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  • IBM's Watson: A new era in analytics?

    Posted February 17, 2011 - 11:51 pm

    If you've been following the Jeopardy-IBM Watson faceoff this week, then you have witnessed a breakthrough in analytics and in new architectures for mining and analyzing diverse types of information in a single application. Watson and its successors may usher in a new approach to computing, combining as it does, so many disparate techniques to create a "thinking" machine. IBM has combined deep NLP with machine learning, a voting algorithm, a method of interpreting the questions and assessing them by formulating parallel hypotheses, and Hadoop and UIMA for preprocessing, as well as the usual search, fuzzy matching software and of course an in-memory caching system to save time in retrieval. To me, the strength of this system is the combination of all of these, and it is remarkable in that it doesn't rely on just one. In Watson, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
  • EMC releases free edition of Greenplum MPP database

    Posted February 1, 2011 - 5:51 pm

    EMC today introduced a free Community Edition of the its Greenplum Database, a high-performance massively parallel processing database product.
  • GE gets smart

    Posted January 25, 2011 - 10:33 pm

    Business analytics continues to be a hot target for acquisitions. This trend continues with the GE announcement that it would acquire advanced analytics vendor SmartSignal.
  • Self-service BI catches on

    Posted January 24, 2011 - 1:19 pm

    The Great Recession caught most of the used-car industry by surprise. But Dealer Services Corp. (DSC) got a heads-up from its newly deployed business intelligence system.
  • BI Tools Can Help Evaluate Green Programs

    Posted January 24, 2011 - 12:34 pm

    Business intelligence systems can be used to analyze data about a company's progress in meeting its environmental goals.
  • 'Big data' to rise in 2011

    Posted January 20, 2011 - 9:29 pm

    Among the continued maturation of cloud computing and increasing competition between tablet manufacturers, 2011 is expected to see higher use of multi-terabyte datasets for business intelligence and analytics, otherwise known as "big data".
  • Self-service BI, SaaS, analytics will dominate in 2011

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 12:32 pm

    Enterprises will increasingly look for opportunities to tap self-service business intelligence systems and SaaS-based BI offerings in 2011, analysts say.
  • Teradata buying marketing vendor Aprimo for $525M

    Posted December 22, 2010 - 10:57 pm

    Teradata is planning to buy integrated marketing software vendor Aprimo for US$525 million, the company announced Wednesday. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of next year.
  • SAP's HANA will speed real-time data analytics

    Posted December 1, 2010 - 9:16 pm

    SAP's High-Performance Analytic Appliance, or HANA, which started shipping on Wednesday, should give its customers a much faster, more flexible way to analyze large volumes of data in real-time, analysts said.
  • SAP launches HANA for in-memory analytics

    Posted December 1, 2010 - 10:42 am

    SAP is launching its HANA in-memory computing appliance on Wednesday.
  • Data analytics is speeding Pakistan flood relief

    Posted November 16, 2010 - 4:36 pm

    Relief agencies are working with data analysis and management tools from SAS Institute to better help victims of the devastating Pakistan floods.
  • Data analytics requirements push database tech to limits

    Posted November 12, 2010 - 12:01 pm

    Emerging business analytics needs are exposing limitations in traditional database management technologies and fueling the growth of highly specialized analytics platforms, according to a report by two leading industry analysts.
  • More federal health database details coming following privacy alarm

    Posted November 10, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    In response to considerable privacy concerns, the federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is expected to soon release more details on its plans for a controversial new database containing information on the healthcare claims of millions of Americans.
  • Regulators Discuss Real-time Data for Monitoring Oil Wells

    Posted November 1, 2010 - 9:15 pm

    At a Platt's Energy Podium Event, U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEM) Director Michael Bromwich broached the idea of giving access to federal regulators to real-time data from off shore rigs to mitigate future situations like Macondo.
  • Researchers turn to data analytics tools to help stroke victims

    Posted October 26, 2010 - 8:56 pm

    Researchers at the Columbia University Medical center hope that IBM analytics software can help them to more quickly spot symptoms of the deadly delayed ischemia complication that sometimes develops in stroke patients.
  • Dr Jim Goodnight talks the business of analytics

    Posted October 19, 2010 - 5:03 pm

    CIO Australia editor, Georgina Swan, talks to the SAS co-founder and CEO about how CIOs can use analytics in business.
  • IBM to open three analytics centers in Europe

    Posted September 23, 2010 - 9:48 am

    IBM said on Thursday it will open three analytics centers in Europe, part of its growing business analytics business highlighted by its $1.7 billion offer earlier this week for vendor Netezza.
  • IT 'should do more' to help marketing, protect investments

    Posted September 22, 2010 - 9:41 am

    A lack of analysis and business intelligence is causing marketing departments to confuse and anger their prospective customers, wasting money invested in both the campaigns themselves and the business intelligence and analytics tools that support them, according to new research.
  • IBM expands analytics with $1.7 billion Netezza buy

    Posted September 20, 2010 - 11:40 am

    Netezza's high-performance analytics capabilities will be added to IBM's offerings.
  • Your marching orders for the next 10 years

    Posted September 15, 2010 - 9:15 pm

    The first decade of the 21st century started with the frenzy that was Y2K and concludes with the sizzle that is cloud. The good news is that if you survived, Decade 2 will be much more interesting and a bit less toxically underfunded.
  • The big promise of Big Data: What you need to know today

    Posted September 15, 2010 - 8:51 pm

    Hadoop and other tools can unlock critical insights from unfathomable volumes of corporate and external data.
  • SAP rolls out real-time business analytics apps

    Posted September 15, 2010 - 10:01 am

    In a sign of SAPs stepped up attention to the business analytics market, the company released a set of real-time analytics products on Tuesday that are customized for use in various industry sectors and business functions.
  • The role of IT in strengthening the modern corporate enterprise

    Posted September 7, 2010 - 3:52 pm

    IT plays a central role in data management and the delivery of advanced analytics, both of which enhance competitive advantage and profitability. IT can also improve customer service excellence by implementing solutions that improve the ease of doing business. And centralizing functions such as infrastructure or procurement to optimize economies of scale not only enables more effective expense management, but frees up senior management to focus on surpassing the competition.
  • SAS rolls out predictive analytics for business users

    Posted September 2, 2010 - 2:49 pm

    SAS Institute on Thursday announced a new toolset aimed at giving business users the ability to work with predictive analytics software, which has historically been the province of specialized statisticians.
  • Cox Communications Deals With Cable Guy Problem Using SaaS

    Posted September 1, 2010 - 11:33 am

    SaaS scheduling software combined with analytics helps the $9 billion company reprogram customer service.
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