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Playing Music with Big Data

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by Jelani Harper Sri Raghavan recently wrote, “How do music lovers get the right recommendations based on their evolving tastes? Second, how do record companies make smart decisions about what music to offer and which artists to sign to keep up their revenue streams?  Companies like Next Big Sound provide niche services for the music…

Microsoft Broadens Its Analytics Options

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by Jelani Harper Blair Frank recently posted on PCWorld that, “Microsoft announced Thursday that it will be acquiring VoloMetrix, a Seattle-based company that provides analytics to help businesses better understand how their organization works. According to a blog post by Rajesh Jha, Microsoft’s corporate vice president in charge of Outlook and Office 365, the deal…

Tailoring Business Content with Data

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by Jelani Harper John Rampton reported on Forbes that, “Data has officially become the most important marketing tool, and it has never been easier to gain access to it. Just by knowing who your customers are on a personal level, you will gain insight into their activities, find out more about your product from the…

Machine Learning Enhances Recommendations

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by Jelani Harper A recent press release unveiled that, “LiftIgniter, the leading machine learning personalization company, today announces it’s now enabling billions of recommendations a month — just over a year after graduating Y Combinator and raising a significant funding round. Working with publisher and e-commerce websites, LiftIgniter dramatically increases website visitors’ click through rates…

Samsung Adds to Smart Home Market

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by Jelani Harper An article from Mikael Ricknas states, “Samsung-owned SmartThings has finally launched its new home hub along with new sensors and a new video monitoring capability. The Samsung SmartThings Hub is available now in the U.S. and on Sept. 10 in the U.K. The hub costs $99 with sensors ranging from $30 to…

Skill Sets for Data Scientists

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by Jelani Harper A recent article from Analytics Week states, “Companies rely on experts who can make sense of their data. Often referred to as data scientists, these people bring their specific skills to bear in helping extract insight from the data. These skills include such things as Hacking, Math & Statistics and Substantive Expertise.…

SAP Improves Analytics for Hadoop

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by Jelani Harper An InfoWorld article from Katherine Noyes reveals that, “A new tool from SAP will allow companies to analyze distributed Hadoop data alongside corporate data using the ERP giant’s Hana in-memory computing platform. Announced on Tuesday, SAP Hana Vora is an in-memory query engine that taps the Apache Spark execution framework to deliver…

Salesforce Embraces The Cloud and Healthcare

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by Jelani Harper An article from PC World indicates that, “Sales and marketing have long been Salesforce’s proverbial bread and butter, but on Wednesday the CRM giant branched out in a new direction with a cloud platform tailored specifically for healthcare providers and patient data. Aiming to help healthcare organizations manage their relationships with patients,…

Artificial Intelligence Boosts Video Games

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by Jelani Harper The Georgia Institute of Technology announced, “Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have developed a new artificially intelligent system that crowdsources plots for interactive stories, which are popular in video games and let players choose different branching story options. With potentially limitless crowdsourced plot points, the system could allow for more creative stories…

The Internet of Things Goes Mobile

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by Jelani Harper The Denver Post recently revealed that, “The Internet of Tomorrow is parked outside a Centennial office building and opens this evening with free tours into what’s next. This massive trailer is a traveling exhibit of Internet of Things goodies, like the Wi-Fi beer tap, the Internet septic tank and a slew of…