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  • Campaign 2012: Mining for voters

    Posted October 29, 2012 - 9:12 am

    Big data, analytics and mobile apps are enabling smaller political campaigns and advocacy groups to be more effective when it comes to winning over voters and raising money.
  • Moving beyond Hadoop for big data needs

    Posted October 29, 2012 - 6:16 am

    Hadoop and MapReduce have long been mainstays of the big data movement, but some companies now need new and faster ways to extract business value from massive -- and constantly growing -- datasets.
  • Hadoop creator outlines the future of big data platform

    Posted October 28, 2012 - 9:00 pm

    Doug Cutting, creator of Hadoop and founder of the Apache Hadoop Project, says big data is not hype and it's not a bubble. He lays out his vision of how Hadoop will become the Holy Grail of big data systems
  • How big data save lives in New York City

    Posted October 25, 2012 - 9:43 pm

    Think your enterprise has a big data problem? Consider New York City: With a population of 8.2 million, it is far-and-away the largest city in the U.S. And it generates data--a lot of data--most of it in highly fragmented silos contained within the many municipal agencies and departments that keep the Big Apple running.
  • Microsoft brings big data to Windows

    Posted October 24, 2012 - 9:44 pm

    Microsoft, with the help of partner Hortonworks, brings Hadoop to Windows and stakes its claim as a vendor of big data technologies with new cloud-based and on-premises offerings.
  • Q&A: What's needed to get a big data job?

    Posted October 24, 2012 - 9:41 pm

    The torrents of data produced by social networks, sensors, supply chains and every imaginable device are creating thousands of new jobs, as Michael Rappa projected when he created the first master's degree program in the U.S. that's devoted to data analytics.
  • Hadoop updates from Cloudera, MapR, Splunk

    Posted October 24, 2012 - 9:18 am

    As organizations continue to evaluate Hadoop for large scale data analysis, Hadoop software vendors are refining their products for enterprise use, addressing concerns around reliability and expanded use.
  • Internal SAP document reveals potential plans for next-gen BI, 'HANA Explorer'

    Posted October 23, 2012 - 3:49 pm

    SAP is working on a number of potential next-generation BI (business intelligence) technologies meant to exploit the company's HANA in-memory database, including a new version of the popular Explorer visualization tool, according to an internal document posted on the company's website.
  • Gartner: 10 critical IT trends for the next five years

    Posted October 22, 2012 - 9:04 pm

    Trying to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to IT issues is not a job for the faint of heart. That point was driven home at Gartner's IT annual IT Symposium fest here where analyst David Cappuccio outlined what he called "new forces that are not easily controlled by IT are pushing themselves to the forefront of IT spending."
  • Nowcasting: Big data predicts the present

    Posted October 22, 2012 - 5:16 pm

    Big data is the key ingredient for predicting the present, or nowcasting, as it's called. Conceptually, it seems silly to use resources to predict the present, but nowcasting can save lives and make companies money.
  • Big data to create 1.9M IT jobs in U.S. by 2015, says Gartner

    Posted October 22, 2012 - 4:04 pm

    Big data is becoming an engine of job creation as businesses discover ways to turn data into revenue, according to research firm Gartner.
  • IBM refreshes analysis offerings

    Posted October 22, 2012 - 3:50 pm

    At IBM's Information On Demand and Business Analytics Forum, being held this week in Las Vegas, the company announced a number of new add-ons and services designed to help organizations analyze their expanding data sets more quickly.
  • Can the government handle big data analytics?

    Posted October 22, 2012 - 3:16 pm

    You name it, the government has a pile of data about it: genomics, energy use, the weather and more. Various open data and big data initiatives at the federal government aim to make this information available to anyone who wants it. Can the inherent complexity of big data analytics and the promise of open government coexist?
  • FTC: Web analytics firm collected credit card, other personal info

    Posted October 22, 2012 - 3:06 pm

    A Web analytics firm has agreed to settle a U.S. Federal Trade Commission complaint accusing it of violating federal law when using its tracking software to collect personal data -- including credit card information and Social Security numbers -- without disclosing how much information it was collecting.
  • 12 industry disaster scenarios

    Posted October 20, 2012 - 7:25 am

    The end of the world may or may not be nigh, but in the tech industry, many of these possibilities could easily become reality
  • Salesforce.com boosts social analytics options in strike at Oracle

    Posted October 19, 2012 - 9:20 am

    Salesforce.com said Friday that it has significantly expanded the social analytics options available to customers who use its Marketing Cloud, in its latest move in an ongoing arms race with Oracle to offer businesses the best tools for mining the social Web.
  • Early SAP HANA customers separate reality from the hype

    Posted October 18, 2012 - 4:43 pm

    Anyone even loosely following SAP lately should know that the company's goal is to reorient its entire product family around the HANA in-memory database, which first became generally available last year. According to SAP, HANA provides a level of performance improvement that can be nothing short of dazzling.
  • IBM makes security push with cloud services, products aimed at mobile and Big Data

    Posted October 18, 2012 - 1:21 pm

    IBM today widened its security offerings with products and cloud-based services focused broadly on both mobile devices and Big Data, both areas where IBM foresees growth as enterprises sort out their strategies toward both.
  • How to find (and hire) big data pros

    Posted October 18, 2012 - 11:29 am

    Staffing shortages are holding back companies ready to dive into big data. Here are three ways they're coping with the talent gap. Insider (registration required)
  • The art of Big Data

    Posted October 18, 2012 - 11:24 am

    Can Big Data be turned into art? And can art help us to better understand Big Data?
  • Machine-to-machine communications will generate really big data

    Posted October 18, 2012 - 8:00 am

    Wireless communications carriers may soon face an unprecedented dilemma: Will they give preference on their networks to people chatting and texting on their mobile devices or to "things" jabbering with each other?
  • Gartner: Big data to drive $34 billion of IT spending in 2013

    Posted October 17, 2012 - 12:10 pm

    Big data is forecast to drive $34 billion of worldwide IT spending in 2013, according to research firm Gartner, with the figure for 2012 standing at $28 billion.
  • Data scientist role is clear, even if job description isn't

    Posted October 17, 2012 - 9:49 am

    The data scientist job, as well as the job title, is a mashup of existing expertise that is generally a few steps removed from the everyday realities of the businesses that employ them. Like most mashups, though, this is leading to something equally new and innovative.
  • Facebook prepares to use 'cold storage' to deal with vast amounts of data

    Posted October 17, 2012 - 9:28 am

    Facebook is rethinking the way it stores data to cope with the 7 petabytes of new photos the social network's users upload every month. As the number of photos grows, Facebook needs find cheaper, less power-hungry ways to store them all, according to the company's vice-president of infrastructure engineering.
  • Who is tweeting from the NSA's parking lot?

    Posted October 17, 2012 - 2:19 am

    The open source intelligence platform Maltego shows the power of collating publicly available information.
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