Big Data News – 7 Mar 2016

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Microsoft has announced that it will finally bring its flagship database to the Linux operating system. Here's why that's more than just a trivial option or check box feature.

Dell has the best process to pull something like this off and EMC has the best structure, for a company at that scale, to be acquired.

With the US election season in full swing, you can hardly browse a newspaper website without seeing some kind of map showing election or polling results, like this one from the New York Times. With election data (usually) accessible online, and a wealth of mapping tools available in the R language, you can fairly easily make similar maps yourself by following this 10-step guide from Computerworld's Sharon Machlis. The guide covers reading the raw data into R and defining a variable to map, combining the data with a shape file of geographic boundaries, creating a static map with color-coding, and making and publishing an interactive map with data pop-ups, layers, and navigation controls. The tutorial makes heavy use of RStudio's leaflet package, which makes it easy to access the capabilities of the leaflet Javascript library from R.

Retail solutions that leverage big data can help brick-and-mortar stores narrow the gap with online retailers, and they can be even more effective when they use the right data.

Cloud-based ERP offers powerful and flexible financial applications that are transforming the way companies increase efficiency and plan for the future.

Join industry experts Michael Riley and Manny Moyosore and host Bob Stasio as they discuss the consequences of a cyber attack on the US power grid infrastructure, then consider ways of preventing such attacks.

Join industry experts Michael Riley and Manny Moyosore and host Bob Stasio as they discuss the consequences of a cyber attack on the US power grid infrastructure, then consider ways of preventing such attacks.

At one point, the goal of phone makers was to make devices as small as possible. The advent of mobile video gradually reversed that trend.

TechRepublic is reporting from the 2016 presidential campaign. Dan Patterson recently appeared on NBC News to discuss how business can learn from cutting edge campaign innovations.

The time has come for security for Apple devices to be taken seriously. Are Macs connected to your network protected the same way as Windows machines?

VB WEBINAR: Missed it? You can still access this essential webinar featuring Dun & Bradstreet CMO Rishi Dave along with Mozilla's Jascha Kaykas-Wolff and VB's Andrew Jones as they share how to construct a comprehensive, single view of customers — and its impact. Access the webinar on demand right here. Personalization is a hot buzzword right now, and VentureBeat's research shows it delivers tremendous ROI across multiple measures — from email open rates to app installs.

The White House recently announced The Opportunity Project, using open data to help people find jobs, transportation, housing, and more in their communities.

When IBM's Deep Blue beat chess champion Garry Kasparov back in 1997, the world was agog over AI's potential. This week, Google DeepMind's AlphaGo system will face an even tougher test in a series of matches against a top-ranked master in the ancient game of Go. The tournament will in many ways be an ultimate challenge for the artificial-intelligence system following its victory last fall — roughly a decade earlier than anyone had expected — over European champion Fan Hui.

Please help us congratulating Alina Gherman and Nishanth Shajahan, the first members of the Cloudera Community Champions Program. As the leading provider of data management and analytics built on Apache Hadoop, Cloudera understands that a thriving open source ecosystem requires a thriving community. Cloudera and open source are built upon the very premise of community, and community remains a core tenant of its business. We are proud of the fact that our engineers contribute more to upstream Hadoop ecosystem projects than any Hadoop vendor, The post Congratulations to the Cloudera Community's New Champions appeared first on Cloudera Engineering Blog.

More and more enterprise organizations are planning and deploying into cloud platforms.  This trend is occurring despite organizations historical push-back on cloud services claiming that they are less secure than private on-premises data centers.  Even though there is evidence to suggest that cloud application attacks are on the rise, there are best practice methods to secure cloud services. 

More and more enterprise organizations are planning and deploying into cloud platforms. This trend is occurring despite organizations' historical push-back on cloud services claiming that they are less secure than private on-premises data centers.  Even though there is evidence to suggest that cloud application attacks are on the rise, there are best practice methods to secure cloud services. 

The coming digital transformation requires a radically different data infrastructure than what most enterprises have now.

How can emergency management specialists and first responders achieve highly accurate situational awareness? Analytics is the key. See what challenges and opportunities they face in this slideshare.

Analysis: Could smart transport be a money-maker for local councils?

Opinion: Michael Allen, Solutions VP, Dynatrace, on why developers need a solution that tracks the user experience in real time.

For all the investments in IT security, it's becoming clear that the battle to secure applications is coming down to individual sets of data.

With today's release of "Predict This!" — the rap video by yours truly (a former university professor trying to be a pop star) — I took the opportunity to ask a few questions of the music video's featured character, Dr. Data. Here is the video, followed by my interview with Dr. Data: You can also… The post Dr. Data's Music Video: The Predictive Analytics Rap appeared first on Predictive Analytics Times.

These days, disruption is the only thing you can count on and this one is fairly easy to see coming. Plan for it now.

Much is said about the costs of data breaches in terms of expense to the enterprise. But little is said and measured about the costs to individuals affected by those breaches. At least the FTC is keeping an eye on some of the costs to consumers. In its latest report released last week, the agency reports a 47 percent increase in identity theft complaints. As complaints continue to rise, a new corporate expense for data breaches is likely to rise too: costly regulations.

Trifacta, a market intelligence firm, found in a new research report that the wearables market will soon see a rapid uptick in emerging wearable categories including body sensors, smart clothing, wearable cameras, smart glasses, and an increasing diversity of niche devices. And with these new wearables comes an almost infinite amount of new data.

It's a well noted trend that consumer products lead enterprise product development and raise business user expectations. One need look no further than BYOD for a recent example. But now it appears to be ready to affect big data too. While big data products like IBM Watson are already focusing on natural language queries, it is consumer products like Amazon Echo and other voice services that are likely to fuel big demand for natural language data services.

Staying abreast of new and advancing technologies, particularly around the grueling work schedules common today, can be tough. That's why it's important to know where new online learning opportunities are so you can boost your skills regularly, at your own pace, and in whatever time you have available. On that note, I bring you news of the IEEE Computer Society's recently announced eLearning series covering the gamut of cutting edge topics from big data and IoT to cyberhuman security.

DataHaven, a nonprofit that collects and analyses data to help shape public policy and decision-making in Connecticut, recently completed a massive survey of residents in the state and neighboring New York communities. Now DataHaven has released city-level data from that survey. And Trend CT, a Connecticut News Project publication, built a tool to navigate it.

Organizations can set up a private connection between their local IT environment and instances of its communications software running on the AWS cloud.

EXCLUSIVE: Location-based marketing remains stuck in the past. Whether you're sending a coupon to a customer because GPS says they're near your store, switching up the creative on your app in-store thanks to smart beacons, or serving an in-app advertisement thanks to a Wi-Fi SSID, all the most often-quoted examples work the same way. They use a single point of location data to make a decision.

Our roundup of intriguing new products from companies such as Microsoft, EMC and Digium.

When registering domains, should we forego the likes of .com, .org, and .net, and adopt generic extensions that are becoming increasingly common?

Disaster Recovery as a Service is one option organizations should consider, especially if full-time, on-site DR staff is not an option.

These leading-edge jobs could prove to be the most lucrative careers in tomorrow's tech

When CompTIA conducted an intensive examination of the IT employment market last year, it uncovered demand for jobs whose titles would have been meaningless only a year or two ago: augmented reality designer, Internet of things architect, container developers. That's no surprise, given that the IT job market is in constant flux, with new technologies emerging so quickly that hiring managers struggle to define those positions — let alone give them a title. IBM, for example, has a director of blockchains, and Ford Motor is among many companies looking for GPU cluster engineers.

News: Group will use Big Query, Data Flow and Big Table.

Hortonworks updates its platforms and teams up with HPE for Spark, LinkedIn contributes more to the Apache Software Foundation, Business Intelligence software talks to Hadoop, and more in this edition of the Big Data Roundup.

(Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the National Guard's cyber squadrons will play an increasingly important role in assessing the vulnerabilities of U.S. industrial infrastructure and could be asked to join the fight against Islamic State. The National Guard – a reserve military force that resides in the states but can be mobilized for national needs – is a key part of the military's larger effort to set up over 120 cyber squadrons to respond to cyber attacks and prevent them. One such unit, the 262nd squadron, is a 101-person team that includes employees of Microsoft and Alphabet's Google.

Amazon.com reverses its PR fail of disabling encryption on Kindle Fire tablets (and other devices using the 'droid-derived Fire OS). In a one-line statement released today, Amazon says encryption will return to the suspiciously cheap units. Oh, that was quick. Previously, Amazon PR's said users didn't want the feature, but now it's telling us you can have it back, if you want. Mind you, why would you, given the painfully weak hardware in these useless tablets? In IT Blogwatch, bloggers know the value of nothing. Not to mention: Check out this amazing musical instrument…

Financial risk mitigation requires the integration of high quality risk data, which is often held in multiple locations. Big data storage solutions and powerful analytical tools can make financial risk mitigation a breeze.

News this week included smaller smartphone sales numbers, IoT planning and strategies, predictions on wearables and videoconferencing as a service.

Customer behavior analytics can help chains pick the right brand partner by deepening their understand of shoppers want and need.

Discover six reasons why IT can finally gain the business resiliency needed when the inevitable outage strikes.

TechRepublic spoke with the founder of data management tool NationBuilder about how SMBs, nonprofits, and advocacy groups can learn from watching campaigns win with big data.

The rising prevalence of aerial drones offers an illustrative example of the challenges that rapid technological advancement is bringing to maintaining cybersecurity and privacy. Take a deep dive into the kinds of security questions that drones and other technical innovations are raising and the insights leading experts can share when discussing these questions.

The cost differential between hard disk and solid state drives is narrower than ever.

Hear what cybersecurity experts had to say when sharing their views regarding the recent ransomware attacks and other privacy and cybersecurity topics that impact people, cities and governments.

Hear what cybersecurity experts had to say when sharing their views regarding the recent ransomware attacks and other privacy and cybersecurity topics that impact people, cities and governments.

Anyone who's ever shaken their head over the utterances coming out of Donald Trump's mouth will surely be glad to know that they're now being improved with deep learning. The only catch: It's not Trump doing the learning, but rather a Twitter robot. DeepDrumpf is a Twitterbot created by a postdoctoral researcher in MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab that uses a deep-learning algorithm to make even Trumpier statements than Trump himself. Based on an artificial-intelligence algorithm trained on transcripts of Trump's victory speeches and debate performances, the bot shows a remarkable proficiency for taking the hyperbole even further.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise reported a decline in revenue for its first stand-alone quarter. Declines hit all segments except for networking which was boosted by last year's acquisition of Aruba Networks. HPE also provided a progress report on planned job cuts.

Amazon.com caves to PR flak for disabling encryption on Kindle Fire tablets, and other devices using the 'droid-fork Fire OS 5. In a one-line statement released today, Amazon says encryption will return to Fire OS. Well, that didn't take long. Despite Amazon PR's earlier explanation that users didn't care for the feature, it's now saying you can have it back. Mind you, why would you want it, given the utterly weak CPUs inside these nasty, cheap tablets? In IT Blogwatch, bloggers know the value of nothing. Not to mention: Check out this amazing musical instrument…

Amazon.com reverses its PR fail of disabling encryption on Kindle Fire tablets (and other devices using the 'droid-derived Fire OS). In a one-line statement released today, Amazon says encryption will return to the suspiciously cheap units. Oh, that was quick. Previously, Amazon PR's said users didn't want the feature, but now it's telling us you can have it back, if you want. Mind you, why would you, given the painfully weak hardware in these useless tablets? In IT Blogwatch, bloggers know the value of nothing. Not to mention: Check out this amazing musical instrument…

Amazon does a U-turn over encryption on the Kindle Fire (and other toys using the Android-derived Fire OS). In a one-line PR statement, Amazon says encryption will come back to the suspiciously-cheap units in the springtime. Really, so what? Amazon was probably correct when it said users didn't want the feature. Because of the painfully weak hardware in these useless tablets, switching on encryption would have been a recipe for frustration, reduced battery life, and general sad feels. So don't store confidential information on them. Stick to using Amazon tablets for what they're designed to do: consuming media and buying stuff.

The first official release of R, R version 1.0.0 was released on February 29, 2000. The anniversary was marked on Twitter by Thomas Lumley, a member of R Core Group: 20 leading statisicians and computer scientists (and 4 alums) from around the world without whom the R Project would not exist. That makes it 16 years — sixteen! — that the R language has faithfully served statisticians, bioinformaticians, quantiative analysts, data scientists and others solving problems with data.   But in fact, the R project is even more venerable than that.

List: Along with Spark getting a 15% performance boost and Gartner pushing BI & analytics at its London summit.

LinkedIn couldn't find a data set tracker to match all the data sets it was creating, so it invented one, WhereHows. The social network then made it open source.

Though we keep mythologizing data science, its most important work is pretty basic.

Big data analytics arguably has a revolutionary impact on business and commerce across a wide range of industries. But what about education? Discover three innovative ways in which big data analytics is being applied to student recruitment in institutions of higher learning and helping enhance student retention.

Financial forecasting takes time, but it is an integral part of the decision-making process in an organization. Financial teams should use analytics to alleviate some of the tedious work in forecasting and present more options to executive teams, allowing for better business decisions.

Cloud computing, virtualization, and the need to analyze non-relational data types are all driving disruption in the data warehouse market. Here's a look at how traditional and new vendors have shifted their placements in Gartner's Magic Quadrant report for 2016.

In anticipation of her upcoming Predictive Analytics World for Workforce conference presentation, Employee Attrition in the Knowledge Economy — The Value lies in the Details, we interviewed Geetanjali Gamel, Predictive Analytics Leader, Global HR at MasterCard. View the Q-and-A below to see how Geetanjali has incorporated predictive analytics into the workforce of MasterCard. Also, glimpse what's in store for… The post Wise Practitioner – Predictive Workforce Analytics Interview Series: Geetanjali Gamel from MasterCard appeared first on Predictive Analytics Times.

Barracuda Networks unveils a new series of firewalls specifically designed for IoT environments.

Rob Enderle compares the Dell/EMC merger to the HP/Compaq merger, to show what makes them different.

Let's just get this out of the way: Your NCAA men's basketball tournament bracket is going to be a train wreck. Not only are there are a multitude of nearly unpredictable upsets, but chances are that when it comes to men's college basketball, you are an idiot. And we say that with loving kindness. Because the truth is that there are too many teams playing in too many conferences in too many time zones for you to have a useful working knowledge of their players that would allow you to make informed choices about potential match-ups. Unless you are a cave troll who sits in your parents' basement all day and watches 100 games on the DVR. But you're not a cave troll, are you?

C-level briefing: Stephanie Buscemi, COO of Analytics Cloud at Salesforce says we've moved beyond visualisation to action

IBM has reportedly begun a wave of layoffs that are initially targeting the Global Technology Services and Global Business Services groups. Here's what we know so far.




(Reuters) – Google's self-driving car team is expanding and hiring more people with automotive industry expertise, underscoring the company's determination to move the division past the experimental stage. The operation now employs at least 170 workers, according to a Reuters review of their profiles on LinkedIn, the business-oriented social network. Many are software and systems engineers, and some come from other departments at Google. More than 40 of the employees listed on LinkedIn have previous automotive industry experience, with skills ranging from exterior design to manufacturing. They hail from a wide range of companies, including Tesla, Ford and General Motors.

Retail data analytics is taking the place of educated guesswork in the industry, leading to a tighter overall merchandising strategy.

It's harder than ever for CPG brands to capture consumer attention and wallet share. A solid micro-marketing strategy can help by segmenting consumers into smaller demographic groups and then delivering more personalization and relevance in messaging and offers.

The Internet of Things is the digital future that is dead ahead. Are industries and businesses prepared for the onslaught of data that is already transforming our world today? In this series, take a glimpse into this future and the questions that will need to be addressed for all that the Internet of Things encompasses.

Cash is king. With the challenges and changes in healthcare, many hospitals are struggling with cash flow issues. By using data analytics, CFOs can better forecast cash flow and optimize collections.

Pricing transparency is as at an all-time high: Consumers can find the best deals on merchandise in a matter of minutes with an online search, and retail price-comparison apps have become mainstream. As a results, retailers are turning to analytics to bring new precision to how they price goods.

Historically, policing has been a largely reactive pursuit. Today, anticipating criminal behavior has taken on a new meaning: Data-driven prediction of high-risk people, places and events allow police to work more proactively than ever before.

Enterprise content analytics has emerged as an important source of data for media and entertainment companies and their IT departments.

When International Medical Corps wanted to bring data from disparate sources together into an across-the-board information platform, it turned to IBM for help. Now, thanks to a combination of IBM solutions, IMC is building its future efforts on a foundation of ready data, allowing its personnel to provide the right aid at the right time.

Data Science has been hailed as the sexiest job of the 21st century. This news has understandably had an influence over today's college undergraduates and even high school students. But can a person who is mid-career — who has invested proverbial blood along with real sweat and tears into a different path — act on… The post Mid-Life Journey to Data Science appeared first on Predictive Analytics Times.

Hortonworks today released the newest version of its Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) and Hortonworks DataFlow (HDF), and aired a new distribution strategy that will provide enterprise customers with a more stable Apache Hadoop core, while increasing the release cadence of extended services that run on top of the core.

In the latest survey by Tech Pro Research, 68% of enterprise IoT users reported at least some return on investment

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