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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…

Big Data at Work In Chicago

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by Angela Guess Russel Cooke of Diginomica reports, “Business Insider might think it has found the 18 most innovative cities in the world but Chicago is by far the largest American city to announce plans aimed at exploiting the benefits of big data. Although in pilot phase today on Michigan Avenue, the city plans to…

Big Data May Be Sexy, But It’s Not Mainstream Yet

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by Angela Guess H.O. Maycotte of Forbes recently wrote, “There’s a lot of hype around big data and its potential uses. After all, the technology alone is awe-inspiring, taking us all out of spreadsheets and applying, at scale, what we know humans understand best: visuals. The need for these big data visualizations has spawned off…

Basho Releases Riak Enterprise 2.0

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by Angela Guess Toby Wolpe of ZDNet reports, “Database firm Basho says newly-available Riak Enterprise 2.0 will open the distributed NoSQL key-value data store to a wider audience and to new use cases, with extra data types and integrated Apache Solr search. Additional distributed data types in the new enterprise-supported version of the database, which…

The Turf War Between CIOs and CMOs Is Dead

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by Angela Guess Michael Hickins of Forbes recently opined, “The much-hyped turf war between chief information officers and chief marketing officers is dead – if it even ever existed. It’s certainly true that there’s a pretty big turf for them to battle over, as illustrated by the $50 billion+ that marketers already spend on Big…

Banking, CDOs, and Country-Specific Data Governance

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by Angela Guess Andrew Waxman of American Banker recently wrote, “These are heady times for chief data officers. People in these often newly-created positions have a mandate to introduce major changes in data management and are given healthy budgets to grow teams and equip them with requisite tools. Budgets and resources, however, go only so…

10 Things to Know About Big Data

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by Angela Guess Conner Forrest of Tech Republic recently put together a list of ten characteristics of Big Data. He writes, “(1) Big data is a big market. A recent IDC report forecast that the big data market will see a compound annual growth rate of 27% and will reach $32.4 billion in 2017. The…

Predicting Crime with Big Data

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by Angela Guess Mark Gibbs of Network World recently wrote, “Crime has patterns just like everything else humans do when we’re viewed as a large enough group. Thus, while individual behavior can be hard to predict, determining the average behavior of a population and then matching individuals to that template to determine “fit” can be…