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Why big data isn't always the answer

While most analytics tools are set up for quantified information it's often the unstructured data that provides the context and the meaning companies need to make that information useful.

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Google moves two cloud data analysis services out of beta

Two Google big data toolsets have moved out of beta and into full commercial release, adding to its cloud portfolio a data analysis framework and a service for managing data streams in real time.


Traction Watch: Cloudera soars to $100M in revenue and 100% annual growth

Cloudera has built a massively expanding community along with year-over-year of 100 percent revenue growth.

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IBM's new $1B acquisition will help Watson 'see,' analyze health data

IBM plans to buy Merge Healthcare in a $1 billion deal that promises to bring new image-focused capabilities to its Watson Health platform.

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The simple way to make data science effective

Data scientists are trained to make more efficient algorithms, but the simple way to make an algorithm work better is to feed it more data.

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Condé Nast parent company jumps into big data market with 1010data purchase

Advance, a global media group that owns the Condé Nast group of consumer publications, has ventured into the realm of data analysis, purchasing New York-based analytics firm 1010data for $500 million.

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Some sharks have become social media stars

When pro surfer Mick Fanning was attacked during a competition Sunday, Twitter lit up, but it wasn't talk of Jaws and scary fish; many were sharing information about the location of their favorite sharks and the fact that they weren't...


It's time for data science to be part of your hiring process

Nearly every CEO will tell you human talent is the reason their business is successful: A great sales hire can change the direction of your entire company, while a bad engineering hire could result in your product falling flat on its...

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Opinion: Apple and IBM have big data plans for education

Apple and IBM are developing solutions that underpin a future of personalized mobile learning that lasts a lifetime.

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Cybersecurity and machine learning: The right features can lead to success

Choosing the right features when building a machine-learning model can be the key difference between success and failure.

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MIT proves flash is as fast as RAM, and cheaper, for big data

MIT researchers built a server network for large-scale databases that proves RAM is not always the best memory for the job as it's vastly more expensive and isn't even faster than flash.

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Microsoft's Cortana Analytics looks to democratize big data

Microsoft has fused a number of its new data processing technologies into a single package to help companies extract more value from their growing piles of data.

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Big data: The 100-year-old buzzword

Visual analytics and data science are hot. As we create more data than ever before, we seek newer, better, faster ways to make sense of it and to know what actions we should take to improve our world. We’re told that this is the age...

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Google's A.I. system gets its snark from humans

A Google computer recently made headlines for appearing to become agitated and verbally lashing out at the human working with it.

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Kyvos serves up Hadoop on cubes

What good is big data if you don't have the proper tools to make sense of it? A startup, Kyvos Insights, can transform terabytes of information stored on Hadoop clusters into easy-to-parse data cubes, the format business analysts...

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8 ways to get the most from customer data

While everyone talks about big data, many organizations don't know how to best use the customer data they collect and store.

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IBM prepares Spark for machine learning

IBM is putting considerable resources behind Apache Software Foundation's Spark to ready the platform for machine learning duties such as pattern recognition and object classification.

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Aiming for SEC's big data project, Sungard and Google bet on the cloud

Sungard is using Google cloud services to prototype a system that stores and formats all U.S. financial trading data.

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