The hottest trend in big data right now is to loosen the grasp of data geeks and move analytics to the fingertips of end users. But it's pure folly to think that all business users will be interested in using these new tools. Therefore, adoption cannot be left to chance but instead must be proactively instigated and nurtured.
A collaboration between the University of Oxford and the U.S.-based Chan Soon-Shiong Institute of Molecular Medicine aims to improve patient care in the National Health System in the U.K. by combining genomics and infomatics in a big data and the Internet of Things project likened in scale to NASA.
Indiana University (IU) has invested $7 million on its new Network Science Institute, or IUNI. The initiative will "bring together many of the university's top minds to explore and embrace the challenge of understanding complex networks that underlie large-scale systems, including the environment, economics, technology and human health," say university officials.
According to a study by Accenture, 77 percent of the C-level executives in chemical companies surveyed think cloud computing and big data analytics are necessary to remain competitive. 87 percent said that failing to use them may lead to a company's extinction.
Along comes a group of researchers who are proposing a new and interesting way to recognize emotion in written communications. Here's what they came up with...
Silk, a data publisher and collaborative platform, provides data visualizations on the current status of the ebola outbreaks, representing a blend of CDC and WHO data.
Here are a few of the product announcements made at Strata to give you an overview of the direction products and partnerships are now trending, or at least leaning.
Underscoring yet again that business users are essential to driving both the data-driven business and the big bucks to big data vendors, Platfora's Ben Werther said in his keynote that big data's "center of gravity is shifting to the business analyst and that's a really healthy thing because the person who's analyzing the data should be much more in control of the data. But that's leading to multi-structured questions and new stack requirements are emerging."
Put all three types of analytics together and you get an entire picture of the situation and possible solutions.
Louis Columbus has a chart of the Top 100 Enterprise Analytics Startups of 2014 in his post in Forbes.