Salesforce Delivers Wave, the Salesforce Analytics Cloud

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Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), a leading CRM vendor, has announced Wave, the Salesforce Analytics Cloud. Wave is the first cloud analytics platform designed for every business user, making it easier than ever for anyone to explore data, uncover new insights and take action instantly from any device.

MapR Announces Initiative for Integration between Apache Drill and Apache Spark

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MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of a leading distribution for Apache™ Hadoop®, today announced an initiative to integrate Apache Drill, which provides instant, self-service data exploration across multiple data sources, with Apache Spark, the in-memory processing framework that provides speed, programming ease and real-time processing advantages.

Adopting Big Data for Finance

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This article is the fourth in an editorial series that has the goal to provide direction for enterprise thought leaders on ways of leveraging big data technologies in support of analytics proficiencies designed to work more independently and effectively in today’s climate of working to increase the value of corporate data assets.

European Commission to Invest €2.5 Billion in Big Data

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“In this talk we summarize the results of the BIG project including analysis of foundational Big Data research technologies, technology and strategy roadmaps to enable business to understand the potential of Big Data technologies across different sectors, together with the necessary collaboration and dissemination infrastructure to link technology suppliers, integrators and leading user organizations.”

All-Star Team of Facebook Alumni Announces Interana

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Interana announces a new, fast and scalable event-based analytics solution to answer critical business questions about how customers behave and products are used. Interana allows users to analyze and explore the key business metrics that matter most in a data-driven world – such as growth, retention, conversion and engagement – in seconds, rather than the hours or days it often takes with existing solutions.

Performance Optimization of Hadoop Using InfiniBand RDMA

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“The Hadoop framework has become the most popular open-source solution for Big Data processing. Traditionally, Hadoop communication calls are implemented over sockets and do not deliver best performance on modern clusters with high-performance interconnects. This talk will examine opportunities and challenges in optimizing performance of Hadoop with Remote DMA (RDMA) support, as available with InfiniBand, RoCE (RDMA over Converged Enhanced Ethernet) and other modern interconnects.”

New Survey from GE and Accenture Finds Growing Urgency for Big Data Analytics

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A new global study, “Industrial Internet Insights for 2015,” from GE (NYSE: GE) and Accenture (NYSE:ACN) reveals there is a growing urgency for organizations to embrace big data analytics to advance their Industrial Internet strategy.

Apache Spark Beats the World Record for Fastest Processing of Big Data

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Databricks, the company founded by the creators of popular open-source Big Data processing engine Apache Spark, announced today that it has broken the world record for the GraySort, a third-party, industry benchmarking competition for sorting large on-disk datasets.

LexisNexis Launches HPCC Systems® Developer Contest

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LexisNexis® Risk Solutions has announced its inaugural HPCC Systems Developer Contest. Developers and other technical professionals have the opportunity to demonstrate how they leveraged HPCC Systems to solve either a Big Data or Complex Query problem.

Types of In-Memory Computing

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In this installment we’ll set the stage for in-memory computing technology in terms of its current state as well as its next stage of evolution. We’ll begin with a discussion of the capabilities of in-memory databases (IMDBs) and in-memory data grids (IMDGs), and show how they differ. We’ll finish up the section by demonstrating how neither one is sufficient for a company’s strategic move to IMC; instead, we will explain why a comprehensive in-memory data platform is needed.