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Ebola, Big Data, and the Need for Better Prevention

Ebola Virus Particles

by Angela Guess Kalev Leetaru of Foreign Policy reports, “With the Centers for Disease Control now forecasting up to 1.4 million new infections from the current Ebola outbreak, what could “big data” do to help us identify the earliest warnings of future outbreaks and track the movements of the current outbreak in realtime? It turns…

Five of the Biggest Big Data Myths

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by Angela Guess Toby Wolpe of ZDNet recently wrote, “Some people see the term ‘big data’ as just broad-brush marketing coated with hype. But even those taking the big-data concept at face value need to overcome certain misconceptions. Gartner thinks the hype can make it harder to choose the right course of action in this…

NoSQL Has Arrived, Big Time

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by Angela Guess Matt Asay of ReadWrite recently wrote, “NoSQL, the newish alternative to traditional relational databases, is a big deal, but it can also be a big mess: there are more than 100 different NoSQL databases, and several different kinds ranging from document to key-value to columnar to graph databases. Even more confusingly, relational…

Does Big Data Mean the End of Privacy?

Facebook: The privacy saga continues

by Angela Guess Sean Young recently wrote for Time.com, “Does the rise of big data mean the downfall of privacy? Mobile technologies now allow companies to map our every physical move, while our online activity is tracked click by click. Throughout 2014, BuzzFeed’s quizzes convinced millions of users to divulge seemingly private responses to a…

GridGain In-Memory Data Fabric Brings Unprecedented Speed, Scale and Simplicity to Big Data

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by Angela Guess A recent article out of the company reports that “GridGain™ Systems (www.GridGain.com), the leading innovator of open source in-memory computing solutions, announced the launch of the GridGain In-Memory Data Fabric, a comprehensive software solution that accelerates business operations and time to insights by enabling high-performance transactions, real-time streaming and ultra-fast analytics in…

How ABC is Using Big Data to Give Viewers What They Want

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by Angela Guess Marc Graser of Variety recently wrote, “When ABC became the first network to launch an app on Apple’s iPad, it had to essentially guess how viewers wanted to interact with its shows on mobile devices. Four years later, Big Data has provided a clearer picture and factors heavily into the redesign of…

Companies Struggling to Find the Right IT Skills at the Right Price

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by Angela Guess Liz Staplefoote of InfoWorld reports, “Despite a nearly 7 percent national unemployment rate, the unemployment rate in IT hovers just below 3 percent, according to a Dice report. Among IT hiring managers, 62% report that filling open positions is taking longer than it did last year, with some technology professionals reporting up…

Hortonworks Unveils New Initiatives for Apache Spark

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by Angela Guess Toby Wolpe of ZDNet recently wrote, “Hadoop software and services firm Hortonworks says the plans it outlined today for Apache Spark are designed to make the in-memory engine a better candidate for enterprise use. The company is focusing its efforts on improving the way Spark works with Hadoop’s YARN resource-management layer and…

Big Data Cancer Platform COTA Secures $3.7M

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by Angela Guess Fred Pennic of HIT Consultant reports, “The promise of value-based care and big data insights in healthcare are undeniable. But few have found a way to integrate it in a real-life setting and obtain the consensus of payers, providers, patients, technology partners etc. COTA, which today closed $3.7M in Series A funding…