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Pivotal Delivers on Promises
November 22, 2013
A bit more than six months ago, EMC and VMware celebrated the launch of Pivotal, a new company led by former VMware CEO Paul Maritz. Pivotal's team included IP and personnel from EMC's Greenplum and Pivotal Labs organizations, and VMware's vFabric, Cloud Foundry and Cetas organizations. A considerable surprise was the support from General Electric, including $105 million for a 10 percent stake.
Big Data Spurs Big Collaborations
November 20, 2013
The U.S. government's Big Data initiative is sparking more investments in data management projects, especially those involving joint efforts between business and government. Under the sponsorship of the Obama administration initiative, the White House showcased more than 30 Big Data projects Nov. 12 at an event hosted by the federal Office of Science and Technology.
Cloud Efficiency: Different Paths, Same Destination
November 18, 2013
Aggressive use of cloud-computing strategies can significantly improve delivery of applications to end users. Healthcare patient-experience improvement provider Press Ganey and project and portfolio management provider Planview are both exploiting cloud efficiencies and agility. Their paths have been different, but the outcomes speak volumes for how cloud transforms businesses.
Measuring the Expanding Video Data Universe
November 04, 2013
Visible Measures measures via a massive analytics capability an ocean of video at some impressively high scales. By creating very deep census data of everything that's happened in the video space, Visible Measures uses unique statistical processes to figure out exactly what patterns emerge within video usage at high speed and massive scale and granularity.
Hidden in Plain Sight: 3 CRM Analytics Pearls
October 25, 2013
CRM technology is all about collecting data -- which means it should go hand-in-hand with the trend toward analytics. Often, though, what is analyzed is not what's important. In CRM, many of the most compelling data are hiding in plain sight, but businesses are looking elsewhere. These hidden metrics can be accessed without expensive analytics tools in most cases, but they're overlooked.
Turning Politics Into Political Science With Big Data
October 21, 2013
It's no secret that Big Data is changing the face of customer analytics, giving organizations new insight into customers' wants and preferences. A similar phenomenon is going on in the realm of politics. In the 2012 U.S. national elections, in fact, the Democratic National Committee leveraged Big Data analytics to better understand and predict voter behavior and alliances.
When Your Mobile Meter Is Running, Google Will Pay the Tab
October 15, 2013
Google is planning to compensate users for letting it monitor their behavior via a mobile app currently in development. The project is part of Google's Screenwise market research program, which was launched about a year ago, said Google spokesperson Andrea Faville. "We conduct this research with small panels of volunteers to see how people are consuming media across screens," she said.
Facebook to Set Up Shop in Israel's Tech Hub
October 14, 2013
Facebook on Monday announced it was acquiring Onavo, a 3-year-old company that has developed a data compression technology for smartphones, among other things. Israel-based Onavo will give Facebook a foothold in a market known for its advanced tech talent base. While Facebook is clearly interested in global expansion, the driving focus behind this acquisition is most likely Onavo's technologies.
Constant Contact Kicks It Up a Notch
October 14, 2013
Constant Contact has rolled out enhancements to its platform, beefing up functionality in its reporting tools, customer tracking and reporting, and mobility options, as well as in a library tool designed to make storing and using content easier for users. The upgrades are a culmination of a lot of effort to develop features that Constant Contact sees the market adopting.
Data and Its Derivatives
October 09, 2013
I took a trip in the Wayback machine last week when I attended DataWeek at the invitation of Dun & Bradstreet. As you might recall, D&B is a data company that collects copious amounts of information about individuals and firms and then sells it for use in filling out profiles for business purposes -- an oversimplification, but it will suffice. That data helps companies evaluate business risks.
The Dawning of the Predictive Business Era
October 07, 2013
A momentous shift in business strategy is taking place. Big Data, cloud computing and mobility, in tandem, are having an enormous impact on how businesses must act -- and react -- across their markets. The agility goal of real-time responses is no longer good enough. What's apparent across more business ecosystems is that businesses must extend their ability to react well into the future.
Big Data and the Customer Analytics Challenge
October 03, 2013
Big Data is changing the game around customer analytics, giving organizations the means to develop far better analytics about their customers than ever before. Numerous examples, in fact, illustrate how high-performing and cost-effective Big Data processing can shed a world of new insight on customers' wants and preferences.
AOL Winds Up for Gathr Marketing Blitz
October 02, 2013
AOL has launched a limited version of Gathr, which aggregates online services for subscription at discounts of up to 60 percent of what they would cost on their own. Monthly subscriptions to prebundled packages start at $15, and some come with a bonus $10 Amazon gift card. Alternatively, consumers can create their own bundles, aggregating any three of the available services for $15 a month.
Facebook's Truly, Madly Deeply Learning the Story of Your Life
September 24, 2013
Facebook reportedly has set up an eight-person team to look into how AI can help it further analyze data it gathers on its members. The team will work with an emerging technique called "deep learning." Deep learning can let software work out emotions or events not explicitly referenced in people's writing and make sophisticated predictions about people's likely future behavior.
Oracle Plays Catch-Up With In-Memory Database Capabilities
September 24, 2013
Oracle on Monday announced an in-memory option for Oracle Database 12c that will accelerate analytics, data warehousing, reporting, and online transaction processing for Oracle in-memory applications that "deliver extreme performance on Oracle Engineered Systems," according to the company. "This is a story about Oracle being a bit late to the game," said Infostructure Associates' Wayne Kernochan.
Federal Networks Can't Handle Planned IT Upgrades
September 18, 2013
Ambitious plans to improve federal information technology systems could easily founder on the shoals of deficient networks. Government agencies currently are striving to meet the challenges associated with initiatives in five major areas: cloud technology; Big Data management; cybersecurity requirements; data center consolidation; and, increasingly, mobile IT.
Yahoo Rolls the Dice With Tumblr Analytics Deal
September 17, 2013
Tumblr has teamed up with DataSift to provide users with information about consumer engagement and sentiment. DataSift subscribers on Monday gained access to both historic and real-time data about what consumers were posting about their brands in Tumblr's 5.5 billion monthly global interactions. DataSift already curated information from Facebook, Twitter, Amazon reviews and YouTube video comments.
Treasure Data's Hiro Yoshikawa: Taking the Open Road With Big Data
September 10, 2013
Businesses and government agencies are in a race to gather, quantify and clarify an ever-increasing stream of data. Housing the bits and pieces of their digital treasures can be just as much of a problem as deciding whether to trust traditional relational platforms or adopt more flexible databases designed to handle unstructured data.
US Open Tennis App Is a Smash
September 03, 2013
Second-screen or only screen, the official USTA US Open Tennis Championships for iPad app brings some of the greatest hardcourt tennis in the world into your hands, wherever you happen to be. Right there, the app starts off on a great footing for tennis fans. Fortunately, through nimble footwork and a lot of great serving, the app does a decent job of keeping you updated on all the action.
All Eyes on Mayer as Yahoo Hits Traffic Milestone
August 22, 2013
Yahoo topped Google as the most-visited website in the United States in July, Web analytics firm comScore reported on Wednesday. Specifically, Yahoo received 196.6 million unique visitors during the month, compared with 192.3 million for Google. This is the first time Yahoo has found itself in the top spot for U.S. Web traffic since May 2011. Moreover, this report does not include data from Tumblr.

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