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Big Data Requires a New Approach to BI

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by Angela Guess Doron Aspitz of Wired writes, “Today, BI is widely deployed. Unfortunately, it is actually used by only a small fraction of the people in a business with access to BI systems. Forrester Research estimates “the fraction of total employees that use BI applications between 5 and 9%.” People don’t like to read…

Big Data Analytics As A Service, With An Ontology For Cross-Platform Analysis At Its Core

Oversight Systems is in the business of Big Data analytics. Come June, it also will be in the business of having its technology serve as a platform behind third-party business intelligence and analytics applications on-demand – including its ontology approach for integrating data from disparate enterprise systems. The company currently provides packaged solutions that let…

IBM Completes Acquisition of Star Analytics

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by Angela Guess A new article out of the company reports, “International Business Machines Corp. said Tuesday that it has completed the acquisition of the software portfolio of Star Analytics, Inc., a privately held business analytics company headquartered in Redwood City, California. Financial terms were not disclosed. The combination of IBM and Star Analytics’ software will further advance IBM’s…

SkyPhrase NLP Tech Helps Users Get More Out Of Google Analytics

Google Analytics gives web site owners good information about what’s clicking with visitors to their site, how those users got there, and more. But, attaining that insight can be somewhat laborious for those not well-versed in the tool and its interface, says Nick Cassimatis, associate professor in the Department of Cognitive Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic…

HG Data Raises $2M in Funding

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by Angela Guess An article out of HG Data reports that the company “has successfully raised $2 million in funding led by EPIC Ventures. The investment will be used to increase coverage of the company’s cloud-based business intelligence database and expand into the Asia-Pacific region. ‘While LinkedIn maps the connections between people in business, HG…

Expanded Language Support For Text Analytics Players, Courtesy Of SDL

Ever heard of Big Language? It’s a Big Data-affiliated term coined by customer experience management company SDL, to describe the challenge faced by the text analytics software community whose global customers want more in the way of supported languages. “Text analytics is all about language, and the game is changing for translation,” says Brian Otis,…

IBM Turns to College Students to Fuel Watson Innovation

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by Angela Guess IBM reports, “Two years after Jeopardy!, IBM is putting Watson to work in ways that will forever change how business and healthcare leaders solve problems.  While company researchers are hard at work developing new commercial applications for the cognitive computing innovation, IBM is also turning to brilliant young minds in academia for big ideas on…

Data Analytics and the Future of Telecommuting

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by Angela Guess Derek Klobucher of Forbes reports, “Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer used data analytics to justify her company’s ban last week on telecommuting, according to Business Insider. It seems Mayer doesn’t do much without lots of data backing her up. In this case, Mayer consulted logs from Yahoo!’s Virtual Private Network (VPN), which employees use to remotely…

Kickboard Raises $2M for Big Data-Powered Education Tools

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by Angela Guess Tom Cheredar of Venture Beat reports, “Kickboard, a web-based school analytics platform, has closed a $2 million funding deal, the startup announced today. Kickboard allows teachers to collect, analyze, and share student information in one centralized place. This eliminates a lot of the switching between other document software, databases, and test grade…