Big Data News – 25 Oct 2016

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Solr 5 includes a completely re-written faceted search and analytics module with a structured JSON API to control the faceting and analytics commands. Here's how it works. Since I joined Cloudera a few years ago to help bring search-powered analytics to Cloudera's platform, I've been working actively upstream alongside the rest of the Solr community to develop new functionality that will drive more interesting applications on Cloudera Search (which is based on an integration of Solr with the Apache Hadoop ecosystem).

The Intel Atom processor E3900 series employs 14-nanometer silicon to push processing horsepower out to the very edge of distributed IoT environments.

The economic impact of being behind your peer group in digital is huge.

For six years, Watchfinder, a U.K.-based global buyer and seller of pre-owned luxury watches, split the role of DevOps between application development and management of a virtual infrastructure environment. But the company's ambitious growth plans, which included expansion to the U.S. earlier this year and an expected doubling of monthly watch sales, required IT director Jonathan Gill to think differently.

FalconStor is all about automating the movement of data in storage and making it available when and where it's needed in any production environment.

This article discusses five reasons the lack of information flow stunts company growth and technology that will enable access to actionable information in real time. Keep on reading: Flow of actionable information is slowing down your business

Look for IBM to launch the on-premises version of its enterprise performance management solution, IBM Planning Analytics, at for IBM Insight at World of Watson 2016. Check out the new features and business benefits of this new release of a leading-edge financial and operational performance management software from IBM.

Collibra enables users to research and find data in the same way they shop for products on consumer sites, such as Amazon and iTunes, the company said.

A new client library makes it easier for Xamarin developers to add cloud storage capabilities to their mobile apps.

This industry customer panel was recorded live on Wall Street at the IBM Forum for Financial Services in New York City on 20 September 2016. It includes comments on the business benefits of IBM Customer Insight Solutions from Pershing, Southern Farm Bureau, USAA and US Bank. IBM Customer Insight solutions are based on industry-specific models and can effectively predict, personalize and address the changing needs of your clients by using a new era of customer segmentation and cognitive computing. These solutions empower companies by dynamically segmenting clients by their behaviors, anticipating life and financial events, foreseeing client attrition, identifying product opportunities and delivering tailored news and alerts.

A demonstration of the IBM Customer Insight solutions for banking, wealth management and insurance was recorded live on Wall Street at the IBM Forum for Financial Services in New York City on 20 September 2016. IBM Customer Insight solutions are based on industry-specific models and can effectively predict, personalize and address the changing needs of your clients by using a new era of customer segmentation and cognitive computing. These solutions empower companies by dynamically segmenting clients by their behaviors, anticipating life and financial events, foreseeing client attrition, identifying product opportunities and delivering tailored news and alerts. The demo is presented by Boxley Llewellyn, vice president, Banking Analytics Solutions, at IBM.

If you didn't have a chance to catch my presentation at the Machine Learning and Data Science Summit, I'll be reprising an updated version of the talk in a live webinar on Tuesday, November 1. I'll also be taking questions from the audience after the webinar. You can register here, and the details of the webinar are below. Changing Lives with Data Science and R at Microsoft Whether it's called data science, machine learning, or predictive analytics, the combination of new data sources and statistical modeling has produced some truly revolutionary applications. Many of these applications incorporate open source technologies (including R) and research from academic institutions. In this talk, I'll share a few ways that Microsoft is improving the lives of people around the world by applying Statistics, research and open-source software in applications and devices, and describe how Microsoft has integrated R into its data platforms. Register here to attend — I hope to see you there!

Open DCI makes use of standard VXLAN network virtualization software to create an SDN capable of spanning multiple data centers.

It seems clear that the overall cloud market will provide the diversity required of a dynamic enterprise ecosystem for some time to come.

A new survey from ESET found that 40 percent of us are not confident that our smart devices are secure enough.




Digital twins involve the building of digital models of industrial assets such as turbines. Gartner recently named the technology as one to follow in 2017, and here's how GE is bringing it to the mainstream.

A recent CrowdChat covered team data science as the core competency for digital disruption in today's business environments. Consider these highlights from that discussion as you prepare for your trip to Las Vegas.

Data analytics is no longer an either/or choice. With the integration of IBM SPSS Statistics and R, you can bring together the statistical analysis and data management capabilities that have helped so many data scientists gain insight after insight from their data.

The dawn of the cognitive era is upon us, and many organizations today have the data and analytics capabilities to begin their cognitive journeys. Take a look at recent survey results available in the seventh annual IBM Institute for Business Value analytics research report.

The launch of HPE Backup and Recovery Suite brings all HPE data protection offerings together under a common analytics framework.

Corporate carbon footprint data has become ubiquitous. This data is also highly promissory. But as this paper argues, such data fails both consumers and citizens. The governance of climate change seemingly requires a strong foundation of data on emission sources. Economists approach climate change as a market failure, where the optimisation of the atmosphere is to be evidence based and data driven. Citizens or consumers, state or private agents of control, all require deep access to information to judge emission realities. Whether we are interested in state-led or in neoliberal ‘solutions’ for either democratic participatory decision-making or for preventing market failure, companies’ emissions need to be known.

At the Gartner Symposium and ITxpo, Gartner released its annual list of the top 10 strategic trends. Are you planning for the right technology in your organization?

The role of a marketer is to help leverage brands, products and overall awareness of a business' core mission. That means analyzing data has become increasingly valuable to marketers, giving them real-time insights into trends, current campaigns and failed initiatives. "Marketers today are more in tune to numbers, figures and metrics than ever before — they understand that the success of their marketing campaigns rely on the ability to analyze data and turn behaviors and actions of buyers and customers into actionable insight that can be used to optimize ongoing marketing efforts," says Michelle Huff, CMO at Act-On Software.

The phrase "digital transformation" is wearing a little thin, as marketers twist it into a pitch for whatever they're trying to sell. So let's settle on a broad yet simple meaning: The journey from inflexible platforms, products, and workflows to a "permanently agile" condition. InfoWorld Contributing Editor Dan Tynan and I make the argument for this definition in a new Deep Dive you can download here. Naturally, the details of transformation vary infinitely depending on the organization. Yet commonalities persist in nearly all cases, such as devops, cross-silo collaboration, and big data analytics.

Most people know Amazon Web Services as the biggest player in the cloud, but not as many know that AWS is also big on open data and onto a business model that can help everyone get value out of it. Jed Sundwall, AWS Global Open Data Lead, discusses.

The consensus is that the proposed acquisition of Time Warner by AT&T is a long shot.

In order to gain support and financial approval for your big data and analytics initiatives, you need to give busy senior managers a snapshot of how these efforts can pay off.

The launch of HPE Backup and Recovery Suite brings all HPE data protection offerings together under a common analytics framework.

At the Gartner Symposium and ITxpo, Gartner released its annual list of the top 10 strategic trends. Are you planning for the right technology in your organization?

The role of a marketer is to help leverage brands, products and overall awareness of a business' core mission. That means analyzing data has become increasingly valuable to marketers, giving them real-time insights into trends, current campaigns and failed initiatives. "Marketers today are more in tune to numbers, figures and metrics than ever before — they understand that the success of their marketing campaigns rely on the ability to analyze data and turn behaviors and actions of buyers and customers into actionable insight that can be used to optimize ongoing marketing efforts," says Michelle Huff, CMO at Act-On Software.

The phrase "digital transformation" is wearing a little thin, as marketers twist it into a pitch for whatever they're trying to sell. So let's settle on a broad yet simple meaning: The journey from inflexible platforms, products, and workflows to a "permanently agile" condition. InfoWorld Contributing Editor Dan Tynan and I make the argument for this definition in a new Deep Dive you can download here. Naturally, the details of transformation vary infinitely depending on the organization. Yet commonalities persist in nearly all cases, such as devops, cross-silo collaboration, and big data analytics.

For years, researchers at the MIT Media Lab have been developing a database of images captured at regular distances around several major cities. The images are scored according to different visual characteristics — how safe the depicted areas look, how affluent, how lively, and the like. In a paper they presented last week at the Association for Computing Machinery's Multimedia Conference, the researchers, together with colleagues at the University of Trento and the Bruno Kessler Foundation, both in Trento, Italy, compared these safety scores, of neighborhoods in Rome and Milan, to the frequency with which people visited these places, according to cellphone data.

Despite rigorous efforts, Apollo Hospitals was hardly immune to HAIs. But that was only until the CIO took it upon himself to fight this scourge.

This article discusses how big data can be misunderstood and misused, why it's prone to bias and what can be learned from the mistakes of big data. Keep on reading: Big data isn't always as helpful as we like to think

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