SAS Takes Next Steps to Cloud Analytics

SAS Viya is now available as the cloud-friendly platform for SAS Visual apps and, soon, SAS 9. Next up should be more cloud-based services options. SAS, like many well-established tech vendors, has to keep one eye on the future and one eye on the past. At the April 2-5 SAS Global Forum in Orlando, FL, the […]

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Spark Summit East Report: Enterprise Appeal Grows

Spark adopters including Bloomberg, Comcast, Capital One and EBay share compelling use cases. Data processing, streaming and analytics use-case scenarios multiply. What’s the business case for Apache Spark? After the opening (general-session) day of Spark Summit East 2016 in New York, I was thinking that Spark promoter and Summit host Databricks needed to do a […]

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Informatica Takes Comprehensive Approach To Big Data Management

Informatica addresses big-data integration, governance and security through a subscription-based portfolio. But will big data remain a separate world? One irrefutable trend in 2015 has been growing enterprise adoption of big data platforms including Hadoop and NoSQL databases. Yet as companies move beyond big data pilot projects and try to do more with their deployments, many […]

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IBM Analyst Forum: A Tale Of Two Titans

IBM displayed two sides of the company at its annual analyst forum last week: the mighty tech titan and the agile new design-driven Big Blue. Here’s my take on a company in transition. IBM is a mighty tech titan that can make new markets by sheer force of will. It’s also a practical, agile and […]

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SAP TechEd: Inside Cloud For Analytics

SAP’s new platform for BI, planning and predictive analytics promises simplicity and consistency, but it will require a fresh start for BusinessObjects or Lumira customers looking to move to this new cloud. SAP can point to many benefits in building Cloud for Analytics, it’s new cloud-based BI, analytics and planning platform, from scratch, but one drawback is […]

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Strata + Hadoop World Report: Spark, Real-Time In the Spotlight

MapR, Pivotal and Teradata were among the who’s who of big data vendors making announcements at Strata + Hadoop World 2015. Here’s a quick analysis. If Strata + Hadoop World 2014 seemed to be all about Hadoop, Hadoop, Hadoop, the 2015 buzzword was Spark, Spark, Spark. Initial impressions aside, there was more going on than […]

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Spark On Fire: Why All The Hype?

Spark Summit event report: IBM unveiled big plans for Apache Spark this week, but it’s not alone in banking on this open-source analytics platform. Here’s why this still-green technology is quickly gaining adoption. Why is Apache Spark, an open-source project that only reached its 1.0 release a little more than a year ago, getting so […]

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Alteryx Pioneers Self-Service Data-Prep and Analytics

Alteryx Inspire15 Event Report: There’s a huge gap between spreadsheets on the one hand and statistician- and data-scientist-oriented workbenches on the other. Alteryx is doing its best to fill the void. “Excel needs a BFF!,” quipped Alteryx president George Mathew at the company’s May 18-21 Inspire15 event in Boston. That line drew a big laugh […]

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Microsoft SQL Server 2016: First Take

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Monday announced the next major release of the company’s flagship database management system, Microsoft SQL Server 2016. This product has grown into a $5-billion-per-year business for Microsoft, second only to Oracle Database in revenue. Introduced at this week’s Ignite Conference in Chicago, the new database will be released as a […]

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SAP Taps Hadoop & Spark For IoT Innovation

SAP signaled a deeper embrace of big data platforms on Wednesday at SAPPHIRE with the announcement that it will create a deeper integration with Hadoop using Apache Spark as a low-latency, in-memory connector and data-filtering mechanism. The announcement, made by SAP Executive Board Member Berndt Leukert, signals that SAP is counting on Hadoop as a […]

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