Big Data News – 04 May 2016

Today's Infographic Link: Understanding Google Page Rank

Top Stories
Developers longing to build more intelligent, more proactive, more personalized apps seem to gain more options with every passing day. With Haven OnDemand, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) has joined the applied machine learning fray, competing directly with IBM Watson Services, Microsoft Cortana Analytics Suite, and several Google ML-based APIs.

SharePoint is going mobile in a big way. Microsoft on Tuesday announced a new app for its content management and collaboration platform that will give workers a way to access content from their smartphones and tablets.  The app, called SharePoint Mobile, will be coming to Apple's iOS by the end of June and is one of dozens of new features for the platform that Microsoft announced alongside the general availability of SharePoint Server 2016.  Android and Windows versions of the SharePoint Mobile app will be coming later this year.

Google, Verizon and others are partnering with NASA on an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) traffic management scheme. Microsoft has been working with universities on drone-enabled mosquito traps in an effort to stall infectious diseases from spreading. Cisco has shown off drones whose cameras feed into the company's collaboration technologies. And AT&T, IBM and Intel have all demonstrated advanced drone-based research. All of this activity by enterprise IT vendors in the commercial drone field is a far cry from what was being done — or at least being publicly discussed — back in late 2014, when our efforts to get such vendors to share their ambitions largely went unheeded. 

Cisco's Biren Gandhi hasn't played around with drones as much as he'd like to, but it looks as though he's going to have lots of chances to do so given the company's growing interest in these high-flying Internet of Things devices.  Cisco increasingly has made its presence felt within the commercial drone/unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)/unmanned aircraft system (UAS) community, with Gandhi and others speaking at and attending industry conferences such as InterDrone (see video below) and NASA events. 

News: UK consumers threaten to leave their bank and insurer if they fail to offer latest technology.

IBM Research is making its quantum processor available to the public via IBM's cloud to any desktop or mobile device. "This moment represents the birth of quantum cloud computing," Arvind Krishna, senior vice president and director of IBM Research, said in a statement today. "Quantum computers are very different from today's computers, not only in what they look like and are made of, but more importantly in what they can do. Quantum computing is becoming a reality and it will extend computation far beyond what is imaginable with today's computers.

Developers longing to build more intelligent, more proactive, more personalized apps seem to gain more options with every passing day. With Haven OnDemand, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) has joined the applied machine learning fray, competing directly with IBM Watson Services, Microsoft Cortana Analytics Suite, and several Google ML-based APIs.

The Commerce Committee in the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the "Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act." The bi-partisan bill requires "the establishment of a working group tasked with identifying proposals meant to facilitate IoT growth." The bill follows-up on a March 2015 resolution that called for a national Internet of Things strategy… By Kevin Farnham

After 15 years of running on a "brittle codebase with an archaic publishing and deployment system", Microsoft has finally decided to retire MSDN and TechNet. The replacement will be an open source project known as docs.microsoft.com.

SharePoint is going mobile in a big way. Microsoft announced a new app for its content management and collaboration platform on Tuesday, which will give workers a way to access content from their smartphones and tablets on the go.  The app, called SharePoint Mobile, will be coming to iOS by the end of June, and is one of dozens of new features for the platform that Microsoft announced alongside the general availability of SharePoint Server 2016.  Other capabilities include redesigned team sites that make it easier to see relevant files that people are working on and a hybrid search functionality that works across cloud and on-premises versions of SharePoint.  

To find a better way to handle payment delinquencies in a period of global financial crisis, Toyota Financial Services established a multi-phase plan to use analytics to assess risk and microsegment consumers. The goals were to reduce delinquencies in order to keep drivers in their cars. The company's efforts earned it a 2016 InformationWeek Elite 100 Award for Best in Analytics.

PayPal navigated its separation and independence from eBay in a seven-month accelerated transition. On the big day, all systems were go. Learn how the creative use of cloud technologies, and a remarkable degree of employee collaboration, earned the company a 2016 Elite 100 Award in the category of Best Use Of Cloud Services.

Guest Blog by: T.J. Glazier, Accenture Senior Manager & Master Technology Architect Global Program Lead, Accenture Big Data Academy Accenture launched the Big Data Academy in 2012 to provide world-class big data and advanced analytics capabilities to its clients. Accenture's global breadth and scale, operating in more than 120 countries with greater than 373,000 employees… The post Accenture Big Data Academy and Hortonworks Training Advance Business Transformation for Clients appeared first on Hortonworks.

Microsoft dove deeper into Internet of Things technology on Tuesday with the acquisition of Solair, an Italian company that operates a cloud-based IoT platform.  According to a Microsoft blog post, Solair's technology will be used to upgrade the company's Azure IoT Suite, a collection of cloud services meant to help companies use the Internet of Things. 

Version 6.1 is the first major GCC release in about one year. It contains substantial new functionality, says GCC maintainer Jakub Jelinek, including new C++17 features, full support for OpenMP, and improved support for OpenACC.

As big users of big data try to bridge the widening analytical skills gap via everything from training programs and online courses to graduate school centers of excellence, a range of strategies are emerging to help master big data analytics. The latest is a tutorial covering the extremely promising jobs prospects in data analytics, what computer languages and skills are in most demand and, lastly, a tip sheet for mastering big data analytics. The guide was released this week by NGDATA, a vendor whose data platform is designed to sit between data insights and "customer interaction programs." Among other things, the tool helps users gain and retain customers.

I had the honor of being part of the amazing Hadoop Summit in April this year. WOW what a blast! For starters we had it in Dublin Ireland, and 1,400 of our closest friends joined us for a few days of fun, conversation and learning. The venue was amazing and there was no one in… The post Hadoop Summit Dublin – The Power of Community appeared first on Hortonworks.




Guest blog post by Vincent Granville There's been many variations of this theme – defining big data with 3Vs (or more, including velocity, variety, volume, veracity, value), as well as other representations such as the data science alphabet. Here's an interesting Venn diagram that tries to define statistical computing (a sub-field of data science) with 7 sets and 9 intersections: It was published in a scholarly paper entitled Computing in the Statistics Curricula (PDF document). Enjoy!

The IoT has been in the public eye for a while. The mechanisms and protocols to enable the IoT to fulfill the vision set for it are just taking shape.

Guest blog post by Harry Powell The application of pattern recognition technology to large datasets has revolutionised the digital economy. But digital represents only 5% of GDP in OECD countries: the remaining 95% is still largely untouched by data science (DS). The larger "old economy" companies are just beginning their data journey and data science is yet to be institutionalised: Outside the tech leviathans DS is still a cottage industry with artisan DS crafting bespoke prototypes to their own standards. If DS is to fulfil its promise, it needs to industrialise.

As overseers of our digitized marketplaces, credit card companies have a bird's eye view of what we buy. If you want to know what American consumers are interested in, there's perhaps no better way that to examine their purchase histories, so it's no wonder that credit card companies, such as American Express, Capital One, JP Chase Morgan, and Citibank are at the forefront of big data mining.

MemSQL, a leader in real-time databases for transactions and analytics, announced the release of MemSQL 5, delivering breakthrough performance on database, data warehouse, and streaming workloads.

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. White hot interest in containers has been driven by cloud computing's demand to simplify deployment, streamline time to production, and automatically deliver the resources an application needs.

Scale Computing has added solid-state drives (SSDs) and automated tiering software to a hyperconverged platform aimed at the midmarket.

Benefits of In-Database Blending  Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 Time: 09:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time Duration: 1 hour  Analysts in Sales, Marketing, Finance and Operations have to prepare and analyze data quickly to answer important business questions. Time spent blending data takes away from time spent analyzing and acting on it. Analysts need an easier way to work with data in a database in order to quickly go from data blending to producing insights.

In a way, the IoT brings the enterprise industry back to its roots: massive infrastructure churning away on massive data loads.

Determining the total cost of care for a patient is not an easy task. By using big data in healthcare, however, providers can accurately determine the overall cost and use this insight to provide higher quality service at a lower price tag.

In the end, HP/Compaq was a lesson on how to not do a large merger. Dell/EMC should be a lesson in how to do one.

This entry was posted in News and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.