News & Blogs
November 1, 2012 – A new research paper from Google highlights the importance of big data in creating consumer-friendly services such as voice search on smartphones. More data helps train smarter models, which can then better predict what someone say next — letting you keep your eyes on the road.
November 1, 2012 – Lucky Sort, the Portland-based visualization engine for making sense out of live data streams, is announcing its first partner: StockTwits, a social network for traders that lets users share stock-related information in real time. Additionally, Howard Lindzon, StockTwits CEO and co-founder, has now also invested in Lucky Sort alongside a couple of other angels who, combined, have added an extra $100,000 to Lucky Sort’s earlier $500,000 seed round.
November 1, 2012 – Novel Projects, which has been analyzing books since 2003, now has plans to turn its data into a reading game. Detecting the exact components of a good book is as difficult as deducing a recipe from a finished dish. Unless, of course, you’re a machine.
October 30, 2012 – This was probably the week with most big data news so far this year, teeming with numerous announcements from big data vendors. Wikibon.org’s Dave Vellante summed it up best: “We are seeing dramatically different models of people attacking the marketplace and I think it’s healthy… we are also seeing a lot of food-fights going on…that says to me, we’re starting to make money at this, there are real deals going on because people are starting to throw punches.”
October 26, 2012 – Today’s blog post will be longer than usual, but I wanted to take time to explain and provide more context around the various announcements that Tableau made this morning, timed with the Strata-Hadoopworld conference in New York City. First, it’s important to re-iterate what Tableau’s strategy is around big data. Simply put, we want to be the de facto, front-end visual analytics tool that customers use to see and understand their (big) data.
October 22, 2012 – A new report from analyst firm Gartner forecasts that IT organizations will spend $232 billion (US) on hardware, software and services related to Big Data through 2016. Some key findings from the report: $5.5 billion in new software sales will be driven directly by demands for new big data functionality in 2012, and will grow at a rate of over 16% annually through 2016.
October 19, 2012 – Kaggle, a San Francisco-based startup that hosts data science competitions, has uncovered some disconcerting insights about human behavior in its two-year run. At times, its founders have been surprised by the accuracy of an algorithm, and the competitions continue to evoke controversy.
October 19, 2012 – Careers and companies are built or buried by the judgments of a few, even a single individual. Decisions mould company strategy - which markets to enter or what products to develop, for example - and impact company resources. Today, as the world globalises and the pace of change quickens, managers must make high-pressure decisions faster.
October 18, 2012 – Stephen Wolfram, the scientist and innovator behind Wolfram Alpha and Mathematica, has spent decades tracking his personal information. As the collection of personal data becomes more mainstream, he believes people could watch their health in a manner similar to how they manage their financial portfolios.
Fast Co Design
October 15, 2012 – Businesses now site on data goldmines, but very few leverage the data to improve customer service. Ziba's Sean Madden suggests 3 ways forward.