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The second in my series on the impact of Big Data on Decision Management Systems: The impact of Variety. Big Data involves adding more types of data, from more sources inside and outside of the organization, to your analytic toolkit. Social, mobile, local and cloud data sources are exploding and organization must find ways to [...]

A new week and a new white paper. This week’s it’s focused on two hot topic – customer relationships and Big Data: Optimizing Customer Relationships in the Era of Big Data Companies face a new and growing challenge – how to fully leverage the benefits of big data for increased customer insights without being submerged under [...]

Next up is a session on the new infrastructure and platforms for analytics. IBM’s view (and I would agree) is that use cases for analytics are evolving to increasingly combine traditional structured data and newer unstructured, more dynamic, “Big Data” sources. As customers change the time frames in which they need to make decisions (more [...]

Jason Verlen and Bernard Spang took one of the breakout sessions on analytic innovations. IBM, as noted yesterday, sees a progression of analytics from descriptive to predictive, prescriptive and ultimately cognitive. The purpose, of course, of big data and analytics is to drive better decisions. Managing big data is a necessary step but acts only [...]

It has been a while since I was updated on IBM SPSS Modeler and I got an update from IBM recently. IBM SPSS Modeler is, of course, IBM’s primary data mining and predictive analytics workbench. It uses a standard workflow metaphor, letting you string together nodes that process data, run algorithms, score data, etc. Both [...]

I got an update from the folks at Teradata on the Teradata Aster platform recently. I have been briefed on various partnerships around Teradata before – they are very active working with analytics providers on making sure that in-database analytic engines work on Teradata – but had not been briefed specifically on Teradata Aster. Aster [...]

Saffron Technology is focused on prediction and sense making using associative memories. Associative Memories automate cognitive thinking by building connections and counts from large amounts of data. Saffron Technology uses a NoSQL / schema free approach and have developed technology to reason in real time by recalling the connections in the context of the raw [...]

First Look: Precog

Precog was founded in late 2010 to solve the challenges identified by the founder when he was working on developing an online advertising platform. An online ad platform generates a tremendous amount of data, data that can be used to target ads or select specific creative for an ad, but managing and using this data [...]

First Look: Aha! Update

I got an update from Aha! recently on their Aha! Analytics Platform. Aha! believes that organizations must embed and automate analytic disciplines at the operational level so that people running the business day to day can apply analytics. To deliver on this they have been expanding their analytic platform capabilities, supporting big data and more. [...]

First Look – Angoss 8.0

I have previously written about Angoss and its products (most recently this post on their 7.5 release) and recently got an update. As a company Angoss is focused on delivering data mining and predictive analytics to improve performance in sales, marketing and risk. They have a set of products for desktop, client/server and cloud-based and [...]

Stephen Gold came up next to talk about Watson. Watson is transitioning from a proof of concept – a grand challenge project – to a business solution. This is being driven primarily by the rapid expansion in unstructured, uncertain data. Not just a need to process new data sources, also about being able to reason [...]

Brenda Dietrich from IBM research wrapped up the morning with a discussion of some of IBM’s research. This involved both managing uncertain data at scale and driving analytics for this data. Projects cover systems of people, the future Watson, Outcome-based business and resilient business and services. As everyone knows there’s a lot more data out [...]

Steve Mills kicked off the IBM Smarter Analytics Leadership Summit. Business Analytics matter, he says, as shown by the focus of CEOs (8 out of 10 expect complexity to increase, enterprises applying analytics are more successful etc). The need for analytics is pervasive, with every industry seeing a massive expansion in the volume of data [...]

Steve Mills opened up the discussion talking about Big Data, making the point that the art of the possible when it comes to data has been growing steadily for many years – though the current explosion in data is pretty impressive. For instance 1.3B RFID tags in 2005 and 30B in 2010, 4.6B mobile phones [...]

I got an update from Oracle on Oracle Data Mining (ODM) recently. ODM is an in-database data mining and predictive analytics engine that allows you to build and use advanced predictive analytic models on data that can be accessed through your Oracle data infrastructure. I blogged about ODM extensively last year in this First Look [...]

I am giving the opening keynote at the Computerworld BI & Analytics Perspective Conference on September 19 2011. The data you have, the way you analyze it, and the way you act on this analysis drives better business outcomes. To make the most of your data you need to do more than just adopt predictive [...]

Working with clients it is clear that the interest in analytics has never been greater than it is today. Yet there is still confusion about what analytics means. We have web analytics to analyze logs and clickstream data to optimize websites; data mining and predictive analytics to analyze structured data to segment customers and to [...]

Deepak Advani kicked off day 2. SPSS was acquired by IBM in 2009 and, like all acquisitions, has to report on how well it has met the expectations set at acquisition time. SPSS has beaten every target set for it at acquisition and reviews have apparently been a “bit of a love fest”. SPSS has [...]

IBM has recently announced a new strategy for bringing Big Data to the enterprise. In particular this includes InfoSphere Streams v2 (announced April 12) and InfoSphere BigInsights 1.1 announced today. Big Data is an issue, of course, largely because the amount of data available to organizations is growing rapidly. Surveys show that many managers already [...]

Warning, long post follows – SAS has a lot of products and even this summary was a lot. A big session on the product portfolio – 2010 and 2011 highlights in some specific focus areas. New releases in 2010 included: Customer Link Analytics – released in Q1 this product focused on using links between customers [...]