Big Data News – 22 Sep 2016

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Statisticians are developing new ways to interpret the unprecedented amounts of data being generated continuously all around us. Whether it is smart phones packed full of sensors measuring your health, location and the weather, or connected cars driving past roadside monitors measuring traffic volumes or air quality, or even thousands of sensors on individual oil wells, in the world of the ‘Internet of Things’ and ‘big data’ massive streams of information are now being generated and collected at an unprecedented scale.

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Hedvig is developing a Universal Data Plane that is designed to span storage systems running on premise and in the cloud.

A report from the MIT Sloan Management Review finds that companies that share data from their internet of things projects are better positioned to take advantage of what the technology has to offer. However, finding IT pros with the right IoT skills set is proving a challenge for many businesses.

Using the Services Exchange, an IT organization can set up direct network connections with specific public and private clouds.

"Apple is smartly creating great digital experiences and I think they know that great digital experiences mean unleashing tons of innovation from the community overall," Mike Gilfix, IBM's VP of MobileFirst and Smarter Process told me, discussing Swift 3.0. Swift 3.0 goes server side I was speaking with Gilfix to mark IBM's official introduction of IBM Bluemix Runtime for Swift, new software developed by the company to unlock all the server-side capabilities now available in Swift 3.0 for building microservice APIs on the cloud. The release is incredibly important as it means enterprise developers will be able to build next generation apps in native Swift from end-to-end, client-side to server-side, on the IBM Cloud. It has been made possible by Apple's decision to make Swift open source.

The hardest thing about adopting an enterprise collaboration platform can be adoption itself — getting employees to actually start up the new software and then turn to it whenever they need to communicate. Putting the software inside something that workers already use is one way to drive adoption and also make the communication tools more valuable. Cisco Systems knows this, and on Thursday the company announced a strategic alliance with Salesforce, its second big partnership in that direction after its headline-grabbing Apple iOS integration.

The Software Guild, a coding boot camp provider in Louisville that offers intensive 12-week coding programs on the ground.

As measured across multiple dimensions (see analysis below), Impala provides a better cloud-native experience than Redshift for a number of common use cases. Impala 2.6 brings read/write support on Amazon S3, which provides cloud capabilities such as direct querying of data from S3, elastic scaling of compute, and seamless data portability and flexibility that are unique amongst cloud-based analytic databases. With more and more users looking to deploy and run in public-cloud environments,

At 105 years old, IBM has been through more than a few major technology transformations. Arguably, none is bigger than the current retooling of the company around cloud computing — an effort overseen by Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president, IBM Cloud. LeBlanc says IT leaders and business executives aren't caught up in Wall Street's worries over IBM's revenue declines or the pace of the cloud transformation.

The tech startup will target retail, banking and finance with its new offering

Another Strata+Hadoop World , and I must say that this time I am really excited! This time is the first time we will be there as Dell EMC. This gives us a great opportunity to show you our new message, branding, and how this new company sees data analytics and specifically Hadoop in a different light. It really is an exciting time for us and I hope that you will visit us in booth #501 during the conference.

Worn by racing driver Tony Kanaan, this high-tech shirt from NTT Data and Toray provides his crew realtime measurements of his body during a race.

Worn by racing driver Tony Kanaan, this high-tech shirt from NTT Data and Toray provides his crew realtime measurements of his body during a race.

It's never been easier to get started with Apache Hadoop. The Hortonworks Sandbox combines 100% open-source Apache Hadoop and its data access engines (Apache Spark, Apache Hive, Apache HBase, Apache Solr, Apache Pig) with enterprise-grade Operations (Apache Ambari), Security (Apache Ranger and Apache Knox) and Governance (Apache Atlas).  The Sandbox also provides tools for devOps,… The post Try the latest innovations in the Apache Hadoop ecosystem with Hortonworks 2.5 Sandbox appeared first on Hortonworks.

A new survey released this week reveals that while a little more than half of state CIOs surveyed consider mobile devices and apps an essential or high priority, relatively few state government apps are mobile ready or are being used by employees and external users on mobile devices. The 2016 State CIO Survey: The Adaptable State CIO, released at the annual National Association of State CIO (NASCIO) conference this week in Orlando and produced by NASCIO, accounting/consulting firm Grant Thornton and trade association CompTIA, covers a range of topics beyond mobile, including cybersecurity, the internet of things, cloud computing and hiring.

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ITSM will have to evolve to deal with IoT-driven changes such as more connected nodes, data points and automation, all of which add complexity.

Automation technology is quickly coming of age and the enterprise needs to prepare for it or risk losing out to automated rivals.

Given the vast and increasing volumes of data within organizations today, securing your data can seem an insurmountable task. But you can get your arms around it if you assess the value of your data and focus your attention on protecting your mission-critical information assets — the crown jewels. Yesterday, the nonprofit Information Security Forum (ISF) announced the availability of Protecting the Crown Jewels: How to Secure Mission-Critical Information Assets, the latest in a series of reports geared to helping organizations do just that. "Businesses must prioritize the protection of mission-critical information assets," says Steve Durbin, managing director of the ISF. "

In this article, I provide evidence that Hillary for America is employing uplift modeling for per-voter persuasion–which Trump's campaign may not be taking advantage of–and I pose questions about the 2016 presidential race to a leading practitioner whose hands-on efforts won Obama votes in 2012: Daniel Porter, former director of statistical modeling of Obama… The post How Hillary for America Is (Almost Certainly) Using Uplift Modeling appeared first on Predictive Analytics Times.

Datadog launches an application performance management service designed to complement its existing IT infrastructure monitoring service.

Hadley Wickham, co-author (with Garrett Grolemund) of R for Data Science and RStudio's Chief Scientist, has focused much of his R package development on the un-sexy but critically important part of the data science process: data management. In the Tidy Tools Manifesto, he proposes four basic principles for any computer interface for handling data: Reuse existing data structures. Compose simple functions with the pipe. Embrace functional programming. Design for humans.

Regulator had asked for more time in November 2015 to assess how it was being used.

How Hortonworks can help hotel industry capture value through Insights Aggregation and Predictive Analytics Big Data has transformed every industry including the hospitality vertical. Through customer analytics, targeted segmentation, and campaigning, hotels would like to focus on delivering personalized promotions, cross and up-selling travel services. Our objective is to address these challenges through an open-source…

Show us what you can do! Here at Hortonworks, we've been showing people how fast and easy it is to use Hortonworks DataFlow, powered by Apache NiFi to easily, quickly and securely move data to where you need it. So we thought we'd test it out – and we are offering a speed test challenge!… The post HDF Speed Test Contest appeared first on Hortonworks.

Technology is advancing at a rapid pace bringing with it artificial intelligence and cognitive computing. These technologies give us an opportunity to augment and enhance human expertise to drive a new way of problem solving, improve productivity, and expose us up to new ideas across industries. Join the conversation at IBM Insight at World of Watson 2016 as we explore what cognitive computing means for your business and industry. Register for WoW 2016

In anticipation of his upcoming conference co-presentation, Words that Matter:  Application of Text Analytics at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, at Predictive Analytics World for Government, October 17-20, 2016, we asked Miguel Castillo, Assistant Inspector General for Audit at U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, a few questions about his work in predictive analytics. Q:… The post Wise Practitioner – Predictive Analytics Interview Series: Miguel Castillo at U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission appeared first on Predictive Analytics Times.

Hub presentation on the 5 pains of old-school financial planning and analytics (FP&A)… and the 5 gains of an automated, next-generation FP&A solution

My life as part of a high performance team Last week we released Hortonworks DataFlow HDF 2.0. It was a great 1 year anniversary present for me – a new release of the product I've been supporting since I joined Hortonworks a year ago. I've had the privilege of working with the most talented, quick-thinking,… The post Reflections as a Hortonworker, One Year Later appeared first on Hortonworks.

With thousands of people worldwide crossing borders every day, how can security officials quickly and accurately uncover potential threats and determine which cases warrant further investigation?…

The idea and concept of "Big Data" has been around for a while now, however it seems there are many people who still believe it is shrouded in mystery. Therefore, in the following post, we are going to debunk some of the top big data misconceptions.

Enterprises across the globe are confronting the need to create a Digital Strategy. While the term itself may seen intimidating to some, it essentially represents  an agile culture built on customer centricity & responsiveness. The only way to attain Digital success is to understand your customers at a micro level while making strategic decisions on… The post Across Industries, Big Data Is Now the Engine of Digital Innovation.. appeared first on Hortonworks.

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