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IT wants (but struggles) to operationalize big data

Big data leaders at large companies are bullish on the capabilities of big data analytics, but are struggling to break down data silos and make data accessible.

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How a medical device maker took control of its sales data

With more than 50 distributors, each supplying sales data in different formats, medical diagnostic equipment maker Alere had limited visibility into its own customer base until it built a single-source data strategy built on master...

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How to create your own Google Analytics dashboards

The Google Analytics suite can be overwhelming to new or inexperienced users. This jump-start video guide to GA details how to use one of its most important features: dashboards.

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AtScale simplifies connecting BI tools to Hadoop

The startup, which specializes in creating OLAP-like virtual cubes on Hadoop, has added a Hybrid Query Service Service that allows its platform to natively support MDX and SQL queries.

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How different SQL-on-Hadoop engines satisfy BI workloads

A new benchmark of SQL-on-Hadoop engines Impala, Spark and Hive finds they each have their own strengths and weaknesses when it comes to Business Intelligence (BI) workloads.

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Databricks debuts free community edition of cloud-based platform

The new edition of the cloud-based service is designed to help you learn to use Apache Spark and build prototypes that can be seamlessly transitioned to production applications on the full Databricks platform.

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Apache Arrow aims to accelerate analytical workloads

Arrow is designed to serve as a common data representation for big data processing and storage systems, allowing data to be shared between systems and processes without the CPU overhead caused by serialization, deserialization or...

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How Fiorina failed to use analytics to succeed in business and politics

The current presidential election showcases how Carly Fiorina failed to use tech to her advantage, writes columnist Rob Enderle. The inability or desire to learn the tools your company sells or that assure employee loyalty leads to...

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Study reveals that most companies are failing at big data

Research from PwC and Iron Mountain reports some surprising statistics about how companies are using the data they collect.

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CIOs turn to cloud-based analytics to manage IT asset costs

CIOs are struggling to calculate IT service costs for environments that have grown more complex from cloud services. However, they are finding answers in analytics software.

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IBM stirs Spark-as-a-service into IBM Bluemix

The new IBM Analytics on Apache Spark service is designed to allow developers to infuse applications on the Bluemix cloud platform with real-time analytics.

Is self-service BI the right or wrong approach for front-line decision support?

There is a lot of hype and confusion around self-service BI and what some industry analysts call “traditional BI.”

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AtScale looks to easily add BI on Hadoop

AtScale has released AtScale Intelligence Platform 3.0, which aimes to give business users the capability to interactively query Hadoop data without the need for extensive preprocessing or movement off the cluster.

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Amazon's new BI tool may hurt more of its partners

At re:Invent Amazon Web Services launched QuickSight, a business.

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SAP unveils SaaS analytics platform

SAP Cloud for Analytics aims to redefine analytics by combining business intelligence, planning and predictive analytics into a SaaS offering built on the SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

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Hadoop is slowly eating conventional analytics

The components of the Hadoop ecosystem won't overthrow Teredata or IBM Netezza any time soon, but ultimately, the commodity solution almost always wins.

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How data finds the truth -- in baseball and in business

Speaking at the NetSuite NYSE Disruption Summit at the New York Stock Exchange, baseball luminaries Bill James and Billy Beane talk data, truth and the new frontier for sabermetrics.

It’s time for PDF 2.0

Love for PDFs is no surprise in the business world. But the rise of sophisticated BI and analytic tools is changing how organizations operate and communicate. As users demand more and more out of their analytics, the “fixed-layout...

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