big data

  • NextHealth raises $8.5M from Norwest to drive down medical costs

    NextHealth raises $8.5M from Norwest to drive down medical costs

    One of the few remaining universal truths is that healthcare costs are too high. Insurance companies are bucking under the pressure from the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and they are willing to try almost anything if it means reducing costs. With a shiny $8.5 million Series A from Norwest Venture Partners, NextHealth will be making that exact promise of reducing healthcare costs to U.S. Read More

  • Big data’s humble beginnings Crunch Network

    Big data’s humble beginnings

    Clicks. Once upon a time they were the most powerful tool in assessing online ad performance. A humble beginning, but much has changed. The data-driven measurement and predictive analytics technologies that launched adtech and expanded to marketing are now being applied to nearly everything — and yet, it’s easy to forget the road that led here. Read More

  • BloomReach wants to deliver meaningful data directly to online merchandizers

    BloomReach wants to deliver meaningful data directly to online merchandizers

    BloomReach has always been about helping online retailers maximize their revenue algorithmically by adjusting content in an automated fashion based on what it knows about the visitor and his or her preferences. In the latest release announced today, the company builds on this by offering data and analytics to help human merchandizers make better daily decisions about how to optimize their… Read More

  • Latest Amazon Elastic MapReduce release supports 16 Hadoop projects

    Latest Amazon Elastic MapReduce release supports 16 Hadoop projects

    Amazon announced the release of Elastic MapReduce (EMR) 5.0.0 today, which includes, among other things, support for 16 open source Hadoop projects. As AWS continues to hone its various tools to help customers manage myriad enterprise functions in the cloud, this latest one is aimed at data scientists and other interested parties looking to manage big data projects with Hadoop. For those… Read More

  • NSF dedicates $35 million to improving software used in science and education

    NSF dedicates $35 million to improving software used in science and education

    Big data is more important than ever in just about every scientific discipline — and the data is bigger than ever, too. To help manage that data and get it into the hands of scientists and students, the National Science Foundation is putting $35 million towards a pair of software institutes that will build the tools necessary for 21st-century research. Read More

  • Big data integrator Talend pops 54% in Nasdaq debut, raising $94.5M

    Big data integrator Talend pops 54% in Nasdaq debut, raising $94.5M

    French-American big data startup Talend made its debut as a public company today with a pop. After pricing its shares at $18 last night (above the expected range of $15-$17), the company began trading on Nasdaq under the ticker TLND at $27.66, up 54 percent on its IPO price, giving the company an implied valuation of $537 million. However, in the immediate hour after opening, the… Read More

  • Too much big data running through my brain

    Too much big data running through my brain

    Big Data by all accounts is supposed to help humans perform better by augmenting our limited brain power. Computers, after all, have the ability to crunch data with lightning speed, something humans just haven’t been built to do. Conventional tech wisdom states that the more data you have, the better the outcome — even if that sounds counter-intuitive. That’s the thinking… Read More

  • Big data and its developer fallout Crunch Network

    Big data and its developer fallout

    As the internet social turf wars continue to mature, the land grab is becoming much better understood. With a few companies controlling 95 percent of the social data, the internet is more closed and much more controlled than ever before. Read More

  • To succeed in IoT, hire a chief data officer Crunch Network

    To succeed in IoT, hire a chief data officer

    For many businesses, ownership of the Internet of Things lies within a number of C-suite titles. But IoT demands an interdisciplinary approach, whether the desired outcome is to streamline internal processes, introduce new customer experiences or uncover new revenue. This requires collaboration among multiple business units, some of which traditionally work independently from each other. Read More