In this video from Strata 2013, Jeanne Harris from Accenture presents: Getting Big Benefits from Big Data.
How must big companies evolve in order to realize big value from big data? Investing in data, technology and data scientists is just a first step. In this topic, Jeanne Harris, (Global Managing Director of Information Technology Research at the Accenture Institute for High Performance and co-author of the business bestselling booksCompeting on Analytics and Analytics at Work) will explain how leaders who want to consistently out-smart and out-execute their rivals are also transforming their decision processes, culture, organization and managerial skills.
Already recognized as providing the engine of computation for the data economy, Intel processors undergird many of the most demanding analytic applications in the world. And in some unexpected ways, – from helping researchers visualize energy consumption in a Texas community to helping clinicians mine for biomarkers in a mountain of genomic data to helping educators develop a personalized learning system that adapts to each child – Intel software transforms human lives by bringing intelligence to wherever big data lives.
In this video, Kate Crawford from Microsoft Research presents: Algorithmic Illusions: Hidden Biases of Big Data.
Big data gives us a powerful new way to see patterns in information – but what can’t we see? When does big data not tell us the whole story? This talk opens up the question of the biases we bring to Big Data, and how we might work beyond them.
At the RSA Conference 2013 being held in San Francisco this week, a panel made up of chief information security officers (CISOs) exhibited all the symptoms of Big Data Security fatigue.
Reporting in Network World, Ellen Messmer notes that the Big Data Security is a major theme at this year’s conference, describing the concept as “the idea that massive amounts of data related to both network security and of business context should be stockpiled to be analyzed to pinpoint malware, rogue insiders and stealthy attacks aimed at stealing sensitive data.”
But the CISOs were having none of it. Writes Messmer:
“… the four chief information security officers (CISO) on a conference panel about Big Data Security indicated that they already have their hands full with plenty of security data to analyze on a daily basis to defend their corporate networks, and for now, that’s enough. Their viewpoints suggest it may be a while before enterprises, even very large ones, clamor for the kind of Big Data Security deployments that IBM, HP and RSA, the security division of EMC, now insist is the next big thing in corporate security.”
However, in his keynote speech, Art Coviello, Executive Vice President of EMC Corporation and Executive Chairman of RSA noted that because Big Data can potentially “enable billions of devices to be connected, we will see more automated attacks that are destructive,” and cautioned that our newfound ability to access large data stores in the cloud is a two-edged sword – our adversaries can access these stores as well. CISOs, take note.
In this video, Intel’s Boyd Davis launches the new Intel Distribution for Apache Hadoop.
People and machines are producing valuable information that could enrich our lives in so many ways, from pinpoint accuracy in predicting severe weather to developing customized treatments for terminal diseases,” said Boyd Davis, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Datacenter Software Division. “Intel is committed to contributing its enhancements made to use all of the computing horsepower available to the open source community to provide the industry with a better foundation from which it can push the limits of innovation and realize the transformational opportunity of big data.”
Hadoop is not an island. To deliver a complete Big Data solution, a data pipeline needs to be developed that incorporates and orchestrates many diverse technologies. A Hadoop focused data pipeline not only needs to coordinate the running of multiple Hadoop jobs (MapReduce, Hive, Pig or Cascading), but also encompass real-time data acquisition and the analysis of reduced data sets extracted into relational/NoSQL databases or dedicated analytical engines.
The conference will focus on the following topics: Progress of Exascale in the European Union, high-performance interconnects, Accelerators and Parallel I/O, communication libraries (MPI, SHMEM, PGAS), GPU computing (CUDA, OpenCL) Big Data, advanced topics / technologies / development including server and storage systems, and hands-on clustering, network, troubleshooting, tuning, optimizations. The conference is open to the public and will bring together system managers, researchers, developers, computational scientists and industry affiliates.
Having been to this event several times, I can tell you that Lugano is one of the most beautiful towns in the world. It’s a solid three-day workshop, and this year they’ll be treating attendees to a boat trip on lake Lugano with an on-board apero and dinner.
ISC events, the organizers of the ISC’13 International Supercomputing Conference and ISC Cloud have announced a new conference series – the ISC Big Data Conference. The inaugural event will be held September 25-26 in the Marriott Hotel, Heidelberg, Germany. Chaired by Sverre Jarp, the CTO of CERN openlab in Geneva, two-day the forum will scrutinize all facets of big data in order to empower practitioners and vendors who want to learn more about this rapidly evolving set of technologies.
Commodity-based servers and fast interconnects allow companies and service providers to build infrastructure to transform data into meaningful results, significant trends and predictions. Big Data Analytics has become synonymous with ‘power’ and ‘competitive advantage’ through the extraction of valuable knowledge by transforming the data,” said Sverre. “The challenge when implementing a ‘Big Data’ strategy is to select all the right building blocks allowing enterprise analysts or scientists to sift through huge amounts of data in the most nimble way and acquire genuine knowledge from it.”
The ISC Big Data Conference will be preceded by the annual ISC Cloud event, which will take place at the same venue on September 22-23. Read the Full Story.
In this video, Amr Awadallah from Cloudera presents: Cloudera, Impala, and EDW Optimization.
Everyone knows that data volumes are growing exponentially. What’s not so clear is how to unlock the value it holds. The answer is Cloudera, the Platform for Big Data. With a single, integrated enterprise-class solution, Cloudera lets you efficiently query all of your data – structured and unstructured – and have a view beyond data sitting in relational databases. Equally important, Cloudera’s platform runs in real time, so you can work at the speed of thought as you build rapidly on deep insights, create competitive advantage and become truly data-driven.
In this video, Brent Gorda from Intel’s High Performance Data Division presents: The Future of Network-Based Storage. Gorda joined Intel in July 2012 as part of Intel’s acquisition of Whamcloud. Since then, Gorda’s team has continued to work on Lustre as well as conduct R&D on Darpa’s Fast Forward Storage & IO program.