Data is the information that drives business. It can be structured in rows and columns, like a customer name, address, and phone; and it can be unstructured, such as an email or a social media post. Structured data is what is populated in Relational Database Management Systems such as those created by Oracle, IBM and Microsoft, and open-source PostgreSQL and MySQL, among others. That data can be accessed using the standard Structured Query Language (SQL). Unstructured data resides in what are called NoSQL databases, such as Cassandra, Couchbase, MongoDB and many, many others. Many organizations today run both kinds of databases.
Once the data is stored, it must be easily retrievable, found amid the mountains of data organizations collect, and made available at scale. Numerous tools exist for those jobs, including Hadoop, Apache Spark and many more. It is through the collection and analysis of data that businesses can make decisions that affect their bottom line.
New Relic wants to provide users with more than just dashboard analytics for their applications. The company announced a new observability platform at its FutureStack conference today in New York City. New Relic One is designed to connect user experience and business data with capabilities like New Relic Logs, Traces, Metrics and AI. The platform … continue reading
Cloud-based data warehouse platforms are making it easier for organizations to enable self-service analytics capabilities that tap disparate data sources. Similarly, modern data lakes offered by the large public cloud providers allow developers to create or customize data models on an ad-hoc basis for machine learning, which enables artificial intelligence and automation. In either of … continue reading
HPCC Systems (High Performance Computing Cluster), a dba of LexisNexis Risk Solutions, is an open-source big-data computing platform. Flavio Villanustre, vice president technology and CISO at LexisNexis Risk Solutions, explained HPCC Systems’s evolution came as a necessity. “In 2000 we were getting into data analytics, using the platforms, databases, and data integration tools that were … continue reading
A number of Python projects are promising to transition to Python 3 by the end of the year. Currently, a majority of Python packages and projects support Python 3.x and Python 2.7. The Python programming language development team has announced support for Python 2.7 will end by the end of the year. Projects have had … continue reading
The need for more privacy while surfing the web has been a hot topic lately, and while some organizations are creating initiatives to bolster that need, Google found that an agreed upon set of standards was essential to steer user privacy in the right direction. To address this Google announced its Privacy Sandbox initiative. The … continue reading
As computing moves from on-premises to the public cloud and the edge, protecting has data has become more complex, prompting Intel, Google, Microsoft, the Linux Foundation and other technology partners to launch a cross-industry effort for organizations to safely share data insights through the Confidential Computing Consortium. RELATED CONTENT: Microsoft tackles data sharing between organizations “The … continue reading
One of the striking attributes of the contemporary state of digital transformation is the conjunction of the ubiquity of digitization with its incomplete realization in a multitude of consumer and business contexts. On one hand, digital transformation has succeeded in empowering consumers to access data and information about just about any topic—whether it be the … continue reading
AWS Lake Formation is now generally availability. This is Amazon’s fully managed service for building, securing and managing data likes. “AWS Lake Formation simplifies and automates many of the complex manual steps usually required to create a data lake, including collecting, cleaning, and cataloging data, and securely making that data available for analytics. Customers can … continue reading
From providing a simple and low-cost entry system for public transport, to facilitating peer-to-peer payments between two unconnected parties, using sound to transfer data can bring unique benefits to many different applications. Although the usability benefits and time-saving capabilities of acoustic data transmission are well-understood, the security implications of data-over-sound are lesser known. On one … continue reading
A new open-source project wants to take analytics to the next level. BlazingSQL is a GPU-accelerated SQL engine built on the RAPIDS ecosystem. RAPIDS is an open-source suite of software libraries for executing end-to-end data science and analytics pipelines entirely on GPUs. According to the team, BlazingSQL was built to address the expense, complexity and … continue reading
Capital One is the latest company to suffer from a hack attack. A configuration vulnerability provided unauthorized access to a hacker who was able to obtain personal information of about 100 million U.S. individuals and 6 million Canadian individuals. RELATED CONTENT: The costs of data breaches are rising “We believe that a highly sophisticated individual … continue reading
Microsoft wants to tackle a major barrier that organizations have when trying to share data: they often have to spend months or years negotiating and drawing up contracts that dictate data sharing arrangements.To help alleviate the issue, Microsoft is developing three data use agreements and hopes to add more to cover a wide range of … continue reading