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Big Data and cloud projects can go horribly wrong. Don’t let this happen to you.

IT projects are not bulletproof. They are as likely to fail or encounter obstacles before coming to completion than they are to go smoothly. But when it comes to cloud and Big Data projects, the failure rate is disturbingly high.

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Google adds real-time big data analysis to two of its cloud services

Google is betting that real-time processing is the future of big data analysis.

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Review: Storm’s real-time processing comes at a price

The open source stream processing solution is proven reliable at scale, but difficult to learn and use.

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Apple and IBM say big data will save lives

You can expect much more on Apple’s journey to digital health at WWDC 2015, which begins on June 8.

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IBM launches Watson Health global analytics cloud

IBM today announced a new business unit based on the Watson supercomputer that will allow physicians, researchers and others to share healthcare data over a secure analytics platform massive data stores to be culled for deep insight...

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4 data wrangling tasks in R for advanced beginners

R is mighty, but it can be complex for data tasks. Learn how to get summaries, sort and do other tasks with relative ease. (Now updated with dplyr examples.)

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The data science ecosystem, part 3: Data applications

The third part in a series on the data science ecosystem looks at the applications that turn data into insights or models.

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AWS offers machine-learning service to make sense of big data

Enterprises will soon be able to do the kind of big data analysis that allows Amazon to recommend books, video games and toasters to its customers,

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Informatica goes private in $5.3B buyout

The move will take the data-integration giant away from Wall Street's prying eyes.

AtScale opens Hadoop's big-data vaults to nonexpert business users

New platform enables Hadoop analyses from within standard BI tools such as Microsoft Excel

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Oracle brings big data back to database administrators

Oracle has released a new extension for its Oracle Data Integrator middleware that allows DBAs and data warehouse experts to treat big data repositories as just another data source

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In a haystack of data, Alation helps find the needle

Two-year-old startup Alation emerged from stealth mode on Tuesday with a new product focused on helping enterprises find the information they need to get ahead.

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Database pioneer Stonebraker rocks $1M “Nobel Prize in Computing”

Michael Stonebraker, whose database software breakthroughs helped to tame information overload long before we referred to it as big data, has been named as the recipient of the 2014 ACM A.M. Turing Award, a.k.a. the “Nobel Prize in...

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The data science ecosystem

Data science isn't new, but the demand for quality data has exploded recently. This isn't a fad or a rebranding, it's an evolution.

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Why analytics is eating the world

It's been nearly four years since investor and entrepreneur Marc Andreessen proclaimed that software is "eating the world", and the evidence is everywhere. Full-scale transformations are being wrought upon companies and...

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4 ways to beat the big-data talent shortage

Big data will continue to be hamstrung by a lack of talent for the coming years. IDC predicts that in the U.S. there will be 181,000 deep analytics roles in 2018 and five times that many positions requiring related skills in data...

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6 features coming to Tableau's new BI analytics suite

Tableau Software will release a big update to its business intelligence software in the coming weeks, promising that customers will be able to spend more time on data analysis and less on "data wrangling."

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Databricks takes the human intervention out of Spark processing

A new workflow feature for Databricks Cloud can automate routine deployment tasks.

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