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ADP delivers big data platform for workforce management insights

ADP has some of the richest employment data available on tap, and it is opening that data up to business leaders and human resource (HR) professionals in the form of a new big data platform it calls ADP DataCloud.

Written by Thor Olavsrud14 May 15 05:37

Pentaho adds orchestration for Apache Spark jobs

In the past several years, Pentaho Labs, the research arm of business analytics specialist Pentaho, set out to map the various big data use cases organizations were putting into production as part of an effort to provide big data blueprints, a big data stack if you will.

Written by Thor Olavsrud13 May 15 06:10

Pivotal rolls out Hadoop distro update, new query optimizer

At EMC World in Las Vegas this week, Pivotal rolled out enhancements to its big data suite, including major component updates to its Pivotal HD Hadoop distribution and up to 100x performance upgrades to Pivotal Greenplum Database and Pivotal HAWQ.

Written by Thor Olavsrud08 May 15 23:21

IBM Watson adds hybrid Cloud developer tools

IBM Watson this week began rolling out new hybrid Cloud capabilities that will integrate IBM Cloud with a growing number of cognitive computing and content analytics services in the Watson Zone on Bluemix, IBM's open standards-based cloud innovation platform.

Written by Thor Olavsrud08 May 15 05:40

How Real Madrid scores fan engagement in the cloud

During the Microsoft Ignite keynote in Chicago today, only one customer graced the stage, but it was a doozy: Real Madrid, the world's no. 1 sports franchise.

Written by Thor Olavsrud06 May 15 05:29

Can a startup democratize big data apps?

Imagine a data platform that makes it easy for line-of-business users and data scientists to extract insights, as well as share and collaborate on them, from all data sets -- big and small -- for real-time decision making. All employees, regardless of technical background, would be able to utilize the same information without the need to restructure data for any specific query.

Written by Thor Olavsrud02 May 15 06:24

Dell brings advanced visualization to analytics platform

Dell Software today took the wraps off a partnership with data visualization specialist Datawatch. The partnership brings interactive visualization and dashboarding capabilities to Dell's Statistica advanced analytics platform and is designed to better position it for use by business analysts and other end users.

Written by Thor Olavsrud01 May 15 01:21

Why a data-driven transformation requires a cultural shift

It's a common refrain these days: Data-driven transformation isn't just about technology adoption, it requires changing the very culture of your organization -- the way your people think, interact and work. But what does that really mean?

Written by Thor Olavsrud08 April 15 05:31

In Pictures: 9 biggest information security threats for the next two years

Each year, the Information Security Forum, a non-profit association that researches and analyzes security and risk management issues, releases its 'Threat Horizon' report to provide a forward-looking view of the biggest security threats over a two-year period. Here are the top 9 threats to watch for through 2017.

Written by Thor Olavsrud18 March 15 07:59

Why businesses should focus on wide data, not Big Data

In these heady days of Big Data, a lot of organisations treat data collection like a Pokémon game: Gotta catch it all. But Dane Atkinson, CEO of cross-platform marketing analytics specialist, SumAll, says most organizations need to think wide, not big, when it comes to data.

Written by Thor Olavsrud14 March 15 02:23

CIOs Share Lessons Learned From the Journey to the Cloud

The journey to the cloud can be fraught with peril and unexpected pitfalls, but many companies have undertaken to make it anyway due to the promised benefits from agility and scalability to cost reduction. IT executives who have successfully navigated the dangers have learned many lessons along the way.

Written by Thor Olavsrud28 Feb. 15 06:34

How to Mitigate Data Monetization Risks

Collect all the data. Store all the data. Once you've got a massive reservoir of data, you'll be able to answer all the questions the business wants to ask, right? Maybe you can even anonymize the data, package it and sell it, driving revenue to the bottom line.

Written by Thor Olavsrud27 Jan. 15 06:49

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