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A Closer Look at RDDs

November 20, 2015 by Jim Scott

Apache Spark has gotten a lot of attention for its fast processing of large amounts of data. But how does it get up to speed? The biggest reason that Spark is so fast is its use of the Resilient Distributed Dataset, or RDD.[read more]

3 Ingenious Use Cases for Business Intelligence Tools

November 20, 2015 by Eran Levy

One of the most exciting things about a formerly-niche technology becoming mainstream is the way it mutates and evolves by means of its end users’ ingenuity. One famous example could be the case of a product that was originally meant for cleaning coal residue from wallpaper, and eventually came to be the Play-Doh today’s children know and love.[read more]

Why Companies Are Not Engaging With Their Data

November 20, 2015 by Bruce Robbins

A look at a number of recent reports and surveys shows that while there is an appetite for using data more wisely, and an intention amongst top executives to use data more there are still many companies not using data as effectively as they could.[read more]


Big Data in Big Oil: The Amazing Ways Shell Uses Analytics to Drive Business Success

November 17, 2015 by Bernard Marr

The oil and gas industries are facing major challenges - the costs of extraction are rising and the turbulent state of international politics adds to the difficulties of exploration and drilling for new reserves. In the face of big problems, its key players are turning to Big Data in the hope of finding innovative solutions to these pressing issues.[read more]


Data in Consumer Finance

November 23, 2015 by Konstantin Rabin

This article will explain you the current state of the data in the field of consumer finance, the major issues in it, what the alternative scenarios are and how it would look in the near future. While the banks are having access to top-notch information about their clients, they are often reluctant to benefit from it or let other companies to do so. However, this is already changing.[read more]


Changes We Can Expect as Big Data Analytics Takes Off

November 23, 2015 by Jonathan Buckley

We find ourselves in the midst of a surge in big data use. The number of businesses, organizations, and institutions now utilizing big data solutions has exploded in recent years, as has the amount of data collected. Some estimates put the total amount of data generated each day at 2.5 quintillion bytes! Such a number is hard to comprehend let alone make use of, and yet organizations have been eagerly adopting big data analytics for their ambitious goals.[read more]


Powering Personalized Medicine with Hadoop and Apache Spark

November 23, 2015 by Jim Scott

The Obama administration plans to dedicate $215 million in the 2016 budget to the “Precision Medicine Initiative.” This project centers on the collection and analysis of data from a projected million volunteers. Funding includes $130 million for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to collect the data for analysis; $10 million to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to architect databases; and $5 million to protect the privacy of the collected data.[read more]

Lower Big Data Hardware TCO with Hadoop

November 19, 2015 by Jim Scott

Apache Hadoop unquestionably delivers ROI by increasing the flexibility of data management/storage, processing, and analytics abilities. And it’s logical to assume that “commodity” servers translate into cost savings. But the truth is that while Hadoop can and does deliver significant cost reductions and revenue gains, much depends on the actual deployment.[read more]

Big Data Increasing the Demand for Skilled Analysts Across All Industries [INFOGRAPHIC]

November 19, 2015 by Sivakumar Soundararajan

Big Data has undisputedly ruled businesses worldwide, transforming them with its various helpful features. However, its inaccuracies and drawbacks have resulted in its attracting its fair share of criticism. Every major revolution faces severe criticism. The Big Data revolution did too.[read more]


The World According to IT: The Star Wars Spectrum of User Intelligence [INFOGRAPHIC]

November 19, 2015 by Lou Ennuso

The IT department of any organization is tasked with supporting users with a wide range of technical expertise, from the highly tech savvy to the not so much. We've taken a look at this spectrum of user intelligence through the lens of one of our favorite film series - read on below to find out how you rank.[read more]


How Media Monitoring Helps You Tap into Big Data

November 18, 2015 by Elizabeth Victor

Big data is a big deal lately across marketing channels, and is also a puzzle for many companies. For many, the amount of data is so “big” that it is hard to decipher through the noise and make sense of it all. This is where media monitoring tools can help you.[read more]


What Does Big Data Mean for the Future of Social Media?

November 18, 2015 by Ryan Kidman

The social media industry has grown leaps and bounds in the past decade, but some challenges have persisted. Major networks such as Facebook have struggled to meet revenue targets. Facebook’s IPO stock price was based off revenue growth figures that have failed to materialize over the past few years, raising concerns that the site couldn’t monetize its users as well as analysts hoped.[read more]


A Look at SparkSQL

November 18, 2015 by Jim Scott

If you’ve been reading about Apache Spark, you might be worried about whether you have to relearn all of your skills for using it to interact with databases. With Apache Spark, whether you’re a DBA or a developer, you’ll be able to interact with Apache Spark in the way you’re used to—while solving real problems.[read more]

How the Healthcare Industry Can Save Big with Big Data

November 17, 2015 by Xander Schofield

When it comes to big data, just about every industry can benefit in some way or another. The healthcare sector is just starting to realize the potential value of big data, and the next several years will illustrate just how powerful and useful it can be to have detailed records of all kinds of patients over time.[read more]

How Is Mobile Technology Impacting the Food and Beverage Supply Chain?

November 17, 2015 by Keith Peterson

Mobile technology is positively affecting businesses across the globe, allowing for real-time data transmission, instant collaboration, and the ability to access key business metrics from just about anywhere. With mobile supply chain applications, business owners in the food and beverage industry have greater insight into their everyday workflow – accessing data on the fly, enabling them to make better decisions faster.[read more]

Text Analytics Gurus Debunk 4 Big Data Myths

November 16, 2015 by Tom Anderson

There are a lot of myths out there surrounding next generation research techniques around data from small to big. Text analytics, if done correctly, can offer insights into problems from a new more encompassing and accurate perspective.[read more]


Twitter, the Sims, and Big Data

November 16, 2015 by Ioana Sima

One of the first rules of big data, could quite possibly be the following: there is no Big Data. That is – there is no single piece of big data research that is definitive. A research that gives you completely conclusive results, a research that does not generalize, a research piece that will be relevant in its entirety the next day after it has been drafted.[read more]


Control Business Costs with Workforce Analytics

November 16, 2015 by Sarah Smith

When something goes wrong in a company, the availability of analytics data should motivate employers to resolve quickly worker claims and take steps to address problems identified or predicted by their software.[read more]