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Open-source startup hopes to change the way businesses visualize data

SlamData’s main appeal is that it works natively with data from NoSQL databases like MongoDB, which means it doesn’t need to translate unstructured data into the usual relational format. That’s an improvement over common analysis...

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Why I ditched my Fitbit and what this means for analytics

Dashboards that don’t evolve don’t get used. Here are best practices for delivering successful self-service analytics to your employees.

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Startup launches big data-as-a-service

Cazena, a startup founded by former Netezza execs, is aiming to help enterprises solve the big data engineering challenge with a managed service platform that addresses the security and complexity challenges that have kept many...

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Esri to unveil mapping tools in R

Esri is set to announce an open-source software bridge today that makes it faster and easier to move mapping data between ArcGIS and R.

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Can Microsoft’s Azure bring machine learning to the masses?

While the very phrase 'machine learning' may conjure up fantastic images of evil robot overlords and other science fiction references, the technology as been around for some time. Here’s how Microsoft aims to make it as available and...

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GE, Pitney Bowes team up on predictive and prescriptive analytics

The two companies will use GE's Predix software platform for the Industrial Internet of Things to develop customized asset performance management applications.

The curious case of Google Street View's missing streets

Many towns and cities are littered with small gaps in the Street View imagery

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Self-service BI review: Tableau vs. Qlik Sense vs. Power BI

All three next-gen BI solutions make data discovery and analysis remarkably easy, but Tableau does it best.

Scott McNealy sees gold in the hills of social data

Now head of Wayin, the former Sun CEO aims to wrest enterprise value from all the chatter

When data quality doesn't matter

Data quality does not matter if you're not afraid of negative consequences.

Zuckerberg wants to be the Stephen Hawking of social relations

What makes humans social? Facebook's CEO wants to know.

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Update: Google, Microsoft, Oracle back new R Consortium at Linux Foundation

A new R Consortium of major vendors launched today aimed at "strengthen[ing] both the technical and user communities," according to a Linux Foundation announcement.

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R Consortium aims to strengthen data analysis

Representatives from the R Foundation and industry representatives including Microsoft, Google and Oracle have formed the R Consortium to strengthen the technical and user communities around the R programming language for statistical...

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Why R? The pros and cons of the R language

Package ecosystem and graphics are strengths; security and memory management are weaknesses.

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Review: Qlik Sense 2 chases Tableau

Combining rich visualizations with ease-of-use extras, Qlik brings powerful analytics to the rest of us.

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How predictive analytics can help end slave labor

Slavery may be illegal around the world, but the practice is alive and well. Whether you know it or not, it probably supports your modern lifestyle. Supply chain analytics can help companies discover forced labor and child labor in...

Etsy dips toes into crowdfunding

Fund on Etsy, now in pilot phase, will let backers fund projects pre-selected by Etsy

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How to collect and analyze data from 100,000 weather stations

Want to know what it’s like to analyze massive amounts of data under pressure? Talk to Bryson Koehler, CIO of The Weather Company (which owns the Weather Channel), who must interpret data sets from around the world to predict...

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