Big Data News – 06 Aug 2016

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In this contributed article by Rick Delgado, the hospitality industry is examined in terms of how it can benefit from big data technologies.

In anticipation of his upcoming conference presentation, Best Practices Enhancing Contextual Experience with Predictive Analytics, at Predictive Analytics World New York, October 23-27, 2016, we asked Madhusudan Raman, Innovation Incubator at Verizon, a few questions about his work in predictive analytics. Q: In your work with predictive analytics, what behavior do your models predict? A: As in…

A look at Five Big Data acquisitions over the last five months shows Enterprise is the connective tissue.

The drive to close the data science skills gap continues to gain momentum, the latest effort bringing together corporate sponsor KPMG and two leading U.S. universities to create a new graduate degree program in data science and analytics. The consulting firm said Thursday (Aug. 4) it has enlisted Ohio State University's Max M. Fisher College of Business and Villanova University's School of Business to develop master's degree programs emphasizing data and analytics in accounting. "

Microsoft Excel is one of the most widely used business intelligence and reporting tools. More than just a spreadsheet, Excel allows users to collect and integrate data for critical analysis and reporting. It's easy to use, readily available as part of the Microsoft Office solution suite and provides users with the ability to perform advanced analytic functions.

In his session at Cloud Expo, Robert Cohen, an economist and senior fellow at the Economic Strategy Institute, will provide economic scenarios that describe how the rapid adoption of software-defined everything including cloud services, SDDC and open networking will change GDP, industry growth, productivity and jobs. This session will also include a drill down for several industries such as finance, social media, cloud service providers and pharmaceuticals.

On, the number of job postings asking for skill in Amazon Web Services increased 76 percent between June 2015 and June 2016. saw its own skill mentions increase 37 percent, while DevOps and Cloud rose 35 percent and 28 percent, respectively. Even as they expand their presence in the cloud, companies are also looking for tech professionals who can manage projects, crunch data, and figure out how to make systems run more autonomously. Mentions of 'data science' as a skill rose 13 percent, followed by automation with 11 percent and program management with 10 percent.

Learn how companies are using big data to help improve video marketing strategies and to learn how to improve consumer experiences.

Spiceworks unfurls a free Cloud Cost Monitor tool that provides that visibility into monthly cloud costs.

Developing IoT projects is complex, partly due to its fluid state, partly due to the many hardware and software moving parts, and partly because of everything that comes with app development. Seebo promises to ease this process by throwing some smart tech in the mix.

Insurance has the opportunity to leapfrog the other segments of Financial Services into the digital era. One thing in favor of this opportunity is the advent of wearables and sensors, or the Internet of Things (IoT). Another driver for change in insurance are the customers: the digitally native Gen Y and the affluent. In a recent survey by Capgemini and Efma, almost half of customers indicated that they would buy insurance from a non-insurance company. That is a powerful force for chang

My local telephone company has tried to win my business for television and internet services for years. Over 15 years actually. I estimate they've sent me 180 mailings or more — about 1 per month. …

For the financial services industry, the presence of cybersecurity vulnerabilities and an uptick in fraud seem to beg the proverbial chicken-and-egg question: which begets the other? Hear what noted security experts have to say about this and other key questions in this recent podcast.

Up until last year, enterprises that were looking into cloud services usually undertook a long-term pilot with one of the large cloud providers, running test and dev workloads in the cloud. With cloud's transition to mainstream adoption in 2015, and with enterprises migrating more and more workloads into the cloud and in between public and private environments, the single-provider approach must be revisited.

In this infographic, discover how you can use weather analytics to help your policyholders stay ahead of the storm by protecting property when adverse weather events are still on the horizon.

More than with previous technological (r)evolutions a side effect of cloud computing seems to be an increase in the degree of centralisation and concentration, not just within company organisations, but particularly in the wider commercial market. This is the most obvious with Software as a Service, where providers such as AirBNB, Uber, but also earlier cloud services such as LinkedIn and Google Search quickly established a 'winner takes all' distribution of market share and thus market power.

DimensionalMechanics today introduced the first product offerings driven by its cloud-based enterprise artificial intelligence (AI) platform, NeoPulse™.

Hundreds of billions of dollars lies dormant in data. From retailers and healthcare providers to government agencies, untapped data has the ability to generate savings, drive efficiencies, and make entirely new paradigm-changing discoveries. And while companies almost universally accept that data is the new gold, they still haven't managed to consistently put it to use and unlock its value. To do so requires the ability to not only crunch data and build algorithms, but the ability to deeply understand its significance and convey it to the decision-makers.

Microsoft has made no secret of its grand plans for chat bots, and this week it rolled out five new ones for Skype. Surely the most fun is "Spock," a bot that promises to help you "learn the ways of Vulcan logic." Back in April, Microsoft debuted a preview of Skype bots, the artificial intelligence-based helpers it hopes will make it easier for users to get things done. Today, more than 30,000 developers are building bots for Skype, it says.

Microsoft has made no secret of its grand plans for chat bots, and this week it rolled out five new ones for Skype. Surely the most fun is "Spock," a bot that promises to help you "learn the ways of Vulcan logic." Back in April, Microsoft debuted a preview of Skype bots, the artificial intelligence-based helpers it hopes will make it easier for users to get things done. Today, more than 30,000 developers are building bots for Skype, it says.

Guest blog post by skumar T Yarn Resource manager (The Yarn service Master component) 1) Controls of the total resource capacity of the cluster 2) Whatever the container is needed in the cluster it sets the minimum container size that is controlled by yarn configuration property àyarn.scheduler.minimum-allocation-mb 1024(This value changes based on cluster ram capacity) Description: The minimum allocation for every container request at the RM, in MBs.

Guest blog post by Max Wegner What's the first thing you think of when you hear the phrase "artificial intelligence"? Perhaps it's the HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey, or maybe it's chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov losing to IBM's Deep Blue supercomputer. While those are indeed examples of artificial intelligence, examples of AI in the real world of today are a bit more mundane and a whole lot less sinister. In fact, many of us use AI, in one form or another, in our everyday lives.

Companies in the digital marketplace of the 21st century know a customer has their options. They make every minute of the day count for something, and they don't have time to waste sitting in front of a screen waiting for something to load. If they feel like time is wasted with broken links or pages that load at a glacial pace, they will click away and find a competitor who can provide better service.

Google Chief Education Evangelist Jaime Casap's oldest daughter scored a full ride to college on a swimming scholarship but she only lasted one semester out of frustration with the lack of technology at the school. She had been used to taking notes on her laptop in high school, for example, but was told she couldn't bring her device into the college classroom. "I've been in education for 10 years and I remember talking to CIOs at universities saying technology is not a differentiator for their schools…

It seems like every security discussion begins or ends with ransomware.

With smart homes, there is a lot of money on the table and a lot of powerful companies, in addition to Microsoft, vying for it.

Okay, okay, that seems like an odd thing to say. But at a recent keynote, that came out of my mouth. But that's a confusing statement, so let me share the entirety of what I said: Big Data is about getting small; it's about getting down to the level of the individual. Sometimes the Big Data conversation gets too fixated on the "big" part of the conversation: Is my data big enough? Is my company big enough? Is my analytics team big enough?

Join IBM data science evangelist James Kobielus as he interviews Jennifer Shin, the founder of data science, analytics and technology company 8 Path Solutions. A recognized thought leader, Jennifer is a data science contributor for the IBM Big Data & Analytics Hub.

Security, data privacy, reliability, and regulatory compliance are critical factors when evaluating whether to move business applications from in-house, client-hosted environments to a cloud platform. Quality assurance plays a vital role in ensuring that the appropriate level of risk assessment, verification, and validation takes place to ensure business continuity during the migration to a new cloud platform.

Jennifer Priestley, a professor of data science at Kennesaw State University, argues for a Ph.D. in data science to help deepen the field of study and better train the next generation.

Learn how Velan Inc. achieved significant operational efficiencies and measurable cost savings from finance transformation by leveraging IBM Cognos Controller and IBM Cognos TM1.

JAMF Software announced this week that it's including content updating and patch management services in its cloud service for managing Apple devices.

Lexalytics®, a leader in cloud and on-premises text analytics solutions, announced that Semantria®, the company's Software-as-a-Service, cloud-based text and sentiment analytics platform, is now available on the Microsoft Azure Cloud.

Ujjwal Ratan is a Solutions Architect with Amazon Web Services The Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP) was included as part of the Affordable Care Act to improve quality of care and lower healthcare spending. A patient visit to a hospital may be constituted as a readmission if the patient in question is admitted to a hospital within 30 days after being discharged from an earlier hospital stay. This should be easy to measure right? Wrong.

SYS-CON Events announced today that LeaseWeb USA, a cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider, will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. LeaseWeb is one of the world's largest hosting brands. The company helps customers define, develop and deploy IT infrastructure tailored to their exact business needs, by combining various kinds cloud solutions.

For years, big data has been one of the hottest buzzwords across all industries. Big data is the term used to describe the process of analyzing complex data sets to discover information that can help make better decisions or find certain patterns that were previously unknown. At Crayon, we have a framework that cleans, transforms, and processes big data using technologies like Amazon Server's, HDFS, Hive, Pig, and Spark.

I recently shared an article on how airlines are using information to individually price airfares and extract maximum value from passengers which was thought provoking and insightful for many airline industry and big data professionals. With all the overwhelming feedback and questions I received, I wanted to dig deeper into the big data world and share with you some insights and a greater understanding on one of my favourite subjects — commercializing big data. Big data and frequent flyer programs have a symbolic relationship with each other and when combined they represent a powerful illustration of what could be possible by leveraging commercial models within the big data landscape.

To enable government transformation initiatives, public sector CIOs should focus on and have a plan for this list of 10 strategic technologies.

There are many benefits to running data platforms in the cloud–elasticity of infrastructure, simplification of management and monitoring, and agility of deployment and expansion. While there are several good resources for deploying a Hadoop cluster on Amazon's cloud, such as Cloudera's AWS Reference Architecture and AWS EMR Best Practices, the steps to storing data in a persistent and reliable data store are not as clear cut. This post will show architects and developers how to set up Hadoop to communicate with S3, use Hadoop commands directly against S3, use distcp to perform transfers between Hadoop and S3, and how distcp can be used to update on a regular basis based only on differences.

This October, Data Driven Business Week New York is introducing the newest of the Predictive Analytics World series of conferences: PAW Financial. PAW Financial focuses on the predictive analytics needs of enterprise institutions, banks, insurance companies, credit card companies, investment firms, and other financial institutions. What's more, PAW Financial draws on the extensive network of knowledgeable, informative speakers and experts that the Predictive Analytics World conferences have built.

The ever-increasing interconnectedness of people, business, and 'things' in the digital realm is radically disrupting existing business models. This digital shakeup is changing the way companies create value, interact with customers and business partners, and compete. The good news is that with new digital technologies, companies can reimagine business models, rise to disruptive market entrants,…

My guess is that a good many statistics students first encounter the bivariate Normal distribution as one or two hastily covered pages in an introductory text book, and then don't…

By 2018, the number of IoT devices will surpass mobile phones in the greatest number of connected devices, so putting strains on mobile networks, according to new figures from Ericsson. The increasingly rapid adoption of IoT hold several challenges for IT departments.

CIOs can achieve cost savings and productivity gains from the convergence of development, IT ops and BI strategy.

CEOs are the faces of their firms and most know that there is no upside to being politically active while also holding that top job.

Answering the White House's call for input on artificial intelligence, IBM argues the technology should be designed to assist people rather than replace them.

More than 95 percent of the world's enterprises rely on SSH user keys to provide administrators and developers an effective means of gaining encrypted access to critical infrastructure: operating systems, applications, payment processing systems, databases, human resource and financial systems, routers, switches, firewalls and other network devices. It is a lifeline of traffic flow within our data centers, our cloud environments and how our third-party vendors and supply chain access our environments. It has done its job quietly and efficiently over the last two decades. Unfortunately, the access that SSH has been providing, in particular the access SSH user keys provide, has gone largely unmanaged — to an epic degree.

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