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IBM Reveals Watson’s Next Move: Big Data Analytics

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by Angela Guess Doug Henschen of InformationWeek reports, “IBM on Tuesday announced the upcoming release of a cloud-based Watson Analytics service that promises to streamline and simplify the data-analysis process for untrained business users. Business people want to make data-driven decisions, but between the complexities of data acquisition and data cleansing, on the one hand,…

Embarcadero Announces a Major New Release of its Award-Winning Database Tools

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by Angela Guess According to a new article out of the company, “Embarcadero Technologies, a leading provider of software solutions for application and database development, today announced a major new XE6 release of its award-winning portfolio of database tools, including ER/Studio, DBArtisan and Rapid SQL. The new tools enable customers to meet today’s demanding data…

NuoDB Announces Alliance With Leading Data Integrity Vendor

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by Angela Guess A recent article out of the company reports that “NuoDB, Inc., the leader in webscale distributed database technology, announced today an alliance with Guardtime, the Silicon-Valley-based inventor of Keyless Signature Infrastructure (KSI) technology, and global leader in ensuring data integrity. NuoDB and Guardtime both focus their product strategies on innovative technology to…

Semantic Interoperability: The Future of HealthCare Data

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by Jennifer Zaino Good healthcare depends so much upon having high-quality information about a patient. The problem is that that data lives across multiple providers and institutions, and that the industry has yet to fully conquer the challenge of exchanging and integrating this information, thanks to the use of multiple vocabularies, formats, and systems by…

NoSQL FoundationDB Launches Free SQL Add-On

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by Shannon Kempe Ori Herrnstadt from FoundationDB reports on their free SQL Layer launch add-on to their NoSQL database. Ori writes, “For those of you have followed our SQL Layer story unfolding, you knew this day was coming, and we’re pretty excited about it. After a year of hard work by the SQL team in FoundationDB’s…

Google’s Latest Transparency Report on Data Requests

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by Shannon Kempe Conor Dougherty writes in the New York Times, “Governments of all sizes are demanding that Google hand over growing troves of data about its users, according to the Internet giant’s latest transparency report. The report is a tally of all the times a government has used its legal authority to demand that…

FTC Seeks to Prevent Big Data from Enabling Discrimination

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by Shannon Kempe Grant Gross of ComputerWorld reports the U.S Federal Trade Commission (FTC), “…is  ”committed to rigorous enforcement” of current law related to data privacy and discriminatory practices, but companies, U.S. policymakers and other groups need to have a deeper discussion about fair big data practices, FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said during an agency…

Machine Learning and Big Data: What you Need to Know

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by Gil Allouche Needless to say, big data is hot in tech right now. And it has a right to be. Understanding and acting on large quantities of data lets companies make business decisions more accurately and cheaply than ever. Consumers leave digital footprints through every view, click, and save. With big data, consumer preferences…

Big Data Feeds the World

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by Jelani Harper A recent post from the University of Pennsylvania states, “There are already nearly a billion people without enough to eat and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs predicts that by 2050 there will be 1.7 billion more people to feed. That’s a 24% increase in world population during a…

Data Governance for Insurance Vertical

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by Jelani Harper Karlyn Carnahan of Insurance & Technology recently wrote, “Most insurance companies have some type of data initiative in place. They focus their efforts on implementing reporting tools, analytic tools, and repositories — with all the tools that go with them. But despite the investment in collecting and managing data, the art of…