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Sensors on Trees May Be the Answer to California’s Deadly Wildfire Problem

1721845540_346a4d82b4_zCalifornia is in the throes of a wildfire epidemic. Wildfires have their purpose- they often help to maintain the overall health of forests, by clearing out dead plants and trees and releasing the nutrients therein. But whilst California languishes in a major drought, the wildfire situation has spun out of control. Last month, one fire alone decimated 2,000 homes and caused over $22 million in damages. At the time of writing, California is fighting three fires along the the coast. Luckily, researchers at UCSD have developed a system known as WIFIRE, which uses environmental data to predict when a wildfire is likely to occur, and is able to alert officials and residents in seconds. How does it collect this data? By hooking up the trees to the Internet of Things.…

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Analytics Blogger Tyler Dellow Hired by Edmonton Oilers: Stroke of Genius or Waste of Time?

2205819248_7a735560c7_zAdvanced analytics has been disrupting sports for a number of years, and now it’s extending its influence into Hockey. Earlier this week, Tyler Dellow, a blogger famous for his statistical analysis of hockey players and teams, was hired by the Edmonton Oilers to consult with hockey operations. The news of Dellow comes after a whole series of hiring efforts by NHL teams this summer. Sunny Mehta, a former stats blogger and pro poker player, was appointed as Director of Hockey Analytics for the New Jersey Devils; Eric Tulsky, the popular SB Nation contributor and analytics pioneer, joined an unnamed NHL team on a part-time basis; and Kyle Dubas, a huge proponent of statistical analytics in Hockey, was named the assistant general manager of Toronto Maple Leafs at just 28 years…

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Splunk Announces 33% Price Cut, Guarantees 100% Uptime

Splunk Announces 33 Price Cut, Guarantees 100 UptimeSplunk have just announced a 33% price cut on their cloud-based operational intelligence offering, as well as guaranteeing 100% uptime. They’re also offering a free online sandbox for customers who want to try out Splunk’s cloud services, and plans which can up to 5TB of processing power a day. Splunk offer solutions to monitor, analyse and report on machine data in real-time. More than half of the Fortune 100 and more than 6,400 use Splunk’s operational intelligence software. The 100 percent uptime guarantee is particularly intriguing, given the inherently difficult nature of offering such a service in the cloud. In discussion with CIO Today, MindTouch CEO Aaron Fulkerson identified this guarantee as the primary reason his organisation chose Splunk. “Our customer success hinges on uptime, and this new guarantee enables…

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Dynamic Data Integration Part II

The Week in Big DataGabriel Lowy is the Founder of Tech-Tonics Advisors. During the past 16 years, he has been consistently recognized as a leading technology analyst, including Forbes.com Best Analysts in America (#4 in 2010; #1 in 2004) and The Wall Street Journal Best of the Street (#2 in 2003). Gabriel has held senior technology research analyst positions with several Wall Street firms, including Mizuho Securities USA, Noble Financial Group, Inc., Collins Stewart LLC, Credit Lyonnais Securities USA and Oppenheimer & Co. His views can be found here. Dynamic data integration incorporating data quality and master data management (MDM) assures consistency and reliability for upstream analytics and information sharing.  A pragmatic approach that treats all of a company’s data as big data will facilitate integration efforts. In Part I, we stressed the importance of data quality.  In this post, we focus on MDM and…

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Sex and Drugs and Rock’n’Roll: Analysing the Lyrics of The Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time

Sex and Drugs and Rock'n'Roll Analysing the Lyrics of The Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time 3I’m Alexandre Passant, and I’m co-founder of Music & Data Geeks. We’re a music-tech company based in Dogpatch Labs Dublin, Ireland. In particular, we’re building seevl, a music meta-data API to help music services make sense of their data, provide recommendations to their users, and more. I’ve been working in data and Semantic Web technologies for about 10 years, first through a Ph.D., then as a Research Fellow in DERI, world’s largest “Web 3.0″ R&D lab, and now through the start-up. My goal is to make the Web more open and interconnected, bridging the gap between raw data (webpages) and knowledge (meta-data and structured connections), and then making sense of this data through recommendations, analytics, etc. Combining this with my passion for listening, playing and recoding music is what lead…

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Will Microsoft Beat Amazon and Google to Build Data Centre in India?

2414578731_82c451232d_zAccording to a recent article in The Economic Times, Microsoft is assessing the possibility of building its first data centre in India. If the software giants’ plans come to fruition, it will be the first data centre built by a multinational in the country. “We are considering a data centre in India,” said Jim Dubois, Microsoft’s corporate vice-president and chief information officer, confirming the move. “There are a lot of different companies that are looking at cloud right now, in anticipation that Microsoft will somehow figure out how to get that work.” Both Gartner and IDC expect India’s cloud market to see rapid growth over the next few years – the former predicts that he public cloud services market will grow from $423 million in 2013 to $1.3 billion in 2017,…

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Enterprise Software Specialist Dev Ittycheria Becomes MongoDB CEO

9371876094_6a3c2244f4_zMongoDB, the billion-dollar NoSQL database startup, yesterday announced the appointment of Dev Ittycheria as the new President and CEO, starting September 3. Ittycheria will replace Max Schireson, who has been CEO for 18 months and will now act as vice chairman. Following a short stint at Greylock Partners, Ittycheria was the Managing Director of Openview Venture Partners, a middle-stage venture capital firm focused on software. However, Ittycheria is probably most well known for co-founding BladeLogic, one of the fastest growing enterprise software companies of the last decade. He took the company public in 2007, and then sold it to BMC Software in 2008 for approximately $900 million. After the acquisition, Dev became President of the Enterprise Service Management business at BMC Software, a business with $1.4 billion in annual revenue…

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What Is Google Cloud Dataflow?

What is Google Cloud DataflowTo say that the cloud computing market was exploding would be an understatement. In July, we heard multiple reports supporting the proclamation of cloud as the next revolution in the computing industry. The IDC claimed the cloud computing market at the close of the year would be worth $4 billion in EMEA. In the UK, 78% of organisations have “formally” adopted one or more cloud-based services. Fujitsu recently announced they’ve set aside $2 billion to expand their cloud portfolio. Evidently, the cloud is big business. The market continues to be dominated by Amazon Web Services, with Microsoft and IBM making serious inroads. But there’s one industry giant missing from this list: Google. In Q2, Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure revenue grew by 164%; Google lagged at only 47%. But Google have a…

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