Teradata, Knowledgent Team on predictive analytics product for healthcare

Two analytics providers, Teradata and Knowledgent, have teamed to produce a product for healthcare providers and payers that combines predictive analytic models and behavior-based analytics. Specifically, the product is designed to reduce hospitalizations and improve preventive care for patients.

EY launches global analytics as a service platform

EY, formerly known as Ernst and Young, launched its global Analytics-as-a-Service (AaaS) platform called EY Synapse. The platform contains specialized analytics for several verticals. It's also designed to work across multiple locations and geographies. They've also included a new and much needed twist.

Talend releases free desktop data prep app

Talend released an open source, free desktop tool for use by business users and analysts for data prep. The desktop application helps users pull, combine and clean data from a variety of sources through intuitive, drag-and-drop tools, smart guides and automated processing functions. 

Efma launches fintech portal initiative with Microsoft and Avanade

Efma, Microsoft and Avanade have teamed with some of the world's largest financial institutions to create a new, collaborative fintech portal. The idea is to enable fintech providers to better meet the needs for innovation in the financial sector by networking and collaborating with more than 3,300 Efma member financial institutions in 130 countries. In this digital age, big data will be at the center of the discussions.

French privacy regulators move against Facebook ahead of Privacy Shield

CNIL, the French data protection authority, came down hard on Facebook. It gave the social media giant only three months to stop tracking non-users' web activities and ordered a stop on data transfers to the U.S. Interestingly, this could mean more than just a French action. It could pressure the EU to follow suit instead of waiting on the Privacy Shield to fail or be approved as was originally the plan.

Spotlight: Documentary 'The Human Face of Big Data' premieres on PBS

You're probably already familiar with the bestselling book, The Human Face of Big Data, but did you know there is a television documentary based on that book now? It premieres on PBS on...

Dark data poised to change the future of work

Despite a years-long data mining frenzy, there's still data that's invisible to the all-seeing analytics eye. It's called dark data, and the term refers to any data that exists but has yet to surface. But never fear, data pros are digging that up and bringing it into analytics' sights now. One thing dark data is likely to change is the future of work. Yes, employers can soon see everything you are – and aren't – doing at work. And I mean everything.

Microsoft adds Power BI publish to Web capability

Microsoft added a new publish to the web capability for Power BI which is now available in preview. The new capability enables users to add interactive visualizations to their websites in much the same way YouTube videos are embedded.

When IoT sensors go mobile: Hotel delivery robots

While vendors struggle to find a data-driven reason to sell IoT anything and everything, one value they typically overlook is the value-added asset of secondary data functions. That is, the gathering and analysis of data outside the device or app's primary line of function.

Big data's very bad day in the stock market

Investor trends are not the same as predictive analytics because far too much stock market movement is merely knee-jerk reactions with precious little data to aim the kick. But there are those that think big data's very bad day in the stock market is a strong indicator of a slowdown in overall business spending. After all, the thinking goes, if the biggest, baddest, hottest tech – big data – isn't hitting earnings forecasts, then businesses must be seriously curtailing tech purchasing.

Spotlight: IBM launches cloud data and analytics marketplace for developers

If you're a developer or a data scientist interested in using data and analytics in the cloud, you probably want to take a look at IBM's marketplace. For details, see the press release...

Sentient Energy releases new version of grid analytics platform

Sentient Energy, a provider of advanced grid monitoring and analytics solutions for electric utilities, announced the release of a new version of its grid analytics platform. The Ample 3.0 Analytics platform analyzes high-resolution oscillography waveforms to identify and analyze electrical grid events.

20th anniversary of 'A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace' met with call for Internet interdependence

Twenty years ago today John Perry Barlow, a retired Wyoming cattle rancher, a former lyricist for the Grateful Dead, and co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, issued "A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace" at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. Essentially, he was declaring independence from governments' control of the Internet. In theory, it seemed to many to be the ideal. In practice, the unfettered activities of malcontents, terrorists, content scrapers, plagiarists, copyright infringers, and others – including some big data practitioners -- challenged the wisdom of a lawless frontier.  

Hitachi Data Systems releases HSP appliance with native Pentaho integration

Today, Hitachi Data Systems released a hyper scale-out platform (HSP) appliance with native integration with the Pentaho analytics and data integration platform. It's designed to merge information technology (IT), operational technology (OT), the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-generated data to relieve problems with data silos in these areas and reduce complexity.

Spotlight: The nasty things dictators can do with big data

While big data offers many positive benefits to all of mankind and many organizations, it has its dark side too. For one thing, big data is the ultimate dream tool for dictators. For an enlightening...

Syncfusion launches Hadoop distribution for Windows

Syncfusion, a provider of developer products, launched its standalone big data product for Windows. Yep, it's a Hadoop distribution designed specifically to run on Windows. It provides a production environment that can run Hadoop on a full cluster and includes a Cluster Manager application to manage multiple-node Hadoop clusters on Windows.

New AI algorithm for monitoring complex machine systems listens for vibrations

Researchers at the University of Alabama Huntsville have developed a new artificial intelligence algorithm designed to improve the accuracy of health reads on complex mechanical systems through vibration analysis. Yes, this algorithm can tell the condition of equipment based on an analysis of its vibration while operating. The researchers say testing has revealed a 90% accuracy rate. 

Safe Harbor deal tentatively struck between US and European Union

Just as 28 members of the European Union were closing in to punish tech giants for privacy violations, a Safe Harbor deal was struck to save the day. But maybe just for the day. A lot depends on what happens next.

Redfin opens up data to anyone, using Tableau visualizations

Redfin is opening up much of the data it collects to the public, via a new website where anyone can create visualizations with the data using Tableau. 


UNICEF Innovation Fund to invest in big data, AI, IoT startups

UNICEF, the nonprofit charged with helping children worldwide, is actively seeking ways to accomplish that mission through new technologies including real-time analytics, artificial intelligence, and IoT sensors. The agency is partly achieving this by investing in startups using these technologies through its UNICEF Innovation Fund.