Big Data News, Articles, & Education

Big Data Companies to Watch

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by Angela Guess Katherine Noyes of Fortune recently wrote, “It’s hard enough staying on top of the latest developments in the technology industry. That’s doubly true in the fast-growing area known as big data, with new companies, products and services popping up practically every day. There are scores of promising big data companies, but Fortune sought to cut through the…

How Banks Are Improving Customer Service with Big Data

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by Angela Guess Likhit Wagle of IBM recently wrote in Forbes, “Although 80 percent of CEOs believe they offer customers superior service, only 8 percent of their customers agree. Banks and financial services firms cannot afford to have such a discrepancy. With today’s hyper competition, market volatility, and scramble to return to pre-recession profit margins, the…

Dropbox Has Acquired Big Data Startup Parastructure

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by Angela Guess Ingrid Lunden of TechCrunch reports, “Dropbox has been acquiring companies to help it expand the services that it can offer to consumers and enterprises beyond cloud storage. But the company — which has raised $1.1 billion and is among the larger tech startups tipped for an IPO – is also making strategic acquisitions to help keep its own house in order. We have found out that Dropbox has…

Wearable Tech, Meet Big Data

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by Angela Guess Nicko van Someren, CTO of Good Technology recently wrote for CNBC, “ABI research predicts that the wearables market is set to reach $18bn in the next five years. Wearable technology has been around for a few years but recently it seems to be gathering more momentum. Whether it’s fitness bands, smart watches, Google…

10 Big Data Facts That May Surprise You

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by Angela Guess Jeff Bertolucci of Information Week recently put together a slideshow of ten facts about Big Data that you may find surprising. Bertolucci writes, “The irony of big data is that despite its potential to enhance the human experience, it’s often difficult to collect, filter, analyze, and interpret to gain those cherished insights. This…

SiSense Raises $30M to Democratize Big Data Analytics

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by Angela Guess Ingrid Lunden of Tech Crunch reports, “SiSense, a business intelligence startup that is among those making big data analytics accessible to ordinary business users (and not just data scientists) is today announcing more funding: a $30 million Series C round led by DFJ Growth — the VC’s arm dedicated to later-stage investments that recently announced a new…

Welcome to the Era of Cloud Computing

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by Angela Guess Quentin Hardy of The New York Times reports, “You already work in the cloud, too, if you use a smartphone, tablet or web browser. And you’re using the cloud if you’re tapping online services like Dropbox or Apple’s iCloud or watching ‘House of Cards’ on Netflix… Technically, cloud computing refers to an efficient…

Melissa Data and EXTOL Enhance Data Transfer With Integrated Access to Data Quality Operations

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by Angela Guess According to a recent release out of the company, “Melissa Data, a leading provider of contact data quality and data integration solutions, today announced its strategic relationship with EXTOL International Inc., a provider of end-to-end business integration software and services, to enable seamless data quality operations in tandem with electronic data interchange (EDI)…

IBM Ships POWER8 Power System Servers to Provide Clients an Open Platform for Big Data

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by Angela Guess A new release out of the company reports that “IBM today began shipping its next generation of Power Systems servers incorporating IBM’s POWER8 processor which is available for license and open for development through the OpenPOWER Foundation. The new POWER8-based Power Systems result from a $2.4 billion, three-plus year development effort and exploit the innovation of…

Saving the World with Big Data and Water Supply Research

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by Angela Guess Jason Verge of Data Center Knowledge reports, “With the majority of Big Data conversation focused on solving business problems it is easy to lose sight of the fact that the ultimate opportunity of Big Data is solving big problems — problems that affect our entire society. One of them is hunger and the…