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Big Data Initiative in WA Cuts Emergency Room Visits by 10%

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by Angela Guess Valerie Bauman of the Puget Sound Business Journal reports, “A big data initiative in Washington has helped the state cut emergency room visits among Medicaid patients by 10 percent, according to a new report. The state introduced an Information Exchange program in 2012, which required hospitals to track patient use of the emergency room.…

Asking the Right Questions of Your Big Data

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by Angela Guess Robert D. Behn of GovExec.com recently asked, “What kind of patterns might your organization seek to extract [from big data]? If you are looking for crime patterns in your city, you don’t start with sophisticated software. For policing, as CompStat illustrated, an excellent first-order analytical tool is dots on a map. When the…

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache Tajo as a Top-Level Project

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by Angela Guess According to a recent article out of the organization, “The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 170 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today that Apache Tajo has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP), signifying that the project’s community and products…

Continuent Releases Tungsten Replicator 3.O

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by Angela Guess According to a new article out of the company, “Continuent, Inc., a leading provider of open source database clustering and replication solutions, today announced the immediate availability of Continuent Tungsten Replicator 3.0, a progressive, open source replication solution for Hadoop. Recognizing that fast decision-making depends on real-time data movement, Tungsten Replicator 3.0 replicates…

When Analyzing Big Data, Don’t Forget Open Data

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by Angela Guess Toni Bowers of ZDNet reports, “Big data, perhaps the most hyped topic in the history of business, is going through an awkward stage. Senior management is waiting to see some of the glory that was breathlessly promised, but instead are feeling disappointed. Does this mean big data is overhyped? Not according to the…

How Companies Should Be Protecting Your Data

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by Angela Guess Amrita Jayakumar of The Washington Post recently wrote, “Last week, Target was under the spotlight yet again when the retailer’s chief financial officer John Mulligan testified at a Senate hearing on ways to protect consumer data. At the hearing, the company came under fire from senators for ignoring several warning signs that could…

ClearStory Raises $21M to Bring Data Intelligence to the Public

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by Angela Guess Leena Rao of TechCrunch reports, “ClearStory Data, a company that wants to bring data intelligence to the masses, has raised $21 million in Series B funding led by DAG Ventures with Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures, Khosla Ventures and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers participating. The round brings ClearStory Data’s total funding to $31.5…

New MariaDB Offering Offers NoSQL Integration

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by Angela Guess Mikael Ricknas of PC World reports, “Hoping to give database managers and developers more flexibility in handling vast amounts of data, SkySQL is releasing versions of its MariaDB-based Enterprise and Enterprise Cluster products that offer integration with NoSQL databases. The growing number of users on mobile devices and cloud services has led to…

Public Showing Increased Concern Regarding Their Data

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by Angela Guess Leo King of Forbes recently wrote, “Serious concerns are being raised over the ‘gold rush’ for citizen data by the U.K. government and its private sector partners. While the government uses unidentifiable data for good purposes such as analyzing disease or crime patterns, it often rushes to sell data on members of the…

LiveHive’s Sales Acceleration Solution Launches Insights 2.0

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by Angela Guess A new article out of the company reports, “LiveHive Inc. today launches Insights 2.0, a new sales acceleration solution that provides sales professionals with detailed, real-time information on what communications are working and what aren’t with prospects. The new update to LiveHive’s analytics platform caters to the explosion in growth of inside sales…