Big Data News – 24 Aug 2016

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The nature of work has evolved rapidly during the last few years. Modern coworkers often have very different roles and responsibilities, and many work from multiple locations. Email is no longer an efficient tool for many of the tasks today's professionals perform, and face-to-face meetings are increasingly a rarity. Fortunately, a new generation of cloud-based collaboration tools are now available to help tackle some of these challenges.

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The public sector has been a big IT spender in recent years, but a lot of that investment went to on-premises big data infrastructure. It's time for an update, says one expert.

In anticipation of his upcoming conference presentation, Risk Management Algorithms — Paving the Way to Value Creation at Predictive Analytics World Financial in New York City, October 23-27, 2016, we asked Frank Fiorille, Sr. Director of Risk Management at Paychex, Inc., a few questions about his work in predictive analytics.

In this contributed by Julie Whipple, Global Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Qlik, examines how visual analytics and BI can help nonprofits.

Cloud computing is changing the demands on networks more quickly than ever. Now researchers say it's possible to program routers all the way down to their packet-forwarding chips in the quest to keep up. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and five other organizations have found a way to make data-center routers more programmable without making them slower.

An overdue evolution is happening in travel search, especially in the hotel sector. Doesn't searching for a "hotel in downtown Miami" seem archaic when the travel industry has so much more information to work with? For instance, it's entirely possible to search for qualities like "excellent service" or for London accommodations that are similar to the Molitor in Paris, where you stayed last month.

Data visualisation has always been a vital weapon in the arsenal of an effective analyst, enabling complex data sets to be represented efficiently and complex ideas to be communicated with clarity and brevity.

SYS-CON Events announced today that Isomorphic Software will exhibit at DevOps Summit at 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.

What's the best way to get started generating the right information to inform better education decisions? Start with a foundation of education analytics.

Cloud computing is changing the demands on networks more quickly than ever. Now researchers say it's possible to program routers all the way down to their packet-forwarding chips in the quest to keep up. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and five other organizations have found a way to make data-center routers more programmable without making them slower.

The democratization of big data continues apace with a new self-service analytics tool that allows non-data scientists to query databases and get answers without formal training in, for example, SQL.

One of the biggest challenges that data scientists face is separating true predictors from false ones. When an airtight causal model can't be created, data scientists often look to a secondary class of models based on correlations to accurately predict outcome. However, when using these models, great care must be taken to avoid falling victim to the data snooping bias. Data snooping is essentially the practice of finding patterns in data that don't actually reflect the real world.

It is important to recognize that a CDO's relationship with the business is a two-way street. As the CDO collects information about the business, he or she must also deliver value. This mutual relationship with the business is perhaps best seen when CDOs act in their Business Optimizer mode.

Managed data services are growing in use, as types of data stores proliferate and cloud becomes the home for more data. DevOps is a driver behind the changes.

I'm excited to share that one of my data science heroes will be a presenter at the Microsoft Data Science Summit in Atlanta, September 26-27. Edward Tufte, the data visualization pioneer, will…

Five problems your traditional phone system will eventually experience and how VoIP can solve each one.

Enterprises increasingly depend on NoSQL, but will they run it in their data centers or in public clouds?

Governments have much to gain from applying algorithms to public policy, but controversies loom FOR frazzled teachers struggling to decide what to watch on an evening off, help is at hand. An online streaming service's software predicts what they might enjoy, based on the past choices of similar people. When those same teachers try to…

Every upgrade to the data environment should involve more advanced technologies, but where should the enterprise concentrate its data center spend?

One of the ways in which small cells will be used is to facilitate the transition to Voice Over LTE (VoLTE).

Waterline Data, The Smart Data Catalog Company, continues to clear the hurdles impeding Hadoop adoption in the enterprise by announcing the immediate availability of Smart Data Catalog 3.0.

The business of numbers is big business. Read our quick guide to how polling works, how big data changed the industry, and the most influential and accurate polls of the 2016 election.

Now that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been published, organizations that operate in the European Union (EU) market and process the personal data of EU data subjects need to understand its implications. Take a look at what you need to know, and the ramifications from noncompliance.

On October 1, 2016, the Hortonworks Certification Program is changing its structure: Our four current exams – HDPCD, HDPCD:Spark, HDPCD:Java and HDPCA – are being retired and replaced with a set of new exams. We are introducing three levels of certification: Associate: the new entry level into our certification program Professional: for experienced data professionals…

"IT driven business transformation is always bound to fail" — Amber Storey, Sr Manager, Ernst & Young The value of Big Data driven Analytics is no longer in question both from a customer as well as an enterprise standpoint. Lack of investment in an analytic strategy has the potential to impact shareholder value negatively.

I've been in the governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) space for some 11 years now, always working for software vendors. And still, one of the most consistently frustrating experiences I have is seeing boards and leadership teams choose not to adopt enterprise-wide risk management. Often, these business decision-makers are not convinced there is a business…

File synchronization and sharing vendor Huddle is today announcing enhanced security for external collaboration. While only a moderately interesting announcement in and of itself, it comes at an interesting time for the broader enterprise file sharing and sync (EFSS) space.

The easiest way for users of our Data-as-a-Service to view and understand their harvested data is through our search dashboard. The search dashboard gives users a way to easily access data in a Google-like interface. We've covered in videos some of the main features available in the search dashboard, but there's tons of tricks you may…

For more than 15 years, Gary Smith has been at the helm of Ciena, leading the company through the so-called 'telecom nuclear winter' following the early 2000s dot-com bust to its global leadership position today in the optical networking and metro Ethernet markets.

Nonprofits don't generally have the resources of traditional enterprises, which can make implementing a big data analytics strategy difficult. But one group showed it's possible.

Caringo SwarmNFS makes it possible for applications that were developed around a traditional file system to directly access object-based storage.

A recent Deloitte survey indicates businesses are investing more in IT platforms and services that can drive productivity. Specifically, these firms are using IT to increase productivity while they focus on technologies such as cloud and analytics.

A study by Stanford researchers finds computers can predict lung cancer patient outcomes better than pathologists. While the study is specific to the medical profession, it illustrates the promise and potential of machine learning for IT professionals in any industry.

Using new techniques of information modeling, indexing, and processing, new cloud-based systems can support cloud-based workloads previously not possible for high-throughput insurance, banking, and case-based applications.

The provider of ETL tools is seeing a spike in demand for mainframe data integration expertise thanks mainly to the rise of Big Data applications.

Microsoft has agreed to acquire Genee, an AI-powered scheduling service, to drive intelligent experiences in Office 365.

Datrium announces it can now make 100TB of Flash storage available per server using Datrium DVX software running on top of a virtual machine.

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