Big Data News – 2 Mar 2016

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AtScale, which offers software to enable traditional business intelligence tools to query the big data stored in Hadoop, has released a new SQL-to-Hadoop benchmark that shows which engines work best for which tasks.

Microsoft has updated the Data Science Virtual Machine, a data science toolkit-in-a-box that you can easily spin up on the Microsoft Azure cloud service. The virtual machine now comes pre-configured with Microsoft R Server Developer Edition (upgraded from Microsoft R Open), Anaconda Python, Jupyter notebooks for Python and R, Visual Studio Community Edition, Power BI desktop, and SQL Server Express edition.  For R users, this is a great way to harness some powerful hardware for heavy-duty computations with R. Microsoft R Server includes RevoScaleR, the R package that allows you to build statistical models on data larger than available RAM.

I recently connected with the CEO of a fascinating company based in Cork, Ireland, called Treemetrics. Its mission is to eliminate waste in the logging industry by moving beyond antiquated forest survey methods and other problems caused by a lack of good information. By applying data analytics technology to this sector, the company claims to be able to reduce wastage by up to 20%. To make this work, Treemetrics has to extract data from exotic sensing systems such as 3D laser mapping to obtain stem volume and taper information, which tells a lot about the size, type and health of tree groupings. It's pretty cool and leaps beyond where the forestry industry has been for literally hundreds of years in terms of harvesting efficiency.

New services make use of Kaspersky Lab security software to monitor threat levels and even predict when and where attacks will occur.

Learn more about how digital assistants including Amazon Alexa, Facebook M, Google Now, and Apple's Siri are rewriting the rules around data privacy and sharing.

Software stability is a key requirement for large companies, and Hortonworks is taking a big step in that direction with a new release cadence for its enterprise Hadoop software. Starting with the Hortonworks Data Platform 2.4, which is now available, the company is taking a two-pronged approach to updates. Specifically, it will update core Apache Hadoop components such as HDFS, MapReduce and YARN along with Apache Zookeeper annually, while extended services that run on top of those components — including Spark, Hive, HBase and Ambari — will be updated continuously throughout the year.

Facebook VP held in Brazil by police, who say WhatsApp failed to follow a court order. The judge's demand told Facebook to release information about drug-probe suspects. Facebook, owners of WhatsApp, says it doesn't have the information that the police want. And it thunders that the arrest of Diego Dzodan is "disproportionate." In IT Blogwatch, bloggers break out the popcorn. Not to mention: Dodge & Fuski… Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. [Developing story: Updated 2:11 am PT with more comment]

News: Software will offer integration with Google, PayPal and UPS.

[Cross-posted from blog.davemdavis.net] Yesterday Microsoft announced the availability of the HoloLens Developer Kits.  The kits are available to developers who registered and were approved to get them. They will be shipped in waves with wave 1 shipping on March 30th.  These kits are going for $3000 and are only available in the US and Canada. Making a real hard decision on whether or not you should buy or not. Microsoft HoloLens is the world's first fully untethered holographic computer. HoloLens redefines personal computing through holographic experiences to empower you in new ways.

Facebook VP arrested in Brazil, for allegedly failing to comply with a court order. The order commands WhatsApp to hand over messages relating to drug investigation suspects. WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, says it doesn't keep copies of messages that its users send and receive. And Facebook says the arrest of Diego Dzodan is "disproportionate." In IT Blogwatch, bloggers break out the popcorn. Not to mention: Dodge & Fuski… Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

Software stability is a key requirement for large companies, and Hortonworks is taking a big step in that direction with a new release cadence for its enterprise Hadoop software. Starting with the Hortonworks Data Platform 2.4, which is now available, the company is taking a two-pronged approach to updates. Specifically, it will update core Apache Hadoop components such as HDFS, MapReduce and YARN along with Apache Zookeeper annually, while extended services that run on top of those components — including Spark, Hive, HBase and Ambari — will be updated continuously throughout the year.

A new AAA survey shows just how little people trust autonomous vehicles, and a Google self-driving car just had an accident.

Software stability is a key requirement for large companies, and Hortonworks is taking a big step in that direction with a new release cadence for its enterprise Hadoop software. Starting with the Hortonworks Data Platform 2.4, which is now available, the company is taking a two-pronged approach to updates. Specifically, it will update core Apache Hadoop components such as HDFS, MapReduce and YARN along with Apache Zookeeper annually, while extended services that run on top of those components — including Spark, Hive, HBase and Ambari — will be updated continuously throughout the year.

Security vendors have released a multitude of new and innovative products to help organization better defend high-value assets from cyber threats.

The bi-modal term was coined by Gartner about five years ago to describe the way in which the enterprise should guide IT spend over the coming decade.

Microsoft and Raspberry Pi want people to build businesses and start Kickstarter campaigns around devices making use of the new Raspberry Pi 3 computer. The companies are teaming up to provide an entire package needed to build Internet of Things and smart devices, including hardware, OS and cloud services. The goal is to help Raspberry Pi 3 users take their envisioned devices from concepts to the end market. Microsoft is previewing a new edition of its Windows 10 IoT Core operating system for the Raspberry Pi 3. With the OS update, Microsoft is making it easier to customize the OS to a specific device made using Pi 3.

What can you do when simply being "digital" isn't enough? Find out how you can make use of existing resources to create a place for yourself at the head of the pack, differentiating yourself digitally to customers in your market.

What can you do when simply being "digital" isn't enough? Find out how you can make use of existing resources to create a place for yourself at the head of the pack, differentiating yourself digitally to customers in your market.

Big Data has plenty of hype, but when it gets to the details, sometimes data scientists are ignored.

Keeping up with millennials' shifting social media use is a daunting task for consumer product companies. Instead, modern marketers may need to emphasize values that are important to this cohort across digital channels.

Keeping up with millennials' shifting social media use is a daunting task for consumer product companies. Instead, modern marketers may need to emphasize values that are important to this cohort across digital channels.

SAN DIEGO — Cisco this week is throwing its hat into the hyperconvergence and software-defined storage ring with a system co-developed with software company SpringPath. Cisco is also rolling out at its Cisco Partner Summit here a new generation of Nexus 9000 data center switches featuring 25G/50G Ethernet based on custom ASICs. The new products dovetail with Cisco's acquisition today of CliQr, a maker of "application-defined" hybrid cloud orchestration software for deploying and managing applications across bare metal, virtualized and container environments.

When looking to improve customer satisfaction, most telecommunications providers immediately think of streamlining the call center, reducing outages and increasing technician success. Billing is typically an afterthought and not linked to customer satisfaction, but organizations that don't improve the billing process are missing a significant opportunity for happier customers.

For the transportation industry, predicting operational failures before they occur cuts down on the high costs that come with lost productivity and limited performance. Consider the ways technology is making businesses better able to take a proactive role before breakdowns disrupt critical infrastructure.

HPE Security is looking to improve the security of mobile devices and the enterprise overall with two new security offerings announced in conjunction with the RSA Conference. HPE also released its Cyber Risk Report 2016.

I recently had a chat with Benjamin Bengfort, a data scientist finishing his PhD at the University of Maryland, and Jenny Kim, a software engineer at Cloudera, about their forthcoming O'Reilly Media book (now in Early Access), Data Analytics with Hadoop: An Introduction for Data Scientists. Why did you decide to write this book? Ben: The content was originally part of a class that Jenny and I were teaching together. The post Meet the Authors: "Data Analytics with Hadoop" from O'Reilly Media appeared first on Cloudera Engineering Blog.

Microsoft and Raspberry Pi want people to build businesses and start Kickstarter campaigns around cool devices making use of the new Raspberry Pi 3 computer. The companies are teaming up to provide an entire package needed to build Internet of Things and smart devices, including hardware, OS and cloud services. The goal is to help Raspberry Pi 3 users take their envisioned devices from concepts to the end market. Microsoft is previewing a new edition of its Windows 10 IoT Core operating system for the Raspberry Pi 3. With the OS update, Microsoft is making it easier to customize the OS to a specific device made using Pi 3.

by Verena Haunschmid Since I have a cat tracker, I wanted to do some analysis of the behavior of my cats. I have shown how to do some of these things here.  Data Collection The data was collected using the Tractive GPS Pet Tracker over a period of about one year from January 2014 to November 2014 (with breaks). From March to November I additionally took notes in an Excel sheet which cat was carrying the tracker.

News: Does the industry need to assess the risk from tech players beating them at their own game?

Does data extortion or ransom that targets the healthcare industry require different approaches to data breaches and protection than other industries? Despite opinions to the contrary, no cybersecurity crises are specific to the healthcare industry. Its organizations can use the same data protection practices used in other industries, such as the Cybersecurity Framework from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation from the US Department of Homeland Security.

The human mind can't keep up with algorithms that tap vast data sets. The latest example is Google's convolutional neural network called PlaNet that can identify where photos were taken based on the pixels in the image.

Backing up and archiving data on the Oracle public cloud would cost roughly one-tenth of a penny per gigabyte per month using Oracle software.

Apprenda has existed for many years. The vendor offers a platform as a service (PaaS) geared toward large enterprises software development needs. When it was first created, Apprenda was a pure-play .NET PaaS and told a story of the huge number of enterprises that were built upon .NET and needed a way to make their software development process faster and more efficient. For whatever reason, that story didn't quite jell, and a few years ago Apprenda had a major shift from the ".NET pure play" story and became a "double pure-play vendor." Its platform was suddenly both a .NET specialist and a Java specialist resource.

Cisco this week announced its intention to acquire CliQr Technologies, a privately-held developer of "application-defined" cloud orchestration software for $260 million. CliQr's software allows cloud operators to deploy and manage applications across bare metal, virtualized and container environments. Cisco says the acquisition will help its customers configure and operate private, public and hybrid cloud deployments. CliQr is already integrated with a number of Cisco's data center switching and cloud offerings, including Application Centric Infrastructure and Unified Computing System. Moving forward, Cisco says it will continue to integrate CliQr across its data center portfolio.

Increased usage of encryption as a default mechanism for securing data in a mobile world is more than likely about to become a new norm for all.

What's the secret of those organizations that have gotten sales force transformation right?

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