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Platfora Further Democratizes Big Data Discovery

Platfora, the Big Data Discovery platform built natively on Apache Hadoop and Spark, announced the general availability of Platfora 5.2. The new release democratizes big data across an organization, moving it beyond IT and early adopters by enabling business users to explore big data and discover new insights through their favorite business intelligence (BI) tool.

The Agile CFO: Navigating Economic Uncertainty with Data Insights

Adaptive Insights, a leader in cloud corporate performance management (CPM), released its global CFO Indicator Q1 2016 report, revealing that while chief financial officers (CFOs) remain worried about growing economic volatility, the vast majority of the 377 CFOs surveyed remain confident in their forecasts, and believe that the combination of big data, analytics, and scenario planning will likely be the key to navigating their organizations through the current financial uncertainty.

Qubole and Looker Join Forces to Empower Business Users to Make Data-Driven Decisions

Qubole, the big data-as-a-service company, and Looker, the company that is powering data-driven businesses, today announced that they are integrating Looker’s business analytics with Qubole’s cloud-based big data platform, giving line of business users across organizations access to powerful, yet easy-to-use big data analytics.

Manage Supercharges Its Demand-Side Platform for Mobile Advertising With Aerospike NoSQL Database

Aerospike, the high-performance NoSQL database company recognized for “speed at scale” leadership and as the NoSQL leader in the digital media and ad tech industries, announced that Manage.com Group Inc. (Manage) has selected Aerospike to power its innovative demand-side platform for mobile advertising. Manage chose Aerospike to support its goals for technology evolution and business growth.

Zoomdata Simplifies the Development of Data-Driven Applications with Advanced Visual Analytics

Zoomdata, developers of the high-performance visual analytics solution for big data, launched the Zoomdata Developer Network (ZDN). ZDN is designed for developers who want to embed Zoomdata’s advanced data visualization capabilities into their applications to meet the need for data-driven solutions.

BlueData Introduces New Innovations for Big-Data-as-a-Service in On-Premises Deployments

BlueData, provider of a leading infrastructure software platform for Big Data, announced the spring release for the BlueData EPIC software platform. With this new product release, available immediately, BlueData introduces several new enhancements to provide enterprise-class security and quality of service (QoS) for multi-tenant Big Data deployments.

Informatica Launches Intelligent Data Lake to Help Customers Address Critical Technology Gaps for Turning Big Data into Big Value

Informatica, a leading independent software provider focused on delivering transformative innovation for the future of all things data, announced a new end-to-end solution to turn big data into trusted data assets for faster and more sustainable business value.

“Above the Trend Line” – Your Industry Rumor Central for 4/11/2016

Above the Trend Line: machine learning industry rumor central, is a recurring feature of insideBIGDATA. In this column, we present a variety of short time-critical news items such as people movements, funding news, financial results, industry alignments, rumors and general scuttlebutt floating around the big data, data science and machine learning industries including behind-the-scenes anecdotes and curious buzz.

Big Data Trends and Careers

In this contributed article, Dr. Athanasios Gentimis, Assistant Professor of Math and Analytics at Florida Polytechnic University, discusses the new big data analytics industry dedicated to analyzing data to provide context and pattern.

Global CEO Initiative on Alzheimer’s Disease Announces a Big Data Challenge

Challenge to be first in a series to crowdsource Alzheimer’s data for new disease insights .