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“Above the Trend Line” – Your Industry Rumor Central for 7/25/2016

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

Providing you with news of some recent industry alignments and strategic certifications, Talena, the always-on big data pioneer, has secured two additional certified integrations, HPE Vertica and Hortonworks. HPE Vertica and Hortonworks customers can now use the award-winning Talena big data management platform for critical data protection and availability capabilities spanning backup, recovery, and test/dev management, knowing that it has been fully validated. In addition, Talena is a new member of the HPE Big Data Platform Technology Alliance Program, and companies can register for a trial version of Talena for Vertica via the HPE Big Data Marketplace … Also, global technology company Nuix and big data analytics company Teradata unveiled they have formed a partnership to integrate Nuix’s data processing and indexing engine with world-class Teradata Aster® Analytics. Using the Nuix Engine to extract text and metadata from hundreds of file types and millions of documents will provide valuable raw material for Aster’s advanced analytics that deliver business and customer insights …

In customer wins news, we found out that the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) has chosen Wynyard Advanced Crime Analytics and Investigations Case Management to bring increased capabilities and efficiency to its Investigations and Intelligence Teams, Wynyard Group announced. Wynyard was selected after extensive research and evaluation of multiple technology vendors by the Department. Deployed around the world by leading organizations, Wynyard solutions are used in preventing and solving a wide range of crimes including: gun crime, organized crime, gang violence, transnational crime, human trafficking, new generation extremism and more …

New products and solutions abound in the big data ecosystem with Baidu announcing three new platforms for business customers who use Baidu Open Cloud in China. At the launch ceremony, Baidu CEO Robin Li commented: “Baidu’s unique strengths in AI and big data differentiate us from traditional cloud computing services.” The new platforms are:

  • Baidu TianSuan – Intelligent Big Data, a one-stop platform offering fully managed big data services and cognitive APIs where enterprise users can collect, store, process and analyze big data. The platform provides several built-in solutions targeting verticals such as healthcare, marketing, and finance.
  • Baidu TianXiang – Intelligent Multimedia Cloud, offers video, image and document processing services, such as live streaming and video-on-demand. Users can leverage Baidu AI-based video, image and speech technologies to build smarter products.
  • Baidu TianGong – Intelligent IoT Service, an IoT (Internet of Things) platform, offers full-stack and smart IoT services for users in industries such as energy, logistics, automotive and retail.

Data science training provider Metis’s bootcamp has become the first and only data science training bootcamp in the U.S. authorized to enroll international students with M-1 visas, which allow non-U.S. students to attend technical and vocational programs in the U.S. International students who are already in the U.S. on an F-1 visa may also transfer to Metis. Currently operating in New York City and San Francisco, Metis’s bootcamp program is the data science industry’s only accredited intensive data science bootcamp … In IoT news, we have Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE:PBI), a global technology company that provides innovative products and solutions to power commerce, announcing the launch of SmartLink™, a digital technology solution that connects postage meters to the Pitney Bowes Commerce Cloud to streamline the client experience and enable a new range of services. The SmartLink device leverages a secure Internet of Things (IoT) platform to enable a host of online tools and services, including automated postage rate updates, low postage alerts, auto ink replenishment, usage tracking and analytics, error notifications and simple self-help tutorials, all with 24/7 online account management features … Also, Dimension Data, the global ICT organization processing the data from telemetry sensors under the saddles of the Tour de France riders’ bikes, reported it had processed 100.7 million records up to the end of stage 16: in the first nine stages of the Tour, 59.70 million records were processed. Dimension Data released a summary of the data it has processed for the 16 stages of the Tour.

In people movement news, we heard that DataServ, a global Software as a Service (SaaS) provider of document and process automation solutions, is expanding its leadership team with the addition of Shane Freeman as the Director of Marketing and Product Management. Freeman will oversee the Marketing department and also work with DataServ’s Sales and Client Success departments while integrating the latest techniques and technologies to ensure the company’s business development and expansion goals are achieved. In his Product Management role, Freeman will be involved in managing the DataServ product roadmap, gathering, designing and prioritizing client requirements, and enforcing the company’s product vision. He has 15 years of experience in the worlds of entrepreneurship, technology, marketing and sales, and he holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Nebraska.

In industry earnings news, we learned that Redis Labs, announced 350 percent year over year revenue growth for its Redis Labs Enterprise Cluster (RLEC), downloadable software that supports on-premises enterprise Redis deployments. Redis Labs extended its enterprise growth with 600 new enterprise customer wins in the first half of 2016 across a wide range of sectors, including finance, retail, media, communications and transportation. Major corporations such as Groupon, TD Bank, Verizon, Hipchat, DBS, RingCentral, Twitch, Menards and flydubai now trust Redis Labs for their database needs.

IT infrastructure was in the news recently with Southwest’s technology outage that forced the cancellation of 1,800 flights highlights the challenges of present within today’s data centers. We have a commentary from Gavin Cohen, Senior Director of Product Marketing at Nimble Storage, around the issues with infrastructure:

The recent outages at Southwest Airlines demonstrate the difficulty enterprises encounter with complex IT infrastructure. As the infrastructure stack becomes more and more complex, it also becomes harder to pinpoint the root causes of issues. Given the interdependency between all layers of the infrastructure stack, one small problem or failing system could bring an entire company to a halt. It is therefore extremely important that IT teams leverage Predictive Analytics to achieve visibility into their entire stack, including network, storage, compute and VMs, so that they can find and prevent issues before they impact critical systems.”

And finally, our Vendor of the Week designation goes to our friends over at Datawatch for their support of veterans. The state of veteran employment has dramatically changed over the last decade. While 10 years ago, many veterans struggled to secure an interview for a  job in the private sector, today, they are among the most sought after employees. Recognizing the unique qualities veterans bring to the corporate world – tenacity, problem solving, discipline, self-confidence and leadership, among a variety of others – Datawatch established a Junior Military Officer (JMO) Program last August to attract these highly valued workers and set the company apart in a very competitive hiring environment. As part of this program, Datawatch participates in career fairs around the country attended by Junior Military Officers, which involve back-to-back interviews with these candidates – a process akin to speed dating. Participating companies rank the veterans they meet with, and candidates do the same for their potential employers. The rankings from each party are then compared for the best employer/employee match. Through this process, Datawatch has hired seven veterans – three inside sales reps, three sales engineers and one partner program employee – and is currently seeking to fill two more professional services consultant roles with veteran applicants. All candidates that accept an offer from Datawatch go through a three-month on-boarding program designed specifically for them.


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