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Big Data

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 For big data technologies like Hadoop and Spark, complexity remains a major barrier for their adoption. BlueData’s software makes it easier to deploy big data infrastructure and applications. Today, BlueData is launching the latest release of its EPIC software platform, which introduces several security and other upgrades to provide a smoother Big-Data-as-a-Service experience. The latest release incorporates many features and functionality enhancements requested by BlueData’s customers across multiple industries including financial services, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, technology, telecommunications, energy, government, and education. Additional new features include more granular resource management controls, QoS-based allocation, performance optimizations, and quota enforcement for multi-tenant big data deployments. The enterprise version of BlueData’s platform now provides additional security and governance capabilities to meet enterprise-class auditing and regulatory compliance requirements.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15  In order to take full advantage of big data platforms, such as Hadoop and Spark, IT and analytics teams often require a new education for configuring systems and partition data to maximize processing speeds. TechTarget examines the challenges some businesses have encountered when deploying Hadoop, including Valence Health, Progressive Insurance, and Sellpoints Inc. All organizations encountered issues with understanding Hadoop’s underlying structure and how to leverage the technology efficiently and quickly enough to receive a productive return-on-investment.

New platform aims to break down barriers to big data adoption – BetaNews

Big data platforms pose structural issues for new users – Tech Target

Self Service / Enterprise

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Alteryx has deepened its relationship with Microsoft in an announcement that sees Alteryx Designer available from a virtual machine on the Azure marketplace. This extends the relationship announced in October 2015 which saw Alteryx integrate with Microsoft Power BI. Alteryx Designer users are able to create a pre-configured virtual machine to rapidly speed up their time scales for realizing the benefits of analytics of their data. Using the Alteryx Designer workflows, analysts can reduce their time to insight in what Alteryx believes is hours rather than weeks. For those companies already invested in Alteryx it also seems like it is possible to migrate licenses from existing solutions onto the Azure platform, although Alteryx need to be contacted to process this. The Alteryx designer platform on Azure will not only be pre-configured to integrate with Power-BI but will also come with other new features. Among those are pre-defined examples of workflows that allow data analysts, new to the solution, to be able to rapidly deploy insights using their own data using the examples as a template for their own solutions. Alteryx Designer also delivers an intuitive user interface for self service analytics with workflows that combine data preparation, data blending, and analytics (predictive, statistical and spatial)

How close can Alteryx and Microsoft get?–Enterprise Times

Personalization

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Marketing today walks a thin line between creepiness and helpfulness. B2C offers eight suggestions for marketers to follow to avoid being viewed as a “peeping tom.” The article suggests marketers refrain from making language and targeted advertising too personal before a customer relationship has been established. Additionally, marketers should practice patience with new customers and avoid bombarding them with emails simply because they purchased one item from a website. Another tip recommends avoiding personalizing a shopper’s experienced based upon minimal searches — e-marketers should segment their viewers and customers to target them in the correct ways.

Run, Buyer, Run! When Personalization Borders on Harassment/Creepiness – B2C

Software Defined Networking

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 In a new white paper from Cloud Security Alliance, there is some important information about security challenges and the increased risks of implementing virtual networks. The first risk of SDN is how SDN needs to be centralized around an overall controller that keeps track of the virtual network deployments and operations. This goes against the nature of cloud computing environments. Second, NFV infrastructure may not be compatible with existing virtual machine hypervisors and cloud servers. Third, the typical SDN deployment has its own hardware and management systems that may be unfamiliar to network administrators who are steeped in running traditional networks. The added complexity of NFV can hide potentially dire consequences including successful intruders that may manipulate the network routes. There are some benefits that can improve enterprise security with properly planned NFV, companies can build in security functions as part of their network fabric, such as intrusion prevention devices, virtual load balancers and firewalls.

Security Challenges with the Virtual Network: Part II – Security Intelligence – Security Intelligence (IBM Blog)

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Your daily digest of “All Things Big Data” gathered, collected and researched by your very own 10Fold Big Data Practice team.

Big Data

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 The Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)’s recent survey, Big Data Insights, is examined by CIO Magazine. Of the 402 respondents, 51 percent reported having a big data project in place today, yet another 36 percent reported they were still in the project-planning stage. While many U.S.-based companies now have some form of big data initiative in place (31 percent surveyed said they were exactly where they wanted to be in managing and using data), yet few have managed to reach their data-related goals (only six percent felt their organization was where it needed to be in regard to data usage). Currently, some individual pieces of holistic data solutions are improving, but they are not yet integrated in a way that drives ideal results. While some businesses may have made progress in select areas of data management, many have not fully connected the dots between developing and implementing a data strategy in order to have a positive effect on other business objectives, such as improving staff productivity or developing more effective ways to engage with customers. CompTIA encourages companies to improve their data management by taking the measured steps of the three stages of data usage: collection and storage, processing and organization analysis and visualization.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 When it comes to capturing data for cloud-based analytics, “big” does not even come close to being an adequate characterization. Big data keeps getting bigger, yet the percentage of data accessed by cloud-based analytics remains very low.IDC predicts the amount of data created annually is expected to grow from 4.4 zettabytes (2013) to 44 zettabytes in 2018 worldwide. It would seem logical that in the world of cloud-based analytics more data is better, but that is not always the case. IBM’s vice president of business analytics, Mike O’Rourke, said some kinds of data get more valuable over time, especially in specific industries such as wine vineyards or retail. While cloud data-storage providers work to expand storage capabilities, the problem is the small percentage of collected data that is used for analytics purposes.

Big Data Projects on the rise (but data use could be better) – CIO

Is Big Data too big for cloud-based analytics? – Tech Target

IoT

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Cisco Systems Inc. acquired Jasper Technologies Inc. for $1.4 billion, strengthening its offerings in the growing market for technology that lets people manage technologies like jet engines and vending machines over the Internet.. This ambitious partnership will likely put Cisco in competition with Ericsson’s Device Connection Platform, a product that does many of the same things as Jasper’s platform.

Cisco-Jasper deal should make enterprise IoT safer – Computer World

Cisco to Buy Jasper for $1.4 Billion, Adding IoT Management – Bloomberg

Self-Service and Enterprise

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 IBM launched a suite of new tools designed to help companies make the most of the data they have. They’ve introduced four new tools.

  • IBM Graph – a fully managed database service built on the open-source Apache TinkerPop graph-computing framework. Graph can help make real-time recommendations, including fraud detection.
  • IBM Compose Enterprise – a platform designed to speed the development of Web-scale apps by enabling teams to deploy open-source databases on their own dedicated cloud servers.
  • IBM Predictive Analytics – a new service that allows developers to make machine-learning models for built-in predictive capabilities.
  • IBM Analytics Exchange – a self-service marketplace that includes more than 150 publicly available data sets that can be used for analysis or be integrated into applications.

IBM doubles down on data with four new cloud tools – CIO

NFV/ SDN

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Software-defined networking and other network virtualization technologies have driven conversation for years, yet the tech world is still in the early stages of SDN and NFV. Analysts and Markets expect the market to quickly grow to an estimated $11.5 billion between now and 2020. Quinstreet, the publisher of eWEEK, found that the market is moving beyond the hype with real and expected deployments growing vendor options. The publication presented a slideshow with examples of growth.

SDN is no longer just about the Hype, Quinstreet Survey Finds – eWeek

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Your daily digest of “All Things Big Data” gathered, collected and researched by your very own 10Fold Big Data Practice team.

Big Data

10 FOLD ICON 15x15  Every industry has been affected by big data in one way, or another. The hotel and hospitality sector caters to millions of travellers daily which has sparked their operators to turn to advanced analytics solutions for guidance about how to keep their customers happy. Many customers are seeking different experiences with different spending habits, and big data analytics has helped operators quickly make this distinction. Analytics has also helped hotels with yield management, or the process of ensuring each room attracts the optimal price, as well as improving overall customer satisfaction.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15  Last week at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, Vice President Joe Biden moderated a panel of scientists from around the world regarding cures for cancer. During the panel, they discovered to find a cure, they need better ways to collect, harness and analyze Big Data. Biden said, “Tapping this treasure trove of information is vital to speeding the pace of progress towards cancer cures.” One of the panelists, David Agus provided an example for which Big Data can be vital: the ongoing effort to understand a gene P53, which promotes cancer resistance. However, some of the major issues oncology researchers face in using Big Data are that medical data is not standardized platforms and patients are concerned with privacy and security issues surrounding their personal data. Biden acknowledged that solving the Big Data challenge may require cooperation between professionals across many disciplines, but he is hopeful that this will help find the cure.

 

How Big Data And Analytics Are Changing Hotels And The Hospitality Industry – Forbes

Here Are The Sticking Points For Biden, Big Data And Cancer Moonshots – Forbes

IoT

10 FOLD ICON 15x15  Seebo, an Israeli startup that offers an IoT end-to-end platform to help companies launch smart products faster, has closed $8.5 million in Series A funding. Seebo’s platform is aimed at helping smaller companies  build and support connected products. Seebo’s clientele industries include toys, children’s products, health, wellness, sports equipment, furniture, electronics, travel equipment, baby products and fashion.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15  Another Israel-based company, Altair Semiconductors, has been acquired by Sony for $212 million. Altair owns modem chip technology and related software for LTE mobile devices. Sony hopes this move will strengthen its presence in the IoT market, as more devices and appliances are coming equipped with chipsets and connection to the web. The chipset incorporates elements such as an on-chip power management unit, integrated DDR memory, and a low-power MCU subsystem with security framework for customer-developed applications. With this acquisition, Sony is hoping to make component devices that have sensing and communication capabilities, as well as LTE solutions.

Seebo Raises $8.5M To Help Bring Your IoT Product To Life – TechCrunch

Sony Acquires IoT Chipmaker Altair For $212M – InformationWeek

Self Service and Enterprise

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 UK based communications company, BT Group is pitching a new SDN-based service to business customers, which serves as a stepping stone in the transition to full SDN and NFV capabilities. The operator claims the SDN-based service will allow customers to benefit from better network performance, and give them insight into the performance of their applications, without having to spend more on bandwidth. BT is also working on developing a self-service capability that will allow customers to control their SD-WAN through BT’s portal.

BT Enters SD-WAN Fray With Cisco – Light Reading

eCommerce

10 FOLD ICON 15x15  A major exploit was found in the Open Source eCommerce platform, Magento, that allows hackers to take control of both the admin and the server. It is unknown if this exploit was used prior to the disclosure, but now that it is published,  users are encouraged to update their platform immediately.

Major Vulnerability in Magento eCommerce, Update Immediately – The Sem Post

SDN

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Big Switch Networks is seeking to build success by making its products free. The SDN company is rolling out a free edition of its Big Monitoring and Big Cloud fabric software to encourage upgrades to their “beefier” and commercial versions. The company has also revealed new releases of paid versions of its products. These updates come on the heels of the company’s $48.5 million in Series C funding. Big Switch also announced two additions to its board and claims it is growing 300% annually, closing multiple deals in excess of $1 million. The company hopes to keep that momentum up by offering a free version of $25,000 worth of its software.

Big Switch frees up its SDN – Network World