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Doug Henschen on Analytics, Big Data & Smart Apps

Virginia Tech Fights Zika With High-Performance Prediction

Here’s how Persistent Systems aided the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech in using analytics to predict and help prevent the spread of infectious diseases. What’s the best weapon to fight the spread of infectious … Continue reading

January 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

NRF Big Show 2017 Spotlights Data-Driven Imperatives

The National Retail Federation Big Show 2017 underscored the importance of better, data-driven understanding of customers to fend off competition from Amazon. Retailers don’t just want to survive in the … Continue reading

January 18, 2017 · 2 Comments

Salesforce Takes Apps-First Approach with Einstein AI

Salesforce promises artificial intelligence applications that ‘just work’ out of the box. It’s a contrast to public cloud AI offerings and a lesson learned from Salesforce Wave. There aren’t enough … Continue reading

January 9, 2017 · 2 Comments

MapR Ambition: Next-Generation Application Platform

MapR promises a more scaleable, reliable, real-time-capable and converged alternative to Hadoop, NoSQL databases and Kafka combined. Are companies buying it? MapR is frequently mentioned in the same breath with … Continue reading

December 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cloud BI and Analytics Options Aren’t Just for Cloud Data

Exploit cloud advantages and data from on-premises, external sources as well as cloud stores to drive deeper insight, innovation and new business models. The center of data gravity is shifting … Continue reading

December 6, 2016 · 1 Comment

AWS Analytic and AI Services Are No Surprise, But They Will Succeed

Amazon Web Services is following in competitor’s footsteps with Athena, QuickSight, Rekogntion, Polly and Lex. Head starts won’t matter in the face of Amazon’s scale. Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy … Continue reading

December 1, 2016 · 3 Comments

Tableau Sets Stage For Bigger Analytics Deployments

Tableau announces scalability, governance, data-prep and ‘smart’ features due in 2017, but can the company land more enterprise-wide deals amid tightening competition? Tableau Software just replaced its CEO after a … Continue reading

November 14, 2016 · 2 Comments

Qlik Gets Leaner, Meaner, Cloudier

Qlik’s acquisition by private equity firm Thoma Bravo is expected to bring disciplined growth as the company moves into cloud business intelligence and analytics. It came as no shock in early June … Continue reading

October 24, 2016 · 2 Comments

Salesforce Einstein: Dream Versus Reality

Salesforce has introduced Einstein as a set of platform services, but for now it seems more like a collection of acquired parts. Here’s a look at what’s real and what’s … Continue reading

October 10, 2016 · 7 Comments

Strata + Hadoop World Highlights Long-Term Bets on Cloud

Strata + Hadoop World announcements by Cloudera, IBM, Google and SAP anticipate cloud growth. Here’s why cloud will be so crucial even if data remains on premises. “Today, 92% of all … Continue reading

October 3, 2016 · 2 Comments