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Puppet and Chef make way for Docker

Docker’s rapid adoption has resulted in more than 460,000 containerized applications. Does that level of container-based penetration signal the beginning of the end for the Puppet and Chef IT automation platforms? I believe so.

60+ R resources to improve your data skills

From books to videos to online tutorials -- most free! -- here are plenty of ideas to burnish your R knowledge.

Data files for our step-by-step guide to Microsoft Power BI

If you want to play along with our hands-on Power BI tutorial, get the files here.

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Free data visualization with Microsoft Power BI: Your step-by-step guide

This step-by-step guide, including video, shows you how to analyze a file with more than two million records of U.S. airline flight delays using Microsoft's free Power BI platform.

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Visualizing data with Power BI

We try out Microsoft's Power BI by showing how you can graph airline departure and arrival delays using this visualization tool.

Good Charts - The HBR Guide to Making Smarter, More Persuasive Data Visualizations [book cover]

3 tips for better data visualizations

Creating charts that show what's important in your data takes skills beyond simply mastering visualization software. This book excerpt reveals how to make your charts more persuasive.

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Microsoft covets LinkedIn algorithms

Microsoft's announced plans to buy the business social network LinkedIn for $26.2 billion were triggered by an appetite for algorithms.

IBM joins R Consortium

IBM will back efforts to create infrastructure and best practices for the R community, as well as promote use of the language.

Data visualization firm Qlik sells for $3 billion

Qlik, a vendor of data visualization tools, has agreed to be acquired by private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo for $3 billion.

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Google goes after Microsoft, Tableau and others with a free analytics tool

Google is doubling down on its commitment to the business analytics market with the launch of a new free data visualization tool.

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Datameer gets an overhaul to make big data analytics easier

The rise of the citizen data scientist has placed a new premium on easy-to-use analytics tools, and on Tuesday, Datameer announced a fresh version of its namesake platform designed with that imperative in mind.

Datafest! Highlights from Open Data Science Conference Boston

I round up some of the more interesting sessions at ODSC Boston

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Review: DeepSQL outruns Amazon Aurora

DeepSQL makes index-heavy ingestion and queries go really fast, outperforming Aurora by twofold in our benchmarks.

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A new app from SAP helps line managers keep track of their budgets

It's not always easy for line-of-business managers to get a real-time view into budget and spending, but a new mobile app from SAP aims to change all that.

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Adobe Analytics revamps 'ClickMap'

Activity Map will offer segmenting, live view

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Microsoft's Power BI hits 5M subscribers, adds deeper Excel integration

Microsoft's cloud-based business intelligence service is celebrating a major user growth milestone with a handful of new features, including the ability to easily import data from an Excel spreadsheet and turn it into live-updating...

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Live updates from the Microsoft Data Insights Summit

See the latest news from Microsoft's first Excel and Power BI user conference

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Primaries show the danger of focusing on bad data

Whatever your politics, this year's presidential primaries are a great lesson in how to focus on the wrong metrics.

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