Big Data News – 07 Mar 2017

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After years of speculation, 2017 appears to be the year when the Internet of Things becomes an ever-present part of our lives. The rise of smart speakers like the Amazon Echo or Google Home and wearables like the Fitbit means that smart objects are making our lives easier. But while there has been plenty of discussion about the smart home, smart technology also has the potential to radically change the workplace. At a minimum, we should expect small changes in fields such as communication or security in the very near future. And while it is too soon to state with certainty what our future workplace could look like, the smart office revolution could even kill our traditional perceptions of working in an office.

Confluent, the company behind open source streaming data project Apache Kafka, closes a Series C round that more than doubles its total financing.

Buoyant is taking what it learned at Twitter to ensure enterprises don't have to do the Fail Whale, using Finagle to help businesses manage scale.

As the move toward digital innovation continues, CIOs are increasingly challenged from all angles and with new responsibilities and new technologies.

Watson and Einstein are teaming up, and IBM and Salesforce hope the pairing proves as smart as it sounds. The two companies are working together to bring information from IBM systems into Salesforce's products through a series of integrations announced Monday. As part of the partnership, joint customers will be able to combine Watson's insights from their unstructured data with Einstein's insights about information stored with Salesforce. That comes alongside other integrations that bring weather and application data into Salesforce. Both Salesforce and IBM have massive customer bases that could be reached by this partnership.

GE is rethinking many aspects of IT, including its internal reporting structure, where and how it supports apps, and how it networks its 4,500 offices.  Network World Editor in Chief John Dix got an update from Chris Drumgoole, Chief Technology Officer of IT. GE  Chris Drumgoole, GE Chief Technology Officer of IT As Chief Technology Officer for GE IT (GE also has a CTO on the product side), how do you work with the IT teams in the business units?

At the Big Data Paris event in Paris, France, today, MapR Technologies and French enterprise-class cloud provider Outscale announced that they have joined forces to provide a big data platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering built on the MapR Converged Data Platform. Outscale will provide the new premium cloud service in Europe, North America and Asia and says it will provide customers with a cost-effective and flexible platform to support their big data journey — from initial proof of concept to prototype and application deployment, all with unlimited scalability.

Every firm should recognize and step up to addressing this problem and end the pervasive problem of traditional cubicle farms and windowless offices.

3D news is glitzy. The point is that its growth will have effects in less exciting but just as significant ways in the enterprise's processes.




In machine learning parlance, clustering or similarity search looks for affinities in sets of data that normally don't make such a job easy. If you wanted to compare 100 million images against each other and find the ones that looked most like each other, that's a clustering job. The hard part is scaling well across multiple processors, where you'd get the biggest speedup. Facebook's AI research division (FAIR) recently unveiled, with little fanfare, a proposed solution called Faiss. It's an open source library, written in C++ and with bindings for Python, that allows massive data sets like still images or videos to be searched efficiently for similarities.

Everyone wants into the Magic Quadrant, but Zoomdata's CEO sees lots to worry about in that it could bring the wrong type of customers your way.

News about long-running consequences of Yahoo and Gmail breaches should worry IT security professionals.

The enterprise is about to gain access to a new level of processing power in quantum computing. What can this do for business processes?

IBM recently unveiled Q, a new service that will allows users to leverage quantum computing power through its cloud platform.

The R core group announced today the release of R 3.3.3 (code-name: "Another Canoe"). As the wrap-up release of the R 3.3 series, this update mainly contains minor bug-fixes. (Bigger changes are planned for R 3.4.0, expected in mid-April.) Binaries for the Windows version are already up on the CRAN master site, and binaries for all platforms will appear on your local CRAN mirror within the next couple of days. 

At the Big Data Paris event in Paris, France, today, MapR Technologies and French enterprise-class cloud provider Outscale announced that they have joined forces to provide a big data platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering built on the MapR Converged Data Platform. Outscale will provide the new premium cloud service in Europe, North America and Asia and says it will provide customers with a cost-effective and flexible platform to support their big data journey — from initial proof of concept to prototype and application deployment, all with unlimited scalability.

As a TechRepublic reader, you're probably familiar with SQL. But reviewing the basics can help keep your skills sharp.

Are you comfortable with source systems feeding ETL processes into operational data stores or master reference data through an enterprise service bus with the product, supply chain and business operational reports dumped into a presentation layer with soft analytics, dashboards, alerts and scorecards? That was yesterday. Don't get caught, explaining your new data warehouse initiative with old terminology. Traditional vs. modern data warehouses Data warehouses are not designed for transaction processing. Modern data warehouses are structured for analysis.

Thank you for reading our Data Lake 3.0 series! In part 1 of the series, we briefly introduced the power of leveraging prepackaged applications in Data Lake 3.0 and how the focus will shift from the platform management to solving the business problems. In this post, we further deliberate on this idea to help answer… The post Data Lake 3.0 Part 2 – A Multi-Colored YARN appeared first on Hortonworks.

Pegasystems adds machine learning, robotic processing to Pega Customer Service and Pega Sales Automation.

When Amazon's S3 cloud storage service at Amazon's US-EAST-1 data centers went down, things went bad. Very, very bad. How bad? Popular sites such as Quora, Business Insider, Netflix, Reddit and Slack either crashed entirely or were broken. By SimilarTech's count, over 124,000 sites were affected. A college student told me, "It's knocked out my school's technology back end. Students are freaking out because they can't access assignments." A cloud consultant told me his phone was ringing off the hook by Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers who wanted to switch to Azure.

By exposing an API for an IBM Quantum Experience service, IBM is making it possible for developers to invoke five existing quantum bits (Qubits).

Okta has acquired Stormpath, a company that provides authentication services for developers. The deal should help the identity provider improve its developer-facing capabilities. Stormpath offered developers a set of tools for managing user logins for their apps. Rather than building a login system from scratch, developers could call the Stormpath API and have the company take care of it for them. Frederic Kerrest, Okta's co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, said that the acquisition should help his company build self-service capabilities for developers.

A report claims Apple is combining its services teams within one campus at its first Cupertino campus as it strives to improve iCloud. It needs to. A Brand Keys report ranks the company last in the file storage category. Head in the iCloud Baked inside every Apple product, Apple's iCloud services offer a range of useful features, not least the ability to seamlessly share files across devices.

Most IT professionals want as little change as possible. After all, at the end of the day, the ultimate responsibility is to make sure applications run, and run well.

As Matt Asay observed last week, AI appears to be reaching "peak ludicrous mode," with almost every software vendor laying claim to today's most hyped technology. In fact, Gartner's latest Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies places machine learning at the Peak of Inflated Expectations. Hang on — see what I did there? I used "AI" and "machine learning" interchangeably, which should get me busted by the artificial thought police. The first thing you need to know about AI (and machine learning) is that it's full of confusing, overlapping terminology, not to mention algorithms with functions that are opaque to all but a select few.

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Here's how CIO Sanjay Chowdhry administered a dose of technology to enhance patient engagement and improve healthcare outcomes at the wellness centers.

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