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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…

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…

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…

Analytics Tailored for Broadcasters

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by Jelani Harper A recent announcement from Octoshape and Nice People at Work states, “Octoshape, an industry leader in cloud-based, over-the-top (OTT) stream acceleration and contribution technologies for broadcasters, enterprises and carriers, and Nice People At Work, the leader in advanced media analytics and real-time viewer experience monitoring tools, announced they have partnered to deliver…

Google Boosts Open Source R

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by Jelani Harper A recent article from Derrick Harris states: “Google announced on Tuesday a new open source tool that can help data analysts decide if changes to products or policies resulted in measurable change, or if the change would have happened anyway. The tool, called CausalImpact, is a package for the R statistical computing software, and Google details…

Analytics or Your Gut?

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by Jelani Harper Steven Hillion recently wrote on TechCrunch: “Data is more varied and fast-moving than ever, and analyzing it effectively now requires highly sophisticated software and machinery. But where does big data analytics leave the good-old-fashioned hunch? What if the data tells a business manager to “jump” but her intuition says “stay”? It might…