Predictive Analytics for Business Advantage

A recent TDWI report sponsored by Alteryx shows that predictive analytics is having a huge impact on the data and analytics landscape within organizations. The infographic below highlights the data types and new use cases that benefit from the increased use of predictive analytics, and why business analysts are best positioned to make the greatest contribution.

Visualization of the Week: The Urban Observatory

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Last year, Richard Saul Wurman, @RadicalMedia, and Esri unveiled the Urban Observatory, which began the process of encouraging cities to use the common language of maps to understand patterns in diverse data sets. The next generation of Urban Observatory is making its global debut at the 2014 Esri User Conference in San Diego, July 14-18.

Developing an Application that Can Display Millions of Data Points on a Map

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Maptimize, the company behind the ‘One Million Tweet Map’, provides a clustering application to display massive amounts of information – such as Tweets, users or points of interest – on a map.

RJMetrics Releases Complete Analytics Platform for Online Businesses

RJMetrics, a leading provider of analytics software for online businesses, today introduced a new version of its platform. With the release, online businesses can connect data from all of their transactional systems, maintain massive data warehouses, and perform sophisticated analyses, all without support from IT.

Talend Introduces the Big Data Sandbox to Accelerate Adoption of Big Data

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Talend, a global big data integration software leader, today announced the availability of the Talend Big Data Sandbox, a pre-configured virtual environment designed to quickly get big data projects off the ground through real-world use cases and interactive learning tools.

Tokutek and Datadog Partner to Offer a Monitoring & Performance Analysis Tool

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Tokutek®, delivering database performance at scale, and Datadog, the SaaS-based monitoring and data analytics platform that provides a unified view of IT infrastructure, today announced that they are partnering to integrate their products and to offer new monitoring and analysis capabilities for Tokutek high-performance database solutions, TokuMX™ and TokuDB®.

MongoDB Powers City of Chicago’s WindyGrid Platform

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MongoDB, the database for modern applications, today announced that the City of Chicago is using MongoDB as the data store for WindyGrid, a real-time geospatial platform that delivers a unified view of city operations. WindyGrid enables City personnel to analyze spatial data historically and in real-time, with the database size growing by millions of records each day.

Where There’s Spark There’s Fire: The State of Apache Spark in 2014

Matei Zaharia, CTO of Databricks and Creator of Apache Spark

In this special guest feature, Matei Zaharia, CTO of Databricks and Creator of Apache Spark, explores open-source Apache Spark ‘s status in the Hadoop community.

Book Reviews: The Bootstrap Resampling Technique

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In the spirit of the importance of bootstrap methods to contemporary machine learning, I’d like to review several prominent books on the subject. Some of the titles are relatively new, while others can be considered “classics.”

DataStax Enterprise 4.5 Unveiled

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At the rercent Spark Summit 2014, DataStax, a leading distributed database management system that delivers Apache Cassandra to the enterprise, announced the general availability of DataStax Enterprise 4.5 (DSE 4.5).