The New York Times3/26/2013 –
Debra Aho Williamson, an advertising industry analyst and devoted coffee drinker, was intrigued by a promotion that popped up on her Facebook page recently. Sign up for a Starbucks loyalty card, it said, and get $5 off. “When I saw that, I thought, I’m already a member of their loyalty club,” she said. “Why don’t they know that?”
The New York Times 3/25/2013 –
IN the 1960s, mainframe computers posed a significant technological challenge to common notions of privacy. That’s when the federal government started putting tax returns into those giant machines, and consumer credit bureaus began building databases containing the personal financial information of millions of Americans. Many people feared that the new computerized databanks would be put in the service of an intrusive corporate or government Big Brother.
Wired 3/22/2013 –
Moneyball, based on the book by Michael Lewis, tells the true story of Billy Beane, the Oakland A’s general manager who threw out the century-old rulebook on how to value players in favor of a math- infused method that looks at the game from a new set of metrics…. Ultimately he led the long-suffering team to a first-place finish in the American League West in the 2002 season, including a 20-game winning streak. From then on, statisticians supplanted the scouts as the sport’s savants.
The following post presents the video of a talk by Hong Ooi who presented at Melbourne R Users, March 2013. Greenplum is a massively parallel relational database platform. R is one of the top languages in the data scientist/applied statistician community. In this talk, Hong gives an overview of how they work together, both with R on the desktop and as an embedded in-database analytics tool. It’ll be a variation of a talk recently presented at the UseR 2012 Conference.
Barrons Blog3/19/2013 –
Hewlett-Packard may have tough competition coming from EMC and VMware’s “Pivotal Initiative,” which they are spinning out next month as a separate operation, in the field of Big Data and data analytics.
In the last three decades, we’ve seen a shift in enterprise information technology, from mainframes that automated our financial information, to the client-server and web-based world that aimed to replace most paper-based processes with “systems” like CRM, ERP, e-commerce and email. And now, in the cloud era, we find ourselves on the brink of another transformative shift. This one is driven by the explosion of data and the need for traditional enterprises to find new business value through new business models and building better customer experiences.
Information Week3/15/2013 –
University of Southern California students are the latest to participate in an IBM business partner contest focused on brainstorming practical applications for the supercomputer that makes sense of huge volumes of unstructured information. This follows similar competitions with the University of Rochester and Cornell University.
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Venture Beat3/12/2013 –
Pinterest launched Pinterest Web Analytics this morning to help brands and marketers see what Pinterest users are doing with their content. It’s a simple and, yes, very Pinteresty take on what brands want to know, and it’s a big step towards Pinterest actually starting to monetize its massive traffic asset.
We talk a lot about big data, but only analyze 1 percent of what’s available. In order to take advantage of the other 99 percent, we need to reconsider how we do big data. The other 99 percent of the 1 quintillion bytes of data that is collected every day (according to a recent study from IDC) remains untouched.
Gartner Blog3/11/2013 –
I don’t often do a pure opinion piece but I feel compelled to weigh in on a queston I’ve been asked several times since EMC released its Pivotal HD recently. The question is whether it is somehow inappropriate, even “evil,” for EMC to enter the market without having “enough” committers to open source Apache projects. More broadly, it’s about whether other people can use, incorporate, add to and profit from Apache Hadoop.
Greenplum Blog3/08/2013 –
Cloud Foundry, the Platform as a Service (PaaS) solution offered by EMC’s newly-minted Pivotal Initiative, opened itself this week to clients and the open source community. The Pivotal Initative will be selling Cloud Foundry as a cloud software service, while opening the project’s code for collaboration and commits through Github.