Big Data News – 7 Aug 2015

Data-integration giant Informatica has made itself a private company in a $5.3 billion deal that includes investments from Microsoft and Salesforce.com. The deal, said to be the biggest leveraged buyout this year, means Informatica’s stock ceased trading on the Nasdaq on Thursday. In exchange, Informatica stockholders are getting $48.75 per share in cash. It’s part of a trend in which companies have been taking themselves private to make themselves more competitive. Dell, Tibco Software, Riverbed and Compuware have all made similar moves.

 

Target, the nation’s second-largest discount chain, is testing beacon technology in 50 of its stores. The retailer joins a growing number of retailers that hope to attract customers with timely deals sent to their smartphones and smartwatches on products based on their location. Growth in the use of beacons with mobile devices is seen by retailers as a way to improve customer loyalty and, ultimately, sales. At the same time, use of beacons worries privacy experts, who say that too much personal data is being collected and stored by retailers or third parties. That data, they said, could become vulnerable to hackers.

 

IBM plans to buy Merge Healthcare in a $1 billion deal that promises to bring new image-focused capabilities to its Watson Health platform. Under the terms of the acquisition, which was announced Thursday and is expected to close later this year, Merge shareholders will receive $7.13 per share in cash. The deal is IBM’s third and largest major health-related acquisition since it launched its Watson Health unit in April. Merge’s technology provides medical image handling and processing and is used at more than 7,500 U.S. health care sites. IBM plans to use its Watson Health Cloud to analyze and cross-reference Merge’s medical images against lab results, electronic health records, genomic tests, clinical studies and other health-related data sources amounting to 315 billion data points and 90 million unique records.

 

IBM plans to buy Merge Healthcare in a $1 billion deal that promises to bring new image-focused capabilities to its Watson Health platform. Under the terms of the acquisition, which was announced Thursday and is expected to close later this year, Merge shareholders will receive $7.13 per share in cash. The deal is IBM’s third and largest major health-related acquisition since it launched its Watson Health unit in April.

 

TFS2015 was originally intended to launch alongside VS2015 in July, but was held back for final polishing and bug fixes. The wait is over and TFS2015 RTM is now available. Among the many changes included are the new build system and greater Git support. By Jeff Martin

 

IBM plans to buy Merge Healthcare in a $1 billion deal that promises to bring new image-focused capabilities to its Watson Health platform. Under the terms of the acquisition, which was announced Thursday and is expected to close later this year, Merge shareholders will receive $7.13 per share in cash. The deal is IBM’s third and largest major health-related acquisition since it launched its Watson Health unit in April. Merge’s technology provides medical image handling and processing and is currently used at more than 7,500 U.S. health care sites. IBM plans to use its Watson Health Cloud to analyze and cross-reference Merge’s medical images against lab results, electronic health records, genomic tests, clinical studies and other health-related data sources amounting to 315 billion data points and 90 million unique records.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Data-integration giant Informatica has made itself a private company in a $5.3 billion deal that includes investments from Microsoft and Salesforce.com. The deal, said to be the biggest leveraged buyout this year, means Informatica’s stock ceased trading on the Nasdaq on Thursday. In exchange, Informatica stockholders are getting $48.75 per share in cash. It’s part of a trend in which companies have been taking themselves private to make themselves more competitive. Dell, Tibco Software, Riverbed and Compuware have all made similar moves.

 

by Joseph Rickert In a recent post on creating JavaScript network graphs directly from R, my colleague and fellow blogger, Andrie de Vries, included a link to a saved graph of CRAN. Here, I will use… …

 

Published Date: 2015-08-06 14:40:31 UTC Tags: Analytics, Banking, Banking & Markets, Big Data, Data Science Title: Is There A Data Talent Shortage In Banking? Subtitle: Is the skills gap biting banks particularly hard?

 

Hortonworks, the Hadoop system pioneer, continues to invest in the management of unstructured big data. However, the company reported a second-quarter financial loss.

 

Redfish 1.0 is defined as a standard and a RESTful API for the management of scale-out commodity servers. Although it was created with the current needs of scalable architectures in mind, Redfish can be used for the management or the integration of the older platforms and their tool chains. By Abel Avram

 

With a suite of services to help companies deploy and manage Apple computers, IBM is adapting to a shift in enterprise IT.

 

Published Date: 2015-08-06 11:04:38 UTC Tags: Digital Strategy, Digital Marketing, Digital, Technology, Analytics Title: Effective Insight In eBook Publishing Using Analytics Subtitle: Has the publishing industry embraced the data driven potential of eBooks?

 

A report published at the start of July revealed “widespread ignorance of the UK’s efforts to smarten up its cities.” The clear focus of the report is on public awareness and perception of smart initiatives and the elusive Smart City itself. The authors go on to suggest that without the proper support, initiatives will “die on their feet”. I have just one problem with that. I simply don’t believe it. In the vast majority of cases, Smart City initiatives are already underway in well established, densely populated existing cityscapes (brownfield reclamations like Aspern, Vienna excepted, admittedly).

 

The responsibility of an architect reaches far past design and business concerns. Their design’s implementation is ultimately their only measure of success; they should get their hands dirty and help. By Brandon Bryson

 

Jørn Larsen, co-founder and CEO of Trifork, presented waste is a crime: don’t waste your team at the GOTO Amsterdam 2015 conference. InfoQ interviewed Larsen about the “perfect world” to develop software products, aligning with many customers, why waste is a crime, why flow is important for software teams and what they can do to establish flow. By Ben Linders

 

GE, the champion of industrial-age analytics, will become a cloud service provider early in 2016 for large-scale machine data. The company envisions a machine-data-based Internet that tracks and monitors civilization’s engines and systems of all types.

 

Sometimes, there’s a big hole in the side of the ship, and the industry decides to wait until the ship starts sinking in hope of selling lifeboats. At other times, less severe flaws resemble the door in my downstairs bathroom, which opens only if you turn the handle one direction, not the other. I’ll fix it one day, although I’ve said that for 12 years or so.

 

Sometimes, there’s a big hole in the side of the ship, and the industry decides to wait until the ship starts sinking in hope of selling lifeboats. At other times, less severe flaws resemble the door in my downstairs bathroom, which opens only if you turn the handle one direction, not the other. I’ll fix it one day, although I’ve said that for 12 years or so.

 

Gonidis defines an approach on how to enable interoperability for PaaS solutions. It is about building a standard for existing cloud platforms. However, this is a challenge given that every platform provider has it’s own proprietary API. Furthermore, services available on the one platform aren’t available on the other platform. In the following posts,

 

On the IaaS layer, work on cloud interoperability was already conducted. The authors described in “Challenges in the Management of Federated Heterogeneous Scientific Clouds” the problem and a feasible solution to migrate virtual machines between providers. Another challenge identified is the layer between the vendor API and the user.

 

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