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

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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. 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@insidebigdata.com.  Be sure to Tweet Above the Trend Line articles using the hashtag: #abovethetrendline.

Sisense, a leader in simplifying business analytics for complex data, is transforming business PCs into powerful analytic tools for the modern workforce. Sisense’s proprietary In-Chip™ analytics optimizes modern CPUs, enabling Sisense to magnify each advance made by Intel. This unique capability empowers business users and data analysts to easily perform analysis that would otherwise require significant data science resources and IT investment. When tested with Intel’s newly-released 6th Generation Intel® Core™ vPro™ processor, Sisense delivered a 300 percent improvement in speed over older chips … Neo Technology, creator of Neo4j, a leading graph database, revealed that the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) has used its technology to unearth The Panama Papers – an exposé of offshore tax haven activity of many members of the global elite. The Papers expose the internal operations of one of the world’s leading firms in incorporation of offshore entities, Panama-headquartered Mossack Fonseca. The 2.6 Terabytes of data that make up the files were obtained by German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and shared with Washington-headquartered ICIJ, a network of independent reporting teams around the world, and more than 100 media partners. Key to this scoop is Neo4j. Graph databases excel at managing highly connected data and complex queries. Instead of using ‘tables’ the way a relational database does, graphs use special structures incorporating nodes, properties and edges to define and store data, making them highly proficient at analyzing the relationships and any interconnections between data — and allowing journalists to ‘follow the money’ easier than ever … Rumor has it Guavus, Inc., a leading provider of big data analytics applications for operational intelligence, has brought aboard Pirjo Tuomi as Vice President of Sales, Cable.  Ms. Tuomi, a proven sales leader will head Guavus’ cable global sales team, working closely with operator customers around the world … Heard on the street that SnapLogic, the unified data and application integration platform as a service (iPaaS), uncovered that its hybrid execution framework – the Snaplex – is available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace as Azureplex. Using the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform, customers of the Azure cloud computing platform and Cortana Analytics Suite can get to business insights faster with self-service data integration from virtually any source, whether on-premises, in the cloud or in hybrid environments … A new industry alignment was just divulged with SAP and IBM, announced that they will be working together to advance digital transformation and the growth of the digital economy. This partnership, which builds on SAP and IBM’s existing relationship, will allow the two companies to join resources to build, scale and deliver new technologies that meet future customer demands. These new technologies, which will be built on SAP S/4HANA, could include cognitive extensions, cloud-based services, customer and user experiences and industry-specific solutions … A new deep learning alignment was revealed at the recent GTC2016 conference in Silicon Valley with Baidu Research, a division of Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU), announcing a technology collaboration with Peel. Baidu’s Deep Speech technology will be integrated into Peel’s AI-based platform for home control to create next-generation voice-enabled smart home products. Peel, based in Mountain View, CA, offers a popular universal remote app called Peel Smart Remote for smartphones and tablets. It has more than 150 million users in 200 countries and 10 billion monthly remote commands. Deep Speech is a state-of-the-art speech recognition system developed using “end-to-end deep learning” by Baidu Research’s Silicon Valley AI Lab (SVAIL) … Just heard that Expert System (EXSY.MI), a leader in multilingual cognitive computing technology for the effective management of unstructured information, announced the release of Cogito Studio, a product for developing customized semantic applications for text analytics, including information analysis, categorization and extraction. With Cogito Studio, the company advances its market leadership by leveraging the research and innovation of its Cogito Labs for cognitive computing. The product combines the best of both artificial intelligence algorithms for simulating the human ability to read and understand language (semantics) and deep learning techniques (machine learning) to help companies optimize the creation of applications that are advanced, intelligent and intuitive … The open source market is increasing by more than 10% each year – 5X faster than traditional IT – and it’s estimated that 4,000 positions are vacant due to a shortage of educated professionals. Big Data integration co. Talend recognizes the potential of this market and unveiled its participation as a founding partner of the first school dedicated to Open Source: France’s Open Source School. The school is designed to help ease the skills shortage in high-growth markets (i.e. Big Data, cloud, Internet of Things) and to support the growing interest in Open Source technologies … More people news has Alteryx expanding its executive team by hiring Kevin Rubin as chief financial officer. As Alteryx continues to grow, the addition of Rubin will help further align the financial and business operations of the company. Kevin brings to the team extensive experience, having worked in both the public and private sectors. He will be based at the company’s headquarters in Irvine, California and will be responsible for all financial management activities, including accounting, tax, treasury, financial planning and analysis and business systems …


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