SQL Server 2016 R Services). 

Analysis: Monetising data is the final piece of the jigsaw puzzle, something that companies such as Thompson Reuters have had success with.

New testing results show a significant difference between the analytic database performance of Impala compared to batch and procedural development engines, as well as Impala running all 99 TPC-DS-derived queries in the benchmark workload. 2015 was an exciting year for Apache Impala (incubating). Cloudera's Impala team significantly improved Impala's scale and stability, which enabled many customers to deploy Impala clusters with hundreds of nodes, run millions of queries, The post New SQL Benchmarks: Apache Impala (incubating) Uniquely Delivers Analytic Database Performance appeared first on Cloudera Engineering Blog.

EXCLUSIVE: When you think of hot startup communities, it is too easy to start the list at Silicon Valley and stop right there. But then you'd be missing out on a whole world of opportunity. Denmark has a community of over 240 budding "next big thing" candidates, and some incredible recent success stories, including Unity Technologies — which has captured 45 percent of the game engine market — and Podio, which was acquired for around $50 million by Citrix. And today, "Silicon Viking" startup — EASI'R — has launched its bid to disrupt the old, antiquated car sales industry with an intelligent algorithm that predicts when customers will buy new vehicles, even before the customers know it themselves.

VB EVENT: In 2016, there will be 2 billion smartphones worldwide, and users will spend more time on them than they do watching TV. Reaching this audience presents expected — and surprising — opportunities for nearly every business. Now in its ninth year, MobileBeat 2016 is the place where leaders from the most forward-looking brands and technology companies gather to share what they've learned about winning on mobile. C-Level and senior leaders focused on mobile and digital strategy are invited to submit an application to speak at MobileBeat 2016.

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.

Thanks to the commercialization of platforms such as IBM Watson, interest in all things relating to cognitive computing is running high.

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.

As far as money goes, cybercriminals would be better off turning their knowledge toward white hat activities.

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.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise reconfigures products to help organizations with limited budgets wrangle content and speed up their applications.

Hortonworks reported an annual revenue increase of 165%, but losses still outpace sales. Company executives promised a hard push to bring those numbers closer together in 2016.

Many CIOs and IT professionals have been conditioned to deliberate and wade through all potential negative consequences before making any sort of technology-related decision. This process often results in slow IT adoption, but thankfully the cloud is rapidly changing the dynamic. Cloud-based productivity suites such as Google for Work and Office 365 let technology leaders move faster, modernize their workforces and shift their efforts away from maintenance to focus on other IT projects. 

News: Company sees a 196% fourth quarter revenue increase from the previous year.

News: IBM study says leading CEOs are aggressively deploying new business models via ecosystems.

GUEST: If you've been following the market for the last week, I'm sure you've noticed it's been a pretty rough week for tech stocks. Two stocks, in particular, were hit unexpectedly hard this past Thursday: LinkedIn Corporation (NASDAQ: LNKD) and Tableau (NASDAQ: DATA) lost close to half their value over the span of 48 hours. Misguided guidance I'm not a financial analyst.

The year ahead will see HTML5 gain penetration as the developer community says goodbye to Flash.

According to a 2015 survey of 500 banking and finance executives, cybersecurity and fraud top the agendas of 80 percent of institutions–yet only 56 percent of executives believe that their own organizations have a handle on fraud threats. Counter fraud experts Wilson Davis and David Dixon, authors of the IBM Institute for Business Value study "Winning the face-off against fraud" provide an insider's look at why they conducted their study and what they learned by doing so.

Customer engagement deepens through rich and instant interaction. IBM Predictive Customer Intelligence delivers a 360-degree customer-of-one experience to optimize experience and service.

VB EVENT: Love, money, food, and music are among our most human needs and yet we entrust them to our mobile devices. Companies that recognize the roles of emotion and function in meeting these needs are those that exceed our expectations, disrupt their industries and win against their competitors. VentureBeat has announced that thought leaders from four such companies will speak at the upcoming Mobile Summit on April 4-5, 2016 in the San Francisco Bay Area.

As a core component of an SD-WAN framework, route optimization simplifies network management and maximizes reliability, availability and performance.

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.

Apple has published four job postings that reveal the company's intent to make its Siri personal digital assistant more capable when it comes to fielding queries about sports. Potentially, that could make Siri a more essential companion for resolving debates at the water cooler. The job postings, with the job title "Siri Software Engineer — Sports," are identical.

Boston healthcare organization CIO and longtime technology standards leader John Halamka has been quite open over the years about his organization's technology efforts and challenges. Back in 2002 he shared his hospital's 3-day struggle with network slowdowns. Last Year,  the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO sounded the alarm that an FDA warning about a compromised medical device wouldn't be the last.

This year's RightScale "State of the Cloud" report is, as in previous years, interesting reading. In particular, it is interesting to see subtle changes in the cloud industry makeup with vendors starting to make inroads on dominant players. The report also tends to be something of a bellwether for new technology adoption, hence, the statistics around both DevOps and Docker were interesting to see. Enough with the commentary — on to the findings. Hybrid cloud In something of an indication that cloud generally is hitting the mainstream, the report found that hybrid cloud adoption grew significantly from last year.

It will take some legwork on the part of the enterprise to determine not only the needs of today but of an increasingly cloudy tomorrow.

In case you missed them, here are some articles from January of particular interest to R users.  Animated visualizations and analysis of data from NYC's municipal bike program, created with R. Many local R user groups are sharing materials from meetups using Github. A detailed R tutorial on analyzing your Twitter archive and performing sentiment analysis. How to combine R and Python in Jupyter notebooks.

The Node.js Foundation today announced it plans to primarily use software owned by IBM to create a Node.js web server framework project.

If there was still any doubt about the value of data analytics, this should lay it to rest in a single word: beer. That's right, digital marketing agency Havas Helia has created 0101, a beer that was crafted based on data. Late last year, Havas Helia's goal was to create a beer that embodied the optimism associated with beginning a new year.

Organizations have a tool to address the multiple challenges faced by their knowledge workers: multispeed information technology. In this podcast, get an overview of multispeed IT and details on how businesses can implement it rapidly and cost-effectively.

VB WEBINAR: Leading social media expert and author Jay Baer joins VB analyst Stewart Rogers in this quick 30-minute webinar. Together, they'll cover off social media essentials to keep customers and turn them into top-tier loyalists and brand advocates. Register here for free. When it comes to engaging and establishing trust with your customers, there's no marketing tool better than social media.

Analysis: Hortonworks, Cloudera and MapR are just some of the companies that are working to take the complexity out of Hadoop to make it easier to use.

In a letter to the search giant, the NHTSA indicates its support for Google's self-driving vehicles by stating the computer that pilots the car can be considered a driver.

Apache Spark is among the Hadoop ecosystem technologies acting as catalysts for broader adoption of big data infrastructure. Now, Looker — a vendor of business intelligence software — has announced support for Spark and other Hadoop technologies. The goal? To speed up access to the data that fuels business decision making.

Two analytics providers, Teradata and Knowledgent, have teamed to produce a product for healthcare providers and payers that combines predictive analytic models and behavior-based analytics. Specifically, the product is designed to reduce hospitalizations and improve preventive care for patients.

EY, formerly known as Ernst and Young, launched its global Analytics-as-a-Service (AaaS) platform called EY Synapse. The platform contains specialized analytics for several verticals. It's also designed to work across multiple locations and geographies. They've also included a new and much needed twist.

The challenge facing IT organizations now is figuring out how to incorporate high-definition video inside traditional enterprise workflows.

Talend released an open source, free desktop tool for use by business users and analysts for data prep. The desktop application helps users pull, combine and clean data from a variety of sources through intuitive, drag-and-drop tools, smart guides and automated processing functions.

Efma, Microsoft and Avanade have teamed with some of the world's largest financial institutions to create a new, collaborative fintech portal. The idea is to enable fintech providers to better meet the needs for innovation in the financial sector by networking and collaborating with more than 3,300 Efma member financial institutions in 130 countries. In this digital age, big data will be at the center of the discussions.

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