Big Data News – 20 Jul 2016

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IBM's second quarter total revenues and earnings per share declined again, but executives and analysts put their focus on the company's strategic initiatives, which showed continued growth in the most recent quarter.

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The conversation about VR's massive potential began when Facebook bought Oculus in a billion-dollar blockbuster acquisition back in 2014, and 2016 marks the real coming out party, with the "big three" VR devices–Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PS VR–all being released commercially at some point this year. Now, it seems like everyone is talking about and investing heavily in VR technology, a phenomenon more or less proven true at this year's CES, where, by all accounts, VR was at the center of everyone's attention.

"Peak 10 is a national cloud data center solutions managed services provider, and part of that is disaster recovery. We see a growing trend in the industry where companies are coming to us looking for assistance in their DR strategy," stated Andrew Cole, Director of Solutions Engineering at Peak 10, in this interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.

A revolutionary change in the industry was the foundation of cloud on the automation of virtualization technologies. Initially it was meant for infrastructure, but with the advent of new and innovative cloud services it has crossed the boundary of Infrastructure and invaded the application space. The concept of 'as a Service' model has three pillars: IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service) and SaaS (Software as a Service). Over a period of time cloud services have grown and diversified to the extent that clubbing the services into these three pillars is not only difficult but unattainable. That's the reason none of the public cloud providers classify their services in 'as a Service' model category.

The next BriefingsDirect security market transformation discussion explores how airline Allegiant Air solved its payment card industry (PCI) problem — and got a whole lot better security culture to boot. When Allegiant needed to quickly manage its compliance around the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, it embraced many technologies, including tokenization, but the company also adopted an improved position toward privacy methods in general.

GE already uses an internal platform for modeling jet engines, turbines, and other physical assets. Now, the company will be offering it as a service by the end of 2017.

Splice Machine, the open-source RDBMS powered by Hadoop and Spark, announced a cloud-based sandbox for developers to put its new open-source 2.0 Community Edition to the test.

In this special guest feature, Sagar Anisingaraju, Chief Strategy Officer at Saama, discusses how new approaches to big data analytics are helping the pharmaceutical industry address major shifts toward value-based-care.

Anyone who has had to get documents notarized in the past will be well aware of just how antiquated the process is. Having to visit a notary in person and all of the funky work with personalized stamps and seals is nice from a quaint sort of historical perspective, but not so great if you simply want to get a document notarized quickly and easily.

The need to add more features on shorter release cycles is ubiquitous. At some point we will reach the threshold of gaining efficiencies and quality will begin to degrade. There is some evidence that we've reached and crossed that threshold already. In the late 1960's the National School Lunch Program was struggling to keep up with the growing number of children needing assistance.

At first blush, Pantheon does something pretty mundane — it is in the business of helping companies host their websites. In a world awash with cheap cloud computing platforms, and a myriad of cheap (and often free) website hosting solutions, you'd have though Pantheon was in a business with few prospects. But the reality of Pantheon's growth has been impressive. Founded only a few short years ago, the company has parlayed its singular focus (OK, it's actually a dual focus) on hosting WordPress and Drupal websites into an impressive business that powers 150,000 websites globally including some high profile, and high traffic, sites.

IBM's Watson may be putting its cognitive muscle to work battling cancer and cybercriminals, but it's no slouch at shopping, either. On Wednesday, retail brand Macy's announced that it's testing a new mobile service that lets in-store shoppers ask Watson for help. Dubbed Macy's On-Call, the tool gives smartphone-equipped shoppers a way to ask Watson questions about a store's products, services and facilities by typing their questions into a mobile browser.

In business, as in nature, only the most agile continue to thrive. The digital economy demands that business models and processes be constantly reevaluated to capture new growth opportunities. This is a question of survival as new market entrants beat out incumbents by creating new digital business models, free of existing constraints. Reimagining Growth and…

Thanks to technologies like Hadoop and Spark, the data storage drought has become a wellspring of capacity, and with Spark, making sense of that data is easier than ever. But third-party vendors are critical to delivering value atop these core technologies.

Amazing, isn't it. Back in December (when asked to write this blog) I was brimming with ideas. Now, all those great insights are just echoes and as soon as I put finger to keyboard, I'm lost. The fact is, I haven't a clue where to start. Much the same could be said about the retail industry. Technology is transforming the way customers shop; how they engage with retailers and vice versa.

Continuous testing helps bridge the gap between developing quickly and maintaining high quality products. But to implement continuous testing, CTOs must take a strategic approach to building a testing infrastructure and toolset that empowers their team to move fast. Download our guide to laying the groundwork for a scalable continuous testing strategy.

The cloud promises new levels of agility and cost-savings for Big Data, data warehousing and analytics. But it's challenging to understand all the options — from IaaS and PaaS to newer services like HaaS (Hadoop as a Service) and BDaaS (Big Data as a Service). In her session at @BigDataExpo at @ThingsExpo, Hannah Smalltree, a director at Cazena, provided an educational overview of emerging "as-a-service" options for Big Data in the cloud.

Vendor lock-in is an important subject. Everybody knows that. But few of us realize just how complicated the subject is, nor how riddled it is with paradoxes. Truth be told, I wasn't fully…

"We work in the area of Big Data analytics and Big Data analytics is a very crowded space – you have Hadoop, ETL, warehousing, visualization and there's a lot of effort trying to get these tools to talk to each other," explained Mukund Deshpande, head of the Analytics practice at Accelerite, in this interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.

Microsoft's cloud push continued to pay off last quarter, with revenue from its Azure services more than doubling from the same period last year, the company reported Tuesday. Overall revenue for the quarter was down, however, thanks partly to a steep decline in Microsoft's handset business. Total revenue for the three months ended June 30 was $20.6 billion, Microsoft said, down from $22.2 billion last year. Net profit was $3.1 billion. Microsoft's retreat from the smartphone market hurt its device sales significantly.

Companies can harness IoT and predictive analytics to sustain business continuity; predict and manage site performance during emergencies; minimize expensive reactive maintenance; and forecast equipment and maintenance budgets and expenditures. Providing cost-effective, uninterrupted service is challenging, particularly for organizations with geographically dispersed operations.

The overall pace of investments by venture capitalists slowed over the first six months of the year, according to new report issued last week. While the software industry as a whole did well, the number of investments in startups is trending down. After several years of heavy investments in big data startups, the industry could be due for a course change, data suggests.

Land O'Lakes CIO says no single cloud provider can meet all of the company's requirements. Google and Microsoft are both in the mix, but the agricultural cooperative still isn't ready for a full migration.

operations aren't merging to become one discipline. Nor is operations simply going away. Rather, DevOps is leading software development and operations — together with other practices such as security — to collaborate and coexist with less overhead and conflict than in the past. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo, Gordon Haff, Red Hat Technology Evangelist, will discuss what modern operational practices look like in a world in which applications are more loosely coupled, are developed using DevOps approaches, and are deployed on software-defined, and often containerized, infrastructures — and where operations itself is increasingly another "as a service" capability from the perspective of developers.

Across virtually every industry, businesses are transitioning to a data-driven approach. But while many are good at collecting data, understanding it is tougher. These seven tools can help.

At the RNC in Cleveland, police, protesters, and the media are capturing breaking news using services like Periscope, Facebook Live, and Snapchat.

Emerging tech such as wearables, drones, smart home devices and VR are expected to account for more than half of consumer tech revenue in 2017.

Artificial intelligence can anticipate rather than simply react to events. Telecom carriers are taking advantage.

Last week, I had the opportunity to speak at an event on the state of healthcare analytics. The event was about big data technology adoption, specifically Hadoop. While I was there, I sat in on a presentation by the chief data officer (CDO) of a major financial services company that is harnessing big data and deploying advanced technologies such as Hadoop.

Many new data driven, targeted, marketing techniques are now possible, but recent evidence suggests that some may actually do more harm than good.

Big data may promise a world of new insight, but if it can't be analyzed, you can kiss that potential goodbye. Enter Teradata and Nuix, which on Tuesday teamed up to bring so-called "dark data" to light. Dark data is generally considered any data that gets overlooked and underused, often because employees don't know it's there or don't know how to access it. It's widely thought that dark data accounts for a majority of most companies' information assets.

Management consoles developed around Avaya SDN Fx architecture will be integrated with FatPipe SD-WAN appliances using Avaya Fabric Connect software.

The hugely popular Pokemon Go could be a boon to your small or medium-sized business if you know how to take advantage of it.

The battle between solid state and hard disk is over, but there is still plenty of life left in all forms of storage media.

The need to address Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) concerns is well known to anyone who runs production systems. This blog introduces HBase's new backup and restore capabilities, which give HBase the ability to perform full and incremental backups across clusters and into the cloud. When combined with real-time replication, this new incremental backup… The post Coming in HDP 2.5: Incremental Backup and Restore for Apache HBase and Apache Phoenix appeared first on Hortonworks.

Microsoft recently partnered with Boeing to use its AI and big data analytics tools to help improve the air travel experience.

Data-driven strategies are becoming a greater part of an organization's DNA. Executive management is embracing how data can be used to create, sustain, and strengthen competitive advantage. Disruptive companies are building business models based on data that other organizations leave behind. Employees are growing into the role of data analysts as part of their day-to-day responsibilities, and companies are introducing new data sources to continue this trend. Specifically, data-driven strategies can be seen in the way that organizations are taking advantage of modern technical architectures in mobility, cloud, and device sensors, and integrating that information into new ways of doing business.

Elliptic started as a top-notch Bitcoin Vault. Now the story has moved onto the blockchain.

When Amazon Echo with Alexa service came out in November 2014 I was skeptical. A speaker with voice recognition seemed like an unnecessary oddity. When a friend of mine purchased one in 2015, I had a chance to play with it but was unimpressed still. Alexa's SDK has been open to third party developers for a year now. As a software engineer it is important for me to keep up with emerging technologies and learn about them.

Security and IoT issues take the stage at the 2016 BlackBerry Security Summit.

The new MU-MIMO technology will significantly enhance workplace network performance and help small businesses become more productive and efficient.

by Mike Wise, Data Scientist / Solution Architect — MCS Incubation Services Background Building energy consumption is a huge component of energy consumption. In the USA for example, around 40 percent…

Sophos SafeGuard Encryption 8 uses a synchronized communications framework to reduce friction associated with managing encryption across platforms.

In anticipation of his upcoming conference presentation, The Revolution in Retail Customer Intelligence, at Predictive Analytics World New York, October 23-27, 2016, we asked Dean Abbott, Co-Founder and Chief Data Scientist of SmarterHQ, a few questions about his work in predictive analytics. Q: In your work with predictive analytics, what behavior do your models predict?

Register now for the fifth annual AWS re:Invent, the largest gathering of the global cloud computing community. Join us in Las Vegas for opportunities to connect, collaborate, and learn about AWS solutions. There will be many opportunities for developers and data scientists working in big data to sharpen their skills and learn what's coming next with AWS's big data services. This year we are offering all-new technical deep-dives on topics such as IoT, serverless computing, security, and containers.

Paul Murphy, IT Program Leader at Co-operatives UK, about his experience using business intelligence technology to centralize years of messy historical data and create an open, explorable web portal.

VMware this week updated investors on the progress of emerging technologies playing an increasingly significant role in the company's earnings.

Five areas that are critical for successful data center modernization efforts include speed, QoS, DR, predictive analytics and manageability at scale.

Thanks to the democratization of data, rising numbers of businesses are making highly insightful decisions that are producing beneficial real-world results. Catch a few highlights from a podcast that takes a deep dive into how open source analytics processing engines and high volumes of data are contributing to putting analytics into the hands of a wider range of enterprises and businesses.

A Holberton School student will be rubbing shoulders with students from Berkeley and Cambridge as part of a major NASA internship looking for meteorites.

One clothing manufacturer found out that today's BI reports can be produced with a minimum of ETL and other processes that have traditionally slowed down BI.

Here's this week's news in Data Science and Big Data. Don't forget to subscribe if you find this useful! Interesting Data Science Articles and News This mind-blowing photo app makes Instagram's filters look so lame — Prisma acts like your very own Picasso in your pocket. It uses advanced neural networks and artificial intelligence to paint from a picture. 'Smart Highway' Coming to S.F. Bay Area — The SMART Corridor project will add advanced metering lights, lane-closure warnings and variable speed-limit signs in a San Francisco highway.

Telstra will launch a new cloud management platform to provide businesses with the tools to operate their hybrid cloud environments in providing a single, comprehensive view of their private and public cloud services. Customers can also monitor applications as well as automate how workloads respond and scale in-line with business demands. The platform, which is based on RightScale, features a self-service function, which makes a broader range of cloud services accessible to the business in way that ensures policies and budgets are maintained, while the platform's analytics identifies efficiencies and helps reduce costs.

Hotel revenue management and use of analytics for room sales has remained largely unchanged for decades since the early 1980s when hotels started looking at yield and how they could optimize the revenue each room could generate. By the mid-1990's, Marriott's successful execution of revenue management strategies were adding between $150"–"$200 million in annual revenue and thus marked the beginning of data intelligence to drive new revenue.

SAS consultant and author Jill Dyche discusses how self-service BI and business control of systems affect IT teams and details a novel approach to IT buying that may ease push-pull issues.

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