Spotlight: Building a big data back end? Here are 3 tips

If you're looking at building a big data back end for your mobile app, you'll really want to read Ashish Thusoo's post in Datanami. 

Artificial intelligence for advanced robotics, big data help drive ICT uptick

Cloud and M2M implementations are about to shift into high gear in manufacturing environments as the sector moves from sporadic, data-driven applications to far more sophisticated and integrated deployments, according to a new Frost & Sullivan report. For example, the implementation of artificial intelligence for advanced robotics.

Intel, BlueData partner in on-premises Hadoop-as-a-Service, Spark-as-a-Service

BlueData's vision is to enable Hadoop-as-a-Service or Spark-as-a-Service on-premises. Intel and a few others apparently share that vision because those investors just collectively bet $20 million in Series C funding for the company. But Intel went a big step further and teamed with BlueData to mash up BlueData's infrastructure software for big data with Intel's data center architecture based on Intel Xeon.

Logicalis: 'The cloud is not magic,' data disappears

Just because it may seem like the cloud will magically solve all of your problems, it isn't the case. There is a lot to consider when shopping around for the perfect cloud solution. 

Google Ventures invests in Insights-as-a-Service provider, Zephyr Health

Predictive analytics in healthcare are a little dicier because gaps exist in our knowledge of biology that create wild cards in modeling. Even so, the current trends in pooling healthcare data globally, mining past clinical trial data and patient data and adding more nuanced data that was harder or impossible to gather and analyze earlier are already rendering strong results. 

The Hortonworks DataFlow trail: From the NSA to your organization, and why that path matters

It was Onyara – the lead contributor of the Apache NiFi project – came to be spun out of the NSA through its NSA Technology Transfer Program last year. Today, Hortonworks announced its intent to acquire Onyara and thus plug its technological wizardry into the Hortonworks DataFlow product.

MapR Distribution now available in AWS Marketplace for workloads in the cloud

The MapR Hadoop Distro is immediately available in Amazon Web Services Marketplace, giving customers another option in executing big data projects in the AWS Cloud.  

CareerBuilder, Broadbean unveil Big Data Analytics Suite for recruitment

CareerBuilder – after hearing hiring companies complain that recruitment data from multiple job candidate sources was too complex and an analysis sinkhole – decided to partner with Broadbean to create and launch the Big Data Analytics Suite to resolve HR's big data headache.

Spotlight: Keep an eye on these open source big data projects

Andrew Burst has penned a good post in ZDNet about five open source projects on which you might want to keep an eye.

Big data putting the brakes on mastectomy

Big advances are just as likely found in analyzing what we are already doing, and in finding and cutting the things we thought worked, but actually don't. Case in point: new research found up to 60,000 American women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer unnecessarily undergo lumpectomies, mastectomies, or double mastectomies.

Nokia Networks doubles down on WANdisco

Nokia Networks, a subsidiary of Nokia Corp. specializing in mobile broadband, has expanded its use of big data and WANdisco to get the big data sharing work done. Nokia Networks has now implemented Subscriber Data Management built on Hadoop and expanded its use of WANdisco to support the big data delivery.

IIBA launches new collaborations with 4 leading organizations to empower business analysis community

The International Institute of Business Analysis, a non-profit professional association serving the growing field of business analysis, announced its collaborations with four other organizations to expand support and empowerment of business analysts and other professions in the business analysis community. 

San Diego Zoo conservation researchers streamline offline data-collection with custom mobile app

San Diego Zoo conservation researchers are using a customizable mobile app to record offline field data, customize the program on the fly, add efficiencies to field data collection, and then send it straight to a SQL database for analysis. The data they are initially collecting is on California Least Tern and Western Snowy Plover populations in the wild. 

Ugam analysis reveals gaps, pricing opportunities in merchandising

Ugam, a provider of managed analytics for retailers, brands and market research firms, analyzed two key sporting goods categories to find opportunities for retailers to compete and possibly best It's a good example of how companies can used big data analytics to disrupt an industry giant and take possession of a larger market share. 

Datapipe, DataStax team on Enterprise-as-a-Managed-Service

Datapipe, a provider and manager of hybrid cloud products, and Apache Cassandra provider DataStax announced Tuesday that they have teamed up to produce a joint product designed to be a fully managed database service for enterprise-grade Apache Cassandra.

How big data is driving your car insurance rates up

There's an interesting report in Consumer Reports on its exclusive data analysis of more than 2 billion car insurance price quotes by zip codes from over 700 insurance companies that reveal your...

Predixion partners with Wind River on advanced, at-the-edge analytics for IoT

Predixion announced at the Intel Developer's Forum that it has partnered with Wind River to mashup Predixion Insight and the Wind River Helix Device Cloud to enable advanced, at-the-edge Internet of Things analytics – specifically, predictive analytics.

Ocean floors mapped with help from big data

University of Sydney's School of Geosciences has harnessed the power of big data to construct digital maps of the world's ocean floors. You can see still shots of the visualization online and even download the data in netcdf format.

Guardant Health, Flatiron Health team on data platform to advance precision medicine

Today Guardant Health and Flatiron Health announced their collaboration on building a cloud-based data platform designed to integrate liquid biopsy-based genomic testing with clinical treatment and outcomes data. The first goal is to accelerate the development of cancer treatments and therapies of the precision medicine ilk.

How big data is driving consumerization in healthcare

I often report on data consumerization here in FierceBigData, but it's important to note how data consumerization is in turn driving the consumerization of other things and services too....