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Microsoft launches toolset for capturing 'ambient intelligence'

Microsoft is targeting the growing volume of data being generated by both machines and humans: CEO Satya Nadella on Tuesday showed off tools that could help organizations better understand -- and profit from -- this trove of information.
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Twitter brings the data back in-house with Gnip buy

Aiming to play a bigger role in analyzing tweets and sharing the resulting insights with advertisers and other businesses, Twitter has acquired Gnip, its partner for the past few years.

Teradata's QueryGrid built to power multi-database analytics

Teradata is hoping to gain ground in the hotly competitive data-warehousing and analytics market with QueryGrid, a new product that allows users to run a single SQL-based query across multiple data stores, from Teradata's own system to Hadoop and rival databases.

Oracle overtakes IBM as second-largest software vendor, Gartner says

Oracle has overtaken rival IBM as the world's second-largest software vendor by pulling in $29.6 billion in software revenue during 2013, according to analyst firm Gartner.

Oracle doubles speed of MySQL query handling

For the next release of its open source MySQL, Oracle is making a number of changes designed to vastly boost the speed of the open source relational database management system.

Business groups see IT shops as roadblocks to data analytics projects

Business groups in a growing number of companies appear to be plowing ahead on data analytics projects with little input or help from their own IT organizations.

SAP gets 'smart' about data warehousing

SAP is continuing to merge its HANA in-memory database platform with its Business Warehouse data warehousing software, with the latest update adding support for HANA's real-time data loading services.

Adobe simplifies app advertising, integrates Marketing Cloud with iBeacons

Adobe Systems is stepping up its mobile efforts by integrating the company's Marketing Cloud with Apple's iBeacons and simplifying advertising in apps, while also partnering with SAP to help sell it using Hana.

Dell buys predictive analytics firm StatSoft

Dell has added another company to its growing software portfolio with the acquisition of predictive analytics company StatSoft for an undisclosed amount.

Internet giants can access your data, too

Security protections have been tightened at many of the major online services, as firms like Google and Microsoft pledge to protect their users against unwanted prying eyes. But while many people fret about unwarranted government access to their data, the Internet firms themselves play by their own set of rules.

Business Intelligence/Analytics In Depth

Government open data proves a treasure trove for savvy businesses

Ever since President Obama signed the Open Data Executive Order, government agencies have been making their vast data stores available to the public. These once-secret data sets are proving a valuable business resource, too.

Are Apple and Gartner Afraid of Analytics?

In theory, analytics should help firms make key business decisions. In practice, companies ignore analytics because it's likely to tell them the bad news they don't want to hear. This week, the actions of Gartner and Apple illustrated this point to CIO.com columnist Rob Enderle.

5 tips for data manipulation in Excel

You don't always need high-end tools like Python or OpenRefine to reformat data. Plain old Excel can do the job.

Ethics Code Seeks to Deter Dishonest Analytics

The INFORMS code of ethics requires analytics professionals to report unbiased answers, not just what the client wants to hear.

R resources at Computerworld

From a beginner's guide to data-wrangling how-to and searchable collection of additional tutorials and videos, we've got you covered.

How to solve optimization problems with Excel and Solver

Minimize costs? Create a conference schedule with fewest early-morning sessions? In this excerpt from the book Data Smart, find out how to use Excel's free Solver add-in to do some data science optimization in a spreadsheet.

Quick guide: Which freaking database should I use?

The big data era calls for NoSQL databases. Explore the new alternatives to old RDBMS and find out which one is best for you

7 things marketing wants to say to IT

Attention, IT: As marketing goes all-digital, your CMO needs more from you than back-office support. Are you ready to be a marketing partner?

Ron Miller: Why a Google Ethics Commission is like jumbo shrimp

Google hasn't been anyone's idea of an ethical beacon in recent years.

Special report: The triumph of JavaScript

JavaScript is the reigning programming language across platforms and devices. Harness that power with the right frameworks and tools