big data

  • Big data and the Death Star Crunch Network

    Big data and the Death Star

    The Star Wars movies have captured the imaginations of everyone, from baby boomers through millennials on down to tots. It seems like everyone has been talking about the latest episode in this saga. Around the water cooler, discussions begin with “Have you seen it?” Being a database company, the topic around this office is, of course, “How much data do they need to manage in… Read More

  • Tableau scores advanced database tech with acquisition of German startup HyPer

    Tableau scores advanced database tech with acquisition of German startup HyPer

    Tableau announced today that it has acquired HyPer, an early-stage German startup born in academia that has developed an advanced database technology. Tableau intends to incorporate the technology into its product set. Tableau is a business intelligence and analytics company, taking business data and helping companies make sense of it. The new HyPer database technology should provide… Read More

  • The singularity is never coming, but it’s already here Crunch Network

    The singularity is never coming, but it’s already here

    When I heard Ray Kurzweil present the concept of the singularity to a small group at TED, the idea that computing power advances would ultimately allow thinking machines to advance beyond humans’ ability to advance them, and eventually allow us to “upload” our own consciousness into an eternal ether, I was so smitten I committed to living long enough to live forever. Read More

  • LinkedIn open-sources its WhereHows data discovery and lineage portal

    LinkedIn open-sources its WhereHows data discovery and lineage portal

    LinkedIn today open-sourced WhereHows, a meta data-centric tool the company has long used internally to make it easier for its employees to discover data the company generates and to track the lineage of its datasets as they move around its various internal tools and services. Now that almost every modern business creates massive amounts of data, simply managing how all this information… Read More

  • Getting predictive about politics (and everything else) Crunch Network

    Getting predictive about politics (and everything else)

    Nearly seven decades after the Chicago Tribune’s infamous presidential race headline, we’re still seeing incorrect predictions in political races. Take the 2016 Iowa caucus for example, where Ted Cruz triumphed despite expert predictions to the contrary. It’s enough to make you wonder: What data is used to create these predictions? And with today’s technology, why… Read More

  • Innovations In Cybersecurity At RSA 2016 Crunch Network

    Innovations In Cybersecurity At RSA 2016

    Beyond artificial intelligence and machine learning to the brave new world of cybersecurity. Read More

  • Don’t Dread Data Ethics And Governance Crunch Network

    Don’t Dread Data Ethics And Governance

    Data ethics is a subject our industry has largely ignored, avoided and failed to acknowledge as important. This neglect is almost certainly caused by fear — fear that examining the question would expose us as doing wrong; fear that ethics might stifle innovation; fear that the ethical questions are insoluble and intractable. Read More

  • Optimizing Analytics On Time Series Databases Crunch Network

    Optimizing Analytics On Time Series Databases

    When Matthew Fontaine Maury was restricted to a desk job because of a leg injury, little did he know that he was showcasing an impressive example of crowdsourced, open source and big data time series analysis. Soon after his injury he devoted his time to studying navigation, meteorology, winds and currents. He studied thousands of ships’ logs and charts and analyzed more than a billion… Read More

  • IBM Acquiring Truven Health Analytics For $2.6 Billion And Adding It To Watson Health

    IBM Acquiring Truven Health Analytics For $2.6 Billion And Adding It To Watson Health

    IBM announced its intent to buy Truven Health Analytics today for a whopping $2.6 billion. It is the fourth major purchase for Watson Health since the unit was established in 2014. Watson Health was formed when IBM purchased Phytel and Explorys in April, 2014. Both companies had the common denominator of being data-driven health companies. The unit added Merge Healthcare for another… Read More