“Above the Trend Line” – Your Industry Rumor Central for 2/8/2016

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Above the Trend Line: machine learning industry rumor central, is a new recurring feature of insideBIGDATA. In this column, we present a variety of short news items such as people movements, funding news, rumors and general scuttlebutt floating around the big data, data science and machine learning industries including behind-the-scenes anecdotes and curious buzz. Our intent is to provide our readers a one-stop source of late-breaking news to help keep you abreast of this fast-paced ecosystem. We’re working hard on your behalf with our extensive vendor network to give you all the latest happenings. Heard of something yourself? Tell us! Just e-mail me at: daniel@insidehbigdata.com.  Be sure to Tweet Above the Trend Line articles using the hashtag: #abovethetrendline.

Neo Technology, creator of a leading graph database, Neo4j, announced its first-ever Neo4j Certification for professionals. With the significant growth in deployments of Neo4j by enterprise customers across all industries worldwide, technology enthusiasts can now gain certification to prove their Neo4j expertise. The exam is offered online through Neo4j’s GraphAcademy, which also provides other innovative and flexible training and tutorial options … Another industry alignment was sealed with HighQ, a leader in collaboration and content management solutions, and RAVN Systems, experts in artificial intelligence, enterprise search and big data, announcing a strategic partnership that will see them advance their offerings for the Legal and Financial sectors … So you thought Google Street View was cool? Check out this new crowdsourced map app by Sweden-based startup Mapillary, where users can photograph any place from their hometown, to Burning Man and even Antarctica with the ease of their smartphones. Machine vision takes the brunt of the work, stitching photos together to create immersive ground­-level maps and construct locations in 3D … Just heard on the street that StreamSets Inc., the company that makes continuous ingest possible, welcomed Tom Aliotti as its senior vice president of sales. Aliotti’s leadership will help StreamSets gain traction with enterprise customers who wish to improve and simplify their Big Data ingest infrastructure. Aliotti held sales leadership positions at Cask, which provides an open source application development platform for Hadoop; Dataguise, a Hadoop security solution provider and Datastax, a NoSQL database leader, where he grew the customer base seven-fold and increased revenue by 400 percent … Hot off the press, Deep Information Sciences, the company that reimagined MySQL for the on-demand economy, announced the deepSQL adaptive database, the only MySQL-compliant database with built-in cloud- and resource-awareness. The standalone, self-tuning solution uses Deep’s machine learning technology, re-imagined data science and dynamic elasticity to deliver blazing performance at extreme concurrency without human intervention. deepSQL allows companies to easily meet real-time customer demands while providing the automated scalability to capitalize on unforeseen business surges … After having been in talks for several months, just heard that Microsoft plans to acquire London-based SwiftKey, the startup which employed artificial intelligence to create a ground-breaking predictive smartphone keyboard, according to sources. The Financial Times is reporting that the deal is “around $250m” although the actual all-cash deal may be less … The Hadoop gossip mills are saying that MapR Technologies, Inc. has been granted a patent (US9,207,930) from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The awarded patent recognizes the company’s fundamental innovation in data architecture that enables real-time and mission-critical application deployments at scale. The patented MapR Platform eliminates data silos through the convergence of open source, enterprise storage, NoSQL, and event streams with unparalleled performance, data protection, disaster recovery, and multi-tenancy features … For all you machine learning aficionados out there, you should read Baidu Chief Scientist and Stanford Professor Andrew Ng’s session on Quora … With nearly $40MM in funding to date and new senior level executive hires including Jon Shepherd as Senior Vice President of Sales and Matt Roberts as Vice President of Product Engineering, Continuum Analytics, the creator and driving force behind Anaconda, a leading modern open source analytics platform powered by Python is today announcing the release of Anaconda 2.5. The latest version of Anaconda is now coupled with Intel® Math Kernel Library (Intel® MKL) optimization to supercharge analytics for data science teams worldwide … The Gartner 2016 Magic Quadrant for BI and Analytics Platforms shows a major shift in the market toward self-service analytics that remove IT complexity. Six companies are removed from the ranking, because their solutions needed heavy IT involvement as a critical path. This shift marks a tipping point for BI, making room for six more innovative players that are putting the power of analytics in business users hands … Here’s a hot tip – an hour-long award-winning documentary is making its TV premiere on PBS on Wednesday, February 24 – THE HUMAN FACE OF BIG DATA focuses on both the promises and perils in the growing big data revolution. The film is based on Rick Smolan’s bestselling book with the same title. Here’s the trailer:

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