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How Much ROI Should You Expect from Big Data Projects?

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by Angela Guess Joe Panettieri of Information Management reports, “Results from two recent surveys (conducted by NewVantage Partners and Wikibon, respectively) show some key ROI (return on investment) challenges facing Big Data projects. First up, Wikibon’s Big Data Analytics Survey 2014 survey results — which shows a disconnect between corporate IT and their business users.…

How the U.K.’s National Health Service is Using Big Data Analytics

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by Angela Guess Clint Boulton of The Wall Street Journal reports, “The U.K.’s National Health Service is using cloud analytics software to pluck numerical and text data on health-care facilities from spreadsheets and databases and present it in plain English on its website, NHS Choices. The endeavor, announced Oct. 28, is the latest example of…

Specialty Masters Programs in Business Analytics Gaining Popularity

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by Angela Guess Lindsay Gellman of The Wall Street Journal recently wrote, “B-school students can’t get enough of big data. Neither can recruiters. Interest in specialized, one-year master’s programs in business analytics, the discipline of using data to explore and solve business problems, has increased lately, prompting at least five business schools to roll out…

Dell Ups Big Data Analytics, Partners with Microsoft Azure Machine Learning

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by Angela Guess Doug Henschen of Information Week reports, “Dell Software advanced its push into the big data world on Wednesday by integrating formerly separate analytics capabilities and by partnering with Microsoft to use its cloud-based Azure Machine Learning (Azure ML) service. Before Wednesday’s announcement at Dell World, the vendor had two separate analytics products.…

Big Data Myths Debunked

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by Angela Guess Brian Honigman of The Wall Street Journal recently wrote, “In recent years the level of excitement and buzz about big data has reached a fever pitch. Whenever a subject is over-hyped (especially a subject as complicated as big data) misconceptions and myths tend to flourish. Despite the dubious claims and hyperbole, big…

Actian Adds Graph Analysis Engine to Big Data Portfolio

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by Angela Guess Doug Henschen of Information Week reports, “Actian on Tuesday announced that it’s adding a graph-analysis engine to its big data portfolio, which already includes a SQL-on-Hadoop offering as well as several relational databases and data-integration software. Graph analysis is applied to uncover networked relationships among people, places, things, and entities. It’s at…

MapR Partners with MongoDB, Certifies MongoDB Connector for Hadoop with the MapR Distribution

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by Angela Guess A recent article out of the company reports, “MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the top-ranked distribution for Apache™ Hadoop®, announced today a partnership with MongoDB, the next-generation database that helps businesses transform their industries by harnessing the power of data. As part of this agreement, MongoDB has certified its Connector for Hadoop…