All posts on May, 2015


IBM pitches analysis software for select industry verticals

Extending the reach of its analysis software and services, IBM plans to release 20 analytics packages customized to the needs of specific industries.

Available by the end of June, the packages will target businesses in retail, banking, telecommunications, insurance and other fields. Additional packages will be released in the future.

The packages augment off-the-shelf analytics software, from IBM or other parties, that organizations may already be running.

The software is intended to “speed up the process of applying complex analytics,” said Alistair Rennie, IBM general manager of analytics solutions. “They will deliver insight that business people can use very quickly.”

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Salesforce doubles down on big data with new analytics tool

All the data “lakes” in the world won’t amount to much if you can’t figure out what they mean for your business. With that in mind, Salesforce on Thursday unveiled Salesforce Wave for Big Data, a new tool designed to help business users make sense of their information stores using the Salesforce Analytics Cloud.

The Analytics Cloud is based on the company’s Wave platform, which was launched last October. The overriding goal is to make data more accessible to business users at all levels of the organization, Salesforce has said.

Earlier this year, Salesforce updated the offering with new mobile capabilities.

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EU regulators misunderstand big data

Some European Union regulators reportedly are concerned that major Internet companies such as Google and Facebook gain an unfair competitive advantage from the detailed consumer data they hold, since other companies can never hope to amass anywhere near as much of it. In addition, some regulators worry that with less competition, these data-rich companies will disregard their customers’ privacy preferences and become more invasive. Not only are these regulators wrong, but by mistakenly classifying big data as anti-competitive and anti-consumer, they risk driving European companies away from the most productive uses of data, which would harm the competitiveness of European businesses and limit the potential consumer benefits.

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Tableau revs its analytics engines with an online speed injection

Back in April, Tableau released version 9.0 of its flagship analytics software, and on Monday the company followed up with an update to the product’s online edition that it says is up to 10 times faster than its predecessor.

The new speed boost in Tableau Online 9.0 is the result of a complete redesign of the software-as-a-service product, Tableau says, including capabilities such as parallel queries, query fusion, vectorization and smarter query caches.

Users of the new release can connect directly to popular databases like MySQL, Postgres and SQL Server on cloud-hosted platforms including Amazon RDS and Windows Azure. Support for Amazon Redshift and Google BigQuery, Google Analytics and Salesforce.com were already included.

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Oracle zeroes in on Hadoop data with new analytics tool

The rise of Hadoop has created new oceans of data to explore, and Oracle has a new software product that’s designed to help. Called Oracle Big Data Spatial and Graph, it brings new analytic capabilities to Hadoop and NoSQL.

Users of Oracle’s database have long had access to spatial and graph analytics tools, which are used to uncover relationships and analyze data sets involving location. Aiming to tackle more diverse data sets and minimize the need for data movement, Oracle created the product to be able to process data natively on Hadoop and in parallel using MapReduce or in-memory structures.

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