Big Data News – 29 Aug 2016

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Big data is sexy. Data scientists are the unicorns of the job market right now. Some days, it feels as though we are living right on the edge of some science fiction utopian future. But unicorns and sci-fi aside, for businesses, implementing something like a big data strategy has to be more than sexy: it has to be practical.

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In anticipation of his upcoming conference presentation, Importance of Model Risk Management in Financial Institutions at Predictive Analytics World Financial in New York City, October 23-27, 2016, we asked Hevel Jean-Baptiste, Global Senior Program Manager, Model Risk Management Systems at GE Capital, a few questions about his work in predictive analytics.

This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach.

Smart cities of the future offer the promise of less traffic, lower crime rates, stronger economies, and a reduced carbon footprint through the use of technology. This post looks at these positive benefits, in addition to potential concerns over security breaches and privacy issues that many fear from smart cities.

Marketers have greater opportunities to reach target audiences today than ever before. There are endless ways to engage with prospects and customers thanks to the plethora of marketing channels, solutions, and approaches now available. And, when it comes to marketing analytics, the volumes of data these tools generate provide immense value — but that's only if marketers can access all of the data required to get an accurate, holistic view of the business and then transform it into actionable intelligence.

Above the Trend Line: machine learning industry rumor central, is a recurring feature of insideBIGDATA. In this column, we present a variety of short time-critical news items such as people movements, funding news, financial results, industry alignments, rumors and general scuttlebutt floating around the big data, data science and machine learning industries including behind-the-scenes anecdotes and curious buzz.

In this special guest feature, Ashish Thusoo, co-founder & CEO of Qubole, discusses how he's seen Hadoop evolve over the past decade, what his experience was with it when it first hit the scene, where he thinks it fits in the data ecosystem today and what he believes the future holds for Hadoop.

IoT devices are entering the workplace in all shapes and sizes, from workers wearing smartwatches to industrial sensors such as soil monitors. The data pouring in may be so overwhelming it's unclear what should be done with it, why, and what the risks might be. Here are a few ways to navigate the maze.

Here's a great visual summary overview of what you need to start a customer loyalty programme optimised: the questions to ask before getting started and an overview of all the possible data sources to consider.

From trainers and athletes to businesses, big data analytics can make a difference in improving efficiency, accuracy and profitability in sports

Actian Corporation has announced the latest version of the Actian Vector in Hadoop (VectorH) database, generally available at the end of July. VectorH is based on the same query engine that powers Actian Vector, which recently doubled the TPC-H benchmark record for non-clustered systems at the 3000GB scale factor (see tpc.org/3323).

I used to spend most of my time — blogging and consulting alike — on data warehouse appliances and analytic DBMS. Now I'm barely involved with them. The most obvious reason is that…

If you're taking on big data, you'll quickly realize that that means taking on a lot of unstructured data. Unstructured data doesn't fit into a typical relational database, like SQL. That means you'll be looking into a new type of database that can accept and store unstructured data. Primarily, that means you'll be selecting a NoSQL database. As you would expect, not all NoSQL databases are created equal.

DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE: DGI), a leader in earth imagery and information about our changing planet, announced the launch of SpaceNet, an online repository of satellite imagery and labeled training data that will advance the development of machine learning and deep learning algorithms that leverage remote sensing data.

The greatest advantage we have today is our ability to communicate with one another. The Internet of Things, also known as IoT, allows machines, computers, mobile or other smart devices to…

SnapLogic, the unified data and application integration platform as a service (iPaaS), today introduced the Summer 2016 release of its SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform.




The convergence of cloud, mobility, and Big Data analytics has prompted companies to innovate and produce new levels of award-winning productivity. To learn how these trend-setters create innovation value, we're joined by some finalists from the Citrix Synergy 2016 Innovation Awards Program.

One of the main advantages modern business intelligence brings to the table is the ability to perform exploratory data analysis — i.e., testing new hypothesis leading to further data collection and analyses, beyond merely examining the present state of affairs. How does this apply to the realm of financial data analytics?

The infographic below from our friends over at Visenze was inspired by the growing trend on how AI capabilities and applications are attempting to solve real-world issues that e-commerce businesses are facing.

Don't ignore these important lessons for delivering customer service. Instead, find out how a well-rounded view of your customers helps you engage with them. Moreover, learn how using predictive analytics tools help you stave off complications before they degrade your network.

This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach. Big data has become a priority for most organizations, which are increasingly aware of the central role data can play in their success.  

Rackspace, a company that was an early player in the cloud market, is being forced to evolve or continue to be left behind. The cloud and web-hosting company announced today that it's being acquired by Apollo Global Management, a U.S.-based private equity firm, and will become a private company. It's a move analysts say will enable Rackspace to make big changes without worrying about an anxious or angry response from shareholders.

Predictive Analytics World for Healthcare – Oct 23-27 in New York – brings together top predictive analytics experts, practitioners, authors, and healthcare thought leaders to discuss concrete examples of deployed predictive analytics in the healthcare industry. This event is held alongside two additional events: PAW Financial Services and PAW Business. 

Enterprises agree that speedy deployment of big data Hadoop platforms has been critical to their success, especially as use cases expand and proliferate. However, deploying Hadoop systems is often…

Microsoft R Open 3.3.1, our enhanced distribution of open source R, is now available for download for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This update upgrades the R langauge engine to version 3.3.1,…

Big data is best known for its volume, variety, and velocity — collectively referred to as the "3 Vs" — and all three of those traits make security an elusive goal. Targeting companies grappling with that challenge, the Cloud Security Alliance on Friday released a new report offering 100 best practices. As its name would suggest, the CSA focuses on promoting the use of security best practices within the cloud computing world; corporate members include VMware, Microsoft, AWS, and Red Hat. In an earlier report, the CSA broke down big data security risks into a set of the top 10 major challenges. Now, for each of those, it presents 10 best practices designed to help enterprises keep their information safe.

Monday newsletter published by Data Science Central. Previous editions can be found here.  The contribution flagged with a + is our selection for the picture of the week. Announcement Predictive Analytics World is the leading event for predictive analytics professionals, managers and commercial practitioners. This vital conference series delivers case studies, expertise and resources to strengthen the impact of predictive analytics deployment, establish new opportunities in data science, leverage bigger data for prediction and drive bigger returns on investment.

An effective content automation solution can ease the transition to a digital-first distribution strategy, helping companies preview and approve content across all platforms and media types.

As I explained last week in Part One,  large enterprises using the SAP BusinessObjects BI suite have users that are looking for self-service and agility. And this is when the self-service dilemma often starts for them, because users, architects and IT leaders have come to believe that SAP BusinessObjects Lumira is the ultimate tool to…

The most disturbing aspect in development of a Big Data analytics engine isn't the infrastructure to be deployed, but the urgency.

The challenges of big data can be captured succinctly as follows[1],[2]: Volume; ever increasing volume which breaks down traditional data-holding capacity Variety; more and more heterogeneous data from many formats and types are bombarding the data environment Velocity; more and more data is time sensitive now; frequent updates are taking place instead of relying on historical old data and data in real time is being generated now by the internet of things, amongst others.

Are you making the most of your enterprise content? Leverage the scalability and cost-effectiveness of the cloud and customize the user experience, enabling business users to work with content anywhere on devices of their choice.

Tableau Software (NYSE: DATA) announced the general availability of Tableau 10. A completely refreshed design, new analytical and mobile enhancements, options for preparing data and a host of new enterprise capabilities make this one of Tableau's most significant releases in its history.

f a picture is worth thousand words, then what about a neat data visualization? Displaying information in graphics to generate better insights is not a new phenomenon, but, with the advent of technology and increased access to data, it has become far more prominent. Once restricted to analysis of economics, finance, and science, data visualization has emerged as an industry of its own.

Bill Schmarzo, EMC's CTO of big data services spends much of his time helping enterprises with their big data challenges. We spoke with him about the trends and struggles enterprises are facing.

A private equity firm has signed an agreement to buy major cloud player Rackspace for $4.3 billion. Rackspace announced today that Apollo Global Management, a U.S.-based investment manager, will acquire the company in a deal that will give Rackspace shareholders $32 per share. "Our board, with the assistance of independent advisors, determined that this transaction, upon closing, will deliver immediate, significant and certain cash value to our stockholders," said Graham Weston, co-founder and chairman of Rackspace, in a statement.

The thoroughly detailed report breaks 100 best practices down into 10 categories. We've summarized them into the biggest takeaways IT professionals need to know about.

Paxos is a protocol for arriving a consensus in a distributed computing system which accounts for unreliability of the nodes.  We discuss how this might be used in the real world in the event of a massive disaster.

CEO tells Forbes that nothing is bigger than AI

Tech should be full of joy, excitement, and discovery and shouldn't be a tool used to take the sparkle out of anyone's eyes.




The pace of doing business in today's ultraconnected world has changed everything. From the way advertisements are bought, sold and displayed, to the way businesses market to their buyers, we've entered an entirely new era. Although some get a bit weepy and nostalgic wishing for "the good old days," these are exciting times for today's leading companies.

Relation, Relationship and Association While most players in the IT sector adopted Graph or Document databases and Hadoop based solutions, Hadoop is an enabler of HBase column store, it went almost unnoticed that several new DBMS, AtomicDB, X10SYS, and Sentences, based on associative technology appeared on the scene. We have introduced and discussed about the data modelling architecture and the atomic information resource unit(AIR) of AtomicDB.

HP Sure View's privacy mode blocks all the light from the screen from being seen by anyone other than the primary user of the device.

There's been a lot of press recently about the problems of IoT security: easily hackable smart locks, as many as 100M Volkswagens at risk, vulnerable light bulbs, and even sex toys

In anticipation of his upcoming conference presentation, Importance of Model Risk Management in Financial Institutions at Predictive Analytics World Financial in New York City, October 23-27, 2016, we asked Hevel Jean-Baptiste, Global Senior Program Manager, Model Risk Management Systems at GE Capital, a few questions about his work in predictive analytics. Q: In your work with…

It's part of my job to cover the ecosystem of Hadoop, the open source big data technology, but sometimes it makes my head spin. If this is not your primary job, how can you possibly keep up? I hope that a discussion of what I've found to be most important will help those who don't have the time and energy to devote to this wide-ranging topic.

Traffic stats for Comcast and some lawsuits in the telco industry are in the news this week.

I recently caught up with Tim Trefren, Co-founder and VP of Customer Success at Mixpanel to discuss the company's new Autotrack feature that automatically collects every action on a customer's website and allows customers to easily access that data.

In this special guest feature, Cecilia Pizzurro, Senior Director, Strategic Data Projects at LOGICnow, discusses the convergence of data/machine learning and cybersecurity, and the idea that these two are playing off of each other in a more meaningful way than ever before.

Dropbox is asking users who signed up before mid-2012 to change their passwords if they haven't done so since then. The cloud storage service said it was asking users to change their passwords as a preventive measure, and not because there is any indication that their accounts were improperly accessed. Dropbox said its security teams learned about an old set of Dropbox user credentials, consisting of email addresses and hashed and salted passwords, which it believes were obtained in 2012 and could be linked to an incident the company reported around the time.

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