Microsoft announces new solutions for creating intelligent, data-driven apps

Microsoft is empowering customers with its new data-driven intelligence solutions. Microsoft today made several product announcements at its Microsoft Data Amp event, including updates to SQL Server, R Server 9.1, and other solutions aimed at helping businesses create intelligent applications. Starting today, developers can download the SQL Server CTP 2.0, which is available on Windows, … continue reading

Facebook open-sources Prophet, DoD creates open-source code project, and Redgate launches SQL Clone—SD Times news digest: Feb. 27, 2017

Since data science tasks like forecasting is important to organizations, Facebook decided to open-source Prophet, its forecasting tool available in Python and R. Prophet is for forecasting time series data, and it was open-sourced by Facebook’s Core Data Science team. Prophet is optimized for business forecast tasks that the Facebook team encountered, which typically include … continue reading

Google Spanner seeks enterprise SQL work

In the U.K., one would not wish to be called a spanner: the term refers to a wrench, and is also used to denote a person whose intelligence nears that of a wrench. In the cloud, however, Spanner means a feat of engineering. Google’s recently announced open beta of the Spanner database within its Google … continue reading

Google releases mission-critical relational database service

Google wants to provide a consistent and scalable global database service that can keep pace with business. The company announced the public beta of Cloud Spanner, designed to be a no-compromise relational database service. (Related: Release processes are the biggest bottleneck for IT organizations) Cloud Spanner features ACID transactions, relational schemas, schema changes without downtime, SQL … continue reading

Google DeepMind multi-agent research, Apache Spot, and Yahoo’s TensorFlow on Spark—SD Times news digest: Feb. 13, 2017

Google DeepMind is pinning artificial intelligent agents against each other to see how they cooperate. To research this, the team is using a game known as Prisoner’s Dilemma to test its willingness to compete and cooperate. According to the research, at times the agents worked peacefully together, but were less cooperative in complex situations or … continue reading

Splice Machine splices into AWS

Splice Machine is hoping to splice its relational-database-managed service into development projects. The new managed service is offered on top of Amazon Web Services, and will be in beta until the spring. The company is now accepting early adopters to evaluate the system. To join the early adopter program, one’s data will have to meet … continue reading

Coding Dojo highlights the Top 9 programming languages of 2017

The programming boot camp Coding Dojo did its own analysis of the most in-demand programming languages of the year by poring through data from the job search engine Indeed.com. The boot camp’s research found Perl, Python and SQL are among the languages that are consistently showing up in job postings. Last year’s research from Coding … continue reading

Redgate finds databases are a common bottleneck for DevOps teams

DevOps best practices are increasingly being used by software teams facing today’s market pressures, but since they focus on getting “Dev” and “Ops” teams to work together, where does this leave the database and its administrators? Concepts like Continuous Delivery or agile allow companies to get to market and release new iterations faster, but it … continue reading

NuoDB 2.6 released with more elastic SQL scale-out capabilities

NuoDB wants to help developers elastically scale out their cloud applications with the latest release of its SQL database. NuoDB 2.6 is designed to lower costs, improve availability, and support active-active database deployments and distributed storage. “The demand for cloud applications has never been higher as organizations rapidly modernize their infrastructure to keep pace with … continue reading

Guest View: The first release of Apache Arrow

Work on Apache Arrow has been progressing rapidly since its inception earlier this year, and now Arrow is the open-source standard for columnar in-memory execution, enabling fast vectorized data processing and interoperability across the Big Data ecosystem. Background Apache Parquet is now the de facto standard for columnar storage on disk, and building on that … continue reading

How to deal with data at scale

The world increasingly runs on data, and that data is only expanding. Like the blob, it gets everywhere: storage systems, databases, document repositories. According to IDC, the world will hold 44 zettabytes of data by 2020, up from 4.4 zettabytes in 2013. That’s a lot of hard drives. It’s also a recipe for development and … continue reading

Altova MissionKit enhances its Big Data, database and XBRL tools

Altova MissionKit’s latest release features changes to its Big Data, database, and XBRL tools, designed to increase an organization’s productivity. Altova’s last big release was in February, and it focused mostly on support for JSON and .NET APIs, introducing new tools for JSON and features to speed up JSON development. Altova MissionKit 2017 latest updates … continue reading

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